Evan Mecham, Please Go Home

Arizonans are poised to recall their foot-in-mouth Governor

Archconservative Pontiac Dealer Evan Mecham needed five tries to become Governor of Arizona. Now, just ten months after taking his oath, the grandfatherly Mormon is under siege. He has been ridiculed in the comic strip Doonesbury, faces a formidable recall campaign, and is the target of a grand jury investigation that could lead to impeachment.

This week the recall campaign will present Arizona's secretary of state with more than 350,000 signatures demanding a recall vote on Mecham; fewer than 220,000 would be enough to force another election by next May. By contrast, Mecham squeaked into office with only 344,000 votes, a...

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