Arizona is threatening to leave Los Angeles in the dark — and its air conditioners without power — if the city doesn’t rescind its order to boycott the state over Arizona’s tough new immigration law.
“I feel like if you’re going to boycott the candy store, you’ve got to leave all the candy alone,” said Arizona Corporation Commissioner Gary Pierce. Arizona provides 25 percent of Los Angeles’ power.
“I feel like Arizona is the candy store,” he added.
Pierce made his challenge after the Los Angeles City Council’s 13-1 vote earlier this month to boycott Arizona and Arizona-based businesses.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law SB 1070 last month, empowering police in the state to stop people they suspect may be illegal immigrants and demand identification.
Los Angeles was among several California municipalities that have voted to boycott Arizona, including San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, as well as Boston, Seattle and Austin, Texas.
Arizona has started to fight back. Pierce sent a letter to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Tuesday explaining his stance on the issue and urging him to “reconsider the wisdom of attempting to harm Arizona’s economy.”
“If they’re really serious about this, then be true to your conviction,” Pierce told ABCNews.com. “I would be happy to help them to renegotiate the power agreements so they no longer receive power from Arizona.”
“When temperatures rise over 100 degrees we’re going to love to have the extra power,” he said.
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