Arizona Senate Confirms 4 To Appellate Court Commission Amid Diversity Concerns

By Holliday Moore
Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services
Published: Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 2:01pm
Updated: Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 8:44pm

Arizona senators confirmed four new members to the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments Tuesday, but not without objections from Democrats.

They're angry that, for the fourth year since taking office, Gov. Doug Ducey offered no Democrats and little in the way of ethnic or gender diversity for the confirmation.

The confirmation along party lines came after both sides invoked Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

R-Sen. Sonny Borrelli of Lake Havasu claimed Democrats voting against Ducey's picks were ignoring King's "dream'' that his children "will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.''

To that, Democratic Sen. Martin Quezada of Glendale called Borelli's logic "verbal jujitsu."

"We are nowhere near the place where we can simply judge everyone by the content of their character and not the color of their skin,'' he said.

And Quezada says that those who use the quote are not doing so to "celebrate our shared humanity'' but instead to "justify the social constructs of race that have been adopted throughout our history despite our shared humanity.''

Ducey's press aide defended the four appointments, saying three are women and two are political independents.

The 15-member commission will begin almost immediately screening the next replacement for State Supreme Court.

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