Following up on ED’s post about Brisenia Flores, it’s worth noting that the Tea Party response to the Tucson shootings is to focus their ire on Sheriff Dupnik, who made a few honest and relevant remarks about the overheated climate of hatred in Pima County. In addition to a “Dump Dupnik” rally later this week, a conservative Salt Lake City talk radio host has initiated a recall petition for Dupnik. That’s a complete publicity stunt, since a recall requires gathering about 100K signatures (roughly 1/5 of all the registered voters in the county) in four months.
Proving once again that both sides do it, here’s the response of the Pima County Democratic Chairman Jeff Rogers:
Rogers has urged Dupnik’s supporters or those against the recall effort not to stage a counterdemonstration. Instead, Rogers asks that they contribute to the Community Food Bank or donate blood to the Red Cross.
“If people really want to go out there and protest against the protest, the First Amendment is one of our most cherished principles … and people should feel free to do that,” he says. “I would just like to see a more productive response rather than people shouting at each other across a couple of picket lines.”