On Election day 2011, President of the Arizona State Senate, Russell Pearce, was officially recalled and replaced by a fellow Republican, Jerry Lewis.
Russell is most known for his sponsorship of Arizona’s SB1070 immigration law, which, according to the Arizona State Legislature, “requires officials and agencies of the state and political subdivisions to fully comply with and assist in the enforcement of federal immigration laws and gives county attorneys subpoena power in certain investigations of employers. Establishes crimes involving trespassing by illegal aliens, stopping to hire or soliciting work under specified circumstances, and transporting, harboring or concealing unlawful aliens, and their respective penalties.”
Arizona’s law has inspired similar legislation across the country, most notably in Alabama, which passed a law in September that has been deemed the strictist law in the nation.
It will be interesting to see what the reprecussions of Pearce’s recall are in Arizona with some of his fellow supporters in Arizona up for reelection in 2012 and if his recall will have reprecussions nationally.
Pearce will be replaced by Jerry Lewis, “a charter school executive who is fluent in Spanish, said he would be more amenable to compromise, on immigration and everything else, than the man he is replacing.” His views on SB1070 and Russell Pearce are:
It is also worth noting that Jerry Lewis is a member of Mesa’s influential Mormon Church. I wonder what effect this will have on the debate over whether the United States can elect a Mormon president, like Mitt Romney.