The Governor’s office put out a press release this afternoon entitled “Governor Jan Brewer Proposes Reforms to Re-Open Arizona Rest Areas.” You’ll notice that she actually doesn’t say that she is re-opening the rest areas, and she actually isn’t. She’s asking the Secretary of Transportation for some regulatory changes. In other words, she ain’t doing much, but wants to give the appearance she is.
Earlier this week, a bill introduced by Daniel Patterson and sponsored by 47 others (!) to re-open the rest stops unanimously passed the Transportation and Infrastructure committee and is well on it’s way to becoming law.
It’s obvious here what Brewer is doing. Re-opening the rest areas is a popular idea, and it could be the one popular thing that the legislature does this year. The last thing she wants is a legislator, especially a Democratic one (from the hinterlands, even!), getting any credit for it. So, she puts out a press release bragging about doing something, however tangential or ineffective, hoping to get the credit. It is helpful to remember, however, that she’s the one that closed the darned things in the first place.