Recall election for Ariz. immigration law sponsor

AP News
Posted: Jul 12, 2011 8:55 PM
Recall election for Ariz. immigration law sponsor

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has announced a Nov. 8 recall election for the leader of the state Senate who was the chief sponsor of the state's controversial legislation against illegal immigration.

Brewer's action Tuesday was expected because elections officials certified last week that opponents of Senate President Russell Pearce had collected enough signatures to force the recall election.

Pearce is best known for sponsoring immigration measures, including the 2010 enforcement law known as SB1070. A judge has placed key provisions of that measure on hold while they're challenged in federal court.

But the people calling for the Republican's ouster have focused their criticism on other issues, such as cuts to education and social services.

He says he'll remain in office and campaign for retention by voters in his legislative district.