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November 15, 2011
 
 

Russell Pearce: Recall Election Not a Referendum on SB 1070


"I'd be lying if I said I was not extremely disappointed by being voted out in a recall election. I'm sad to go under these circumstances. The establishment is attempting to frame my defeat as proof that voters oppose immigration control. Many are insinuating my defeat as a blow SB1070," says Russell Pearce in a Politico op-ed. "But the truth is - as some political observers acknowledge - I probably wouldn't have lost the race in a normal election . . . In addition, looming over the campaign was a prolonged smear campaign against me for accepting (with dozens of other legislators) free college football tickets. I believe these attacks are groundless and I did nothing illegal or unethical. The main point, however, is that this had nothing to do with my positions on illegal immigration. In fact my opponent barely discussed the issue."