Sen. Russell Pearce responds to recall effort

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by Stacey Delikat

azfamily.com

Posted on May 19, 2011 at 9:35 PM

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. - State Senate President Russell Pearce is responding to efforts to recall him from office.

The group Citizens for a Better Arizona says they are close to collecting the 7,700 signatures they need to force a recall election in Pearce's Mesa district.

At a "Fight the Recalls" rally in Paradise Valley with Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Representative John Kavanaugh and others, Pearce told 3TV he takes the recall seriously.

"You take everything seriously, people know who these folks are, they've tried it before," said Pearce.  "They're simply open-border anarchists who have no respect for the rule of law, we'll deal with it."

Citizens for a Better Arizona was created by Randy Parraz, who ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate in the 2010 democratic primary.

Pearce said if a recall is forced, he'll run an honest and clean election.

Pearce also spoke about his plans to form a charity for Haiti with Eric Johnson. According to its website, the Pearce Johnson Foundation "will work hard to find the latest technologies in the areas of water purification, desalination, and energy saving products" in earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

"The poor in America aren't poor compared to those folks," said Pearce."It breaks my heart every time I hear those stories."

He went on to deny allegations that his creation of the charity is an effort to improve his political image.

"Some people they love to make up stories, if they can't find the truth, they'll just invent it," he said.

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