Republicans list a litany of grievances about the commission’s methods and process, while Democrats have described Brewer as “drunk with power.”
There had been discussion to remove the two Democrats as well, but one Republican Senator said he did not believe the votes existed to take that further action.
In a letter Monday to Brewer, commission counsel Mary O’Grady defended the group, writing, “The five individuals who serve on this Commission are well-respected Arizonans who frankly deserve better treatment. ... [The Commission’s] independence must be respected and defended.”
“There is absolutely no basis for threatening to remove any Commissioner from office,” she continued. “The discussion of removal should come to a close immediately, and the Commission should be permitted to finish its work.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.