An Arizona’s state senator’s vote for the infamous anti-LGBT discrimination bill that attracted national attention earlier this year is now being held against her in campaign ads.
The vote by state Sen. Michele Reagan (R), who is now running for secretary of state, is the subject of a new ad from her Democratic opponent Terry Goddard, a former state attorney general. In the ad, which the Goddard campaign plans to spend six figures on, a lesbian couple lambasts Reagan for Senate Bill 1062, which would have allowed discrimination based on deeply held religious beliefs.
“But state senator Reagan voted for that hateful legislation and stood with those who would make us second-class citizens,” one of women says.
After significant backlash from national groups and the Arizona business community, Gov. Jan Brewer (R) vetoed the bill in February.
Independent polling on the race is limited, but Goddard’s campaign released an internal poll earlier this month that showed him leading 47 percent to 31 percent.