Latino Republicans Work To Recall Arizona’s Pearce

Russell Pearce, left, and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

A group of conservative Arizona Latinos, Somos Republicans, is behind a move to recall that state’s senate president Russell Pearce. For those not in the know, this is the kind of guy who’s been maneuvering the types of bills that will deny the children of immigrants citizenship — *cough* unconstitutional — and lots of other similarly draconian legislation.

The group has started a Facebook Page, Russell Pearce Recall Election, where they state:

Through our broad coalition of Arizona community members all across the political map, we hope to bring light to Senator Pearce’s unapologetic anti-liberty, anti-family, anti-child, anti-immigrant, and anti-privacy activist leadership. We want to send a message to Pearce and his followers that accountability and integrity are a requirement and not optional when it comes to being a legislator and making decisions that effect all of us.

Dee Dee Blase, founder of Somos Republicans, filed the recall petition primarily because of what she calls’ Pearce’s distain for the Constitution, i.e., his anti-immigrant politics. The petition for recall must gather 7,756 signatures from Pearce’s district by May 27 in order to go forward, and Blase has already pulled in Democrats to the effort.

I think the takeaway from this recall is that Latinos, conservative or liberal or moderate, can work together to protect our interests politically speaking. As I wrote earlier this week, politicos think they can totally ignore Latino voters (wherever they may be) and take their support for granted. Tsk, tsk, tsk is what this Pearce recall is showing; even in the midst of what is arguably one of the most hostile environment for Latinos in the country, Somos Republicans and other activists are finding a way to use their civil rights to fight for what they think is important.

Check out the Russell Pearce Recall Election Facebook Page and let us know what you think.

[Photo By Phoenician Patriot]

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