"But in the state Senate, it was business as usual. There was no halt to let senators attend funerals or President Obama's visit. "We have a constitutional obligation," Senate President Russell Pearce told the Arizona Republic, to wrap up business in 100 days.
"Pearce does not let anything slow him down. When he was on patrol as a sheriff's deputy here in the 1970s, he was shot in the chest but still wrestled with one of the youths who attacked him and chased two more before seeking medical help. When he entered the statehouse a decade ago, he was dismissed by some in his own party as a loudmouthed backbencher, unhealthily obsessed with illegal immigration."