Sitting as the lone proponent of Senate Bill 1070, former Arizona lawmaker Russell Pearce today defended his landmark legislation against U.S. senators and a table of fellow witnesses all allied against the illegal immigration bill.
Following the historic recall of former Senate President Russell Pearce, the ousted immigration hawk’s legislative allies are striving to change the state’s recall process to make it more difficult to remove elected officials.
But the effort to add a primary election to the process has run into some obstacles.
Sen. Steve Gallardo, a Phoenix Democrat and a fierce critic of SB1070, has been invited to testify during a Congressional subcommittee hearing about state-level enforcement of immigration laws.
SB1070 architect Russell Pearce, whom Gallardo often clashed with when Pearce served in the Legislature, is also scheduled to testify at the hearing.
Mesa businessman Bob Worsley has fired the first shot in the primary race against former Senate President Russell Pearce, calling him out for spearheading a boycott campaign against the advertisers of an alternative newspaper.
Campaign teams in the Pearce/Worsley race are already taking shape. Though Pearce opted to have Arpaio consultant Chad Willems run his campaign during the recall last year, he will go with Constantin Querard this year. Querard ran Pearce’s 2010 campaign and was expected to handle the recall, but instead he formed an independent expenditure committee that took shots at Lewis.
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.