Yesterday the state Senate Judiciary Committee passed Senate Bill 1449. The bill would require recall elections to include a partisan primary. In the event of a runoff, all voters could participate, similar to regular partisan elections. It also allows for party designations on the recall ballot.
Prime sponsors of the bill are Steve Smith (LD-23), Sylvia Allen (LD-5), Judy Burges (LD-4), Lori Klein (LD-6) and Andy Biggs (LD-22). Co-sponsors are Ron Gould (LD-3), Rick Murphy (LD-9), and Don Shooter (LD-24) — Republicans all.
Sen. Steve Smith, described the bill as not just one to help Republicans but one that would benefit any party facing a recall. “It’s just to revert back to the primary system as it would in any other election we have in the state.”
Democrats, reveling in the East Valley Legislative District 18 recall of Sen. President Russell Pearce, are opposed to the measure — as is Sen. Adam Driggs (R-LD11), who joined them in voting against the bill. “We’re all looking at District 18. I struggle to change laws based on one example,” Driggs said. “I don’t understand the need.”
No doubt about that.
Driggs, who advertises himself as a Spanish speaking immigration lawyer, was among the Republican state senators who previously took a hike on Sen. Pearce’s bills dealing with the flood of costly foreign nationals illegally invading Arizona. This state is also the major portal used by illegals to fan out throughout the U.S. in violation of national sovereignty while thumbing their noses at our rule of law. At the time, Democrats voted in unison against all five bills. Republicans, such as Adam Driggs, who ran as conservatives, misrepresented their positions to their constituents.