Sources close to Gov. Jan Brewer say today that she is likely to veto Arizona’s hate bill.
Brewer, who has been in Washington attending the annual National Governors Association meeting this week, has publicly said she still has to look closely at the bill, but plans to “do the right thing for Arizona.” But privately, sources closer to Brewer say she’s more likely to bend to warnings from business interests who say the law would unleash an economic backlash similar to the one that followed the state’s controversial immigration law in 2010. “It’s been her proclivity in the past to focus on the priorities she wants them [the legislature] to accomplish, and this was clearly not part of her agenda,” said her longtime adviser, Chuck Coughlin. “She doesn’t want to take any actions that could jeopardize the economic momentum we’ve seen here in Arizona,” another source close to the governor said. She has until Saturday morning to make her decision.
They are very upset about this over at Breitbart.
UPDATE: Brewer says the above claims are wrong.
The office of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) denied an NBC News report that she is likely to veto a controversial bill that would allow businesses to refuse services to gay and lesbian customers in an email to Business Insider Tuesday. “Governor Brewer hasn’t yet made a decision,” a Brewer spokesperson said. “The Senate transmitted its bill to our office yesterday while the Governor was in DC. When she returns, she will take the time necessary to thoroughly review and evaluate the legislation before taking action.”