Russell Pearce Operative Matt Tolman's Bag of Dirty Tricks

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Photo of one of the sleazy, pro-Pearce placards going up in Mesa

If you need a sign of state Senate President Russell Pearce's desperation, look no further than above: one of the placards sprouting up around Mesa, smearing the recall effort, Citizens for a Better Arizona co-founder Randy Parraz, and Pearce challenger Jerry Lewis.

The sign, the product of Citizens Who Oppose the Pearce Recall, is chock full of outright bull. Parraz has no "candidates" in the recall, does not support "open borders" or oppose "the rule of law." 

That second charge is actually laughable. Parraz's father was a sergeant with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office. And everything he's done in this recall effort has complied with state statute. 

Which is one reason why Pearce's legal challenge to the recall recently failed in superior court.

Parraz was once a union organizer, but is not one now. Labor unions are not "supporting" him, much less the recall. He is a Democrat, though no extremist. He's never advocated for the boycott of Arizona.

As for gay marriage, Parraz is for equality, and during his U.S. Senate campaign said that "you get what I get," in regards to civil rights.

During one stump speech, he related that his gay friends had asked him if he would advocate for gay marriage.

"I said, `No,'" he quipped. "`I'm not advocating for heterosexual marriage, I'm a divorced father.'"

As is Pearce from his first wife, BTW, but I digress.

What does all this have to do with Mormon Republican Jerry Lewis? Um, nothing. But the Pearce camp can't run against Lewis. He's too clean and well-regarded in Legislative District 18.

So Pearce has to run against the recall, and tie Parraz around Lewis' neck, even though both Republicans and members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were instrumental in making the recall a success.

Pearce's camp is also resorting to various dirty tricks, which is to be expected from a campaign run by political sleaze-meister Chuck Coughlin.

Matt Tolman, chairman of Citizens Who Oppose the Pearce Recall, operates his own anti-Lewis rumor mill on his Facebook page, where he has claimed that Parraz bribed Lewis to get into the race, a bald-faced prevarication.

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From Tolman's FB page The charge is false.

He also has attempted to deflect speculation concerning the authorship of the fake Jerry Lewis Twitter account, by suggesting Lewis' people may have created it.

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More of Tolman's bull: Sproul does not work for Lewis, BTW

That Twitter account is now deactivated due to the complaints raised by Lewis' folks. Why would they put up a fake Twitter account sliming their man, then make sure it was taken down? This sort of logic only makes sense to haters like Tolman.

Tolman peddles real-estate and dabbles in politics, having run unsuccessfully in the past for the Mesa City Council. 

Will Pearce denounce the reprehensible tactics of his followers? He should be pressured to do so, though I doubt he will. 

The good news is that the whisper campaigns, the fake Twitter accounts, the rumor-mongering, the phony opponents and the signs full of falsehoods will, I predict, precipitate a backlash. And that backlash will result in the end of Pearce's political career.

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Dumoudan
Dumoudan

Is this law Racist? Are the people who agree with this law racist?Are those who want this law enforced racist?Under Title 8 Section 1325 of the U.S. Code, "Improper Entry by Alien," any citizen of any country other than the United States who:Enters or attempts to enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers; or Eludes examination or inspection by immigration officers; or Attempts to enter or obtains entry to the United States by a willfully false or misleading representation or the willful concealment of a material fact; has committed a federal crime.Violations are punishable by criminal fines and imprisonment for up to six months. Repeat offenses can bring up to two years in prison. Additional civil fines may be imposed at the discretion of immigration judges, but civil fines do not negate the criminal sanctions or nature of the offense.

Kwaayesnama
Kwaayesnama

Randy Parraz is not a candidate in the recall, IMO the false accusations on the sign are slanderous and Mr. Parraz being an attorney these statements may adversely hurt his law practice. If I was Mr. Parraz I would sue the people who put up these signs for defamation of character.  Legal description: Any intentional false communication, either written or spoken, that harms a person's reputation; decreases the respect, regard, or confidence in which a person is held; or induces disparaging, hostile, or disagreeable opinions or feelings against a person.Defamation may be a criminal or civil charge. It encompasses both written statements, known as libel, and spoken statements, called slander.The probability that a plaintiff will recover damages in a defamation suit depends largely on whether the plaintiff is a public or private figure in the eyes of the law. The public figure law of defamation was first delineated in new york times v. sullivan, 376 U.S. 254, 84 S. Ct. 710, 11 L. Ed. 2d 686 (1964). In Sullivan, the plaintiff, a police official, claimed that false allegations about him appeared in the New York Times, and sued the newspaper for libel. The Supreme Court balanced the plaintiff's interest in preserving his reputation against the public's interest in freedom of expression in the area of political debate. It held that a public official alleging libel must prove actual malice in order to recover damages. The Court declared that the First Amendment protects open and robust debate on public issues even when such debate includes "vehement, caustic, unpleasantly sharp attacks on government and public officials." A public official or other plaintiff who has voluntarily assumed a position in the public eye must prove that defamatory statements were made with knowledge that they were false or with reckless disregard of whether they were false.   

Tina
Tina

For anyone that's interested, the applicable section of the Mesa city code --Section 11-19-7(G) 4  pertaining to Political and Campaign signs says, "Signs shall not be displayed earlier than sixty (60) days prior to an election and shall be removed within ten (10) days following said election.  Signs for successful primary election candidates eligible for the general election may remain after the primary election. (3939/Reso.7745)"

Not only are we besieged with these hundreds of unlawful asinine red signs up and down Mesa's arterial streets, and sometimes 3 or 4 of them  planted at the major intersections -- containing  that incredulous  message STAND FOR THE RULE OF LAW - OPPOSE THE RECALL -- but they are also growing in the Town of Gilbert.   

Two of Pearce's illegal signs with their untruthful assertions are planted at the intersection of Guadalupe and Gilbert Road and at least one is at the intersection of Guadalupe and Cooper (Stapley)

We know that Pearce doesn't know or care about his constituents.  But he also doesn't even know where his district is.  

Tommy Cattey
Tommy Cattey

My name is Tommy Cattey. I was the first candidate in the recall election of Russell Pearce. I did have the signatures to be on the ballet; however, I could not obtain endorsements in sufficient time. I withdrew so as not to split the vote.

I have researched Russell Pearce's military service. He is what is referred to as a chickenhawk from the Vietnam era. He espouses America but avoided combat in Vietnam. Please see my web page at www.catteyville.comTommy Cattey

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Thanks Mr. Cattey for pointing us to your site.  This information needs to make it to the rank and file Mesa voter.

GC

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Bottom Line:  Russell Pearce can't even follow the Rule of Law in his own legislative district. Why would we trust him with the state? 

mirele
mirele

Those signs are all over and I wish they could be taken down as a traffic hazard. There's so much writing on them,  (a) it's too small to read and (b) not enough time at the lights to actually read the signs. In addition, there are SO MANY signs, they make the neighborhood look tacky and trashy. I hope you read this, Matt Tolman, and reconsider putting up these red and white pieces of trash all around the area. The southwest corner of University and Gilbert, for example, DOES NOT need THREE of these signs!

I hope they all blew away in tonight's dust storm, it'd serve you guys right.

Tina
Tina

With those godawful signs blanketing the city, not only have we seen  the "we're above the law" mentality by Pearce and his minions like Matt Tolman, who KNOW that political signs can't go up until 60 days before the election, but  THREE "campaign" signs on one corner is another violation of the sign  code.

I recommend calling the city's sign enforcement arm at  480-644-2061 and reporting the violations, as others have on other locations.  With the city's 4-day work week,  if you don't get a live person, leave a message.

Jason
Jason

Pearce and Tolman are desperate, mentally sick fools if they think this latest sleaze act is going to work.

Pearce is as transparent as a ghost when it comes to his bullshit.

Note to Pearce: Your bullshit tactics will not work. The Arizona Court of Appeals will shoot down your claims against CBA. Your sorry corrupt ass will be booted come November. In fact, your booting is an early birthday present for me.

Sayonara Pearce!!

Hock
Hock

I just looked at his blog.   He's quite a nut.

Tina
Tina

This was just sent off to Mesa Code Compliance for enforcement.  I understand they've had tons of calls and put one person in charge of just all these complaints. 

August 18, 2011CITIZENS WHO OPPOSE THE PEARCE RECALL (on file with AZ Sec'y of State's Office) is responsible for installation of unlawful campaign signs in Mesa     Chairman of the committee:  Matt Tolman 736 E. 7th Place, Mesa, 85201 phone:  (480)668-8169Mesa City Code, Section 11-9-7(G)SOME LOCATIONS OF THE UNLAWFUL SIGNS1.  East side of northbound North Country Club, at ramp entrance to eastbound 2022. Brown Rd & Country Club, 2 signs, SE & SW corners.3. Brown Rd, south side, approx 500 ft west of Country Club4. Brown Rd & Center, SE corner5.  Brown Rd & Mesa Drive,  SW corner6.  McKellips & Mesa Drive, 4 signs, 2 on NW corner, NE corner, SW corner7.   McKellips & Horne, 2 signs8.  On east side of Horne,  2 signs between Brown & McKellips, 1 north of canal, 1       south of canal9.  Horne & Brown, 2 signs, NE corner and another corner10.  McKellips south side, just east of 202 freeway exit ramp11.  Broadway & Dobson, NW corner12  Main & Dobson, NE corner

Tina
Tina

Sorry that got all jumbled, which wasn't that way when I posted it. 

Twelve different locations are listed, with some locations (intersections) having 3 or 4 signs.  I'm told there are other violations with many of them, in addition to the 60-day requirement.  

wtf
wtf

it is the same people that support Pearce that are making him look like an idiot and are only making things worst for Pearce.

I love it.

Vera Kwaayesnama Skorupski Sko
Vera Kwaayesnama Skorupski Sko

These signs have nothing to do with an election. They arefor the sole purpose of slandering Randy Parraz.  If the town permits these signs to remain theyare permitting this to continue.

VoteHimOut
VoteHimOut

Rule of law?  Rule of law?  The big red signs appear to violate Mesa city ordinances.  If they are not election campaign signs they are not permitted.  If they are ruled campaign signs, they are permitted only within 60 days of the election (i.e., within the 60 days before November 8th) - in addition they have to be out of the public right-of-way, etc. 

If you live in LD18, call the city of Mesa and register a complaint - 480-644-2061.

mirele
mirele

I live in LD19 (about 400 yards east) and these eyesores need to GO. They're tacky and a traffic hazard.

Tina
Tina

IMPORTANT:   Do you know (or does anyone know) where these signs are located?   I did see the one on the south side of McKellips, just east of the freeway exit and about drove my car off the  road when I saw it.   Where are the others?

Tommy Cattey
Tommy Cattey

There is one on the NW corner of Broadway and Lindsey, for now.

Tina
Tina

Thanks Tommy.  Got it reported to the authorities via voice mail.  Even though the city is on a 4-day work week, I learned from a reporter that there's a person from the city working on this matter TODAY (Friday).   We'll have to wait and see  (read about) what action the city has taken or is taking.  

VoteHimOut
VoteHimOut

NW corner Broadway and Dobson;  NE corner Main and Dobson.  These are then ones I have reported.  I am sure there are others, I just haven't gone looking.  Report them all!

Tina
Tina

Thanks.  I'm learning that these unlawful signs are plastered all over LD 18.  

wtf
wtf

IMPORTANT: if you live near these places please take them down.

Mistalee
Mistalee

Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

Tolman had to lie about Parraz. Parraz doesn't have to lie about Tolman, just expose him as a lying, sneaky, scum-sucking bottom feeder. And then tie Tolman like a decaying albatross around Pearce's neck.

Vera Kwaayesnama Skorupski Sko
Vera Kwaayesnama Skorupski Sko

I was a registered republican nin Arizona for 14 years, last week I changed my registration to democratic. Since the TEA PARTY took over the GOP there is no longer a place for a compassionate conservative in the GOP. I will work as diligently to remove people like Paul Gosar from officeas I did to get them elected. It’s time for a new Arizona and it will be led by people like Randy Parraz, Chad Snow and Citizens for a Better Arizona.

Coz
Coz

Matt Tolman, now there's a slizebag if there ever was one.

Dennis Gilman
Dennis Gilman

Tolman seems almost proud of his complete disregard for the truth. Instead of promoting Pearce's record or challenging his real opponent he makes signs about Randy? I guess you can't blame them for not promoting Pearce's record. It's an ugly and ineffective one. But lets face the real fact here: Pearce is afraid of Lewis. 

Susurro Perforado
Susurro Perforado

You nailed it, Dennis.  Tolman is the epicenter of lies and misinformation in this campaign.  His behavior is dishonorable.  Pearce should disown him...why doesn't he?  We're waiting, Russell......

Concerned Citizen / Taxpayer
Concerned Citizen / Taxpayer

Senator Pearce, We want a debate between you and Jerry Lewis! When will this be scheduled so we can make plans?

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

pearce will NOT debate. He can't afford to open his mouth before the election. His advisers are very likely telling him that very thing. In fact, this may be the only time in his life where he has actually listened to anyone other than those other voices bouncing around in his cranium...

pearce simply does not have the courage for an open debate.

Bullies don't debate. They beat.

Lazik11
Lazik11

chickenshit Pearce in a debate? About as likely as chickenshit Joe and a debate with Saben.  Pearce's Pussy henchmen can all suck it.   

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Tommy is absolutely right.  Pearce will not debate.  All he does is talk and talk and talk.  He wins arguments in his own mind by not allowing his adversary to get a word in.  In a debate about the issues facing LD18, the topic might be (gasp) foreign to Pearce and he would be required to shut up so Lewis could speak.  

Tina
Tina

I too have watched the motormouth automaton "talk and talk and talk" even in a CNN debate.  It's his only practiced defense against intelligence.  But his unfamiliarity with a topic doesn't stop him. He just changes the topic and continues on, not allowing his opponent to get a word in edgewise, rudely interrupting him, and in the CNN instance I watched, even rudely interrupting the moderator. To put it mildly, Pearce is a control freak.  

This time around if he refuses a request by a news outlet for a debate with Lewis -- a real debate, not a snippet on Horizon -- the headline should read, "Pearce Refuses to Debate."

Coz
Coz

Yup, just ask Pearce's wives.

Anon
Anon

The rule of law is what Senator Pearce does not follow. We thank Chad Snow and Randy Parraz for the courage and professionalism they have shown in the much needed effort to oust Pearce. Jerry Lewis has our votes.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

"Rule of Law" is nothing more than a sound bite the resonates with:1. law-abiding citizens 2. those that would want to use the law against someone that they don't like or disagree with.

If Pearce believed in the rule of law, he would never have taken the Fiesta Freebies or been canned from DMV for changing a friend's driving record.  These two instances demonstrate that even the passage of almost two decades has not seen Pearce develop any integrity or respect for the Rule of Law.

 

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

I don't know much about how the signs will play in LD18.  However, to me they are just passing on more of the same false information that Pearce and his clan spout off as real information to support his wacky legislation.

Tina
Tina

....and to support his pocketbook.  His "wacky legislation" has a dual purpose.  It also distracts people from focusing on his financial interests with lobbyists and their financial interests.  

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Very good point.  Little debate or notice on the legislation driven by lobbyists.

Truth to Power
Truth to Power

These signs play to out-of-state supporters and probably very few in-district people. Those who know Lewis know the truth and they'll see this as just another sick means for Pearce to hang on to power.

Royalphoenix2
Royalphoenix2

I am thinking that Pearce loses by 20% points in November. Probably more if he keeps up his current tactics. Why doesn't Mr. Pearce challenge his opponents to a debate?

Tina
Tina

A debate would/will be ideal....but I doubt if Pearce will want one.

  He is totally out-classed by Jerry Lewis in every respect.  I met Jerry Lewis this morning (with about 20 others at an invited gathering) and he is everything and more than what has been conveyed in print about him by people who've known him for years.  It's his positive attitude, his philosophy of life, his approach to problem solving, his above-board openness, his genuine feeling for people and their problems as well as the problems of the state, his listening ability,  his communication skills, and full understanding of what it takes to assess ideas and problems. What was most revealing were many of the comments from attendees. How a friend or relative had changed their minds about coming to our state, how they themselves were considering moving from the state to just be away from the tumult and negative decision making but were stuck here,  how a cross-country truck driver friend buys gas for his semi in New Mexico and Nevada, refuses to buy it in Arizona, how a relative in Canada was urging one person there to move back to Canada away from that horrible state, and on and on. I feel confident Jerry Lewis will be the peacemaking senator, a bridge to understanding.Not only must divisive Russell Pearce be gone, but ultimately this kind of sleazy advertising, passed off by its dishonest hangers-on as simple campaign material, must also see its end.       

Tina
Tina

That absurd sign is a tell-all as to the large caliber of lies produced and being spouted by Pearce loyalists.  Right in line with Matt Tolman's lies on his Facebook page.  The integrity of attorney Randy Parraz is above reproach, as is the integrity of his CBA co-chair, Republican Chad Snow, also an attorney.  

As we in LD 18 are well aware, it is Russell Pearce who has no concept of the "rule of law" as demonstrated by his repeated actions.  C'mon, Highground (Chuck Coughlin), you can do better than that. How about a huge photo of Russell Pearce with some of his hypocritical quotes?  Maybe they should go up after he again loses his meritless lawsuit against the Sec'y of State, and County Elections Director.   He's the candidate who was recalled, remember?  By over 10,000 voters in his district who are still suffering the consequences of the damage he has caused to our state.    

Josh Barkley
Josh Barkley

We appreciate the article.  Unfortunately, those tactics are effective in Arizona.  Bulletize the three evils as purported by the far right and everyone falls lockstep into place.  The advantage Jerry Lewis has is Russell has been presenting the most radical side of humanity and he has done it from every medium.    This will be a historic election and I believe the extremist will lose and Arizona politics may now be allowed to come full circle and stabilize.  I would vote for Ronald McDonald if he was running against Pearce.  And everyone knows he:

-opposes Chica-a-fila-is a close friend of the hamburgular-is supported by the American Heart Association.

Jewel in Arizona
Jewel in Arizona

Thank you for exposing Matt Tolman as the Pearce "tool" that he is. 

Vera Kwaayesnama Skorupski Sko
Vera Kwaayesnama Skorupski Sko

This just shows Russell Pearce's desperation. IMO Randy Parraz, Chad Snow and the Citizens for a Better Arizona is showing disenfranchised Arizona citizens that WE have the power to change the corrupt bulling political system in our state. And I suspect that they are concerned with the state wide following Randy has established. What political position will Randy run for? I have no idea but I will be first in line to support him. Arizona needs positive change and thank you Randy Rarraz, Chad Snow and Citizensfor a Better Arizona.

Rob
Rob

Obviously, someone (Chuck Coughlin) recognized that since the recall effort began, everytime Pearce has opened his mouth publicly, he has promptly inserted his foot.  In fact, Pearce has done more for the recall effort than any paid campaign could do.

However, while the GOP machine may have silenced Pearce, his supporters obviously were not cc'd on the memo and have kept things going.  After all, they've learned their ways well from their master Russell.

Vera Kwaayesnama Skorupski Sko
Vera Kwaayesnama Skorupski Sko

Just think we have Randy Parraz (Democrat) and Chad Snow (Republican) working together for a better Arizona. What does this show? Maybe that it is possible for people of different political views to work together for what is best for our state? My prayer is that this is the future of our beautiful state.

Bobunf
Bobunf

Let's all hope that the future is one of Republican, Democrat, Independent, Mormon, Catholic, Jew, Protestant, Latino and Anglo working together for a Better Arizona.

Pearce's absurd name calling is just one of very many reasons why he must be removed from office.  

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Vera, you may add myself and many other Independents to the fray, as well.

Interestingly the pearce camp is trying to shotgun the election using Randy as their poster child. You will notice there is no mention of Chad, the registered Republican.

The pearce camp seems to be appealing to those weak minded who have voted for him in days past. Fortunately, even many of those folks have seen what a schmuck pearce actually is and they won't vote for him again. In fact, many of them probably signed the recall petition.

Also interesting is the concept of "Rule of Law". Those law enforcement professionals with experience and maturity will all agree there really no such thing. "Spirit of Law" is the actual concept that is practiced and enforced and each cit and title application of law is ever changing. What they should be advertising is, "Rusty pearce's Rule of law".

Like you, Vera, I am expecting this election to turn the tide of the political spectrum in Arizona. Once pearce has gone down for the final count all others of his ilk will take notice and begin wondering if the next lazer dot is trained on their forehead.

We can be very thankful for the efforts of all those directly and indirectly involved in the recall effort and the campaign for Gerald Lewis.

Campaign contributions are always appreciated.

Chad Snow
Chad Snow

They are also targeting the Latino (Randy) and not the LDS White Guy (Chad).  Wonder if that's a coincidence coming from Pearce and his "ilk".  Looks a lot better for Pearce if the recall appears to be led by a bunch of wild eyed Latino activists instead of the reality that the people who have made it happen are mostly Anglos in their 40's, 50's and 60's, like Bob U., Mary Lou B., Todd S., Mike W. and the rest of the great volunteers.   

Tina
Tina

Your accurate observations zeroed right in on their intent, and so concisely, too,  This is the second time they've pulled this Randy Parraz  number. "Got that?  Parraz. Got that? Latino."  And Randy is not running for any political office.  This defamatory fiction is SO bad, SO over the line, I think Randy's got a good legal case here.     

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