Russell Pearce, Architect of Arizona Immigration Law, Recalled

State Senator Russell Pearce, the force behind Arizona’s draconian anti-immigrant law SB 1070, was defeated in a recall election by challenger Jerry Lewis, marking another big defeat for a state that led the way in immigrant-bashing legislation.

Pearce lost despite holding a 3-to-1 fundraising advantage and a media willing to believe his tales of widespread public support for SB 1070. But ultimately it was his nativist views that did him in.

This was the first election of its kind for Arizona which in some way makes sense that it would involve Pearce. He openly campaigned with neo-Nazi J.T. Ready, denied the Holocaust in an email to constituents and has a resume marked with time spent mentored by Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

But clearly Pearce was feeling the heat. Supporters nominated a straw-man candidate in Olivia Cortes to try and split opposition votes, and with good reason. By the end of Tuesday evening Pearce had lost to Lewis 45% to 53%.

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86 comments

LMj Sunshine

oh well.

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LMj Sunshine

Oh well.

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LMj Sunshine

Oh well.

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Ira L.
Ellie L5 years ago

Goodbye and good riddance Mr. Pearce, you racist fascist beast!

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Michael W.
Michael W5 years ago

Good riddance, fascist pig....

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Olga L.
Olga Leonenko5 years ago

I am so glad!

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Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle5 years ago

Couldn't happen to a nicer guy! We see racist swings, and then normalcy reclaims the minds of people.

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Robert H.
Robert Hamm5 years ago

Its very simple folks, as long as people are being recruited by our companies to work up here they are going to keep coming. I don't blame them for coming up…..I blame the companies recruiting them. As long as the demand is here for illegal low wages there is no fence or mote that will keep them out. Punish the companies………not the workers.

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Sue H.
Sue H5 years ago

Yeah! One zealot down!

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Camila K.
Kamila A5 years ago

America, good morning!!! How about a cup of coffee?! We are getting rid of all the rotten tea....

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