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Pearce recall shows voters want leaders, not rulers

After the unprecedented recall and defeat of Senate President Russell Pearce, political pundits have had a heyday analyzing the causes of his decisive upset. Immigration policy? Abrasive personality? Campaign blunders? These and many other factors contributed to the Pearce defeat.

But the overriding factor was that voters are fed up with strident, partisan politicians who ignore the will of the majority to advance extreme ideologies that appeal to their narrow political base. Pearce is exhibit A.

Arizonans understand that our problems are complex, and require thoughtful, collaborative responses — not inflammatory bumper sticker slogans. We have seen firsthand that extreme ideologies coupled with hyper partisanship obliterate true leadership and responsible governance.

If there is a lesson to be learned, it is that voters will hold elected officials accountable for failing to listen to the moderate majority of Arizonans. We want elected officials who will listen, lead and govern — not rule.

— Lucia Fakonas Howard is a Phoenix attorney.

One comment

  1. In my opinion, there is a lesson here. It consists of what happens when liberal/socialist,
    agitators come into a district and promote propaganda that is against
    the rule of law and directly affects public safety.

    Randy Parraz has a background that includes union organizing and leadership and
    he tries to advance socialist partisan ideologies that advance his leftist platform.
    This is just sample of what folks like Mr. Parraz have in mind for our country.
    If anyone believes that socialist ideologies work take a trip to Britain or Greece.

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