(Phoenix, Arizona) Apparently, the state government of Arizona cannot function properly without the direct, everyday control of the governor.
From The Arizona Republic:
Is the governor still the governor when she is out of Arizona?
Yes, says Democratic Governor Janet Napolitano. She expects to take all the powers of her office with her when she heads to Russia on Sunday for a two-week trip, even though the Arizona Constitution says the secretary of state takes control while the governor's gone.
No, says Republican Secretary of State Jan Brewer, an increasingly outspoken rival of the governor. Under the law, Brewer asserts, she will clearly be the acting governor for the next two weeks, whether Napolitano likes it or not.
To hell with the state constitution. Rawr!
I've always believed that the true test of the effectiveness of a leader is how well the organization functions when the leader is absent. Apparently, Gov. Napolitano has no confidence in her organization. Unfortunately, if a situation arises in Arizona within the next two weeks that requires hands-on leadership and authority, tough feces. I foresee people saying, "I don't work for you."
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