Arizona is making history once again (and this time in a nice, non-racist way!)
For the first time in the history of the United States, a State Senate President has been officially recalled. But this is not just any Senate President, it is our favorite one: Russell Pearce. You know, the main sponsor of SB1070, a man who has ties to white supremacists, the legislator behind proposals to deny citizenship to children. Yup, we’re pretty excited about this.
Early this year, Citizens for a Better Arizona launched a campaign to recall Pearce and, through some sexy grassroots organizing, they were able to gather more than enough signatures to officially put Pearce on the hot seat. Yesterday, July 8th, Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett notified Gov. Jan Brewer (can we recall her too?) that the petitions exceed the minimum number of signatures required by the Arizona Constitution. Actually, more than 2,500 signatures over the required number.
So what happens next? Well, Russell Pearce has two very simple options: he could resign in the next 5 business days or he could run in a special recall election. If Pearce decides to go down the hard way, Gov. Brewer will have to set a date for the election, which will most likely take place in November. I’m sure he’s looking forward to it already.
Over the past year, we have seen how SB1070 and similar laws have hurt our communities and forced good people to live in fear. This is not just about Russell Pearce, but it is a message that will reach politicians in Georgia, North Carolina, Indiana, Pennsylvania to let them know that this hate towards immigrants will not be tolerated.
I wonder what Pearce thinks of the “extreme leftist anarchists” now.