Russell Pearce, Scott Bundgaard Score Meaningless "Friend of the Family Awards" (w/Update/Correction)

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Mean ol' Russ is a "Friend of the Family": Who Knew?

Funny thing about the ruling Republican caste here in Sand Land: they like to give themselves meaningless awards that look legitimate to the unskeptical eye, in a bald attempt to trick the electorate into thinking that they're a bunch of good guys and gals.

Case in point, the "Friend of the Family Awards" doled out yearly by an organization in paper only called the Arizona Family Project, currently chaired by Chandler Republican state Representative Jeff Dial.

The 2011 list of winners is out, and guess who won? Nearly every Republican member of the state Legislature. No Democrats allowed.

This, despite the fact that the GOPers cut about a half-billion from the state's education budget for 2011-2012. 

Hey, them kiddies don't need no edu-ma-cation. That's what we got home-schoolin' fer...

Of course, Dial, in true sleaze-oid fashion, put himself on the awards list. What's the point of being chairman, after all? (Please see update/correction below.)

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Jeff Dial, awarding himself and his fellow Rs empty plaudits (Please see update/correction below)

And Dial, knowing where his bread is buttered, made sure to give one to his jefe, state Senate President Russell Pearce, who is sure to tout the "award" during his recall battle.

Never mind that this Friend of the Family knocked down the door of wife number one, and allegedly choked his current wife LuAnne, as she attested to in a 1980 dissolution of marriage document filed with the court, one she disavowed when I first revealed its existence back in 2008.

Guess we should also overlook the fact that two of Pearce's sons have criminal records. Most notable of these is Joshua Pearce, currently cooling his heels in the state pen on a probation violation stemming from an extreme DUI, which Pearce the younger pulled with his wife and one of his kids in the car.

Yep, Mr. Friend of the Family has been one fine Daddy.

Perhaps the grossest example of the worthlessness of this plaudit is the fact that state Senator Scott Bundgaard was also awarded, right along with most of his fellow Rs.

Bundgaard famously invoked his Legislative immunity to the Phoenix police in February after a roadside brawl with his then gal pal Aubry Ballard, who was hauled away for a night in jail while Bundgaard avoided being pinched.

But he didn't avoid an assault charge and currently has an August 15 court date before the Phoenix Municipal Court. Class act. No wonder he's a Friend of the Family winner, despite being stripped of his title as Senate Majority Leader by his fellow Republicans.

Kudos to Craig McDermott who first noted the irony of the Bundgaard and Dial awards on his Random Musings blog. McDermott also pointed out that the Arizona Family Project reported a whopping $115 in net assets last fiscal year.

Nevertheless, the usual suspects, such as the wingnutty Sonoran Alliance blog, is posting the list uncritically, as if it actually holds some weight. Once more proving that there's no shame in the Repugnants' game.

UPDATE: According to the Republic's Political Insider column, Dial says he stepped down as the chair of this Republican organization-on-paper in June because he thought it could be a conflict of interest. This, though the CorpCom's records show him being the chair at least until May of this year. 

Dial's name is still on the CorpCom's records as chair, but to be fair, they may not have been updated yet. There are documents on file as of July 11, still waiting to be examined.

I did call Dial before I posted this item, asking for his comment. I didn't receive a call back. 

Nevertheless, I must apologize to Rep. Dial. If all is as he says, he did not give himself this meaningless award. Ditto the others. So who did? The Insider points the finger at GOP operative Constantin Querard.

One wonders if Dial left this meaningless organization in June so he could receive the meaningless award without any questions being raised as to a conflict of interest.

If so, I must praise Rep. Dial. Never before has anyone so deserved such a meaningless plaudit as the "Friend of the Family" award as he does.

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Gerry_C
Gerry_C

I wonder how long the existence of these awards will take to show up on the various legislators' biographies on their web pages?

Ross
Ross

Aren't you glad that you found Dial useless?  Don't you wish everyone did?

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

["If so, I must praise Rep. Dial. Never before has anyone so deserved such a meaningless plaudit as the "Friend of the Family" award as he does."]

Mr. Lemons, thanks for the update. I had trouble sleeping over the weekend, thinking perhaps you were premature in reporting something as meaningless as these 'awards'.

With regard to Arizona Republicans, "if it weren't for apathy, I wouldn't care at all".

How, I wonder, was Randy Pullen left off the list of honorees? He is pretty much as meaningless as the rest.

"But Dad, I want to leave high school early and go to college so I can learn to be as meaningless as you"....

Ray Phx
Ray Phx

Stephen, why do you waste your time, our time and the valuable print space in New Times with this irrelevant piece? Scott B and Russell P are bottom feeders and don't deserve this much attention.

Bobunf
Bobunf

More interesting might be:  Who got left out? Michele Reagan.  

Is this all male Republican legislators or is something else wrong with Michele?

Bobunf
Bobunf

That can't be it; Syliva Allen and Lori Klein made it.  Why not Michele?

Then there's the House with 41 Republicans, only 33 made it.  What not Cecil Ash, Kate Brophy McGee, Heather Carter, David Gowan, Russ Jone, Nancy McClain, Justin Pierce and Bob Robson?  

Wife and girlfriend beating, loaded gun pointing, cutting education, kids' care, etc. don't seem to keep you off.  What could these nine have done?

Pedophilia?  

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Some of them may have voted against the five bills that were championed by pearce this past session. Those five immigration bills that died....

Adrian Cruz
Adrian Cruz

Cecil Ash eats babies. 

Marcy
Marcy

Well, eating babies isn't a problem as long as they are babies of color.

J Curwen
J Curwen

Maybe they were thinking of the Manson Family?

FormerRepublican
FormerRepublican

I  hope Pearce has his award inserted up the rear.  That is EXACTLY where the award belongs.  An ass of an idea for a large asshole.

Adrian Cruz
Adrian Cruz

The awards will be presented at a gala hosted by Casey Anthony and Charlie Sheen. 

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Does this mean that democrats are family unfriendly or family neutral?

Coz
Coz

To funny...perfect example of Republitard family values.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Keep it in perspective, folks. It's simply a meaningless award produced by a Republican to recognize Republicans.

The mafia considers itself 'family'. Republicans consider themselves 'family'.

Capish?

Roro
Roro

Giving yourself and all your buddies "awards" for being "Certified Good Guys" smack a little of some sort of mental/ethical/hypocritical auto-eroticism or incest.

Rob
Rob

Surely the award is referring to the Manson 'family', right?(No, not Marilyn....)

*edit* oops....missed Lazik11's comment!

Lazik11
Lazik11

Friends of the Manson Family is more like it! 

Bnbk
Bnbk

Worthless RepubliKKKlans ,once again trying to fool the electorate.This would be great ammunition to use against them during election time,that is if the nuttless Democrats would grow a pair & quit pretending that playing nice with these criminals is the way to solve this states problems !

Slayer
Slayer

sick and tired of being sick and tired of this s@#t. Wake up Arizona!

Pit Boss
Pit Boss

Lori Klein and Gould won them as well! This is fucking priceless!

Marcy
Marcy

Lori Klein is armed to the teeth, you'd risk having a red dot on your chest if you didn't give her an award.  

Jason
Jason

Of course they did. This is designed to make the Republicans look good while slamming the Dems.

L2222
L2222

Unbelievable... They're just a bunch of lying, sleazy, racist, criminals.  Just like the nazis!  And here we go again...

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

I guess resisting killing members of your family makes you friendly.

Jason
Jason

Yes Mr. Lemons, those awards are as meaningless as a Flaccid Fool endorsement.

Pearce is just asking to be booted from office. This latest embarrassment notwithstanding.

Has anyone started a recall on woman-beater Bundgaard yet?

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Jason, I thought the latest recall was against the Flaccid Fool of MCSO. Now you have me really confused....

Or, could it be that he was just lying again? :-)

Jason
Jason

The Flaccid Fool of MCSO was/is just lying again...

guest
guest

How bout fat ass henderblimp and his son. Were they on the list of award winners too? And Joe? Andy? Gubna Grey Matter?

Royalphoenix2
Royalphoenix2

Only 1 assualt charge to be heard in muni court? I only want to be exempt from the law on one day a year, april 15th. peace

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