Good job, Arizona!!! Corrupt, hateful Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce was defeated soundly tonight by a moderate Republican, Jerry Lewis. Lewis took 53 percent of the vote in a low-turnout election.
Pearce, as you might recall, was the author and promoter of SB 1070, the odious immigration law that nearly turned Arizona inside out. It seems voters were unimpressed with his xenophobia and his corruption.
“Voters in Mesa sent a strong signal to lawmakers at the state capitol today: Arizonans want politicians working for them, not for special interests,” said David Donnelly, director of Public Campaign Action Fund’s Campaign Money Watch project. “Pearce’s anti-immigrant positions may have made him into a controversial figure, but it was his love of campaign cash, special interest perks, and opposition to Clean Elections that led voters to kick him out of the Senate.”
What this election and others around the country proves is that democracy is not dead in this country. In Mississippi, Maine, Ohio, Kentucky, and Arizona, voters stood up and told the Koch brothers they don't own our government, despite their best efforts to do so. It also proves that the message of the Occupy movement is one that resonates deeply with voters across this country, who are not automatons voting party lines without thought to what they are doing. The cynical ideas of Republicans and Koch-bots across this country are being rejected out of hand.
Power to the people.