As sad as it is knowing that the conservative backers of a “personable” Reaganesque marionette have likely succeeded in using their money and their scare mailers to buy themselves what they hope will be the first of many St. Paul City Council seats — and that this will embolden them to go after other truly progressive targets, such as Dave Thune, in the next set of elections — my mood was lifted a touch upon seeing this news:
In a stunning blow to the Tea Party movement, a huge turnout in Mesa’s conservative LD 18 overwhelmingly voted out Arizona’s hardline State Senate President Russell Pearce in a historic recall election today.
As the self-proclaimed “Tea Party President,” Pearce’s national role as the figurehead for punitive immigration measures also turned the recall election into a referendum on the state’s notorious SB 1070 “papers, please” immigration law, which Pearce had made the hallmark of his legislative career.
According to the Maricopa County Recorder Elections Department, Republican moderate and SB 1070 opponent Jerry Lewis overcame the Pearce campaign’s series of dirty tricks and election war chest to win 53.4% to 45.3%. in a contest that divided the city’s influential Mormon Church.