Russell Pearce Foe Andrew Sherwood Opts Out of LD18 Donnybrook

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Sherwood's out, but he'll support the most viable candidate against Pearce

Andrew Sherwood, the Mesa Democrat who unsuccessfully took on Republican state Senator Russell Pearce in 2010 (before Pearce was Senate president), just called to let me know that he will not be throwing his derby in the ring for the November 8 recall election.

Sherwood came in second in a three-way race, scoring 10,663 votes to Pearce's 17,552. (Libertarian Andrea Garcia pulled  2,808 votes in the same contest.)

Not bad for a political newcomer with little money and only a modicum of support from his own party. Add to this, the disadvantage of being a Democrat in Legislative District 18.

An energetic candidate who was unafraid to challenge Pearce even on the issue of immigration, Sherwood has a bright future ahead of him in the Democratic Party. But he knows that this is not his time. 

"This is not about me," he explained. "This is 100 percent about Russell Pearce. What people need to understand is, this is a non-partisan election."

Indeed, candidates will not be identified by party-affiliation on the ballot, but by their names alone.

Sherwood said he didn't know much about Jerry Lewis, the Republican Channel 12 recently outed as a potential Pearce challenger, but that he would support "the most viable candidate" against Pearce, whomever that might be. 

As much as Pearce wants a partisan election, he won't be getting one," Sherwood noted in a statement he e-mailed me after we spoke. "We need a bipartisan coalition to defeat Russell Pearce and give Mesa the type of representation it deserves."

To which, I say, "Hell, yeah." If Sherwood was a selfish guy, he could run and he would likely score a respectable number of votes. But he knows that this is a once in a lifetime chance to retire Pearce from public life. And he's to be commended for making the right choice.

Sherwood's entire statement is below:

Defeating Russell Pearce in the Recall Election and Beyond

Russell Pearce has been recalled and must now stand for election on November 8, 2011.

This election is solely about the failures of Russell Pearce.

That is why 10,365 Mesa voters signed their names to recall him.

This election is about how he failed to change one word in state law that would give 15,000 Arizonans an unemployment extension at no cost to the state.

It's about his raising property tax bills on every Mesa property owner while cutting taxes for those in Fountain Hills and Scottsdale and other communities where his campaign donors live.

It's about his use of special interest funding with 98% of Pearce's 2010 campaign money coming from people living outside his district in Mesa.

It's about the East Valley Chamber ranking him next to last for "a business-friendly attitude" and 60 CEO's telling him to stop harming the state's economy.

It's about his policies that resulted in firing 5,000 teachers, eliminating 140,000 health care jobs through cuts to health care, and seeing 100,000 construction and service workers lose their jobs and many their homes due to foreclosure.

Finally, there's the Fiesta Bowl scandal, where Pearce appears to have received $38,000 of tickets and free trips.

As much as Pearce wants a partisan election, he won't be getting one. We need a bipartisan coalition to defeat Russell Pearce and give Mesa the type of representation it deserves.

This is not a partisan election and I will not be running in this race.

I will support the most viable candidate to defeat Russell Pearce.

Former LD18 Senate Candidate

Andrew Sherwood

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Lazik11
Lazik11

I know it is a pipe dream, but I would love to see Pearce have to debate his opponent.  So I can only suggest that whomever does decide to run against him....challenge him to a televised debate.  Just like Joe did when Saban wanted a debate, Russ will chicken-shit out of it too  God, I'd love to debate him but I'm not from Mesa and I doubt they'd provide me a spit guard big enough to shield me when Pearce speaks.

Not surprised
Not surprised

Wow, a politician demonstrating character!  Great letter.  It's refreshing to see this guy contributing to keeping things real.

I hope Sherwood puts his hat in sometime to run for an office where hopefully he can begin to infect our politics with his ideas of fairness, reasonableness, placing getting the job done over self ambition, big money, and partisan politics.

While I agree with Sherwood that we need to get behind the most viable candidate, wouldn't it be really really sweet to have a grass roots movement get going and have Sherwood win LD18 as a "write in" candidate!?!

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Hopefully, LD 18 has a SOLE highly qualified candidate to go against Pearce.  I would hate to see 2/3 of the votes in the election split, which could let Pearce win.  Mr. Sherwood knows what is good for his district.

Car_del99
Car_del99

I guess that when R P gets kicked out..he won;t get any more bribes ( I mean " gifts " ) from big corp. anymore...And that will hurt him more.....

Tina
Tina

Hope everyone saw the Q&A interview with Randy Parraz in today's Republic, page B-5.  Good questions, super candid, responsive answers.   

Tina
Tina

Hats off to Andrew Sherwood.  Great statement!

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Smart man, Mr. Andrew Sherwood. We thank you for thinking this through and making such a wise decision. I hope to be able to vote for you one day soon.

Regarding the statement by pearce, he omitted a few items:

(1) MCSO Chief Deputy: FIRED

(2) MVD Director: FIRED

(3) State Senate President; FIRED

["I have devoted my entire life to public service...."]

Yes, Mr. pearce, and you haven't been very good at it. Had criminal charges been sought when you were Director at MVD you might still be in prison, or might never have made it out of prison. Former law enforcement personnel don't do well in a prison environment.

Let's keep the word out there that pearce has been FIRED from almost every job he has held.

NotTheRealRussell
NotTheRealRussell

Russell Pearce issued a196-word statement that will appear on the recall ballot this November.  It is a statement of denial and hubris that isindicative of the mentality and the man who is Russell Pearce.  

 

Here’s what it says:

 

"Ihave devoted my entire life to public service--first as a Maricopa Countydeputy sheriff who was shot in the line of duty, then as the North Mesa Justiceof the Peace and now as a member of the legislature. I was born in Mesa and Ishare and promote the values of our great community: freedom, excellingschools, vibrant economic growth, job creation, balanced budgets, strong lawenforcement and secure borders.

 

"Iam proud of my legislative record of limited government and living within ourmeans. As the President of the Senate, I ushered through the first trulybalanced budget in five years-no gimmicks and no new borrowing. I have beennamed 'Champion of the Taxpayer' by Americans for Prosperity and 'Hero of theTaxpayer' by the American Tax Reform.

 

"Togetherwith Governor Jan Brewer, we enacted the innovative 'Arizona CompetitivenessPackage' that is our roadmap for putting Arizonans back to work. I continue tofight for education excellence and choice because our children deserve no less.

 

"Ihave always done what I have promised you I would do. I am honored to serve ourcommunity and you. I respectfully ask for your vote."

Here's what I believe he really thinks. 

First paragraphtranslation: I have been on thepublic payroll from day one and I am more than willing to ensure that mypension is untouched while working hard to break the promise of a comfortableretirement to those who currently serve our citizens.  I may remember the days when Mesa schoolswere excelling, the economy vibrant, jobs were being created and budgetsbalanced because we were serving the community well and businesses werebooming. But now I’m content with home foreclosures, firing teachers and largerclassroom sizes, vacant neighborhood shopping centers and vandalized apartmentcomplexes and denying raises to police and firemen.  Drive around Mesa, you’ll see how much Icare.

 

I’m very proud of the phrase “secureborder” because not only does it sound good, it is positively unachievable.  Everyone knows we can never secure the borderwithout federal reform, but allowing that to happen means I wouldn’t be able touse it as a campaign wedge issue. So, it is my best interests to yell “amnesty”at every opportunity so I can keep my name and face in the paper.  Besides, whenever I say “amnesty,” you peoplewon’t focus on my other failures. See, it’s working already.

 

Second paragraphtranslation:  To me, limited government means no ambulance ortransportation services for seniors, potholes in city streets, 32-hourworkweeks for state, county and city offices, three-hour waits at the DMV, andbalancing the budget by selling our state capitol to Wall Street in order toget one check from them for one year in order to make it look like I balancedthe budget.  And yeah, I balanced thebudget, but I had to blow up the state and raid money from every state agency,county, city and town to make it happen. Without other people’s money, I couldn’t balance the budget in a millionyears.

 

I didn’t mention my award as“Campaign Donor Taxpayer Hero” for increasing the property taxes on every Mesaproperty owner while cutting them for the communities where my campaign donors livewho could afford making the maximum donations while sticking it to my constituents who gave me such a piddling amount of money (I mean come on, six contributions from my entire district? For a sitting Senator?) And they wonder why I raised their taxes.

 

Third paragraphtranslation:  I’m adding this even though I had nothing todo with it and my record of watching jobs flee Arizona because of my failedeconomic policies and lose opportunity after opportunity because of thedisastrous business climate I’ve created. Heck, I hate solar energy so much Ieven introduced bills that would have made investment is renewable energynearly impossible, killing the only golden goose laying any eggs here inArizona.  On top of that, I fired 5,000teachers, 140,000 healthcare workers, and 100,000 service and construction jobsjust since I joined the Senate.  Isn’tthat what the people of Mesa elected me to do?  Denying unemployment benefits just encourages those losers to get out of my state so I don't have to support their lazy butts.

 

As for education, I am achampion of education reduction. I’ve done everything I can to make sure Arizona staysranked last in the nation.  It’s hardwork, but since taking control of the budget process in the House and then inthe Senate and now as Senate President, Arizona has dropped SIX places in thenational rankings. We were 44th when I took over, but now we’re 50th.

 

Fourth paragraphtranslation:  I know I’ve said a lot of things and made alot of promises, but what you heard me say isn’t what you thought I meant.  I say things during campaigns and makepromises that I have no plans of honoring and I’m saying things now just to foolyou into voting for me again.  Think I’mserious? Let me remind you of a few things:

 

I promised my Senatecolleagues I wouldn’t focus on immigration if I was elected Senate president,but what did I do? Why, I wrote and sponsored five immigration bills but hadsomeone ELSE introduce them. See, that wasn’t ME. That was SOMEONE ELSE who didthat. So what if my name is on the bills, it wasn’t me who ran them, it was people who owe me their elections.

 

I promised voters I wouldfocus on jobs and the economy, but I introduced a challenge to the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution and allowed bills to put guns on collegecampuses and choose a state gun to be introduced.

 

I told voters I cared aboutfamilies and seniors and that’s why I pushed a budget that would cause 450,000Arizonans to lose their healthcare coverage this year along, causing aripple-effect loss of 140,000 healthcare jobs. 

 

So, Mesa voters, you can believeme, or you can believe your own lying eyes. You can look back at my record of failure and see that the only promisesI’ve kept are the ones I’ve made to myself. I don’t care about you.  I don’t care about your job. I don’t careabout your family. I don’t care about your home. I don’t care about yourschools. I care only about me and my agenda and I have the record to prove it.

 

So, vote for me so I cancontinue serving my needs because I could care less about yours.

RetiredArmy
RetiredArmy

Great to read a statement from a politician that isn't filled with self serving rhetoric. Hopefully he will broaden his horizons beyond Mesa politics so I could have an opportunity to vote for him.

Ross
Ross

Pearce, illiterate as usual, misstates the name of Grover Norquist's front group in his ballot statement.  He calls it "American Tax Reform," instead of "Americans for Tax Reform."

Unfortunately there is another Democrat who is interested in the LD18 Senate seat.  Robert McDonald Jr. filed his "exploratory committee" on May 19.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

The best way to beat Pearce is to run only one candidate against him (more would split the anti-Pearce vote)

A Republican, and a Mormon,  Just one far less crazy....

(and please, one that doesn't have a name of Dean Martian's nutty sidekick.  But then again, we did have a Dean Martin in AZ politics!)

Native Guns
Native Guns

This is a wise move by Andrew Sherwood. He is to be commended for that. And better yet, he calls for unity--a bipartisan common ground to take on a common enemy: ru$$ell pearce.

Kudos to Andrew Sherwood.

Bill
Bill

Wow. What a powerful statement. Good for you, Andrew!

Coz
Coz

Pearce's resume reads like a horror story and that's not even all the jobs he's been fired from or the beating up of his wife.

You have to wonder how this criminal got elected in the first place...Oh, that's right, Arizona loves to elect criminals.

NotTheRealRussell
NotTheRealRussell

I am attempting to reformat this so those of you who would like to forward this in emails to your friends can "cut-and-paste" and do so.  Who knows if this will work, but I'll give it an attempt.

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Russell Pearce issued a 196-word statement that will appear on the recall ballot this November.  It is a statement of denial and hubris that is indicative of the mentality and the man who is Russell Pearce.  

Here’s what it says:"I have devoted my entire life to public service--first as a Maricopa County deputy sheriff who was shot in the line of duty, then as the North Mesa Justice of the Peace and now as a member of the legislature. I was born in Mesa and I share and promote the values of our great community: freedom, excelling schools, vibrant economic growth, job creation, balanced budgets, strong law enforcement and secure borders.""I am proud of my legislative record of limited government and living within our means. As the President of the Senate, I ushered through the first truly balanced budget in five years-no gimmicks and no new borrowing. I have been named 'Champion of the Taxpayer' by Americans for Prosperity and 'Hero of the Taxpayer' by the American Tax Reform.""Together with Governor Jan Brewer, we enacted the innovative 'Arizona Competitiveness Package' that is our roadmap for putting Arizonans back to work. I continue to fight for education excellence and choice because our children deserve no less.""I have always done what I have promised you I would do. I am honored to serve our community and you. I respectfully ask for your vote."Here's what I believe he really thinks. First paragraph translation: I have been on the public payroll from day one and I am more than willing to ensure that my pension is untouched while working hard to break the promise of a comfortable retirement to those who currently serve our citizens.  I may remember the days when Mesa schools were excelling, the economy vibrant, jobs were being created and budgets balanced because we were serving the community well and businesses were booming. But now I’m content with home foreclosures, firing teachers and larger classroom sizes, vacant neighborhood shopping centers and vandalized apartment complexes and denying raises to police and firemen.  Drive around Mesa, you’ll see how much I care.I’m very proud of the phrase “secure border” because not only does it sound good, it is positively unachievable.  Everyone knows we can never secure the border without federal reform, but allowing that to happen means I wouldn’t be able to use it as a campaign wedge issue. So, it is in my best interests to yell “amnesty” at every opportunity so I can keep my name and face in the paper.  Besides, whenever I say “amnesty,” you people won’t focus on my other failures. See, it’s working already. Second paragraph translation:  To me, limited government means no ambulance or transportation services for seniors, potholes in city streets, 32-hour workweeks for state, county and city offices, three-hour waits at the DMV, and balancing the budget by selling our state capitol to Wall Street in order to get one check from them for one year in order to make it look like I balanced the budget.  And yeah, I balanced the budget, but I had to blow up the state and raid money from every state agency, county, city and town to make it happen.  Without other people’s money, I couldn’t balance the budget in a million years.I didn’t mention my award as “Campaign Donor Taxpayer Hero” for increasing the property taxes on every Mesa property owner while cutting them for the communities where my campaign donors live who could afford making the maximum donations while sticking it to my constituents who gave me such a piddling amount of money (I mean come on, six contributions from my entire district? For a sitting Senator?) And they wonder why I raised their taxes.Third paragraph translation:  I’m adding this even though I had nothing to do with it and my record of watching jobs flee Arizona because of my failed economic policies and lose opportunity after opportunity because of the disastrous business climate I’ve created. Heck, I hate solar energy so much I even introduced bills that would have made investment is renewable energy nearly impossible, killing the only golden goose laying any eggs here in Arizona.  On top of that, fired 5,000 teachers, 140,000 healthcare workers, and 100,000 service and construction jobs just since I joined the Senate.  Isn’t that what the people of Mesa elected me to do?  Denying unemployment benefits just encourages those losers to get out of my state so I don't have to support their lazy butts.As for education, I am a champion of education reduction. I’ve done everything I can to make sure Arizona stays ranked last in the nation.  It’s hard work, but since taking control of the budget process in the House and then in the Senate and now as Senate President, Arizona has dropped SIX places in the national rankings. We were 44th when I took over, but now we’re 50th.Fourth paragraph translation:  I know I’ve said a lot of things and made a lot of promises, but what you heard me say isn’t what you thought I meant.  I say things during campaigns and make promises that I have no plans of honoring and I’m saying things now just to fool you into voting for me again.  Think I’m serious? Let me remind you of a few things:I promised my Senate colleagues I wouldn’t focus on immigration if I was elected Senate president, but what did I do? Why, I wrote and sponsored five immigration bills but had someone ELSE introduce them. See, that wasn’t ME. That was SOMEONE ELSE who did that. So what if my name is on the bills, it wasn’t me who ran them, it was people who owe me their elections. I promised voters I would focus on jobs and the economy, but I introduced a challenge to the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution and allowed bills to put guns on college campuses and choose a state gun to be introduced.I told voters I cared about families and seniors and that’s why I pushed a budget that would cause 450,000 Arizonans to lose their healthcare coverage this year alone, causing a ripple-effect loss of 140,000 healthcare jobs. So, Mesa voters, you can believe me, or you can believe your own lying eyes. You can look back at my record of failure and see that the only promises I’ve kept are the ones I’ve made to myself. I don’t care about you.  I don’t care about your job. I don’t care about your family. I don’t care about your home. I don’t care about your schools. I care only about me and my agenda and I have the record to prove it.So, vote for me so I can continue serving my needs because I could care less about yours.

Tina
Tina

Beautiful post.  Many of us likewise see Pearce as he really is, but few of us are able to express it as well as you did.  

Jason
Jason

Well said. Fits and describes Pearce perfectly.

Bnbk
Bnbk

Great post Truth ! Can't help but chuckle a bit, even though whats happening in our state is no laughing matter.

Bobunf
Bobunf

Robert McDonald posted the following statement in various places, including his facebook page:

"I have no intention to run in the recall election at this point and time. I have also announced that I will not seek nor will I accept the nomination for my party in 2012, unless a major change happens in my personal life. "

Tina
Tina

Ronald McDonald, Jr. and Andrew Sherwood ran against each other in the Dist. 18 democratic primary last fall.  Both of their platforms focused on getting Pearce removed from office (I attended their candidates' forum),  and as I recall both Ronald and Andrew came out with almost the same number of votes, with Andrew's votes being slightly more than Ronald's. 

If he hasn't done so already, I do hope that Ronald reconsiders since now there is word out that a very electable candidate to be rid of Russell Pearce will be announcing his candidacy next week.  

In view of the fact that Ronald filed for an exploratory committee as long ago as May 19, even before the Pearce recall petitions were submitted, his interest in running for the seat again could have been a just-in-case gesture, and I credit him for that.  I hope he now sees that more than one candidate's name on the ballot to oppose Pearce would lessen our chances of trouncing Pearce, and getting rid of Pearce is the paramount goal.        

FedUpInAZ
FedUpInAZ

I hope McDonald can be dissuaded from running against Pearce.  The guy has a huge sense of entitlement and his behavior was very bitter and very bizarre after he lost to Sherwood in the primary last year.  He defamed the candidate from his own party who won the primary and actually endorsed the Libertarian candidate who, while personable, was a Ron Paul crackpot.  Hopefully someone can talk some sense into that loose cannon.

Truth to Power
Truth to Power

Really? He's out of his mind if he thinks he can beat Pearce in a recall. It's not only the wrong time, it's pointless, arrogant and selfish.  All he'll do is split the vote and hand the election to Pearce--unless that's what he wants to do. 

This is why Sherwood is the wisest Democrat I've heard speak on this issue yet. At least one of them is thinking with the big head.

Vic
Vic

Actually it could be a plus for name recognition!  I am in LD18 and I assure you that ifthey put Jerry Lewis, instead of Gerald Lewis, on a ballot, 3% of my neighbors willthink it is the comedian running, and vote for him.  Could be a game changer!

RetiredArmy
RetiredArmy

I notice Pearce didn't mention his membership in ALEC the group that actually wrote SB1070 and that CCA is also a member. This is a group of large multi national corporations (talk about open borders) that hand their peons like Pearce ready made legislation.  Maybe New Times could do an expose on who is actually writing Arizona Legislation for their own bottom line and not the citizens of this state. If you need a primer you can start here: http://www.alecexposed.com/wik...

StephenLemons
StephenLemons

I saw that as well, Ross. Thank you for linking. What I find most interesting is its subdued tone, and the fact that he barely mentions immigration. Which indicates to me that even Pearce is beginning to understand that he's in trouble, and running around screaming about "illegals" will not put him over the top this time 'round.

Car_del99
Car_del99

It just goes to show you, Mormons are idiots...that's why the word " morons " is inbedded in " mormons "

Tina
Tina

I confess, Coz.  Some years ago I was one of the dumbos who voted for him once or twice.  I must have fallen for one of his misleading lies.  I've never had any personal interaction with him, and it's only been in about the last four years that I woke up and learned how truly gross he is.  

Ross
Ross

Why not just post every reference in his statement to "immigration" or "border" or "illegal."

Bobunf
Bobunf

Robert McDonald posted the following statement in various places, including his facebook page:

"I have no intention to run in the recall election at this point and time. I have also announced that I will not seek nor will I accept the nomination for my party in 2012, unless a major change happens in my personal life. "

Ross
Ross

His name is Robert, not Ronald.  Freudian slip?

Tina
Tina

See my comment to Ross, how long ago Ronald filed for just an "exploratory committee" which he did not publicly announce.  It's likely that seeing what has transpired since then, he's already done the math.  

Tina
Tina

RetiredArmy, I don't think ALEC actually wrote SB 1070.  Authorship has been attributed to Kris Kobach, the ideologue from the legal arm of FAIR, a reportedly a well-funded white supremacist organization. And Kobach has been all over the map connecting with legislators of various states and cities lobbying for his prepared anti-immigration proposals.  

  Rather, Pearce went to the ALEC meeting in D.C., sitting at the same table as a CCA representative, before he even consulted with his colleagues in the legislature about his proposed bill.  He went to the ALEC meeting to get their endorsement of his already written proposal -- so the story goes.  They did create some fancy title for the to-be-introduced SB 1070, and I believe one ALEC member at Pearce's table offered some innocuous minor change to some wording.  That scenario was covered in a 2-day report by NPR radio, and if memory serves correctly our News Channel 5 (KPHO) also did an investigative report on it.  The invited legislators from around the country (such as Pearce) were wined, dined and housed in splendid accommodations at ALEC'S expense for about a week.  

Mistalee
Mistalee

You've visited his recall fundraising website. He does his "illegal screaming" there. 

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Not necessary to attack a specific religion. Mormon, as a religion, has very little to do with pearce, as a person. Show us you have some class and the ability to produce cogent debate.

Bobunf
Bobunf

Mormon bashing is idiotic.  You should be ashamed of yourself.

Tina
Tina

Thanks for the info.  I'm not a Facebook or Twitter user.  Glad they were deleted.

FedUpInAZ
FedUpInAZ

The statements were made on his campaign Facebook and Twitter pages.  Most of the offending statements have since been deleted.

Tina
Tina

Oh lordy, thanks Ross.  Maybe it WAS a freudian slip, but writing "Ronald" five or six times.????   Duhhh.  

The post by FedUpInAZ is disturbing.  I was following last fall's elections quite closely, especially in my own Dist. 18, and don't recall ever seeing any such public statements by Robert McDonald.  Did I miss them?  Could McDonald have just been saying those things  to people he knew personally?  

RetiredArmy
RetiredArmy

Not sure but Kris Kobach and his group may just be a decoy to deflect attention away from ALEC. They have worked real hard to keep their real motives hidden all of these years.

Thanks for the tip about the Republic article I might buy a copy since I gave up subscribing to that rag years ago. It was when they had a map of Arizona on the front page that showed all the interstate highways. There at the intersection of I 8 and I 10 was a star with Phoenix next to it.  Well as I'm sure you know that happens to be Casa Grande. No wonder the people of Arizona are so uninformed.

Tina
Tina

Thanks for the feedback and information. (I do have a printed transcript of the NPR 2-day aired reports, but haven't re-read them recently.)  The unanswered open question now is, "Where does FAIR's Kris Kobach, credited with authoring SB 1070, fit into this loop?"

Today's Republic, page B-3, provides this information about the ALEC trade-off gifts to our legislators.

"Buddy, can you spare $1,900?.., It's legislative conference season, and organizers are on the hunt for money to send needy lawmakers to these annual con-fabs.The local representatives of the American Legislative Exchange Council are asking "key business leaders," i.e. lobbyists, to contribute to the group's  Arizona Scholarship Fund. The tax-deductible money will be used to cover the airfare, lodging, ground  transportation and registration for the upcoming ALEC conference in New Orleans.  Organizers anticipate $1,900 will cover the cost for one lawmaker."

RetiredArmy
RetiredArmy

Quotes from NPR website about that meeting with ALEC:

"Pearce and the Corrections Corporation of America have been coming to these meetings for years. Both have seats on one of several of ALEC's boards."

"And this bill was an important one for the company. According to Corrections Corporation of America reports reviewed by NPR, executives believe immigrant detention is their next big market. Last year, they wrote that they expect to bring in "a significant portion of our revenues" from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency that detains illegal immigrants."

"In the conference room, the group decided they would turn the immigration idea into a model bill. They discussed and debated language. Then, they voted on it."

"There were no 'no' votes," 'Pearce said.' "I never had one person speak up in objection to this model legislation." "Four months later, that model legislation became, almost word for word, Arizona's immigration law."

http://www.npr.org/templates/s...

RetiredArmy
RetiredArmy

It was this article that made the connection http://www.thenation.com/artic... I think you should check out the site I linked to above. ALEC has been hacked and the document dump reveals all of their "model legislation". They are writing this stuff and handing it to our so called representatives. The people who put that site together say it's just the tip of the iceberg. ALEC is more than some group that brings legislators together for discussion, they have an agenda and it's has nothing to do with spreading democratic ideals. Please check out http://www.alecexposed.com/wik... and check out who are members and you will see that Arizona is well represented, from the Governor on down. Then check out the ALEC "model legislation", and then check out the bills being proposed or already passed in the legislature. It's all about taking we the people out of the process and making us slaves to the moneyed corporate few. It's called fascism and it's coming to America if the American people don't wake up soon.

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