Governor Jan Brewer Issues Order for November 8 Russell Pearce Recall Election (w/UPDATE)

I like Sinema, but she flubbed a couple of facts on Olbermann

UPDATE, July 13 5:17PM: Sinema called me about her appearance on Olbermann. She explained that she didn't call Parraz ahead of time because she didn't know Olbermann was going to ask her about the recall. 

She knew it was going to be 1070-related, but didn't know until Olbermann asked her about it on TV that it would be recall-related.

Regarding the flubs, with the 1070-stuff, she said she was mainly trying to segue into pointing out that the opposition to Pearce was about much more than 1070. She said she understands that the recall effort has stayed away from the immigration debate and agrees this is smart.

On the part having to do with Snow, Sinema admitted that she screwed up. She said she knew Snow was from Peoria, but that she was operating in the moment and made a mistake, for which she has apologized to Snow directly. (Snow confirmed this to me.)

Let's not make a mountain out of a molehill, here, people. Sinema is on our side. She's good on TV, but none of us is perfect. And unlike many of her fellow politicians, she's unafraid to admit when she's made a mistake. 

You may not agree with everything she says or does, but so what? I'm tired of all the division. We all have our roles to play. And after watching Sinema in committee, I know she's dedicated. Enough said.

Though it's mostly a formality, Governor Jan Brewer today officially called a November 8 recall election for state Senate President Russell Pearce.

In a terse memo issued on her website, she stated:

"Today, in accordance with state law, I issued an order calling a special recall election. This action is mandated under ARS Section 19-209.

"Under Arizona law, the Governor must call a special election once the Secretary of State's Office has certified that a sufficient number of valid recall petitions have been submitted. The special election will be November 8, 2011, as determined by ARS Section 16-204."

Let the high-fives commence. 

Yesterday, recall organizer Randy Parraz of Citizens for a Better Arizona and supporters of the recall effort from Mesa tried to deliver a letter to Pearce asking him to resign.

Mr. Wannabe John Wayne, however, didn't have the stones to come out and get the missive himself. He didn't even want to send his secretary out from his state Senate bunker. So he had a Legislative page pick it up for him.

He won't be able to hide from his constituents for much longer, however. And his effort to challenge the recall in court is doomed to fail. Maricopa County Elections Director Karen Osborne has already stated that she's found no evidence of the "massive voter registration fraud," incorrectly alleged by some seriously disturbed individuals.

"I have never lost an election," Pearce told the AP in response to the news from the governor's office. "And [I] will fight these outside forces that support lax law enforcement, amnesty and open borders."

Good luck, wingnut. The people who recalled you, more than 10,000 of them, are not "outside forces," but voters in your district. Moreover, everyone involved in gathering signatures had to be at least qualified to be a registered voter in Arizona.

This page has more guts than big wuss Pearce ever will

I must also correct a couple of points that our friend and ally Democratic state Senator Kyrsten Sinema made recently when she was on Keith Olbermann's Countdown, now on Al Gore's Current TV.

Sinema can be effective on TV, and I don't begrudge her the chance to be on, but she and the local Democratic Party had zip to do with the recall. Instead, the recall was a grass roots effort. 

(Note: I should add that I'm referring to the Democratic leadership, here, not the party faithful, some of whom worked hard on the recall, as we all know.)

The Dems stayed out of it, and many of them have expressed concern to me in the past that the end result could be a stronger Pearce, assuming, as many have wrongly done, that Pearce will handily win.

Guess some minds have been changed on that front. Still, it's probably best that the Democratic Party is not directly involved, as that would give the recall an overtly partisan tinge.

I would also say that if Sinema is going to be on the boob tube talking about the recall, she needs to give Parraz a call and find out what's going on. 

In speaking with Olbermann, for instance, she incorrectly stated that the recall effort began as a reaction to Senate Bill 1070.

It did not. Rather, it was a reaction to Pearce becoming state Senate President, and thus the most powerful politician in Sand Land.

Moreover, immigration has never been an issue in the recall campaign. It is not mentioned in the recall statement on the petitions, and it has never been part of the recall's message.

Secondly, when Olbermann asked about possible challengers to Pearce in Legislative District 18, Sinema uttered a major boo-boo.

"Interestingly enough, the chairman of the effort to recall Pearce is a Republican Mormon named Chad Snow out of Mesa," she said, floating Snow's name.

Snow is a Republican Mormon and he is chairman of CBA, but he is not from Mesa and does not live in LD18. He actually lives in Peoria, and he practices law in Phoenix.

Once again, nothing wrong with Sinema jumping on the bandwagon here. The more the merrier. But Parraz told me that Sinema did not give him a call before going on the show, and said he wished she had.

The stakes are very high, and we have to be careful about speculation and not having our facts down. 

For instance, I do know the name of one possible contender to replace Pearce, but I'm not going anywhere near it until this person confirms to me that it's the subject of his or her consideration.

We should also be wary of the inevitable, two-bit political hacks who will be coming out of the woodwork to get their names on the November 8 ballot. Some self-serving crazies and shills for Pearce are sure to sign up, particularly with a mere 621 signature requirement.

Words to the wise, ladies and gents. Pearce will not go down without a fight, but he is weak, and there are major players on the left, the right and in the middle who want him to fall. So, let's all remain unified and keep our eyes on the prize.


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Ross
Ross

If any potential candidate wants $21,000 from Clean Elections, they have only 27 more days to file the initial paperwork and collect 220 $5 contributions.  That shouldn't be a problem for someone with the tacit endorsement of the recall organizers and supporters, but it should keep some of the riff-raff from gumming up the works.

Can a candidate win with $21,000?  If enough independent committees are opposing Pearce, why not? 

Concerned Citizen/Taxpayer
Concerned Citizen/Taxpayer

Bloggers, I have an idea. Totally ignore Bobby. Do not reply to his comments made as a detraction. Let him talk to himself and answer his own comments/questions. End of story.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Just imagine how much time and money has probably gone into conferences between Mrs. Brewer, pearce, and a coterie of previously unemployed lawyers, trying to figure out how to circumvent the legal process of the recall and now, the impending election. Not that any of those involved will ever admit such a thing has happened.

Mrs. Brewer must have experienced severe twisting of her unmentionables when she found that she had no way out. Imagine the pressure pearce must have been putting on her, "You OWE me. You HAVE to find a loophole so I don't have to run again. Those damn people in LD18 know me. I need your help, Jan. NOW. You OWE me your job and don't you forget it". Or something like that...

Yes, this is supposition, but not likely far from what likely has happened.

Jason
Jason

"I intend to remain in office. In the weeks and months ahead, I will campaign actively to promote and defend my long record of promoting economic recovery, job creation, balanced budgets, and secure borders."

First, Pearce NEVER campaigns. He just expects people to vote for him. Second, what record of economic recovery, job creation, balanced budgets, and secure borders? If Pearce was actually telling the truth, Arizona's unemployment rate would be lower than 9.1%, or 595,000 people, 2,000 jobs created when 45,000 people need unemployment money, balanced budgets? By slicing education to the bone? No wonder Intel said it wouldn't select Arizona. Secure borders? Obama has 20,000 USBP men and women. Pearce has gotten us sued over SB1070.

"I have never lost an election and will fight these outside forces that support lax border enforcement, amnesty and open borders."

Little delusional there Senator? You learned really well from your good buddy the MCSO shurf. There are no outside forces, Senator. You are just a sick, stupid old man who's running scared (and you rightly should be) and you are about to be booted from office.

"Senator Pearce is one of the state's leading voices for securing our borders, growing jobs and balancing the budget" --Governor Jan Brewer

Securing the borders? How, exactly, has this old fool secured our borders, Governor? Hmm? Growing jobs? My ass. Pearce is too dimwitted and couldn't grow medical marijuana, let alone actual jobs that lower Arizona's 9.1% unemployment rate. It's thanks to corrupt politicians like Pearce that Arizona will be dead last in pulling out of the recession. Balancing the budget? Hardly. All he did was look at the proposed budget and had it passed within mere minutes, only after slicing $182 million from the education budget.

It's quite obvious that Jan has been drinking the Pearce Kool-Aid. She needs to face facts. Pearce will be booted.  

Temoc
Temoc

Let me preface my comment by stating that I mean no disrespect to the  Kyrsten Sinema family in any way whatsoever;

Kyrsten Sinema is absolutely gorgeous!!!

WOW!!!

That said; ruSSell pearce should do the right thing and resign from office! Ostensibly he was bellyaching over costs to the state when he shot down extension of unemployment benefits for 1000s of Arizonans. Hence, he should save tax payers the expense of RECALLING his sorry pathetic backside!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Coz
Coz

See Booby, we can all do it too.

Coz
Coz

No shit, like a broken record with nothing useful to say over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over.....again

>>Californian Bobby taps away at his keyboard 24/7, repeating Pearce's hackneyed words, phrases and false accusations, likewise misrepresenting the reasons for Pearce's recall. 

Coz
Coz

No shit, like a broken record with nothing useful to say over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over.....again

>>Californian Bobby taps away at his keyboard 24/7, repeating Pearce's hackneyed words, phrases and false accusations, likewise misrepresenting the reasons for Pearce's recall. 

Coz
Coz

No shit, like a broken record with nothing useful to say over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over.....again

>>Californian Bobby taps away at his keyboard 24/7, repeating Pearce's hackneyed words, phrases and false accusations, likewise misrepresenting the reasons for Pearce's recall. 

Coz
Coz

No shit, like a broken record with nothing useful to say over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over.....again

>>Californian Bobby taps away at his keyboard 24/7, repeating Pearce's hackneyed words, phrases and false accusations, likewise misrepresenting the reasons for Pearce's recall. 

Coz
Coz

No shit, like a broken record with nothing useful to say over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over.....again

>>Californian Bobby taps away at his keyboard 24/7, repeating Pearce's hackneyed words, phrases and false accusations, likewise misrepresenting the reasons for Pearce's recall. 

Tina
Tina

Two days ago our recalled one-issue Arizona state-senator-in-hiding, Russell Pearce, issued a written statement which dishonestly claimed that he had a "long record of promoting economic recovery, job creation, balanced budgets, law enforcement and secure borders."  Pearce's actions and the results of those actions defy his claim.  His actual record speaks for itself.

Despite Pearce's reliance on outsiders and special lobbying interests to subsidize his re-election campaigns, he nevertheless claims his disdain for outsiders. (Is his friend Scott Bundgaard an outsider?). Russell  Pearce misrepresents the issues at hand,  and untruthfully accuses his own constituents (I am one) as well as the volunteer facilitators of his recall as being "outsiders."  

 Pearce sums up his delusions by stating,

"I have never lost an election and will fight these outside forces that support lax law enforcement, amnesty and open borders." 

Enter the unhappy California outsider,  "Bobby."

Californian Bobby taps away at his keyboard 24/7, repeating Pearce's hackneyed words, phrases and false accusations, likewise misrepresenting the reasons for Pearce's recall.   

Bobby, your intrusive and repetitive out-of-state nuisance posts are indicative of mental instability.  Your obsessive compulsive behavior -- at present, 44 of the 91 posts here are yours -- show a desperate unfulfilled need for attention.

Please make an appointment to see a shrink to better understand your problem.  Surely shrinks are available in California, your chosen state of residence which you abhor to an excessive degree.   

Bobby
Bobby

The demented Keith Olberman has no credibility. He went to some hokey college in a farm area, and it had the same name as a more prestigious University. He kept letting people believe he got his degree in journalism from the big name University, instead of the podunk county school he actually attended--AND IT SHOWS. WACKED OUT DISHONEST MORON.

Bobby
Bobby

Stupid liar open borders Kristin Sinema, thinks the Arizona needs 50 million people to do "farm work". God, these democrats are sick.

Ross
Ross

Why can't Snow run from Peoria?  After all, Sinema ran from Chandler to represent a Phoenix district ... at least, she owned a house in Chandler that she said was owner-occupied.

Rob
Rob

I was wondering how the SC ruling on Clean Elections would impact this election.

Are you certain Clean Election funds will be available Ross?

Tina
Tina

That's encouraging information.  Thanks.

Bobby
Bobby

And why not. You ignore everyone else, except those you agree with. Go for it!!

Tina
Tina

I agree.  Best to just skip over them.  They just take up space.

Bobby
Bobby

Just imagine Tommy, how much money has come in from around the nation, from open borders leftists, and chambers of commerce that love cheap labor in support of getting rid of Pearce. I love how hypocritcal people like Tina and the gang are, that think alls fair for her crowd but Pearce should just roll over and die.

Tina
Tina

I suspect that that's exactly what was happening behind the scenes.  All futile attempts possible to try and make politics trump the law, which just could not be done.

Tina
Tina

Well said, Jason.  You too can see right through the Pearce crapola.  And the governor's statements -- through her spokesman, of course -- magnifying Pearce's false claims (no doubt at his insistence because she "owes him") were both humorous and sad, considering that Mr. Bully Boy would turn on her in a second as he's shown to do with others.

Bobby
Bobby

You sure as hell got no one else in Arizona that cares, besides those people you continue to denigrate. All the figures you site would go down or up depending on the context, if Arizona didn't have hundreds of thousands of people sucking away its state resources. Ask any Californian--if you really care, as to how expensive illegal immigration is.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

There was no cost to the taxpayers. The recall was funded entirely through donations. The election process will cost taxpayers.

Ross
Ross

Of course, you mean no disrespect to her "family."

Bobby
Bobby

Clever, but you ought to look in the mirror. That's what you and "the gang" sound like with Pearce, Arpaio, Brewer, and all the other folks that are trying to control illegal immigraiton.

Tina
Tina

Beautiful, Coz.  

Bobby
Bobby

One of the reasons I had a lot of posts here, was your trying to be funny and asking me repeatedly, even though I gave you the answer, what state I'm from.

Bobby
Bobby

"Taps away at his keyboard twentyfour/seven."  Hmm. I left this blog for six months because I became very busy with more important matters. I've noticed you've been busy on various topics here, almost twenty four seven yourself. I thought I'd come back and see what was going on. No surprise. Same tearing down of the state by you and others that claim your motivation is something other than open borders ideology. "I don't buy it. Intrusive out of state posts"? I gave you my answer Tina. I consider myself a citizen of the United States of America. That wasn't good enough for you. Anyone that plans the destruction of their state, through dissing those that care about illegal immigration, needs to have their head examined or their motives. Newsflash Tina, millions of people in California abhor this state and what people with your mentality have done to it. When you clowns in Arizona tried to get California to boycott Arizona to help illegal aliens, most Californians laughed at that thought, and the boycott FAILED. NOT A SINGLE COMPANY PARTICIPATED. Naturally the usual leftists and reconquistas in the state Capitol, tried to bully the public, but we gave them the middle finger. God help Arizona.

Coz
Coz

No shit, like a broken record with nothing useful to say over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over.....again

>>Californian Bobby taps away at his keyboard 24/7, repeating Pearce's hackneyed words, phrases and false accusations, likewise misrepresenting the reasons for Pearce's recall.   

Moche8
Moche8

Talking about yourself again, Bobby.   So boring.

Bobby
Bobby

Snow CAN run. These people are just trying to "Snow" you, like they tried to snow me. They all lectured me,concerning Snows eligiblity to run, but none of them listened to the video, or it didn't sink in. Clever little devils, these Arizona leftists.

Chad Snow
Chad Snow

So I can go to work every day with the likes of Carl Seel, Ron Gould, and Lori Klein?  No thanks.  Plus, I don't even like college football, which seems to be the biggest perk. 

BTW, Ross, can you e-mail me the registration breakdown that you posted the other day?  Was very informative. 

Bobby
Bobby

Who cares? Exactly the question. People that do, will read them. As for you folks, what's the difference if you answer or not, all you do is attack me instead of my argument.

Rob
Rob

The majority of money raised by CBAC came from Arizonans and I am very happy to say that I was one of them.  And I'll definitely donate to the campaign of the best candidate that emerges against Pearce.

The majority of Russell Pearce's funds, however, have come from outside his district and from outside the state.  Why was Pearce fighting tooth and nail to allow contributions from Unions and Corporations for his anti recall campaign?  I mean, you've cited Unions in many of your previous rants as to one of the major issues in the US, right Bobby?

Finally, it's great to read your posts in support of Russell Pearce, and your posts railing against alleged outside support of the recall. 

Where do you live again, Bobby?

What's that you were saying about hypocrisy?

Jason
Jason

I completely agree with everything you said. Jan supposedly "owes" her 2010 election to Pearce merely because she signed 1070.

As for Pearce being a bully, he must have had the Arpaio/Thomas/Aubuchon playbook handy. He has really learned quite well from his buddy the MCSO shurf.

Jason
Jason

Unfortunately I don't live in California. Now, I wouldn't mind traveling there for a vacation, but not to live there.

And we have people like Sinema who acually own up to their mistakes, unlike Pearce. Political affiliation has nothing to do with being an ethical human being. It has to do with having a brain, which Pearce sorely lacks.

Coz
Coz

If that's all you see, then you are blind as well as being a broken record.

Bobby
Bobby

Yeah, you like things repeated. Like asking me a dozen times what state I was from, when I'd already told you.

Bobby
Bobby

It's not just about Pearce and you know it moron.

Bobby
Bobby

Your'e just another Republican RINO Chad. No wonder my former party can't get anywhere.

Ross
Ross

Here it is again.  Copy and paste and email it to yourself.

Let’s crunch some numbers to figure out who votes in LD18. All my friends there are Mexican. Most of them are legal. Yes, the area used to be predominantly Mormon. But many of the Mormons have moved to Gilbert.Pearce was elected to the legislature in 2000. In 2002, LD18 had been redistricted. Lines are drawn according to population, not number of registered voters. Even back then, voter registration in LD18 was anemic. There were 58,000 voters, compared to 83,000 in neighboring LD17 and 85,000 in LD19. (All numbers have been rounded to closest thousand.) Why so few voters, as a percentage of population, in LD18? It’s not because Mormons don’t vote. It’s because many Hispanics can’t. In November 2002, party breakdown was Republican 48%; Democrat 28%; Independent 23%. Fast forward nine years.Today there are 69,000 voters in LD18, an anemic growth of 19%. Compare that to LD19, now with 113,000 voters, an increase of 34%. And what is the party breakdown? Republicans have 39%, a drop of nine percentage points. Democrats have 27%, about the same as in 2002. The real growth has come among Independents, who now outnumber Democrats, with 34%.Pearce can’t win with the minority Republican vote, unless they turn out in greater numbers than Democrats and Independents, and they all vote for him. He needs at least half of the Independent vote. Can he do that? Someone needs to pay for a poll to find out.

Bobby
Bobby

Wrong Rob, I never mentioned unions in a negative way in any of my posts, none of them. I'm a believer in unions, because I belonged to a union, and so did both of my parents.But in California, the Democratic leftists are literally controled by the teachers union, prison union, and other public unions. That's wrong!! Public workers need to answer to the taxpayers not phony public unions that screw the taxpayers. Private unions are another matter. I live in Democratic leftist, public union controled, bankrupt California.

Bobby
Bobby

Come on Rob, it's well-known that the left across the country, that went berserk over SB1070 is sending in dough from across the blue states.

Coz
Coz

No, it's about corruption, but it's obvious that's just to far over your racist bigoted head to comprehend.

Bobby
Bobby

Not me. I've seen the Chad Snow type Republlicans sell out California to the Democrat far left for thirty years. I'm sick of these traitors and it's one reason I left them. California , once a powerhouse of a state, the 7th largest economy in the world, has been destroyed root and branch because of  Democrat control for forty years in Sacramento. All that time the Republican Rino Party in California sold out. I'm sick of Rino's, especially on issues as serious as illegal immigration and all the damage it's done. Politicians like Chad Snow and others that can't see this are a waste. I'd like to put it more kindly, but these people are Not KIND to American taxpaying citizens and legal residents.

Coz
Coz

You have no idea who or what kind of a man Chad is...have you ever met the man ?I have and so have many others.

He has more honor and integrity in his little finger than you or the rest of the political scum will ever have.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Actually, Bobby, I find Chad Snow to be one of those very few THINKING Republicans in Arizona. One who actually takes the time to gather information, analyze said information, formulate his thoughts and then can throw together cogent sentences to express his opinion. Contrast that, my cyber friend, to the state senate president who refuses to even come out in public now that he has been recalled.

No, Bobby, Chad is NOT a RINO (Republican In Name Only). He is what I am hoping is the future of the Republican Party in Arizona.

You should travel here from California for a day or two and have lunch with Chad Snow and Randy Parraz. You would leave educated.

And, you might not worry so much about Arizona after having met those two.

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