Sunday, January 29, 2012

Pearce wins No. 2 spot in state GOP

Pearce wins No. 2 spot in state GOP

PHOENIX - Ousted state Senate President Russell Pearce won election Saturday to a top Arizona GOP post, giving the architect of the state's tough immigration laws a new political role less than three months after he lost his seat in a recall election.

State Republicans elected Pearce the party's 1st vice chairman at a meeting in Phoenix, party spokesman Shane Wikfors said. The vote puts Pearce in the state party's No. 2 leadership role behind chairman Tom Morrissey. He won with about 60 percent of the vote.

Pearce was the first legislator in state history to be recalled when voters ousted him in November. His defeat was seen by some as a clear repudiation of the tough-on-immigration agenda that he championed by writing the 2010 immigration law that put Arizona in the national spotlight.

That didn't seem to matter to party leaders on Saturday.

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