Russell Pearce's Desert Divas Connection and Chuck Coughlin's Threats

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I have to give a nod to the Arizona Republic's Mary Jo Pitzl for nabbing a little item I'd been sitting on regarding a fundraising e-mail to fellow lobbyists sent from Mike Williams of the Phoenix firm Williams & Associates. This, on behalf of state Senate President Russell Pearce's anti-recall effort, People Who Oppose the Pearce Recall.

The e-mail announces the fundraiser for August 17, with "location and time to be announced," and is recruiting lobbyists to sit on the host committee for the shin-dig, with a deadline of July 20.

Those unfortunate lobbyists who fail to heed the call of the most powerful politician in Sand Land in time have another option, pull out the checkbook and mail those contributions to 800 North First Avenue in Phoenix.

As the e-mail notes in bold, contributions from Political Action Committees will be accepted. 

Pitzl mentions the names of some of the lobbyists who've signed on so far, but what she fails to mention is that Republican fundraiser Mike Williams' name was once linked to the Desert Divas prostitution scandal.

Williams' name popped up in the Desert Divas' client list, along with the former address of his firm, and this tidbit was promptly reported on by several blogs and other outlets. 

Williams denied that he's ever paid $375 for the unnamed services of a lass named Samantha, or had dealings with Desert Divas in general. (Williams was never charged, BTW.)

Granted, only a fool would give his right name to a pimp or prostitute, though former New York Governor Elliot Spitzer comes to mind as being in this category. Not that I care if someone wants to partake of the world's oldest profession. 

Of course, most politicians and lobbyists are whores of an entirely different kind. Interestingly, the Desert Divas scandal did hurt Williams' fundraising efforts, despite his denials, according to a 2009 blog by my colleague James King.

(In January, before the recall paperwork was even filed, Pearce had a mega-fundraising event, with scores of lobbyists in attendance. How much loot does this guy need, you have to wonder?)

When the pro-Pearce e-mail came into my possession, I called Mat Tolman, chairman of Citizens Who Oppose the Pearce Recall. He claimed no knowledge of the fundraiser, though he admitted there were fundraisers aplenty going on that he didn't know about.

I e-mailed Williams and his employees and called his office for a comment, but have yet to receive a reply. I also e-mailed Pearce, who, not surprisingly, did not get back to me.

Ironically, the one-floor building Williams and Associates now calls home still bears on its side the name of Ashland Media Group, former owner of the Spanish-language newspaper La Voz.

Indeed my colleague, veteran political reporter Valeria Fernandez, long a thorn in the sides of politicos like Pearce and his ally Sheriff Joe Arpaio, told me she used to work in that very building before La Voz was bought out by the bean-counters at the Republic. Fernandez is an independent journo these days.

She also related that there were various legends surrounding the building, that it was haunted, and that its front gate was once the site of a suicide.

Sounds like the perfect place for a suicide of a different kind, political this time.

Along those lines, the Arizona Guardian's Dennis Welch scored a cool item about political Sith Lord Chuck Coughlin, who promised retribution to any Republican daring to oppose Pearce in the November 8 recall election

Which Coughlin seems to assume is happening, despite the fact that Pearce's lawyer is challenging the recall's signatures in court.

This tells you a couple of things.

First, the lawsuit against Maricopa County Elections and the Arizona Secretary of State's Office over the recall petitions is doomed to fail, and Pearce and his folks know this.

Second, Pearce and his operatives seem to be clueless as to why this is happening to their jefe. More than anything, Pearce's slash and burn style of politics is under attack. 

Coughlin may be looking to smear potential contender Republican Mormon Jerry Lewis, who has yet to announce against Pearce. But Coughlin's nefarious plans could well backfire, and offer proof of everything negative Pearce's detractors have to say about the man, as well as about Coughlin, for that matter.

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George_W_Obama
George_W_Obama

And exactly how much did Village Voice Media make from Desert Diva's ads on Back Page?  Any plans to give any of that money back?

thugsslayer
thugsslayer

Is Matt Tolman, Chairman of the “Citizens Who Oppose the Pearce Recall" also the fabulously famous Mesa Slam Landlord whose JMT Management LLC properties are infamously run down and infected by roaches and bedbugs?

According to his profile, "one of the things that sets Matt apartin the property m nagement field is his fluency in Spanish. Mattsays that the ability to speak Spanish is a must in the Phoenixmarket because so many of those renting are Spanish speaking."

Hey Matt, how do you say bedbugs in Español?

https://profiles.google.com/Ar...

Tina
Tina

I just read an extensive interview of Chuck Coughlin from July 2010  by Arizona Capitol Times.  For a guy that utters galling threats to any Republican who may be considering running agains recalled Russell Pearce on Nov. 8  -- "Politics is a team sport," Coughlin said.  "And we're going to find out which team you're on." -- Coughlin's response to one question was nothingshort of amazing.

He was asked what his pet peeves were.  Coughlin responded "Arrogance and Ingratitude."  

Like Russell Pearce, Coughlin must have meant the "arrogance" of others who might find his threats  offensive.  Obviously Coughlin does not view his own behavior,  his threats towards others and his high-handed offensive demeanor,  as "arrogant."

Mistalee
Mistalee

Good ole Chuck Coughlin, BobRobb's former coworker. Get ready for BobRobb to be used as Coughlin's attack dog. 

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Did anyone else see the reply to date is "Friday, July 20, 2011"?

Which is the intended date, I wonder?

Does this say anything about the accuracy of this bunch of jackwagons?

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Tina
Tina

Lots of meaty informative stuff here...in the article and the comments...to ponder all the entanglements. e.g., Matt Tolman, Mike Williams, Chuck Coughlin (oh lordy), and of course Pearce and Brewer.  Too bad the actual report about Coughlin's threat can't be accessed without an outrageously costly subscription to Arizona Guardian.  A number of commenters have expressed very negative assessments about Coughlin, and in light of his threat to Channel 5 last year (if they aired their investigative report about CCA and Pearce), it sounds like that's his m.o. -- a political power broker who threatens.

Oh what a tangled web they weave.

Channel 5's 10:00 pm news actually caught Pearce -- live and in color -- today, just asked him a brief question about the recall election, and he confidently said "people know me, my neighbors know me."  It was hard to hear or understand  him through the din of people talking in an apparently crowded room.

Separately, Ch. 5 mentioned that Thomas Joseph Catty (sp?), an Independent and audiologist filed papers today to run for state senator on the recall ballot. Nothing else.  Anybody know who he is?

Coz
Coz

I would like to donate a bag of dog shit to Pearce's fundraiser, where should I send it ?

Not surprised
Not surprised

With puppetmaster Chuck Coughlin behind Jan Brewer and Russell Pearce, and now Matt Salmon, one wonders who is really pulling the strings and who is having their strings pulled. 

Native Guns
Native Guns

Will the deviled Sith Lord's plan "backfire" in his ghastly face? Oh yeah, they're dealing with a mostly Mormon voter bloc. Perhaps he'll retort to the old fear tactics instead of smear tactics. Just mention "illegal aliens"........

RetiredArmy
RetiredArmy

I wonder if there is an inverse relationship between the size of the font you use to print your name and your integrity? Or maybe it has to be that big because his supporters are so blind.

And which one is the pimp and which one is the whore? I guess I better reread this, I'm confused.

Pit Boss
Pit Boss

"and is recruiting lobbyists to sit on the host committee for the shin-dig, with a deadline of July 20"

These geniuses apparently don't realize that today, Wednesday, is July 20th.

Rob
Rob

Is the AZ Guardian worth $360 p/year?

Jewel in the desert
Jewel in the desert

If you google Jerry Lewis, Mesa, AZ, you can already find blogs by Matt Tolman where he is already to smear Jerry Lewis's good name.  In one he claims Jerry Lewis has the same political beliefs as Randy Parraz.  So he's trying the old guilt by association trick.  In the other he claims that Jerry Lewis is behind some illegal activities with his charter school (Sequoia).  Seems another school (Joy something or other) took tuition from their students while using Sequoia teachers who are paid for with state money.  If Matt wasn't completely twisting the truth (which he seems to relish) it is easy to discover that Sequoia schools was absolved of any wrongdoing and the Joy school was found to be responsible for any and all wrongdoing.  (Again Matt is trying to do the guilty by association trick). Interesting that Matt and the Pearce camp would already be attacking Mr. Lewis when he hasn't even officially announced his candidacy.  I can't even imagine the type of garbage they will try to manufacture.  All the while hoping to deflect the miriad of things Pearce is guilty of. 

Hookercop
Hookercop

Williams is the lobbyist for the Arizona Police Association and the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association.  It should be no surprise he wasn't charged with facilitating prostitution?

Adrian Cruz
Adrian Cruz

I wonder how many of those low income units the Spanish speaking Mr. Tolman rents to illegal invaders.  He's part of the "profits over patriotism" crowd, isn't he Mr. Pearce? 

Truth08
Truth08

Not sure if you will get this message..'Mistalee'...? If you do please send me a message over to my azcentral account..'Truth08'.. 

Regards,Truth

Coz
Coz

When they continue to lie about anything and everything, did you really expect anything different from them ?

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Sorry. should have read the comments first...

Jewel in the desert
Jewel in the desert

Yes, I'm curious to know as well.  Hmm?  Is he really a good guy trying to help with the recall or a Pearce red herring?

Tina
Tina

I caught that flub, too.

RY
RY

Nope

Coz
Coz

That would have been way to smart for them.

Tina
Tina

That's the unknown.  Ch.5 just said that he said he was opposed to Pearce. That's all.LD 18 is a relatively small district. Surely anybody with an ounce of brains would realize it isn't wise to have more than one candidate to assure Pearce's ouster.  Guess we'll find out soon enough if he's a Pearce mole.  Jerry Lewis still hasn't officially announced his candidacy.  Ah, intrigue.

Supposedly CNN was out in Mesa Wednesday.  A Mesa woman I know said they wanted to interview her about the recall and Pearce. 

Oddly, one of those last articles by Stephen Lemons "Russell Pearce's lawyer if full of bunk" isn't available in New Times archives.  Wonder if NT was threatened with a lawsuit over the article.  Nothing would surprise me anymore....and how ironic that there was this matter of threats by the Pearce camp that was just. mentioned in this article. 

Tina
Tina

Thanks Ross for finding that "lawyer full of bunk" article.  I was looking under "Feathered Bastard"  menu.

A little Flakey
A little Flakey

Doesn't, the Flake Family own  Sequoia? Are Don And Jeff are cousins?  Jerry Lewis works for the Flakes or how the Mormon web is spun!  

Ross
Ross

I didn't have a problem finding that article; at the moment it's listed just above, under "related content." 

Maybe Jerry Lewis is waiting for it to rain so he can walk on water while announcing his candidacy.  So far I haven't seen any comments here about his employer Sequoia's involvement in the scam, reported by the Republic, where Community Church of Joy was charging private tuition, and collecting state tuition tax credit funds, while sending kids to the publicly-funded charter school.  Sequoia is cast as an innocent bystander.  Well, maybe.

Confidential to Mike Williams:  Church of Joy not to be confused with Temple of One.

Johnny Skee Mask
Johnny Skee Mask

I saw that last night. And I also found it odd that Jerry Lewis still hasn't officially thrown in his hat. The other guy, supposedly an audiologist. Is a virtual unknown. He didn't have much to say about pearce. So I find that a bit suspicious as well.  Democrat Andrew Sherwood was wise enough to not thrown his hat in the bucket. For that I give him credit.

Sadly, Jerry Lewis is still quiet or just testing the waters. Time is running out.

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