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DeConcini's Vote Sparks Recall Bid

August 08, 1993| Associated Press

PHOENIX — An Arizona man launched a recall campaign against Sen. Dennis DeConcini hours before the Arizona Democrat voted for President Clinton's deficit-reduction program.

Robert Cavaca, of Sun City, began the drive Friday as the Senate prepared for its showdown vote on the President's $496-billion package of tax increases and spending cuts.

The measure passed the Senate on a 51-50 vote. DeConcini had announced two days earlier that he would support the plan.

"I feel that Senator DeConcini has not voted in the best interest of the majority of the people of Arizona," Cavaca said in a statement. "I feel he has voted in his own self-interest."

Bob Maynes, a spokesman for DeConcini, called the recall "an attempt at political theater" and said it was unlikely that Cavaca would be able to gather the more than 345,000 petition signatures necessary to force an election.

Members of Congress are not subject to recall. However, they sign a statement pledging to resign if they do not win a recall vote.

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