Inside the Russell Pearce recall, Amy McMullen, Salon.com
A good read about citizen-activists organizing to make Russell Pearce, President of the Arizona Senate, the first state legislator in Arizona history removed from office via a recall election.
“From his harsh anti-immigrant law SB 1070 to his plans to slash welfare services, healthcare and education to the support he eagerly accepted from wealthy interest groups like private prison corporations, Pearce struck me as an ugly bully up to his neck in dirty politics.
“The fact that he included a famous neo-Nazi among his former pals and had sent around blatantly anti-Semitic emails to his constituents didn’t endear him to me either. As the newly elected president of what he proudly proclaimed to be the “Tea Party Senate,” with a supermajority of far right-leaning Republicans, it was no secret that he planned to use his unfettered power to further an agenda guaranteed to make our state not only poorer but also even more of a national poster child for xenophobia and covert racism than it already was…”