Arizona: Return to Sender

Return to Sender

The letter, printed on stationery from the office of Arizona Governor Evan Mecham, could not have been more plaintive. Unless donors sent him $1.2 million within 45 days, Mecham wrote, he might be kicked out of office. Mailed to 25,000 conservatives across the country, the letter invited recipients to move to Arizona and help Mecham avoid "being crushed by the millions of dollars the militant liberals and the homosexual lobby plan to spend against me."

Mecham, a right-wing Republican elected last year, does face the prospect of losing his job. Some 227,000 Arizonans have already signed petitions for a recall election,...

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