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Crandall decides not to seek reelection; endorses Worsley (access required)

To prevent his family from becoming the target of attacks, Sen. Rich Crandall says he decided not to seek re-election if it meant running against former Senate President Russell Pearce.

Instead, Crandall is backing SkyMall founder Bob Worsley, who announced March 19 that he is seeking the Republican nomination in the Senate race in the new Legislative District 25.

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All that was missing was a blood oath

The unusual display of loyalty isn’t surprising, said Pearce backer Constantin Querard. “He’s the real deal. We always talk about these people who are willing to step up no matter what the consequences are, but we speak of them as if they are hypothetical or historical figures. Russell is that guy. I don’t know if he’d be so popular with the base if he wasn’t so hated by the opposition,” he said.

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Pearce foe sanitizes anti-SB1070 comments

Hours after announcing he was running for a legislative seat that pits him against immigration hawk Russell Pearce, a prominent Mesa businessman deleted his comments from a church website that were critical of Arizona’s controversial anti-illegal immigration laws.

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Mesa businessman to run in Pearce’s legislative district (access required)

A businessman has emerged to run for a seat in a newly drawn East Valley legislative district, a move that sets up a potential showdown with former Sen. Russell Pearce, the author of Arizona’s SB1070. Bob Worsley, founder of the in-flight catalog company SkyMall, declared today he will be seeking the Senate seat in new Legislative District 25.

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Pearce to make announcement on political future

Former state Sen. Russell Pearce is set to end his silence over his political future following his recall defeat. The East Valley Tribune reports that the Mesa Republican and iconic figure in the anti-illegal immigration debate will appear Monday before the Red Mountain Tea Party with other political candidates and his close political ally, Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

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Senate OKs recall elections overhaul (access required)

The Senate today approved legislation that could make it more difficult for voters to remove lawmakers from office. The measure stems from the defeat of then-Sen. Russell Pearce, the architect of SB1070 and major anti-illegal immigration laws in Arizona, following a successful recall effort last year.

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