Michele Reagan has not filed to change her name. Not so, not yet. But she should as a reminder of the one word that might be the undoing of her political career: "shall."
AZBlueMeanie (Blog for Arizona) reviews Reagan's history of interpreting laws as applying to everyone but herself. The most recent example is the failure to prepare an election law manual that the state law says shall
be prepared by the SoS and shall be submitted to the AG and Gov. Citing EJ Montini at azcentral.com:
[T]he law says: “Such rules shall be prescribed in an official instructions and procedures manual to be issued not later than thirty days prior to each election. Prior to its issuance, the manual shall be approved by the governor and the attorney general. The secretary of state shall submit the manual to the governor and the attorney general not fewer than ninety days before each election.”
The Meanie notes that Attorney Tom Ryan has filed another complaint with the state AG's office. Here are snippets from the reporting at Arizona Capitol Times (subscription required.)
A complaint alleging that Secretary of State Michele Reagan broke the law when she decided not to issue a new election procedures manual for the 2016 cycle could lead to her removal from office, the attorney who filed it said.
Tom Ryan, an activist Chandler attorney who has made a name for himself targeting elected officials over allegations of improprieties or lawbreaking, filed a complaint against Reagan with Attorney General Mark Brnovich on Thursday. Ryan alleged that state law mandates that the secretary of state update and reissue a procedures manual for every election cycle, which Reagan did not do.
Reagan argues that the law doesn’t require a new manual every two years, and that it was sufficient for her to leave the 2014 manual in effect. But if Ryan is right, Reagan could be forced from office.
In his complaint, Ryan cited a statute stipulating that “a person charged with performance of any duty under any law relating to elections who knowingly refuses to perform such duty” is guilty of a class six felony. Arizona law prohibits anyone convicted of a felony from holding elected office.
“If she has violated the law and it’s a class six felony, she should be removed from office. This is not a minor thing,” Ryan told the Arizona Capitol Times.
Ryan has a history of targeting elected officials, and that history recently extended to Reagan. In May, he filed a complaint with Brnovich alleging that Reagan broke the law by failing to mail about 200,000 publicity pamphlets in a timely fashion for the May 17 special election, a problem that the secretary of state blamed on a vendor error. Brnovich agreed with Ryan’s conclusion, but said there was no remedy in the law.
At the time he filed the May complaint, Ryan said Reagan should either fire her elections director or face impeachment by the Legislature. His call for impeachment has gotten no traction at the Capitol.
Traction? Among the lawbreakers at the Capitol? Of course not. AZBlueMeanie: "Because the GOP culture of corruption in Arizona runs deep."