Russell Pearce Is Going Down, But the Recall Still Needs Your Help

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Randy Parraz (in black) with volunteers and staff at recall headquarters

As I type this, Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox and a number of local activist groups are having a press conference calling on Sheriff Joe Arpaio to resign and for the feds to take the sheriff's office and the jails into receivership.

Of course, I support that call, but I have no faith the feds will act. And Arpaio will croak in office before he ever resigns.

Such press conferences don't hurt. They do put some pressure on the U.S. Attorney's Office, and so forth. But we've been waiting more than three years now for the feds to act on the various civil and criminal investigations of Arpaio's office. So far, nada. 

Maybe the feds will get off their hindquarters one of these days. But I'm not going to turn blue in the face holding my hot air for it. Makes me feel like one of the characters in Waiting for Godot.

Meanwhile, there is one effort I have faith in, one that I've had faith in since it's inception on January 31st.

That's the recall of state Senate President Russell Pearce.

The local Democratic Party has never seriously engaged Pearce on his own turf. That's not to say individual candidates haven't tried. But the Dems never put the resources necessary into registering voters and getting out the vote in Legislative District 18.

Instead, the D's conceded the district to Pearce, and like a malignant weed, Pearce has flourished, unassailed by the gardener's hand.

Now, Citizens for a Better Arizona is ready to rip that weed out by the roots and cast it into the fire.

Though the Dems have remained silent on CBA's cause since it filed its paperwork with the Arizona Secretary of State's Office, the group led by veteran organizer (and former U.S. Senate candidate  Randy Parraz) and Republican attorney Chad Snow, has been barreling through Mesa like a heard of tornadoes, upending all preconceived notions of the staid, conservative stronghold.

More importantly, CBA's been registering voters and garnering the 7,756 valid signatures needed to force a recall election of the state's most powerful politician.

With the deadline looming at the end of May, the recall is already tantalizingly close to its goal. Though the Arizona Republic has reported that CBA is 500 signatures away from the total needed. Parraz told me this morning that it's closer to 1,000. 

Either way, Pearce's day of reckoning is nigh.

The rival recall group Arizonans for Better Government, led by Somos Republicans' DeeDee Blase, has removed itself completely from the fray, encouraging everyone to assist CBA.

Having raised $25K in donations, CBA has been able to pay some petition gatherers, though the bulk of the work is being done by volunteers.

This Saturday, CBA formally opened a campaign headquarters at 628 N. Center Street in Mesa with a pizza party for volunteers and staff. I stopped by to check out the digs. One young lady by the name of Lilia told me she'd gotten 15 signatures that morning. She was heading out for an afternoon canvass to hunt for more.

Parraz said that CBA wants to submit the signatures in advance of the deadline, and that the office will remain open through July to push for an election in November, as well as inform people about Pearce, register more voters and encourage those voters to get to the polls.

Regarding possible candidates to go head to head with Pearce, should he opt not to resign, Parraz said he couldn't comment on individuals.

"We're a recall committee, we can't even get into that," he explained. "Let's be honest, who's going to step up now? It doesn't make sense. You can't even have a candidate until those signatures get ratified.

"Are people talking about potentials, I'm sure they are. But it means nothing unless we're successful at this recall. So let's focus on the recall."

(BTW, neither the Dems nor the Libertarians should field a candidate. Instead, a moderate Republican is needed, hopefully one that is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, to appeal to Mesa's large LDS community. Otherwise, the vote will split, leaving Pearce the victor.)

Parraz promised that CBA was taking nothing for granted, and he encouraged those who want to become a part of history to join the effort. CBA is organizing a massive walk for signatures for this Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers should check in during this time at the main branch of the Mesa Public Library, 64 E. 1st Street in Mesa.

The only successful recall effort in the state's history has been that of Governor Ev Mecham, but he was impeached before the election could happen. I have no doubt CBA will get the required signatures, and the group has been vetting the signatures, weeding out those that are invalid.

Yet even Parraz knows he needs a cushion, perhaps as many as a couple thousand more. Which is why people cannot sit back, thinking the deed is done. Only registered LD18 voters can sign the petition, but if you live outside the district, you can still volunteer. 

CBA does have to deal with the law of diminishing returns. It gets harder to score signatures as time goes on. The low-hanging fruit has been plucked.

"People are hearing that we're going to get the signatures, but we're not there yet," said Parraz. "We'd be dead if we turned them in tomorrow. So the main message is that this recall is going on, we're not done, and we need help."

You heard the man. Now get-r-done.

Note: To lend your support, check out the Recall Pearce website, here.


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No Name please
No Name please

Where can I sign for the recall?  I live in chandler. 

jtready
jtready

"...barreling through Mesa like a heard [sic] of tornadoes..."

Too bad I'm not still in D18. I could run and split the vote of the con-serve-add-tivs. Then a moderate could run and knock perfidious Pearce to the curb. But I can still walk the area and speak to many people with a clipboard in my hand when I'm not clutching an assault weapon on the ever closer to us border. While sucking down millions in taxpayer resources, Sheriff Joe gloated about catching a measly seven illegals this past weekend. Half will probably sue due to abuse in his jails and cost the taxpayer even more money. Meanwhile, with meager resources (all private funds) and  limited manpower (all volunteers drawing no salary), the www.USBorderGuard.com volunteer Border Rangers turned four smugglers over to the feds. Three of which were armed. Another armed smuggler dropped his weapon, left his dope, and chose to run into the desert to become vulture breakfast instead of enjoying our charming company. Oh well. Buzzards gotta eat too I suppose.

Back to pugnacious Pearce. "Malignant weed" is an appropriate metaphor to describe this heel. Mormon/Christian doctrine warns of weeds (tares) like Russell embedding themselves in our midst and wreaking havoc. And we are prophetically told what we should do with them! 

Doctrine and Covenants 86: 7."Therefore, let the wheat and the tares grow together until the harvest is fully ripe; then ye shall first gather out the wheat from among the tares, and after the gathering of the wheat, behold and lo, the tares are bound in bundles, and the field remaineth to be burned."

Concerned"american"citizen
Concerned"american"citizen

Have you guys read the story of the interview with the CFO and Reporter Dana from 12 news? Well, its all coming to light now it will be a matter of time before Russell"fatso" Pearce won't have the backing of the Sheriff..As the world turns in AZ...Stephen whats your dig on that interview will you be interviewing Miss Barkell anytime soon? We need your feedback!!

EX-LIBERAL
EX-LIBERAL

If you're not a liberal at twenty you have no heart, if you're not a conservative at forty you have no brain. 

Winston Churchill

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Mike
Mike

wow!!!!!

Bobby
Bobby

Just look at the fools in the picture above. Like Jonny says, their gonna be sorry. Stupid a--wipes.

Pit Boss
Pit Boss

"Instead, a moderate Republican is needed, hopefully one that is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, to appeal to Mesa's large LDS community."

Maybe Mesa's large LDS community should remove their heads from their asses and realize that just about every LDS politician (or person with legislative power) in this state has done a horrible job, and is often fucked in the head as well. I understand why you're saying this, but it's sickening to think that a community of people would only vote for candidates who belong to the same religion as they do. How backwards are these people?

Here in Gilbert, I'm pretty sure every freaking city council member is an LDSer, and they're all horrible at what they do.

I like them as people, but LDSers make really shitty politicians.

Jonny
Jonny

Boy, You people are kind of violent.

Jason
Jason

Pearce has an ally and friend in the Flaccid Fool of MCSO.

Even if Pearce is recalled, his good buddy the MCSO shurf will help him get elected. But Russell will owe Joe favors.

It still will be a victory to see Pearce suffer a recall though. Keep up the good work. It will be a victorious day if Pearce is recalled and defeated.

EX-LIBERAL
EX-LIBERAL

A moderateREPUB???????? You had mentioned Chad Snow in a previous article as a REPUB.....LOL

I don't believethey will get the number of signatures needed for this effort! Help fromOUTSIDE the district is the only reason it has gotten this far which only showsthat the effort is truly being put together by people R. Pearce does notrepresent.

I read youmostly because I need a good laugh at times and you always come through!

THANKS!

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

VERY IMPORTANT, if you don't live in LD18 and can't sign the recall petition you CAN make a donation to the effort and/or can be involved as a volunteer. If you know of anyone who lives in LD18 and might be interested in the recall effort please have them check out recallpearce.com

Bobby
Bobby

Go to www. "Stupid Idiots with nothing better to do." com

Bobby
Bobby

The brave state of Arizona and its politicians are resisting the invasion that has happened to California. Arizona is defending itself against the invasion of the narco-controled state of Mexico, that has always started wars with the U.S. .That is why Arizona gets all the flack from the central government and traitors like the people pictured above. You know an invasion is in progress when Americans try to stop it. Look at the reaction!! Wake up Americans!!

Mistalee
Mistalee

They'll only be sorry if they fail to remove that Mormon neonazi from office. 

EX-LIBERAL
EX-LIBERAL

 

Where is ChadSnow on this????? LOL

If someonesaid Muslims made shity politicians this blog would light up! But LDSer's arefair game.

IllegalAliens... Opps can't talk about them either.

You peopleare why I'm no longer a liberal. Your hateful people!!

Adrian Cruz
Adrian Cruz

Not likely, Jason. The only politician more toxic than Pearce right now is Joe Arpaio. The only thing Arpaio could help Pearce with at this point is finding those danged Fiesta Bowl checks...

Chad Snow
Chad Snow

Ex-Lib, Russell Pearce unfortunately represents everyone in Arizona. As President of the Senate, he dictates policy that affects the entire state. He fancies himself the de-factor Governor of Arizona. The fact is that Pearce is horrible for this state. He is a one-trick ideologue who is willing to drive the the state's economy and reputation into the ground in pursuit of his pet issue.

Since you know so much, tell me what positive things Russell Pearce has contributed to this state. What will he be remembered for 50 years from now?

Dhuiz
Dhuiz

Since Pearce is the president of the stae senate, why can't anyone sign the patition? Why is it only for the  LD18 district?

Bobby
Bobby

I heard liberals in Arizona are trying to form their own state. Please, please, do it, and take the traitors above and Isabel Garcia, Mecha, Aztlan types, with you.

Jason
Jason

You're right. Well said. I just find it odd that at the "Feet to the Fire" thing the Flaccid Fool spoke at he said he supports Pearce.

 I also remember a lawsuit being filed by the DOJ in September, about 2 weeks before the Munnell Memo, regarding the Flaccid Fool's refusal to cooperate with the DOJ's investigation into basic human-rights violations, none other than Russell Pearce cried at a press conference that the lawsuit was hampering Joe's immigration enforcement. 

Also, Pearce was Joe's #2 guy until about 1993 and is responsible for the inception of Tent City, which the MCSO shurf has declared a concentration camp.

Further, Pearce worked for the MCSO for about 20 years before retirement and was rehired as a civilian (Remember Hendershott? He was hired as a civilian after he retired from MCSO.)

On top of all that, Pearce's son works for the MCSO. I think his name is Justin Pearce.

Pearce's other son Colten works for the Gilbert PD.

I think a third son works as a MCSO detention officer. However, I am not sure about this.

So, it seems to me that Pearce has an undying loyalty to the Senile Spinster of MCSO. There are just too many coincidences.....  

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Have you noticed no one has asked or demanded that pearce produce those cancelled checks? Doesn't it seem odd that just because he says he has them, and pays an additional $272 he apparently is being believed?

Bobby
Bobby

 He won't be remembered tool of the left, Chad. By that time Arizona will be Mexican terriitory. However, you might be remembered---in a kind of negative immortality.

EX-LIBERAL
EX-LIBERAL

Mr. Snow,

So if I havea problem with the vote placed by a liberal in a district or state I don't livein but feel that their vote affects me or just because I have nothing to do thenI'm justified in shaping and imposing my views on that districts choice inrepresentation. With that logic if a foreign country, an out of state citizenor an illegal alien who has a problem should become involved in state andfederal politics.

This is why I’man EX-Liberal! I might add that I hope they fail in this effort only because ofthe outside influences.

As for his legacy..... It would depend on who writes the History books.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

(1) For being fired as Director of MVD for having committed a felony.

(2) For being the only sitting senator to be recalled.

(3) For being put into handcuffs while waiting to board a private aircraft to Honduras

(4) For being known as a hateful human who valued only himself.

(5) All of the above

Jason
Jason

He's still searching for them Tommy. In the meantime, he amended 8 years worth of financial-disclosure forms. 

Chad Snow
Chad Snow

Ex Lib, I don't have a problem with a single vote that Russell Pearce has cast - it is the entire body of work from this man.  What legislative successes can he point to that have been good for Arizona?  

Do you agree with him lying to get 1070 passed?  Lying about the Fiesta Bowl scandal?  Lying about his relationship with Neo Nazi J.T. Ready?  Lying about his sordid past of spousal abuse?  Committing fraud while at MVD?  Going on national talk shows and staining our state's reputation? 

The bottom line is that Russell Pearce proclaims himself to be the de facto governor of Arizona.  There is a statutory process in place to remove him.  Citizens for Better Arizona has worked within that process.  Pearce is horrible for Arizona.  He will be recalled. 

Tina
Tina

EX-LIB, do you live in state legislative district 18?

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