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.”
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., takes a selfie with Faye, a pot belly pig, after a news conference held by Citizens Against Government Waste at the Phoenix Park Hotel to release the 2015 Congressional Pig Book which identifies pork-barrel spending in Congress, May 13, 2015.