Russell Pearce Recall: Pearce's Prevarications, Signatures Sent To County Recorder, and More

Pearce Blames "Far Left Anarchists" for Recall: MyFoxPHOENIX.com

As State Senate President Russell Pearce spews falsehoods about the recall effort and throws temper tantrums on national TV, that effort grinds inexorably on toward its ultimate conclusion: a recall election in either November or March.

The Arizona Secretary of State's Office has today forwarded signatures submitted by recall organizers earlier this week to the Maricopa County Recorder's Office for verification.

In the language of SOS spokesman Matt Roberts, Citizens for a Better Arizona submitted a "purported" 18,315 signatures on Tuesday to the SOS calling for a recall of Pearce. The SOS examined them, and submitted 1,648 petition sheets containing 16,949 signatures to the recorder, according to Roberts.

"Signatures or sheets were eliminated due to various reasons," he explained in an e-mail, "including the date of signature missing, residential address missing, signature missing, city or state missing, or couldn't determine date of notarization etc."

CBA chairman Chad Snow and CBA organizer Randy Parraz told me that recall organizers were validating the names themselves up until about the 9,000 or 10,000 mark, when they knew they had enough to force a recall. The number required by law is 7,756 valid signatures for registered voters in Pearce's Legislative District 18.

Both said they wanted to make a point by turning in more signatures than Pearce received votes in 2010.

"At the end of the day, if 8,000 signatures are thrown out and 8,000 are kept, he's still recalled," Parraz said of Pearce.

However, I can predict the cavils of Pearce supporters, who will allege "fraud," and hope the smear sticks. Though such smears will not halt the election from happening.

And the fact that the SOS finished its initial work before its 10 day time limit opens the window a smidgen to the election occurring in November, assuming the other parties involved don't take the full time they are allotted.

Though, I don't see a problem with a March election. It might even be more fun watching the President of the Senate battling for his political life with the Legislature in session.

In reply to the recall, Pearce has taken to spitting untruths about his opposition, calling them names, slandering them in the media.

Indeed, Pearce is in full on hissy fit mode, being untruthful about the recall effort in the hopes of garnering sympathy (and money) from his fellow wingnut nativists.

In a press release published Tuesday by the tres conservative Sonoran Alliance Web site, Pearce called the recall effort "a group of outside interests," referring to recall campaigners as "outsiders" more than once.

This is, of course, total bull. Chad Snow, the recall campaign's chairman has lived his whole life in Arizona. All of his family dwells here. He attended Glendale Community College, went on to ASU, and got his law degree there.

Randy Parraz has lived in Arizona for several years. First from 2002 to 2004. He returned in 2007, and ran in the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate in 2010.

As far as the volunteers involved in gathering signatures, all of them have to be registered voters. Many of the signature collectors I've spoken with are from Pearce's district. And many are Republicans. Some are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, just like Chad Snow. (Note: LD18 is heavily Mormon.)

Concerning the contributions CBA's received, Parraz says that of the online donations, 93 percent came from in-state.

Interestingly, Pearce's lawyer Lisa Hauser recently made a complaint to the SOS, alleging that the CBA had violated campaign finance laws.

But that complaint was quickly shot down by state Election Director Amy Bjelland (a Republican, BTW), who informed Hauser that the SOS had already researched the issue, and she was wrong. (You can read Bjelland's response, here.)

According to SOS spokesman Roberts, if there is a November election, the recall committee will have to file its financials with the SOS by October 27. If the election is held in March, by January 31, 2011.

Hauser, who must be one cracker jack pettifogger, also wrote Bjelland, claiming that the newly formed anti-recall committee, Citizens Who Oppose the Pearce Recall, could accept donations from corporations and unions, if forthcoming.

Bjelland, in a letter you can read, here, rebutted that premise with solid legal precedent. What union would want to give money to Pearce anyway? As far as corporations go, only a self-destructive one would fork over loot to Pearce, because it then would be forever synonymous with his hateful name.

And on a recent edition of Greta Van Sustren's show on Fox News, Pearce lost it, calling the recall organizers and volunteers "extreme leftist anarchists." He literally looked like he was about to pop a vein.

Pearce does not get a pass for his histrionics. His claim is pure fiction.

Snow is a registered Republican. And as local affiliate Fox 10 demonstrated in the report embedded above, many of the supporters of the recall are mothers, grandmothers, LDS members, and conservative Republicans.

So, um, where are all these "anarchists"? Parraz and Snow are rigorously adhering to laws regarding recalls and petitions and have been working with the SOS from jump on this project. Does that sound like a bunch of "anarchists" to you?

I guess this is what plays to Pearce's loony, nativist fan base, the people dumb enough to write this loser a check. But it won't save Pearce when it comes time for voters to decide to boot him or not.

Snow recalled that famous quote, I think from American writer Elbert Hubbard, or someone along those lines, that, "If you can't answer a man's arguments, all is not lost; you can still call him vile names."

And that is all Pearce has got at this point. He won't shuffle off the scene quietly. That's not his style.

The man lacks all grace, subtlety, good humor and humility. Plus, he sports a political tin ear. He's never really had to campaign in his own district, and I doubt he could win one outside of it.

Sure, he scored the Senate presidency, but he did that by bullying and misleading his own caucus. Those are the two main arrows in his quiver. He'd never make it in a race for Congress, a statewide office, or even a county-wide office.

Say what you want about Sheriff Joe Arpaio, but Arpaio has, despite his nefariousness, political skills that Pearce could never learn, and could never dream of possessing.

In other words, Pearce is ripe for a take-down. All the anti-Pearce forces need now is a Mormon Republican from LD18 who is not a complete wacko like Pearce, and Pearce will be history.

In the process, look for Pearce to become more and more unbalanced and erratic, further damaging his chances of survival. Pride goeth before a fall, and over the next few months, Pearce will squirm mightily as he is force-fed his comeuppance.


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Jason
Jason

What, exactly, did the Tea Act do, per se? The link you provided really doesn't provide much of a description of what the Tea Act did.  

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

For those interested in accuracy, Mr. Link, the owner of the Steins, NM ghost town, was killed on his property, some 62 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border, just north of I-10. Steins is NOT a border town as has been reported in some media. It's just east of the AZ-NM state line. All of the I-10 exits that are located at/near very small communities in Cochise (AZ) and Hidalgo (NM) counties are known for being at risk for burglary and robbery due to transients traveling along the interstate. This MAY be a crime related to drug smuggling or it MAY be related to scumbags looking for something to steal. I hope they catch the bastard(s) who did it.

Anon
Anon

Not to be lost in the posts....

Adrian Cruz 3 days agoSpeaking of Out of State Interests, consider two of Pearce's biggest benefactors: Corrections Corporation of America 10 Burton Hills Boulevard Nashville, Tennessee 37215 Phone: (615) 263-3000; (800) 624-2931 Fax: (615) 263-3140 Federation for American Immigration Reform25 Massachusetts Ave. NW Suite 330Washington, DC 20001Rusty's whining that the recall is being driven by out of state special interests are more than a little hypocritical.  

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trevorthelionhearted
trevorthelionhearted

I wonder if Pearce could explain to me the ideological intricacies of the Leftist Anarchist movement? Actually, I'm pretty sure he was just throwing out general words that Republicans don't like. I'm a little surprised he didn't just yell "high taxes" or "abortion" like a kid with Tourette's, just to get a couple more negative buzzwords out there.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

The last time I heard someone so forcefully defining himself as an American Patriot was the creature called Timothy McViegh.

FormerRepublican
FormerRepublican

Immigrants criminalized for profit. Vulnerable and they have no voice. How low can a society go while covering up the real issues of corruption that have turned Arizona into a failed state.

Bobby
Bobby

I for one, am glad your'e intereted in Mr. Link--mikefrombisbee. It might be anyone other than an illegal alien, huh Mikefrombisbee?

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

Don't forget Terry Nichols - another great American nativist.

Former Republican
Former Republican

Hypocrites rule Arizona -- "family values", wrapped in an American flag and a large Christian cross around their neck.

Bobby
Bobby

Here's another story, just today, for you illegal alien activists, and open borders kooks. "New Mexico Rancer murdered by illegal alien."

Now we have no illusions on how many of you will take this, why, you'll welcome it. Just another American gunned down on his own property, and as far a Mistalee goes, there's an added benefit, he was "white." Things are looking up, huh Mistalee?

Bobby
Bobby

And don't forget Bill Ayers, the bomber of innocent people and Pres.Obama's buddy.

Bobby
Bobby

I don't know about hypocrits ruling Arizona, I do know that apparently there are a lot of hypocrits in Arizona.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

"Here's another story, just today, for you illegal alien activists, and open borders kooks. "New Mexico Rancer murdered by illegal alien."

Jesus H Christ Bobby! you are REACHING friend, why dont you also research how many people were murdered on the same day by LEGAL US Citizens in the United States, I bet its 100 times that number at least.

Enemy of Evil Bastards
Enemy of Evil Bastards

Interesting!  So, did you personally see this white dude being murdered by illegal aliens or is it something else you're pulling out of your ass?

It seems to me your ass is a very busy place since you keep pulling out so much crap.

Just an observation so don't get all tea bagger and vengeful on me.

Adrian Cruz
Adrian Cruz

Well in that case, I guess we'll let Pearce off the hook for effing up our state. 

Bobby
Bobby

Oh come off it! How about equal treatment under OUR LAWS, Veteran, which you claim to have fought for. There apparently aren't better ways to handle it, otherwise, some of these illegal cop killers, U.S. citizen killers, etc. wouldn't be so non-chalant about their killing.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

So you are ok with killing a convicted felon so we can satisfy the lust for vengance against the protest of his home country, and I dont mean a protest by the people of the country, I mean a firm protest from their Government and risk severing diplomatic ties, possibly a conflict? all of this over one idiot? there are better ways to handle this.

Bobby
Bobby

Judgement day? Sounds like a threat BOY.....

Bobby
Bobby

Calling someone a "troll" is eloquent? I'm obsessed with them!!

Bobby
Bobby

Yeah, I know. Illegal aliens are only people that come here to work. Normally ALL OF THEM ARE THE MOST PEACEFULL PEOPLE THAT EVER EXISTED ON EARTH. I understand now.

Bobby
Bobby

Thank you. My point stands. It doesn't matter what the reason is. Reasons can be changed, thus our worthless and traitorous governments actions only encourages these foreign murderers.

Bobby
Bobby

I made a mistake saying Mexicans. I meant Mexican nationals. Come off it. The mexican government has an agreement with our traitors that their nationals don't get the death penalty when they commit murder on an American.  Yes, it does stop the process. No Mexican national has been executed since the traitorous agreement. Look it up Your'e wrong.

Jason
Jason

The Troll, as you so eloquently put it, supports corrupt Arizona government officials like the MCSO shurf and Pearce. He is obsessed with them and thinks they are God and will save his sorry ass when Judgment Day comes.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

"Mexicans, for example, can't get the death penalty"

Exactly, and the reason is that the United Stated CAN NOT MURDER any foreign national for whatever reason without causing a lot shit worm cans to explode, State Sactioned killing on a foreign national is an ACT OF WAR!   civilians can go around killing each other, but when a Government of any given nation authorizes a killing that is a whole different issue, they need the permision of the person's home country first, and if that country does not have the death penalty then the permision is rarely given. 

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Bobby,

Mexican nationals, illegal or not, are subject to our laws and our jurisdiction.  They have been and most likely will continue to be executed for aggravated murder, capital murder, or whatever any given state calls it.  Mexico often protests when a Mexican national is about to be executed, but that does not stop the process.  I am not sure where you are getting your "fact" that they can't be executed.  But you are wrong.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

The troll twisted the facts. The troll has never been to Steins, Granite Gap, Rodeo, Portal, Apache or Road Forks, NM, doesn't know jack squat about Hidalgo County, NM or the border around Cochise, Hidalgo and Luna Counties. .Here's the story:STEINS, N.M. — State police are investigating the killing of a rancher near the border.Maj. Scott Weaver says 68-year-old Larry Link was killed Tuesday on or near his ranch in Steins in Hidalgo County, which bordersMexico and Arizona.Weaver said the killing is being investigated as a homicide and there are no suspects. He declined to release any other informationabout the case. But the president of the union that represents Border Patrolagents says Link was shot twice and his body was found next to hisvehicle. Jim Stack of the National Border Patrol Council says there’s no evidence that illegal immigrants were involved in the killing. His ranch is about 30 miles from the Mexico border.

So the the Border Patrol union president released a statement saying that there was no indication illegal aliens committed the homicide. Perhaps they did. Perhaps they didn't.

The troll merely wants everything to point to illegal aliens. He is as fixated on this issue as the Nazis were on the Jews. The troll is also wrong about open borders. No one here has advocated for open borders. He /she/it is simply living in a very exclusive world - one that has nothing to do with AZ, RuSSell Pearce or his unfitness for office.

Bobby
Bobby

Yeah, but legal U.S. citizens are fingerprinted and punished  under U.S. law. Mexicans, for example, can't get the death penalty because there's and agreement our traitors made with the corrupt but oh so moral(what a joke) Mexican government. Only U.S. citizens get the chair. In other words, these border criminals know that our "leaders" and our court system won't do anything to them. See, that's why I like Arizona's tuff stance on the whole matter, whether or not Pearce, Brewer, Arpaio, are assholes. It's irrelevant to me. I wish all our leaders were those kind of assholes when it comes to illegal immigration and upholding the laws we have.

Bobby
Bobby

Ha ha, hahahahaha........what a waste of brains.

Jason
Jason

Yes. Indeed it does. You can also make it into other trolls such as the MCSO shurf, Pearce, Thomas, Aubuchon, Hendershott, Fox, Black, etc.

Right now, I've got 2 of them. One looks like Pearce and the other one Bobby.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

Do you remember "Bobo Dolls" from when you were a kid? The big clown-shaped balloons with flat feet that could be knocked over and would come right back up again to be knocked down again? Does that remind you of a certain troll on this website?

Bobby
Bobby

Just like the leftist and La Raza websites you read. Your'e right about me being a nativist. In fact, son, nativists built this whole nation--fool.

Jason
Jason

That was funny.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

He couldn't find his ass with both hands and a hunting dog. And he knows nothing except what he reads on his nativist websites.

Jason
Jason

You have to throw the rest of the uneducated hicks like Brewer, Horne, Arpaio, Babeu, and on and on and on....

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