Quick update from Arizona: Recall of Senate President proceeding

Well, it hasn't received as much publicity as the Wisconsin recalls, but the organizers of the recall petition drive against Republican Russell Pearce, the president of the Arizona State Senate submitted four crates of petitions to the Arizona Secretary of State last week.

Citizens for a Better Arizona gathered and submitted more than 18,000 signatures, easily eclipsing the number of votes Pearce received in the 2010 election.

The AZ SOS performed an initial check, eliminating a few signatures on technical grounds, but forwarded approximately 17,000 signatures to the Maricopa County Recorder's office for a more intense verification procedure.

That process could take up to 60 days.  If it takes less than that (and it just may), a recall election could be held in November; otherwise, assuming there are enough validated signatures, the election would take place in March of 2012.

If the election is held, it would be the first recall of a legislator in Arizona history, and so far as anyone can tell, the first recall of a sitting senate president anywhere in the U.S.

Pearce and his supporters have already begun a no-holds-barred campaign to fight the recall, forming a political committee that will solicit and accept corporate funds.  In addition to that, Pearce himself went on national TV to call his opponents the "recall cartel" and (my favorite) "far left anarchists."

He ignores the fact that the recall effort was a grassroots affair with 400 volunteers, who are...

...Teachers

...Children

...Parents

...Grandparents

...Veterans

...Doctors

...Nurses

...Clergy

...Bikers

...Republicans

...Democrats

...Libertarians

...and more, but nary an "anarchist" in the bunch.

 

There are certain to be a number of legal challenges (and probably at least a few not-so-legal "shenanigans), so stay tuned through the summer.