Russell Pearce "Opponent" Olivia Cortes' Campaign Signs: State Law Violation?

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Robert McDonald, Jr.
One of two Olivia Cortes signs McDonald says he's seen in Mesa

Olivia Cortes, who has filed to run as a candidate in the Legislative District 18 recall election apparently has campaign signs up in Mesa, possibly in violation of state law.

This report comes in via Robert McDonald, Jr., a former contender for the LD 18 Senate seat, now held by state Senate President Russell Pearce.

McDonald sent me the above photo of an Olivia Cortes sign he tells me he spotted in Mesa on Alma School Road, one block north of Broadway Road. McDonald said he spotted another sign in Mesa as well.

The photo shows a Cortes sign with the Spanish greeting, "Si, se puede," made famous by Cesar Chavez.

The signs do not indicate who paid for them, nor do they have contact information, as would normally be required under state statute. 

Specifically, ARS 16-1019 dictates that such signs should contain "the name and telephone number of the candidate or campaign committee contact person."

Moreover, the first day political signs can be posted for the recall election would be September 9, 60 days prior to the November 8 recall.

Putting up illegal signs has already become a hot issue in the race, with the city of Mesa ordering Matt Tolman, chairman of Citizens Who Oppose the Pearce Recall, to remove anti-recall signs posted all over Mesa by this Monday.

CWOPR has told Mesa city officials that it will defy the order. As a result the signs may be confiscated.

Randy Parraz, co-founder of the recall committee Citizens for a Better Arizona, has threatened possible legal action concerning false statements made about him in the Tolman signs.

Parraz and CBA chair Chad Snow have also raised questions about Cortes' candidacy, suggesting the possibility of "fraudulent activities" in relation to it.

Indeed, Cortes has been unusually media-shy, fueling speculation that she may be a plant, intended to dilute the vote in favor of Pearce.

Cortes denied this allegation in an e-mail Q&A I did with her recently.

Another oddity: Cortes initially filed paperwork with the Arizona Secretary of State's Office indicating her intention to run as a Clean Elections candidate.

But CE director Todd Lang recently informed me that no LD18 recall candidates had made the August 11 deadline to submit the required $5 contribution slips.

Which begs the question, who is paying for these Cortes signs?

I called Cortes' home number and left a message for her with her sister. I've also e-mailed her for a comment. I will update this post if I hear back from her.


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Jesus Cristo de Monterrey
Jesus Cristo de Monterrey

VERY URGENT NEWS ALERT: All of us readers of the Newtimes rag need to join Gustavo Arellano and Steve Gallardo in denouncing their stay in the US. Come with us, my brown skinned occupiers of "El Norte" and return to Mexico and take over the country from the pale skin descendants of the colonial masters.  Let the brown people take over their contry of Mexico. Are you with us my fellow occupiers?? That is real news that the Newtimes needs to cover!

Shirtless
Shirtless

One hundred years ago, all respectable people told us never to let women vote or hold political office.  According to those persons, "women are gullible, lacking in intelligence, and easily-led by men, and do not have the necessaries to handle the awesome responsibility of running a democratic government."  Thank you, Olivia Cortes, for setting back the cause of women by 100 years.

LHernandez
LHernandez

I like the way she thinks. I am voting for her!

Msmom9224
Msmom9224

She can barely speak English ,why should she be aloud 2 b on the ballot, she wouldn't get support from the Spanish people cause they r mostly illegal aliens & can't vote. Quit while u r behind.

I perrrrferrrr ingleesh pleeze
I perrrrferrrr ingleesh pleeze

Holy shit    d-.-b    just listening to her talk is exhausting.I was so irritated by her "english" I turned the channel and wondered if anyone knows what I mean. FFS my 4 yo speaks more clearly.

Aaa5691
Aaa5691

Sra.oliva cortes tenga una poca de verguenza y retireze de esta campania. Usted bien sabe que solamente le va ayudar al sr. russell pearce qitarle votos al senor Lewis no deje que la utilizen de esta manera.y si usted procede con esta farsa sabremos con quien y donde esta su corazon. gracias Jesse

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa

Olivia pinche traidora ojala que escupan en tu comida cuando comas en un restaurante donde trabaje raza.

Mabele
Mabele

Olivia is actually retarded. People just humor her most of the time.

Dumoudan
Dumoudan

If the 12,000,000 plus illegal immigrants had a political leaning towards the conservative republicans would the pro illegal immigrants group still help with amnesty? I don't think so.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

"Putting up illegal signs has already become a hot issue in the race, with the city of Mesa ordering Matt Tolman, chairman of Citizens Who Oppose the Pearce Recall, to remove anti-recall signs posted all over Mesa by this Monday.CWOPR has told Mesa city officials that it will defy the order. As a result the signs may be confiscated."

Gee, another CONservative group that doesn't care what the law says. how unusual.

YodaMan
YodaMan

Judging from the way the race for the mayor of Phx is going evidently the Newtimes has worked some magic in that regard.  Neely got her buttocks hammered.  I only bring this up against topic because it does offer GREAT HOPE and to give a kudo to the folks at Newtimes. 

Tina
Tina

There's no doubt as to the reason behind secretive "candidate"  Olivia Cortes.  From an East Valley Tribune article of 7/27/11, we heard from Matt Tolman, loyal chairman of the infamous Pearce campaign committee, renown for blighting our city and surrounding cities with 300 unlawful signs.  _____________

Tolman said it's not surprising three candidates have entered the race and he expects more."If they want to run, I welcome them to run," Tolman said. "It will just bring out the distances and help everyone understand who is who."____________Stephen has both called and left a message with her sister and emailed Cortes with a simple question warranting a simple answer from Cortes. "Who paid for your signs?"  We've leaned that "wannabe state senator" Cortes refuses to talk to reporters or anybody from the media.  If they're lucky she MIGHT communicate a response to a question via email, but any other means of communication from or to "candidate" Olivia is off limits.  So why no reply (yet) to that simple question?After reading the previous posts, my take on this is that Olivia Cortes didn't even know about "her"   signs, and if she was told about them, she doesn't/didn't know where they are located that Constantin Querard made both her signs and the 300 unlawful signs posted by the Pearce campaign, that the same people who installed the Pearce signs also installed the Cortes signs. Also, after some thought, I agree with Funcre8v.  The intent of  the deceitful "Si se puede" is to alert  anti-Hispanic voters who have bought the hate-hype from bigot Pearce,  that we've been "invaded by illegal aliens from Mexico."   Can't you just hear it?  "My God, Harry, did you see that sign?  Now these dirty Mexicans are trying to take over our state government!  We've GOT to vote for Pearce. He may be corrupt and a wife-beater, but at least  he's doing SOMETHING to keep them out."  

John Swanson
John Swanson

Any nin-compoop who writes in spanish or any foreign language should be thrown in jail then sent back to there own country.What kind of a fool in this woman.Cortes wants to run for office how can she?She does not even how the rules work to put up some lousy signs.Can she talk AMERICAN ENGLISH?NO wonder people get fed up and will not vote.

Enemy of Evil Bastards
Enemy of Evil Bastards

You know, there's probably one Olivia Cortes corpse stuffed in a freezer somewhere in LD18 waiting to be discovered after the election.  This is probably a case of identity theft by Pearce supporters.  You never know how far these crazy lunitics are willing to go to keep Pearce in office, or how far Pearce is will to go himself for the same reason.

wtf
wtf

nice try Pearce camp!....wonder how much Olivia was paid for this stunt

Bnbk
Bnbk

If there is Jerry Lewis signs posted at Alma School north of University, I suspect they were planted by the Pearce camp. Sounds like Constanin Querard's MO.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

I was looking at the County Recorder's web site.  Does anybody have Olivia Cortez's middle initial or can identify which Olivia Cortez she is?

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Serious question:

I wonder if Olivia has even seen the signs or personally knows that they have been posted.

Mistalee
Mistalee

Note to Olivia -

Nice try shitting all over Cesar Chavez's famous slogan. But Obama beat you to it. Of course, you did drag it down yet another level by using it in a phony campaign engineered by a White supremacist.

Soon, saying "Si Se Puede" will automatically brand the speaker as a vendido.

Ross
Ross

The "O"s tilt to the left, and her slogan comes from Cesar Chavez.  Obviously, a closet Democrat.  They are also not specific to this election, so she can use them again -- anytime, anywhere.  Remember, LD18 today will not have the same boundaries as LD18 a year from now.

David Saint
David Saint

just put up some signs highlighting the great things Pearce has done while in office to counter them..Only difference is, they are FACTS..example, Cactus towing bribes, Fiesta Bowl bribes, the reason he was fired from DMV..etc..

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

The City of Mesa should remove the violating signs and keep them as evidence until trial, should anyone be cited.... and someone SHOULD be cited..

Chad Snow
Chad Snow

Pearce is certainly not getting very good campaign advice.  He's getting publicity for all the wrong reasons and it's making him look like a desperate bully.  So much for standing on his record...

There's no question where the signs came from - Constantin Querard does all of his sign printing in house and has clearly been very busy recently. 

slinkie
slinkie

These immigrants do share much of the values of the chreistian right they are predominantly catholic,don't like gays against abortion,and yet the liberal left still supports immigration reform so whats your point,if they no longer support the right you think that might have something to do with the blatant bigotry and racism that is the right in Amerika these days.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

If this were the case they might not need help with amnesty as much as they would need help finding a good Psychiatrist to treat them for masochism.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Tina,

Your post is the best description of the thought process of the average Az. CONservative I have ever read.This is why I continually say that the CONS have kept Az in the basement when it comes to education FOR A REASON.Only an uneducated electorate could, in election after election, put incompetent and corrupt people in office.

Ross
Ross

So, the theory goes like this:  Jerry Lewis voters are easily swayed to turn back to Pearce, just because they see someone else's campaign sign in Spanish.

If that's the constituency, then it really doesn't matter who is elected, does it?

Jewel in the desert
Jewel in the desert

I think you hit the nail squarely on the head.  Now we need to get the word out to as many people as possible.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Hell John,

You can't write "American English" so........................ which country do we send you back to?

Mistalee
Mistalee

 Right! We can start with those assholes who keep putting "Annuit Coeptis" and "E Pluribus Unum" on our currency.

"Can she talk AMERICAN ENGLISH?"

Those who actually can speak English fluently would ask if she can speak English, not whether she can "talk AMERICAN ENGLISH." And they would understand that, if someone were repatriated, they would be sent back to THEIR own country. Not THERE own country.

You obviously should be sent back, if not to your country of origin, at least to remedial English so as not to make a laughing stock of yourself when you attack the English skills of others.

Tina
Tina

You just validated the astute remark by Funcre8v, that the intent of the deceitful "Si se puede" sign by Pearce-cohort Cortes is to alert the anti-Hispanic voter....what few of you there are left....to vote for the corrupt and dishonest Pearce. 

Why not be positive and boast of Pearce's record as an Arizona state senator?  I'm sure you'll be persuasive.   

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Read the Unites States Constitution, if you claim to be an American but do not know the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights of ALL Americans then you are a FAKE American, like treasonous Rus-SELL Pearce.

John Swanson Eats Bird Shit
John Swanson Eats Bird Shit

Wow...so people should be jailed for speaking or writing in a foreign language. Aren't you a nice little fascist.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Enemy, your post leads to this question: If it turns out there is identity theft involved, will MCSO be aggressive in investigating?

I think we know the answer.

Vic
Vic

Been out of state for a week or so and since I live at 8th St and Alma School, I had tocheck this out.  I took a little spin around the block down to University and back.There is a Lewis sign on Alma School north of University, but it is in a yard.  Then I cameup past the nearest LDS church (on Stewart I think it is) and it did my heart good. I counted seven (7!!) signs in the same block as the church and the next.  Ha, take that RusSELL.

malasangre
malasangre

maybe we could see a birth certificate.  Joe can look for it while he "investigates" the pres,

Tina
Tina

A question for Olivia that needs answers from her is one asked of her about a month ago.  Please provide us with the top 5 reasons you don't like Russell Pearce and why you want to replace him. 

BTW, her name is spelled with an "s" at the end:  Cortes (not Cortez).  Don't know middle initial.   

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

If its proven that Olivia is a plant we need indictments on this.

suspicious
suspicious

Just had a chance to check out both signs.  Very interesting.  No markings on them to show who made them but gee.....they are both made of the same flimsy corrugated plastic.  Exact same material.  Coincidence?

Suspicious
Suspicious

 It sounds like High Noon Campaign Products which is owned by Constantin Querard is not only behind Russell Pearce's illegal signs but Olivia Cortes as well.  You'd think if someone is going to form a company that makes political signs they'd at least learn the local laws governing them.  I think people need to know more about Constantin Querard and his activities in regards to this election.

Tina
Tina

Who said anything about Jerry Lewis voters?   Prospective voters who have already (wisely) decided on Jerry Lewis aren't going to be swayed by Si Se Puede on a candidate's sign.  They already know the difference between Lewis and Pearce, their approach to problem solving, demeanor, thoughtful vs. impulsive, etc.  I think my hypothetical example would be of people who haven't been paying much attention to recall candidates, but have bought into the  Pearce anti-Hispanic fear/hate rhetoric, while at the same time unhappy with Pearce about the Fiesta Bowl bribery or something else Pearce did. As this article brings out, it's the motive behind the Cortes' candidacy to begin with that is suspect.  

Seedy Ward
Seedy Ward

Was Pearce married to both at the same time? I wasn't aware that he was into polygamy, but it wouldn't shock me.

suspicious
suspicious

 I think Constantin misspelled the sign he made for Olivia.  He meant to print...."I will mis-represent the people."

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Just a question,

Does anybody else have a problem with the fact that, in LD18, you apparently have to practice the "Official State Religion"( The cult of Mormonism), in order to be elected to office. I guess it really shouldn't surprise me that religious bigotry is acceptable in a state where other types of bigotry are commonplace.

Mistalee
Mistalee

Right! I don't know who made that the Arizona state motto, but they couldn't have been a real Amurrican. 

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

C'mon folks, Give poor old Russel a break. After all, he has raised a fine Nazi son.

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