Think Tank looks back at 2011 recall of Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce

Dec 3, 2021, 3:00 PM
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Russell Pearce was the only sitting Senate president in any state ever to be recalled from office. He was also the moving force behind SB1070 and a host of other anti-immigrant bills in the Arizona Legislature.

The recall effort in Arizona was 10 years ago and we have three of the most significant players in that effort to discuss:

  • Randy Parraz initiated the recall petitions required to trigger a recall election.
  • Tyler Montague was heavily involved in the search for an appropriate opposing candidate when the recall election was held and then ran that campaign.
  • Jerry Lewis was the candidate chosen to take on Russel Pearce in the recall election.

Parraz has written a book about the effort called “Dignity by Fire.”

This week’s Think Tank discusses this important piece of Arizona history, how it came about and what happened in its aftermath. And we consider the long-term implications for our politics.

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Think Tank looks back at 2011 recall of Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce