Arizona had a good day today...and Russell Pearce had a very bad day.
Today was a "historic" day, as described by Chad Snow, chairman of Citizens for a Better Arizona..
For the the first time in Arizona history, a sitting legislator faces a recall election.
For the first time in US history (as far as anyone can find, anyway), a sitting state senate president faces a recall election.
Monday afternoon, hundreds of supporters, ages 8 to 80, of the Recall Pearce initiative gathered at the state capitol to help turn in the petitions circulated by more than 300 volunteers who gave up their weekends and evenings to work for a better Arizona.
Reports were that Pearce was at the Capitol Monday but didn't meet with the Recall supporters, nor did he answer media questions.
They turned over 18,000 signatures, more than the number of votes Pearce received last November.
Now the process of certifying the signatures begins. My expectations are that Pearce and his allies, which include both the governor and the secretary of state, will do everything they can to derail the movement.
When this effort began in January, many skeptics (and I freely admit, I was one of the skeptics) didn't believe that Randy Parraz and the rest of the Citizens for a Better Arizona crew could pull it together and pull it off, but they did, and regardless of whatever games the Pearce and his friends play with the certification process, all of the Citizens for a Better Arizona deserve our thanks.
Arizona Capitol Times coverage here
Arizona Republic coverage here.
Phoenix New Times coverage here.
Some pics of the day today, courtesy Robert Hääscħ, via the Recall Pearce Facebook page -
Marching from the Senate building to the Executive Tower
Filling the entrance of the Tower
Randy Parraz explaining a chart showing the number of sigs gathered
Crates full of petitions
The story of the end of Pearce's political career, if this leads to that outcome, won't be titled "For Who The Bell Tolls" (that's been taken already by some no-name hack :)) ), ir'll be "For Whom The Papers Riffle." Not as profound a title, but it may have as profound a meaning...