Arizona’s Russell Pearce To Be Recalled
Recall fever has spread. First Wisconsin, then Ohio and now, it seems Arizona will be the next state to take a second look at its hard turn to the right.
According to reports, the groups working to recall Arizona state Senate President Russell Pearce (R), author of the state’s abhorrent immigration law have collected enough signatures to force a recall election. Elections Director Amy Bjelland certified over 10,000 signatures. Only 7,756 were needed.
Gov. Jan Brewer (R) is legally required to call the election within 15 days of the certification. At that time those pushing for the recall will have until September 9 to file a nominating petition, naming a challenger, with at least 621 signatures.
The recall election will take place on November 8th unless Pearce is able to successfully challenge the recall in court. Early reports from the Arizona Daily Star indicate that Pearce will likely not mount a challenge and is instead looking to fight.
The group behind the recall efforts is Citizens For A Better Arizona, a coalition group opposed to most of Pearce’s extreme positions, including his embrace of birtherism and opposition to the Fourteenth Amendment.
While these recall elections are a welcome sign of an engaged electorate, they are also an unnecessary expense at a time when states cannot afford the basics. Pearce’s extreme rhetoric and views may represent a slice of Arizonan’s, but as the recall efforts illustrate, citizens have grown tired of extremism and are instead looking for honest and common sense solutions to the problems facing their states.
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