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Hispanic group files papers to recall Pearce

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Posted: Thursday, January 27, 2011 4:10 pm | Updated: 5:45 pm, Mon Feb 21, 2011.

The head of a Hispanic Republican group filed legal papers Thursday seeking to recall Senate President Russell Pearce.

The petition, filed by Dee Dee Blase, says Pearce should be ousted from his office because of his "overt disdain for the United States Constitution." It says that is "indicative of his inability to govern as prescribed."

Blase, who could not immediately be reached for comment, lists a post office box in Scottsdale as her address. But a spokesman for the Secretary of State's Office said there is no requirement for recall organizers to live in the same Mesa district that Pearce represents.

It is a requirement, though, that all of the signatures come from district residents.

Organizers have until May 27 to gather 7,756 valid signatures to force a special election. If Pearce does not resign, then he faces a single open election against however many residents of his district file petitions to run against him.

The move comes on the day that measures were filed to deny citizenship to children born in this country if at least one parent could not prove citizenship or permanent legal residency.

Pearce is not the prime sponsor of any of the measures. But he has been at the forefront of the national movement to force the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that the 14th Amendment does not guarantee citizenship to individuals based solely on where they were born.

Pearce could not be reached for immediate comment.

Check eastvalleytribune.com for updates.

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