Wednesday, December 7, 2016

AZ House Speaker hires general counsel "who God has used at CAP"

If you want to know about what an elected official intends, just look at who is picked for key roles. We know that all too well from Trump’s cabinet nominations. Closer to home, the Arizona Capitol Times (subscription required) reports that the New Arizona House speaker hires anti-abortion group’s lawyer.

The incoming speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives has hired the top attorney for a powerful anti-abortion group as general counsel for the legislative chamber, one of a string of staffers with deep conservative resumes chosen by Rep. J.D. Mesnard.

The hiring of Josh Kredit as the chamber’s top lawyer comes after Mesnard chose Goldwater Institute vice president Michael Hunter as his chief of staff following his election as speaker by majority Republicans last month.

Kredit is currently general counsel and vice president of policy for the Center for Arizona Policy, a group that opposes gay marriage and abortion and promotes religious freedom. The group has written anti-abortion, school choice and other legislation in recent years and is a powerful force among Republican lawmakers.

Mesnard said Tuesday that he’s building a conservative staff to support a conservative Republican caucus.

However, Mesnard claims that Kermit will not be beholden to CAP and Cathi Herrod.

"… Josh will be there advising and advocating the Republican caucus’s agenda, not the CAP agenda,” he said.

As Mike Wallace would say: Oh, come on.

Center for Arizona Policy president Cathi Herrod praised the hire.

Josh is among a long list of extraordinary team members who God has used at CAP and then moved on to continue his work elsewhere,” she said in a news release.

God? How telling of what Herrod’s CAP portends for Arizona. Here’s some of what the great folk singer Joan Baez had to say about having God on our side in this performance.

Kredit helped push anti-abortion laws through the Legislature in his five years at CAP, and criticized the Supreme Court’s 2015 decision legalizing gay marriage, saying that the court “disregarded the democratic process by stripping all Americans of their ability to debate and decide marriage policy.

Democratic Rep. Rebecca Rios, the minority leader, said the list of staffers announced Monday evening left her thinking ‘Oh boy, here we go.”

That is an understatement. Think about all the ridiculous legislation rammed through by the Phouls in Phoenix and you will be able to predict what is coming our way.

From Scriber’s post last February 15th (for example): Note. Phoul is variously defined as a foolish ghoul or a ghoulish fool. Either is correct. Phouls reside in Phoenix and dine on the flesh of our social institutions that serve the young, poor, and sick.

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