Paul Eckerstrom, the former chairman of the Arizona Democratic Party, is fed up with conservative state officials and what he terms their “extremist” policies, from de-funding schools to their efforts to reject federal Medicaid funds to their new effort to nullify existing federal laws. So he founded Start Our State in an effort to help Pima County secede from the state of Arizona, found Baja California and petition for entry into the United States of America as its 51st state.

Eckerstrom appeared on MSNBC on March 1, 2011 to explain why he wants to secede from Arizona — and to admit that doing so is a long shot.

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