The Compact for America’s drive to call a new constitutional convention was dealt a crushing blow in Arizona Monday.
This defeat must be particularly painful for the Compact for America considering it happened in the backyard of the Goldwater Institute — one of the compact’s chief supporters.
Standing before the committee for about 30 minutes, the committee’s legislative counsel, Tim Fleming, presented the outline of the con-con plan as set out in the Compact for America.
Numerous times, Fleming explained to members of the committee that the compact was unclear and led states into “unchartered territory” without the benefit of any “solid case law.”
Several of these shortcomings were additionally highlighted in questions put to Fleming by representatives on the committee.
For example, Representative Bruce Wheeler (D-District 10), asked Fleming whether delegates to the con-con created by the Compact for America would be allowed to propose amendments other than the balanced budget amendment that the Compact for America insists would be the only amendment allowed to be deliberated by the convention.
“I don’t know the answer to this,” Fleming responded, once again admitting the weaknesses of the Compact for America.Details