Russell Pearce Elected First Vice Chairman of Arizona Republican Party

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PHOENIX -- Two months after being ousted in a recall election, Russell Pearce was elected by GOP leadership to the second highest position in Arizona's Republican Party. Pearce won election as first vice chairman at a state party meeting on Saturday in Phoenix.

Pearce, the architect of Arizona's immigration law SB 1070, became the first legislator in state history to be recalled in November, when voters opted to replace him with Republican Jerry Lewis, who is known as having a more moderate stance on immigration.