September 8, 2021 Press Releases

Brnovich Playing Politics With Tucson Public Safety

Arizona Opinion Leaders: Brnovich “keeps using office for political purposes” and “has transformed the AG’s office into his Senate campaign office”

PHOENIX — After making headlines last week for threatening to cut funding critical to securing the public safety of Maricopa County residents, struggling U.S. Senate candidate Mark Brnovich is now threatening to block around $120 million in state funding for Tucson over the city’s vaccine mandate for government employees, citing a state law that hasn’t even been enacted yet.

Brnovich’s callous political move threatens critical funding for Tucson’s public safety, but clearly he cares more about scoring political points than looking out for Southern Arizona.

Brnovich’s dangerous, political decision comes just weeks after he was attacked by one of his primary opponents for allowing businesses to implement similar vaccine mandates.

Here’s how Brnovich’s decision is playing out in state:

Arizona Daily Star: Arizona AG: Mandatory vaccinations for Tucson employees illegal; city pauses effort

  • “I don’t understand how the attorney general can simultaneously acknowledge that the statute does not yet exist as law yet still say action by the city last month violates the ‘law,'” [Tucson City Attorney Mike Rankin] told Capitol Media Services. […]
  • “It is deeply unfortunate, but not surprising, that the attorney general is prioritizing his political ambitions over his responsibility to objectively interpret the law,” [Mayor Regina Romero] said in a prepared statement, with Brnovich running for U.S. Senate. “This report reads more as a campaign speech filled with political commentary rather than a fact-based legal opinion.

Arizona Daily Star: Tim Steller’s Opinion: In Tucson decision, Brnovich keeps using office for political purposes 

  • The key thing to remember with every action that Attorney General Mark Brnovich takes these days is how it affects his political future

  • You and I should look at his actions that way, because that is the way he appears to look at everything — even potential issues of life and death, such as vaccines. […]

  • But I’m dismayed to see all this is still not as low as Brnovich is willing to stoop to bolster his political prospects. Asked about getting the COVID-19 vaccine by Howard Fischer of Capitol Media Services, the attorney general said, “I would encourage people to get the vaccine.”

  • But he declined to say whether he himself got the vaccine, saying these are “personal medical decisions.”

  • Sadly, he’s wrong; they have become highly politicized medical decisions thanks to people like him and his ruthless pursuit of higher office.

  • […] Nothing is more transparent than an attorney general who blatantly uses the power of his office as campaign ad. […]

  • Now comes Brnovich, declaring that Tucson is in breach of a state law that isn’t yet state law – one that’ll cost them $120 million if they continue to mandate that their employees be vaccinated. […]

  • What is highly troubling, though, is our leaders’ decision to not only ignore the recommendations of public health officials but to actually block cities and schools from doing so.

  • And, of course, their decision to ignore the people they’re supposed to represent.