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Posted: Friday, October 28, 2011 5:30 am | Updated: 2:44 pm, Mon Sep 16, 2013.

Okay, I don’t live in Legislative District 18, but that doesn’t mean I’m not deeply affected by the possible recall of our Senate president and the contemptible, outsider intrusion into our state. Don’t kid yourself, District 18 voters: There are those who want to force a major shift in Arizona’s political base and away from policies of citizen protection. And, they are using you.

I implore you to reconsider.

Clearly, the Democratic party wants to see Sen. Russell Pearce defeated. I can understand that. But those of his own party, who have been sucked into the game of an expensive recall one short year away from a fully funded general election are staggeringly ignorant.

This recall is a game of dangerous proportions, one that has scammed multiple Republicans, many respected in District 18.  

It’s one thing that a possible million dollars have been spent in this recall, (told to Pearce by Arizona Congressman Trent Franks) — much of it said to be from outside of Arizona; it’s another when our own citizens are blinded to hype and political carping.

I have a few questions for those, in Arizona, who have contributed to the recall effort: Really? You are unhappy with a strong legislative leader who took Arizona out of the red and into the black in a time the nation is floundering economically? A leader whose state is currently number two in job growth, from number 49 in the nation when the recession began?

Let’s go back to the primary issue: SB1070, which mandates aliens carry required documents. Through Pearce’s leadership, Arizona has led the nation in finally claiming state’s rights and taking the steps to protect its own citizens. Following Arizona’s example, some 30 other states are creating similar legislation. Our governor tells of standing ovations as she travels this nation. American citizens clearly respect Arizona’s courage.

Did you know that crime in Phoenix has dropped to a 30-year low as per PLEA, the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association? And, with a reported 100,000 illegals having moved out of Arizona, the estimated drop in K-12 education costs has been substantial. (The U.S. Department of Education places Arizona cost at $7,610 per pupil.)

Are you aware, rather than solve border problems, the feds have simply erected signs south of Phoenix alerting people of the border dangers? That five years before Rob Krentz was murdered on his own border ranch he begged for help for himself and other ranchers?  

We whine about our circumstances, about the feds remaining unresponsive — yet when one strong man steps to the front and displays courage, we watch or participate in his humiliation and possibly his political martyrdom because he’s imperfect. Really?

Pearce acknowledges he’s made mistakes. And, absolutely, I disagree with some ways he’s tried to solve a few of our problems. But in our current political crisis, we’re in need of courageous leaders. As long as Pearce is in office, I will work to support him and encourage him to create humane, yet sensible policy.

As for outsiders who are intent on managing the politics of a strong Western state, where boldness comes from the genes of the courageous first settlers, I am aghast that even one District 18 citizen could be influenced in this costly sham.

• East Valley resident Linda Turley-Hansen (turleyhansen@gmail.com) is a syndicated columnist and former Phoenix veteran TV anchor.

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