Russell Pearce Recall Sigs Scored, Most Pearce Donors from Outside LD18

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Most of Pearce's 2010 donations were from outside LD18

I plan to ride around town with a dead crow in my car, so the next time I see local hack Howie Fischer, he of the one-man "Capitol Media Services," I can carve him off a slice for his dinner.

See, Fischer, like many of the rest of Arizona's status quo-lovin' journos have belittled the effort to recall state Senator Russell Pearce from the get-go.

Monday, I witnessed Fischer, a major suck-up to powerful politicos everywhere, insult members of the recall group Citizens for a Better Arizona, who appeared at the state Capitol to present Pearce with his first-ever unemployment "check."

Of the recall, Fischer sneered at one point, "I'll believe it when I see it."

Believe it, chump. Yesterday, Maricopa County Elections Director Karen Osborne confirmed the new count: 8,239 valid signatures, more than the 7,756 needed to force Pearce to either resign or face a recall election. 

Of the more than 18,000 signatures CBA turned in to the Arizona Secretary of State's Office, 16,949 were forwarded to the county for validation. So far, 5,344 have been deemed invalid.

That leaves 3,366 left to count, and with the validation rate currently running at close to half, the total number of validated signatures could approach the 10,000 mark.

Keep in mind, that's some 10,000 committed Russell Pearce-haters. People who will make it a point to show up to vote against Pearce in a special, off-year election. 

That's the good news. The bad news for Pearce-foes is that during the 2010 election, Pearce's Democratic opponent Andrew Sherwood received 10,663 votes. Libertarian Andrea Garcia got 2,808. And Pearce scored 17,552, or 4,081 votes more than his two competitors combined.

Obviously, if those numbers are replicated, Pearce would still win. The recall election will be open, with anyone legally able to jump on the ballot with as few as 621 legit signatures from LD 18 voters.

However, throw in a possible GOP opponent, one that's a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which dominates political life in Mesa, and some Republicans will peel away from Pearce.

Dems, Libertarians and Indies will vote for the alternative, as long as there are no Libs or Dems in the race. So the Libs and the Dems should steer clear if a viable GOPer emerges with the stones to take on Pearce. 

A Republican Mormon foe will also be able to make the argument that church teachings back a moderate approach to immigration, particularly in light of the moderate Utah Compact, which the church supports.

Indeed, the LDS church just released a new statement on immigration, which reads, in part,

"The history of mass expulsion or mistreatment of individuals or families is cause for concern especially where race, culture, or religion are involved.  This should give pause to any policy that contemplates targeting any one group, particularly if that group comes mostly from one heritage.

"As those on all sides of the immigration debate in the United States have noted, this issue is one that must ultimately be resolved by the federal government."

So, as I've argued in the past, according to the teachings of his own church, Pearce is a bad Mormon. A really bad Mormon. A point to be hammered home over and over again.

For the resident media "experts" on local news tripe like Horizon, who have been the deserving recipients of my verbal abuse on this issue, I have a question:

Why do you think Pearce is so eager to be able to raise funds from out-of-state corporate and union donors for his pending recall election

An analysis of all of Pearce's 2010 contributors commissioned by CBA, tells the tale.

Only about three percent of contributors to Pearce were from LD 18. The rest, or 97 percent, were from outside Pearce's district. Of these, around 17 percent came from outside of Arizona.

This means that almost no one in Pearce's own district contributes money to him. The people who know him best won't pony up the dough.

In fact, Pearce is a wholly owned subsidiary of "outside" interests, a charge he projects, wrongly, onto the recall effort.

See, Pearce does the bidding of the DC-based nativist hate group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), and giant corporate interests such as private prisons behemoth Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), and the corporate shills at ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council

Ultimately, Pearce will be defeated by an Arizona-based grass-roots movement, the strength of which relies on the voters of LD18.

Maricopa County is counting the recall sigs at a rapid pace, making a November election a possibility. Otherwise, it will take place in March. 

What should worry Pearce is that CBA has a committed group of volunteers that will work Legislative District 18 like this the last election on Earth. At least, it could be for Pearce.

Look for the next line of attack on the recall to be the false charge of "voter fraud." Actually, it's already begun by some nitwits on the right. 

There is no "voter fraud" associated with the recall because no votes have been cast.

There are just signatures. CBA says it verified up to 10,000 of them, and so far, that seems to be holding true.

Petition gatherers don't have to check I.D. People either sign or don't. And the elections officials either validate or invalidate them. To suggest "voter fraud" because some signatures don't past muster is absurd, and a gross distortion of the truth.

But distortions of the truth are run of the mill for Pearce and his camp. And all too often, they end up being echoed sans criticism by his sycophants in the press.

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FormerRepublican
FormerRepublican

Stephen, Great reporting. You've identified the real problem with the ho-hum indifferent local journos who brought up another round of thomas/arpaio/hendershott/aubuchon/alexander, et al. If they had done their jobs they could have saved the ignorant citizens hundreds of millions of $$'s and the failed state Arizona finds itself it. The local media appeased the politicos when they should at the very least presented other sides, other voices on the local TV shows rather then the same ole, same ole. They used what they were fed by the MCSO/MCAO and failed to research.

FormerRepublican
FormerRepublican

You've identified the real problem with the ho-hum indifferent local journos who brought Arizona another round of the thomas/arpaio/hendershott/aubuchon/alexander gang.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

Ho-Hum Howie Eats Crow.  Bring in the Crow.  Now, EAT IT!!!!!   Come on Stephen, let's not drop the ball on your threat (idle?) to ride around town with a  dead crow tied to your antenna and looking for that Howie "The Hack" Fisher from Capital New Daily. 

Anon
Anon

"Of the recall, Fischer sneered at one point, "I'll believe it when I see it.Believe it, chump."....... Well said.

FormerRepublican
FormerRepublican

Great news! This former Republican was NOT paid to get signatures but in fact came from the West Valley on the week-end to help the wonderful group of volunteers. Great job done by all. 

FormerRepublican
FormerRepublican

Sick of the status quo and those who call themselves Republicans who are not the Republicans we ever knew. Hypocrites come to mind or is it $$$'s?

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

based on what I've heard Pearce say about this, he seems to want to blame any group he hates, but is too stupid to understand that HE himself is the problem.

He'll file more law suits on this that even Lisa Aubuchon is doing after her firing was confirmed twice!  He seems to be a sociopath that just can't accept that he's wrong, and society says so.  Ayn Rand's inbread kid?  She though a serial killer was a hero, and based the main character in two of her books on him...

MiLindoUSA
MiLindoUSA

Is that a fly on his forehead? Thats funny because flys like shit!

Harry Wisencraker Jr.
Harry Wisencraker Jr.

Forehead? Funny I thought that was his ass, looks like an ass and that's the appendage Rusty P is usually talking out of.

Adrian Cruz
Adrian Cruz

Harry, I thought Pearce's ass was where he pulls all of his statistics out of? 

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

The statistics stink quite badly and come out very fast too.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

I am not sure it is a fly,  Maybe it looks more like a maggot delivery system.

Clarrity
Clarrity

PNT just warned us about the following;To suggest "voter fraud" because some signatures don't past muster is absurd, and a gross distortion of the truth.

And here it is!:http://sonorannews.com/archive...

That's why I put my trust in PNT, they are well versed in the ways of therepublican, sadly because they have to be, they can read into their blusterwith the simplest of intuitive projections.  

Republicans being who they are never fail to disappoint.

Sadly, I believe, that the republican politician is nothing more than the prophetic monkey wrench in the works. Why do republican politicians act so counter intuitively? Their acts are often anything but "Conservative". 

I fail to see any logic, common sense, compassion, understanding or public servicecoming from any Republican government. In fact what I often see is the opposite ofthat in every respect, the most frustrating on the list is a lack of common sense.

I have read many times that Republicans are in support of big business and thewealthy and this is true in my opinion.

What exactly is wrong with a little socialism now and then? What's wrong withhelping people? And what is wrong with "Wanting" to help people?

I don't see the Republicans doing much in the way of "Wanting" to help anyone.Who on Earth would support, elect, such a callous government? It makes absolutelyno sense to me whatsoever. The act of denying any person help when help is available, in any form, based on principal is simply unintelligible to me. 

So many people are opposed to centralized health care and equal access to treatment for all, simply based on rhetoric spun by counter intuitive and nonsensical ideas fromgovernments such as the Republicans, just to be opposed, without any real points orarguments that have any meaning on the subject.

Why is the US the only "developed" country in the World that lacks this basic amenityfor their citizens? Why are Republican politicians such numb skulls?

 

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

"I don't see the Republicans doing much in the way of "Wanting" to help anyone."= Arizona. Arizona just want their money other then that they are turned into "commodities for $$'s. Private prisons comes to mind. What group will we find to fill prison beds? Murders? no, not enough of them. Sex offenders? Bingo, human beings are sexual animals. Criminalize immigrants= illegal immgrants? Bull's eye -- there are millions to import and transport for $$'s from all over the country.

Anon
Anon

Wake up people. If you think you're not at risk, think again!!  ALL are at risk setting a foot in Arizona. Remember Mrs. Gotbaum from New York?

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Oh brother. You're trying to correlate the story of a drunk who accidentally hung herself to the immigration issue? A white female from a rich New York family who came to Arizona seeking rehabilitation for her alcoholism?

Bobby
Bobby

Why is the US the only "developed country in the World that lacks this basic amenity for their citizens? I could not agree more.

Coz
Coz

Dear White People,

Don't you just hate immigrants?

Sincerely,

Native Americans

Bobby
Bobby

To bad Coz, you've finally revealed another side of yourself. I asways knew, that the people on this forum were, as I said many times, anti-white racists. 

Coz
Coz

The fact is Bobby, the native American's were here long before the white people. So who invaded who ?

Qwestioneverything
Qwestioneverything

bobby, it's called subjugation, which doesn't make it okay that the 'indians' are okay with being defeated...in (100) years will white americans be accepting of their eventual conquerors?

Rollem45
Rollem45

So will all of the Eurocentric Americans be as "honorable" to us hispanic Americans as we continue to increase in numbers, political position and economic power and except the loss of their once Nifty Fifty America? Will they realizie "...that human nature is what it is,?

Chicano from TExas
Chicano from TExas

Well Bobby welcome to this battle the one emerging where all your heroes will go down in history..Who Knows the Mexicans will prolly take over their territory again or maybe the Native Americans will win the battle..Stop being a crybaby and accept defeat you big Whiner!! Adios a tu pinchi padre El Racista Marano Pearce...Bye Bye

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

He's a shill for FAIR and a white supremacist nativist. His sick mindset involves pointing the finger at others for his own transgressions. He has a short fuse and a complete ignorance of American history. And he obviously lacks a life.  

Bobby
Bobby

Heh, just trying to get you folks to get off your self-induced feelings of victimization. But it's obvious by now that's what the central theme of these blog is about--victims. No problem. That game won't get you anywhere so, have at it, and enjoy. Truth be told, you folks aren't much different than the people over at Sonoran News that Mistalee brought up. Just the opposite side of the same coin. I want to thank Mr. Lemons for running a fine blog, whatever his views are and appreciate the fact that he has allowed me to shoot my mouth off here. Hope you victims get what you want from the great state of Arizona, but I have the feeling that it won't ultimately matter to you folks who's in charge doing what. You'll find fault with the next person(s) trying to clean up your state. Fairwell, victims.

Anon
Anon

That may be exactly why they don't want the kids to learn history in the schools. 

Coz
Coz

...and then some.

Bobby
Bobby

Funny, most of the native Americans I've known, including a guy that was one of my best friends on the high school track team, Karl, (naturally we called him Chief, and he took it with good humor) never dwell on this stuff. In fact, many have the attitude that yes, they were defeated, and accept it.There have been thousands of battles, even many between whites, in history, and the losers never seem to dwell on it as much as is done with the Inidan issue in the U.S. I've found many North American Indians to be honorable people, and accepting of what happened without hate, realizing that human nature is what it is, and that they also had wars with other Indians,etc. It's only leftist groups, that I have found to be those who constantly bring this stuff up, because they have an agenda, not because of their great love for the North American Indian.

Tina
Tina

BettieB, thanks  for providing the link to that Tribune article by Howard Fischer wherein he quotes Russell Pearce.“I trust the voters of Mesa, I know the voters of Mesa,’’ said Pearce. And he said the reverse also is true.“I’m born and raised there,’’ he said. “They know me. They know who I am.’’Sounds convincing, doesn't it?Many years ago, a lawyer and I were being interviewed on a radio program over some political/legal wrongdoing by a local governing body, and although I don't remember the issue, something the lawyer said has stuck with me all these years.  He said, "The problem with most reporters is that they don't ask the second question."Journalism has certainly improved since then, with many reporters nowadays being well versed in a topic before they ask a question.  However, this report by Howard Fischer, allowing Pearce's response to his question go unchallenged,  is a throwback to the old days, an example of lazy reporting. In various ways, both Pearce and Arpaio are unwilling or unable to handle scrutiny by the press over their distortions, and sometimes downright falsehoods, that they throw out for public consumption. They want what they have to say to be believed as gospel and are rarely willing to address facts or opinions uttered by a knowledgeable person who may have arrived at a different conclusion.Pearce resorts to spontaneous "motor mouth" name-calling when he can't/won't address facts, and Arpaio resorts to vindictive and unwarranted use of law enforcement power....with a tally thus far of about $171 million in pending lawsuits and notices of claim filed against him. Pearce is due to be interviewed on Horizon tonight, 7:00 pm, Channel 8.  Should prove interesting.  Maybe he'll surprise us.  

Adrian Cruz
Adrian Cruz

Howie Fischer is a shill for Pearce.  The Tribune story gave 100% face time to Pearce, none to the recall members.  Every story written so far by Fischer is similarly tainted.  Not a real journalist.  He'll be left behind when Pearce is gone. 

FormerRepublican
FormerRepublican

No surprises. He must have read your comment and used it on the show. It's time Horizon open up to some other voices and to get some of the many members of the Recall Pearce group so the public can be properly informed. Four decades of a single party= tyranny.

Tina
Tina

Thursday's  interview of Pearce on Horizon  was really a study of Russell Pearce, wasn't it?I'd love to have someone go through a transcript of it in its entirety.  Pearce's claims, distortions, blaming,  accusations, untruths and excuses could be picked apart and exposed, sentence by sentence.

Considering the m.o. of the guest (Pearce),  how he bulldozes over interviewers by continuing to rattle on and on with memorized sound bytes to deter the next question or comment,  I thought the polite Ted Simons did a credible job....had to interrupt Pearce about three times to ask the next question to keep Pearce focused and viewers informed on Pearce's positions, with Pearce maintaining how voters in his district know him, how he keeps his promises (what promises to whom?)  and how he's been elected 16 times which incudes primaries.

As I recall, it started off with pretty much the same things Pearce told the Tribune, about voters knowing him, that they know what they're getting, etc.  Simons brought up matters such as the Fiesta Bowl payoffs, the Bundgaard incident, the no action on the extension of federally funded unemployment benefits, education funding and a couple other matters with interesting responses by Pearce.  Pearce laid much blame on a "main stream media" problem, and Simons said "People wonder if you know anyone who is unemployed."

At the end, summing it up, Simons then asked Pearce something to the effect, "So with the Fiesta Bowl payouts, the Scott Bundgaard matter, the no action on the unemployment extension, and the 14th Amendment question, is this what people expected?"

Russell Pearce replied, "Yes."   

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

I grew up thinking that what I expected from a politician was the same as what I wanted from a politician, knowing that I might not always or even often get it.  How wrong I was.  I am now conditioned to expect politicians like Pearce to behave in a corrupt manner considering only the interests of himself and his financial supporters. Very seldom does this satisfy what I want from a state senator.

Jason
Jason

You're welcome. I presume you've now read it...

You have no idea. I've been trying to get ahold of my own legislators in LD19, where I live, to no avail, so that they can reintroduce the unemployment legislation. One of my friends lost his job in 2009 and needs that money. Right now he has gone about 6 days without eating because he has no money.

I totally agree with that position. The Republicans in this state, save for maybe U.S. Senator John McCain, don't care about the people they represent. As for the Dems, they have no spines or voices. They need to and should be up in arms over the R's failure to introduce the unemployment legislation.

Pearce said he wanted his so called "Jobs Bill" to take effect immediately before Republicans would give the people their money. I tried o e-mail Pearce telling him I have an idea, and he never even responded to me.

Looking forward to seeing you in the unemployment line former Senate President Pearce. Now owuld be a really good time politically to show the people of LD18 you actually care about them.

Tina
Tina

Jason,

Thanks for pointing out that Lesko letter, which I initially skipped over and didn't read.  Incredible isn't it?   Apparently her defensive letter is her warped view of what "to promote the general welfare" means.  

Anon
Anon

Russell may be right when he answered "yes". We expected corruption.

Former Republican
Former Republican

Tina, Well said."At the end, summing it up, Simons then asked Pearce something to the effect, "So with the Fiesta Bowl payouts, the Scott Bundgaard matter, the no action on the unemployment extension, and the 14th Amendment question, is this what people expected?"Russell Pearce replied, "Yes.""

Jason
Jason

"So, with the Fiesta Bowl payouts, the Scott Bundgaard matter, the no action on the unemployment extension, and the 14th Amendment question, is this what the people expected?"

Pearce: "Yes."

Did anyone read state House Majority Whip Debbie Lesko's letter to the editor in today's Arizona Republic?

She claims that the Republiassholes didn't act on the unemployment extension because, HOLY CRAP, the money comes from FEDERAL TAX DOLLARS, or, worse, according to Lesko, from China.

News flash Majority Whip Lesko: The federal government operates on federal tax dollars. The feds have appropriated federal tax dollars to help the state through the recession because Arizona is classified as a high-unemployment state, like NV and CA.

Another news flash: The federal government trades with countries like China Majority Whip Lesko. The federal government trades with virtually every country on Earth. So, it wouldn't be surprising that the Chinese buy our goods and pay us in their currency, the yuan.

We need to be rid of these very sick and dangerous people that claim to have the people's best interests at heart.  

Chad Snow
Chad Snow

Don't forget the pages and pages of "lobbyists" that made max donations to Pearce or the multiple "Fiesta Bowl" employees, including John Junker himself.  The voters of LD 18 need to ask themselves "whose interests does Pearce represent?" 

Also, Pearce and his minion Constantin Querard had better tread very carefully when making accusations of "voter fraud" against private citizens like myself and Randy Parraz. 

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

Chad:

It's clear that RuSSell Pearce represents RuSSell Pearce's interests. The more that fact is presented to the voters the more they are likely to turn away in disgust. So who in LD 18 can represent the interests of the voters? Are there any viable candidates?

FormerRepublican
FormerRepublican

Chad, The special interests and corporation control the state and the Federal $$'s pouring into the state for their use - nothing for the people. Is this called "corporate welfare"?

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