Milwaukee Politician Forgets That Arizona Borders Mexico
A story has been making the rounds today about Milwaukee County Supervisor Peggy West who, during a public hearing on a proposed boycott of Arizona, had this to say:
There was an odd moment during the debate when Supervisor Peggy West stood up and seemed to be confused about her geography. “If this was Texas, which is a state that is directly on the border with Mexico, and they were calling for a measure like this saying that they had a major issue with undocumented people flooding their borders, I would have to look twice at this. But this is a state that is a ways removed from the border,” West said during debate.
Her colleague, Joe Rice, quickly corrected her, “I just want to assure my colleague that Arizona does in fact share a border with the country of Mexico.”
While speaking at the meeting, West did go on to talk about National Guard troops on the border in Arizona. West points to that as she tells us that she simply misspoke.
“I did get a passing grade in Geography in high school and in college and I do obviously know that Arizona is on the border,” West said in an interview after today’s meeting.
Here’s the video:
There’s been no small degree of amusement over this on the right, especially among proponents of Arizona’s immigration law, but the best response comes from Senator Jon Kyl, who wrote a letter to Ms. West that said:
“You will be interested to learn that Arizona does indeed share a border with Mexico. I have enclosed a map for your convenience.”