Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) and her allies in the Republican-controlled Legislature are making a second go at ousting the chairwoman of the state's Independent Redistricting Commission, asking the state's highest court to keep her off the panel while the drama plays out in court.
The fight over Arizona's congressional map is far from over.
Brewer's regrouping comes less than a week after the state Supreme Court threw out her decision to remove the chairwoman, and makes it clear that while Brewer and the state GOP may have been knocked out in round one.
"I maintain that my action was lawful to remove the IRC Chairwoman based on her misconduct and neglect of duty, and ask that the Court reconsider its order of reinstatement," Brewer said in a statement. "At a minimum, the Chairwoman should be barred from resuming her duties until the Court has provided clarity regarding its cursory order."
Brewer is also asking for clarification about why the court overruled the will of the governor and the state Senate, which voted to approve Brewer's removal of Colleen Mathis, the head of the nonpartisan panel. Brewer accused Mathis of neglect and gross misconduct, but has had difficulty articulating exactly what Mathis did that was unconstitutional.
Democrats accused Brewer of an unprecedented power grab and trying to sabotage the map drafted by a voter-approved panel of two Democrats, two Republicans and an independent chair. The map they came up with benefited Democrats more than Republicans by shoring up some Democratic seats and creating a new Phoenix-area district that Democrats have a chance at winning.