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And THIS week, we're seceding from Arizona!

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And THIS week, we're seceding from Arizona!

A handful of disgruntled Arizonans are agitating for Pima County to separate from Arizona, and form the 51st American state. Co-chairman of the Start Our State movement is Paul Eckerstrom, former Democratic Party chairman for Pima County and—for a period of around two weeks in early 2009—former chairman of the Democratic Party for Arizona.

Eckerstrom, you see, won the state party chair, then resigned it via e-mail only two weeks later, saying he'd misjudged the amount of work required to serve as state party chairman, Tucson-based attorney, and husband and father.

Good luck with that secession thing, then, Paul. Probably won't take up much of your time at all.

Seriously, though, Paul, there's not much to criticize about a man who chooses family over a party chairmanship. I'm aiming at the secession thing here... and probably will continue to do so until it slides beneath the waves.

Roberto De Vido is a communications consultant, writer, cartoonist and jack of many trades. The former chief of Tucson Sentinel’s East Asia Bureau, he now lives in California (make of that what you will).

“With my family and work obligations in Tucson, I cannot do the job that is required.”

— Paul Eckerstrom, in his e-mailed resignation from the state Democratic Party chairmanship two years ago

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