Russell Pearce Lobbyist Shindig Crashed by Citizens for a Better Arizona

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Pearce, keeping a low profile at a fundraising event in his honor

Four hundred clams. That's what some lobbyists may have paid to attend a fundraiser held for embattled state Senate President Russell Pearce Wednesday night at Alexi's Grill in Phoenix.

By my estimation, there were about 30 or 40 attendees at the height of the action. If they all paid to get in, it could mean Pearce scored a nice little purse from the soiree.  

But I'm guessing there were a few there who were just cronies and hangers-on, like former weatherman and Pearce shill Ed Phillips. Maybe they didn't pay the premium price. Others may have sent in checks ahead of time.

Among those present, I spotted Levi Bolton of the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, Brian Livingston of the Arizona Police Association, and Farrell Quinlan of the National Federation of Independent Business.

Pearce entered and exited via the kitchen, so as to avoid supporters of his recall, who were dining at a large table near the party area, which was separated from diners by some plants.

He was accompanied by two plainclothes officers with the Arizona Department of Public Safety, J. Gentry Burton and Jeff Trapp.

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DPS officers Burton (left) and Trapp (right) restrain an excited LD 18 resident trying to meet with his state Senator

These two men are assigned to the state Legislature as a security detail, and Pearce uses them as bodyguards at political events. I saw them shadowing Pearce once before at a Tea Party rally for Pearce in North Phoenix a while back.

They've also been involved in enforcing Pearce's blacklist banning certain members of the public from the state Senate building, like human rights advocate Sal Reza. 

Indeed, these officers arrested Reza and another individual earlier this year as the activists attempted to meet with state Senator Steve Gallardo.

In any case, the recall supporters, some of them members of Citizens for a Better Arizona, twice attempted to crash the Pearce function, with limited success.

The first foray along these lines was made by Legislative District 18 Republican Mary Lou Boettcher, a retired teacher, and Inez Parraz, mother of CBA co-founder Randy Parraz.

Mrs. Parraz was in town from Sacramento, where she lives, and she wanted to serve Pearce with a cease and desist letter from her son's counsel, ordering Pearce and his minions to stop making defamatory statements about him, such as the ones made in signs posted around Mesa by Citizens Who Oppose the Pearce Recall, chaired by Pearce sycophant Matt Tolman.

"It's very disturbing as a parent," Mrs. Parraz said of the Tolman signs accusing her son of being against the rule of law, and for open borders and the boycott of Arizona. All of which is untrue.

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Recall supporter Brenda Rascon (left) tries to reason with a Pearce party-goer blocking her way

She pointed out that hers was a law enforcement family, and that her late husband had been a high-ranking deputy with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.

Boettcher simply wanted to meet with her elected representative, though she admitted that she's no Pearce fan.

"He's so anti-everything I believe in," she said of Pearce. "Like public education."

She also doesn't like Pearce's vindictive style of leadership.

"If someone doesn't vote the way he wanted them to, he says, `Well, I'll see that you don't get elected again,'" she explained.

Needless to say, Boettcher and Parraz didn't make it past the gatekeepers, one of them Gretchen Jacobs, a lobbyist with Arizona Governmental Affairs, who informed them they could only enter if they could pony up $400.

Boettcher was using a walker to get around. She insisted that Pearce knew her and that he had acknowledged her presence from the back of the crowd. Still, Jacobs denied them entry.

(Jacobs later informed me that she had meant to convey that $400 was the maximum requested donation. She told me she gave $100, and that the recall folks might have been able to get in with a Benjamin.)

Burton and Trapp seemed to be itching to arrest someone, even these two ladies, if they'd gotten the chance. But after being rebuffed, Boettcher and Parraz sat back down. That's when the entire table decided to go up to the party area and try to gain entry.

One LD18 voter made it past the Praetorian guard. The man insisted that he simply wanted to talk with Pearce, and initially refused to leave. At this point, Burton and Trapp began to restrain him.

Eventually, the man left the premises. After this, Jacobs complained that she had been pushed by the man several times. Burton ran out to the parking lot trying to track the man down, returning empty-handed.

Various recall supporters argued intensely with another young woman, who again told them they needed to donate to see Pearce. Eventually, Michael Zistatsis, one of the owners of the place, asked the recall supporters to be seated, and they reluctantly complied.

I found Zistatsis to be very accommodating and patient. He later even apologized to the activists for having to ask them to sit down, though he was well within his rights to do so.

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Randy Parraz's mom Inez (left) with LD 18 Republican Mary Lou Boettcher

After this excitement, the recall supporters eventually meandered home. Before he left, I got a chance to speak with attorney Michael Wright, who owns the Wright House in Mesa. Wright's supporting Republican Jerry Lewis in the recall election, and was at the table with the recall supporters. He said he showed up to make a point.

"Russell Pearce, when we first filed the petitions, complained that the supporters of the recall were outsiders," he told me. "We're not outsiders. The people who are here giving money to him tonight are outsiders...We're not lobbyists, we're not fellow politicians, we don't have anything to gain other than better representation."

Wright, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said he believed there was a groundswell of support for Lewis within Mesa's influential LDS community.

"The LDS people generally are right of center, but not far right of center," he stated. "They are fiscally conservative and have strong values. We're very focused on education and family...children and children's health problems.

"We follow the philosophy of helping the poor when necessary. So you'll find generally that LDS people are in favor of Lewis because he reflects that. We don't think Pearce reflects that so much."

After Wright and the other recall supporters left, I stuck around and waited for Pearce to leave, hoping to snap a photo and ask him a couple of questions. But his security detail rushed him out through the back way, and his supporters blocked him from my view as they did so.

Now just think, if I'd had a few Benjies to throw around, I could've had an exclusive with the Senator. Gosh darn it.


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Ry Gavin
Ry Gavin

Who's hiding from the public now? I wonder what percentage of LD18 residents can afford $400 to talk with their representatives??

Guest
Guest

Hey, Bird, you might've buried the lead -- Pearce, in the fight for his political life, throws a funder, and only 30 or 40 people show up?

awb001
awb001

YES , WE CAN..YES , WE CAN..WE WILL WIN IN WAR ON TERROR (30 whities or what are terrorists will never come back alive from Afghanistan...thank you lord..aamen).

ARIZONA = UTOYA = GOVERNMENT‘S "AFTERLIFE" FLASH MOB !!! 911(TWIN TOWERS) = NORWAY BOMBING OR STATE SPONSORED TERRORISM !!! As far as shooting, there was none(neither in NORWAY or Arizona). Instead tear gas and theater were used on faces of multiculturalism maniacs while calling YOU a terrorists !!! Guilt or blame and shame weapon against us and our families in our own countries during bogus “economic crises” were used while importing here non white third world foreigners to rape, kill and steal(forceful unemployment against us) in the name of tolerance and better world !! SUPER FAST HIGHWAY to extra bonuses with early retirements(newly issued state identities with paid properties abroad) for government related criminals/ terrorists or our politicians and their supporters !!!   http://stateofterror.blogspot....  http://stateofterror.wordpress...

Whitie is fighting war on terrorism just to come home and be pronounced as terrorist...turned in Timothy, jobless, homeless ..YESSS,  WE CAN(FISH CAN & TENT CITY USA CAN)...GABBY OPENED HER EYES (psycho Tucson)

OS(B)AMA IS MOVING OUT OF AFGHAN FEW DAYS AFTER MY POSTING ONLINE AND IS WILLING TO IMPROVE ECONOMY(genocide against whites) JUST FEW MONTHS AHEAD OF ELECTIONS(awesome) !!

Don't worry O(s)bama, you have just saved lots of Dollars in your DEBT DEALS(DEAD & ILL) as those America best (Navy Seals) would  also grew older and then you already know how it goes !!!

OBAMA = STALIN = BUSH or USA = USSR  http://avsecbostjan.blogspot.c...  http://avsecbostjan.wordpress.... FROM 911 TO WHITE REFUGEES SEEKING ASYLUM ABROAD TODAY !!!  

WAKE-UP !!! WAKE UP PEOPLE BEFORE IT GETS ALL TO LATE ON PLANET APE !!! TEARS WON'T DO YOU ANY GOOD !!! AS BUSH STATED "THAT'S WHAT THEY ARE PAID FOR"(to die ) !!

Jason
Jason

I wouldn't waste my Benjamins on Pearce. Ben is far too important to me to spend on the new face of corruption.

MaricopaCountyNostradamus
MaricopaCountyNostradamus

For all you libtard, obamunisocialist psuedo intellectuals.  Dig this prognostication:  Pearce will prevail.  He will continue to serve and your freeby dope smoking agenda will again falter. 

Denisisanidiot
Denisisanidiot

Dennis, because Gabby Giffords got shot in the head by a nutter--thats why.  Does anyone really want Russell Pearce, or any politician for that matter, injured or shot?  If you do, then you are, as well, a nutter.  In our current political malase in this State, County and Country you will see more and more politicians use State resources for their protection. 

Seedy Ward
Seedy Ward

Who is the mystery lady in the top photo? She seems to have a 5 o'clock shadow. Pearce's date?

Seedy Ward
Seedy Ward

Maybe he could use an exorcism? Seems like I read about some charlatan doing those around here lately.

Coz
Coz

I knew something was going on, I could smell the rotting fish in Peoria.

>>Four hundred clams. That's what some lobbyists may have paid to attend a fundraiser held for embattled state Senate President Russell Pearce 

Bobunf
Bobunf

Pearce needs this money very badly.  He's spending maybe $100K on his delay tactic court case.  Hoping to bleed the recall campaign dry from legal fees defending against his frivolous lawsuit.

And the signs; talk about overkill.  There must be well over 200 of these signs around Mesa - as many as three on one corner.  And it doesn't seem that volunteers put them up.  Pearce must have blown at least $25K on these signs about Randy Parraz - who isn't running for anything.  

Speaking of blowing; somebody didn't like those signs and blew most of them over this evening.

Then there's the fake Latina candidate.  I'm sure she hasn't come cheap.  

It's hard to imagine what's coming next in terms of signs, newspaper, radio and TV advertising.  Who knows what else Russell may have up his sleeve in the way of dirty tricks.  

I'm sure Pearce is explaining to his lobbyist friends that It's expensive to maintain a rotten borough.  You know, like the ones they had in the early 19th century in England.  The moneyed classes appointed their candidate for the district and spent what he took to be sure their man won.

Do lobbyists and other people with money get to decide who will be the state Senator for District 18?  I guess we'll see on November 8.  

Vera Kwaayesnama Skorupski Sko
Vera Kwaayesnama Skorupski Sko

IMO it will be an election of the Boy Scout versus the Bully.  The people who would never have the nerve tell Pierce to his face what they really think of him will be able to step into the voting booth and voice their opinion of him via their private vote.

Josh Barkley
Josh Barkley

The Police State seems to have reared its ugly head against Sun City anarchist.  Restrain, remove and sequester the evil people that seek balance in politics.  If Tolman is so concerned about the unsubstantiated "union support" of Parraz..then why is he eating dinner with two representatives of Police Unions?  If Pearce has passed every anti-Union law known to man, then why does he have Union reps on his personal invitation only "primo" list?  Look out Sun City...Knights in white satin are coming to a store near you.

Josh Barkley
Josh Barkley

 OK..this is where I say "this is an outrage!..But Russell uses that line , so I'll refrain. Instead, I'll say the Police State is in full swing with undercover garb, and going after the middle class at the demand of the State.  In a pre-meditated restrain and remove action, not uncommon to the likes of Arpaio and the town of Quartzite, DPS assist Pearce in the removal of Senior Citizens from a political event?  Great guggli muggli!  what has happened to our State? 

It's not like we were alseep at the wheel, the progressives have been fighting the onslaught of Red law since the Borg Queens election.  The removal of Union rights,  loss of tenure and  meet and confer by executive order.  The use of Conservative non-profits and an on line "design-a-law" website used to create unlawful bills shoved through the most ridiculous legislature of all time (officially voted in as such by moveon.org) .  While we were fighting the war against Pearce and the mass assimilation by the Borg Queen herself, a group of bi-partisan, multi ethnic, all age volunteers where on the streets getting this moron re-called.  And for their efforts, they were physically removed from the party, publicaly lambasted by a "freak" who post pictures of his pre teens daughters rear end on facebook?  With the ok and at the direction of the State?

As for the slam on Parraz for having "Union Support"..and the evil they represent, if thats the case, then why are you begging Bolton and Livingston for money, support and "security"?

To the moms..you need us, you call us.  Ask someone close to you for our number, the world is smaller than they think.

Jason
Jason

Pearce looks like the boogeyman in that photo with the red eyes.... Then again, he IS the boogeyman....

Chad Snow
Chad Snow

Pearce already sold the Capitol building.  Looks like he's placed himself for sale as well. 

Chad Snow
Chad Snow

I can't believe Chuck Coughlin gave the thumbs up on this one, it has so many red flags.  First, a fund raiser whose host committee is made up entirely of lobbyists doesn't pass the smell test.  Then, he uses state employees as goons at a private party to raise funds for an election?  

Anon
Anon

Stephen, Great reporting. The public gets to see what this looks like for real.

guest
guest

Are there no restaurants in LD 18?

Dennis Gilman
Dennis Gilman

So do all Senators get 2 DPS officers as personal security or just Pearce? How much is that nonsense costing us per day? The Phx PD were there on site right? Why are we paying for Mr. Tuff Guy to have body guards? 

Tina
Tina

He's been hiding from his LD18 constituents for a couple months now.  Always not available.   

crazybaldhead
crazybaldhead

Not that I'm keeping track nostradamus, but the dope smoking agenda has been voted in via initiative, by the majority of voters in the state of arizona...twice. Yes, twice. Sate's rights my ass. Do you support state's rights nostradamus? Majority of voters determining policy and all that patriotic conservative mumbo jumbo...oh, that's right, only if you agree with the outcome. Interesting to see a room full of lobbyists that don't live in LD18, supporting Pearce at a restaurant not located in LD18, and they stand up to block access from his actual constituents. Keep suckin on that teabag nostradamus, keep suckin

Seedy Ward
Seedy Ward

If we're really lucky, maybe he'll have a stroke over the mess, though?

Coz
Coz

Piss on politicians.

Jackassaward
Jackassaward

Wow personal attack on someones looks, how un-liberal of you.  So post a Pic of your Fugliness and let us check out your view.  Humm, put u r shit where your mouth is--oh, u already did. 

Seedy Ward
Seedy Ward

$400 to get in? I wonder how much extra he wanted for lap dances?

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Pearce long ago sold his soul and his integrity.  Now he just peddles influence without thinking of anyone but himself and those that he sells to.

Anon
Anon

So who's the money behind purchasing the Capitol building? 

Stacy
Stacy

Alexis is closer to the lobbyist

Anon
Anon

Well made point. You'd think Pearce would give a local business owner in his LD18 some business!

awb001
awb001

 YES , WE CAN..YES , WE CAN..WE WILL WIN IN WAR ON TERROR (30 whities or what are terrorists will never come back alive from Afghanistan...thank you lord..aamen).

ARIZONA = UTOYA = GOVERNMENT‘S "AFTERLIFE" FLASH MOB !!! 911(TWIN TOWERS) = NORWAY BOMBING OR STATE SPONSORED TERRORISM !!! As far as shooting, there was none(neither in NORWAY or Arizona). Instead tear gas and theater were used on faces of multiculturalism maniacs while calling YOU a terrorists !!! Guilt or blame and shame weapon against us and our families in our own countries during bogus “economic crises” were used while importing here non white third world foreigners to rape, kill and steal(forceful unemployment against us) in the name of tolerance and better world !! SUPER FAST HIGHWAY to extra bonuses with early retirements(newly issued state identities with paid properties abroad) for government related criminals/ terrorists or our politicians and their supporters !!!   http://stateofterror.blogspot....  http://stateofterror.wordpress...

Whitie is fighting war on terrorism just to come home and be pronounced as terrorist...turned in Timothy, jobless, homeless ..YESSS,  WE CAN(FISH CAN & TENT CITY USA CAN)...GABBY OPENED HER EYES (psycho Tucson)

OS(B)AMA IS MOVING OUT OF AFGHAN FEW DAYS AFTER MY POSTING ONLINE AND IS WILLING TO IMPROVE ECONOMY(genocide against whites) JUST FEW MONTHS AHEAD OF ELECTIONS(awesome) !!

Don't worry O(s)bama, you have just saved lots of Dollars in your DEBT DEALS(DEAD & ILL) as those America best (Navy Seals) would  also grew older and then you already know how it goes !!!

OBAMA = STALIN = BUSH or USA = USSR  http://avsecbostjan.blogspot.c...  http://avsecbostjan.wordpress.... FROM 911 TO WHITE REFUGEES SEEKING ASYLUM ABROAD TODAY !!!   WAKE-UP !!! WAKE UP PEOPLE BEFORE IT GETS ALL TO LATE ON PLANET APE !!! TEARS WON'T DO YOU ANY GOOD !!! AS BUSH STATED "THAT'S WHAT THEY ARE PAID FOR"(to die ) !!

BleenGloob
BleenGloob

They are there to keep Rusty dry. The officers are in charge of changing Rusty's diapers.

Lydia
Lydia

Time for a public records request to ask that very question. I think it's a fair question by the tax payer to ask.. WHO PAID FOR THAT SECURITY? I'll be damned if I find out that we taxpayers paid for his security for his campaign fundraiser.

Dirtyscoundrel
Dirtyscoundrel

because hes got to defend himself from the crazy dirtballs that you like to drag around by the nosehairs. see how that goes? you and lemons create chaos.....chaos gets shut down and arrested.

Anon
Anon

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Ted
Ted

Your handle is perfect for a worthless shill for Russell Pearce. As are your lunatic rantings.

Anthony Wesley
Anthony Wesley

How can you even let something that stupid come out of your mouth.  It insults the intelligence of anyone reading.  Russ is the only one that is willing to lie, cheat, commit corrupt acts and copy and paste lies from hate groups to get idiots like you to get upset and commit acts of hate.  It has been proven time and time again that Dennis and Steven are right on the money with their investigations.  If the truth creates chaos then there is something seriously wrong with your idol.

Royalphoenix2
Royalphoenix2

Is that the same kind of chaos that happens when  a husband is throwing his wife around, or kicking down apartment doors, or altering public records ? peace

Concerned"american"citizen
Concerned"american"citizen

Fuck off Pearce..Is that you the  name fits you perfect "DirtyScoundre" you for got DPS fired asshole plus wife beather on your name..Chaos that you create yourself what Pearce can speak against people but people cant speak against him? When the fuck did we lose our rights as American Citizens? Freedom of Spceech..Fuck Pearce i hope he fucking dies of a fucking heartattack and I will go to his funeral and spit on his dead face..He is a fat fuck who will eventually croak!!!!

Josh Barkley
Josh Barkley

 Chaos by who?  Sun City?, and shut down at who's expense, the state? at a supposed Invitation only by State Union cops that are supposed to be the evil ones supporting Parraz?  No hypocrisy..just lawful use of force against the retired chaos creators..

Chad Snow
Chad Snow

Yeah, Inez Parraz and Mary Lou Boetcher look like a couple of real hell raising hooligans, don't they?  I think the plan was for them to rush the security guard while white haired attorney Michael Wright and ASU Doctoral Student Brenda Rascon went after the defenseless Senate President.... 

Adrian Cruz
Adrian Cruz

Why doesn't Mr. Badass just carry his gun like Lori Klein and defend himself like a man?

Chad Snow
Chad Snow

Incarceration over education!!!

Pima mujer
Pima mujer

Incarceration is a Republican value.

Poseranunamericanfool
Poseranunamericanfool

Pearce is your daddy.  He will not be voted out of office and you will continues to "suck it"

Adrian Cruz
Adrian Cruz

At least he can spell 

WTF does Chads Ass Chill for Peolosi mean?  Retard. 

Ted
Ted

Oh, poor, poor baby. Did you run to mommy and cry or Russell so he could send his cops after your "attackers"? What incredibly stupid little whiners you Pearce puppies are.

Chadsasschillforpeolosi
Chadsasschillforpeolosi

No they were hoping to create some incident that they could then blow out of proportion like most mindless libs do.  I was assaulted, beat, whippped, call foul names etc....But you already knew this Chad.

guest
guest

I don't think that mr. badass wants to be seen in public with his pink gun.

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