Author of tough Arizona immigration law loses recall election

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Author of tough Arizona immigration law loses recall election
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Wed, 11-09-2011 - 8:26am

http://www.cnn.com/2011/11/09/politics/arizona-recall-vote/index.html?hpt=us_c2

The state senator who wrote Arizona's controversial immigration law conceded defeat Tuesday night in a recall election widely seen as a referendum on tough measures against illegal immigrants.

"I want to thank those people who have stood by me," said Russell Pearce, who represented a suburban Phoenix district. "It doesn't look like the numbers are going my direction ... and I'm OK with that."

The recall petition pitted him against fellow Republican Jerry Lewis, who led with 53.4% of the vote with all precincts reporting. Pearce got 45.3%, election officials said.

"If being recalled is the price for keeping my promises, then so be it," Pearce said surrounded by supporters.

The heated campaign has included accusations of dirty tricks, with Lewis supporters saying a third candidate who later dropped out but remains on the ballot -- Olivia Cortes -- was intended to siphon votes from him.

Pearce, a former Phoenix-area sheriff's deputy known for his tough stance against illegal immigration, sponsored the state immigration law that became the focus of national media and legal attention.

"With Sen. Russell Pearce's defeat in this recall election, everyone who practices the politics of fear and division was put on notice," said Rep. Raul Grijalva, a Democrat from Arizona.

"It's not a substantive platform, and his own constituents clearly said they demand more from their elected officials. It's a game-changer for the state of Arizona that's going to have serious, and I think very positive, ripple effects all across this country."

Passed in 2010, the Arizona law aimed to "discourage and deter the unlawful entry and presence of aliens and economic activity by persons unlawfully present in the United States."

Among other provisions, it would require that local police, during the enforcement of other laws, check the immigration status of anyone they suspected of being undocumented.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit said the measure overstepped Arizona's authority, and the state is seeking a U.S. Supreme Court ruling to settle the issue.

Pearce contends dozens of other states are trying to pass similar legislation, showing the popular support and need for such measures.

Lewis, who says the controversial law has made Arizona a national pariah, said he ran out of dissatisfaction with how Pearce has represented the 18th District.

Lewis has called for what he characterizes as a more cooperative stance against illegal immigration, one that seeks solutions in concert with the federal government and other players.

The recall petition drive against Pearce collected more than 10,000 signatures.

 


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Actually, the common denominator behind much of the anti-immigration legislation is a former John Ashcroft protege by the name of Kris Kobach. http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2008/spring/the-nativists?page=0,11

Look for him as the "man behind the curtain" when it comes to state policies against immigration.

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Thanks for posting that link. Most interesting not only the piece about Kobach but the other 'anti-immigration' types too. Wow some of them are real wack-jobs.

 


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I realize that many outside of AZ think he lost the recall election because of the SB 1070 law.

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Here's some more information on the various reasons why Pearce was recalled.

http://citizensforabetteraz.org/legislative-record/

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That source is extremely biased, just so you know.

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The source are the people who were trying to recall Pearce and their reasons for doing so. It's a valid source. I also noted that SB1070 wasn't mentioned in their reasons except as a throwaway remark. It sounds like they had plenty of other reasons to want him out.

I have no idea why you mentioned that he lost to another Republican. It has nothing to do with anything, unless one is continuing to be partisan and that's all one cares about. I'm more concerned about ethics problems and political stances that hurt constituents. It appears that Pearce fits the bill with regard to that.
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iluvkrat wrote:

"I also noted that SB1070 wasn't mentioned in their reasons except as a throwaway remark. It sounds like they had plenty of other reasons to want him out. "

"It has nothing to do with anything, unless one is continuing to be partisan and that's all one cares about."

If you will notice, the article in the posted in the original start of the thread certainly eluded that the AZ immigration law was a major reason he lost the recall election.

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If you will notice, I wasn't talking about the original post. I specifically provided something from the people who spearheaded the drive to get Pearce recalled. Please try to stick with what I'm actually posting and writing instead of attributing posts from others to me or use my posts as a jump off spot to continue the constant liberal bashing. I'd appreciate that. Thanks.
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iluvkrat wrote:

"If you will notice, I wasn't talking about the original post. I specifically provided something from the people who spearheaded the drive to get Pearce recalled. Please try to stick with what I'm actually posting and writing instead of attributing posts from others to me or use my posts as a jump off spot to continue the constant liberal bashing. I'd appreciate that. Thanks."

I wasn't talking about what YOU posted.

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