Pamela Powers Hannley, a progressive voice for Arizona
Not to be outdone, supporters of Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik held a counter rally at the same location.
Depending upon which Arizona Daily Star article you read, either 200 or 350 people attended the rallies. (My guesstimate is about 200.) The group was pretty much evenly split between supporters and detractors of the sheriff.
Although the Star continues to report that the Dupnik recall effort is based his speech against hatred and vitriol at the press conference following the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, I contend that it is all about his anti-SB1070 stance and that his heartfelt words about hatred in America are just an excuse for action. The primary backer of the recall effort is AAIA, the brainchild of a right-wing talk radio host in Utah, is an anti-illegal immigrant/pro-SB1070 group. Locally, the Pima County Tea Party Patriots and right-wing talk radio host Jon Justice– also SB1070 aficionados– are trying to fan the recall flames. If yesterday’s rally was any indication, Dupnik has plenty of supporters in Tucson.
There was no lack of opinions or creative signage at the dueling rallies. For a taste of the events, check out the video below.
[tnivideo caption=”Dump and Support Dupnik Rallies” credit=”Pamela Powers”]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlJu4xQBoA8[/tnivideo]