Russell Pearce's Newest Challenger: Libertarian Michael Kielsky (w/Update)

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Libertarian Michael Kielsky wants Pearce's job, too, apparently

I've not known the local Libertarian crowd to be overly fond of state Senate President Russell Pearce, which makes me wonder why one of their tribe appears to be jumping into the recall campaign in Legislative District 18. A move that will inevitably dilute the vote.

The guy's name is Michael Kielsky, a Scottsdale lawyer who has unsuccessfully run for Congress and County Attorney over the years. He practices in Scottsdale, but lives in Mesa.

Kielsky just filed with the Arizona Secretary of State's Office to raise money for an LD 18 state Senate seat run. 

I suppose there's an outside chance he may be filing in anticipation of next year's race in the same district, so I called his law office and left a message for him. If he calls back I'll update this post.

The election "cycle" he lists is 2012, but that's been the case with the other candidates as well.

I think it's noteworthy that Libertarian Andrea Garcia, who ran against Pearce in LD 18 in 2010, has opted not to run, and is supporting Republican Jerry Lewis, the only legitimate candidate so far. 

Indeed, when I spoke to her in July, Garcia was encouraging anyone other than Lewis to "stay away" from the contest

Mesa audiologist Tommy Cattey has dropped out, endorsing Lewis. 

Olivia Cortes, believed by many to be a Pearce plant despite her denials, remains in.

I wish I could say the more the merrier, but in this game, I think we all know it is not.

UPDATE: Well, I spoke with Mr. Kielsky this evening, and all you need to know is that he doesn't care if his candidacy adversely affects the recall, causing Pearce to be re-elected November 8.

Indeed, I believe Kielsky relishes his role as spoiler and will love any attention he can wring from the press and the blogs.

I'll follow up in a bit on some of the things he had to say, but I do so grudgingly, knowing that he will worship any scrap written about him.

It's a very sad state of affairs. He's a very poor representative of Libertarian ideals, and in running for state Senate in LD 18 he is betraying every Libertarian who has ever worked against Pearce's odious rule. 

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Obviousman
Obviousman

The Libertarian Party is a political party.  The job of a political party is to run the most capable candidates they can for office.  It's not just unreasonable, but utterly asinine to presume you have some "right" to tell a political party "don't run a candidate because you might dilute the vote for some other party's candidate."  That's not the party's problem.  If a third party* knuckled under to every boob who demanded this, they would end up never running anybody.

And to the idiot who wrote, "don't run now and you will gain many future votes," why don't you pull the other one?  If you won't vote for him now, you won't vote for him later either.  So cut the BS, nobody's buying it.

*Actually, these days, more like an actual SECOND party.  The Ds and Rs today are just the left and right wing of the Boot On Your Neck Party.

Derby_striker
Derby_striker

This Lemons character is a know-nothing clown.  How is Mr. Kielsky not a representative of libertarian ideals?  He's a member of the state party and fights for individual freedoms every day. 

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 ) !!

Dennis Gilman
Dennis Gilman

I'm fairly confident Pearce's outsider PAC's will end up getting as many names on the ballet they can. But if self seeking grandiose folks like Kielsky keep showing up-they wont have to. 

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

A note to Mr. Kielsky:

If you are hoping for future votes (2012 and beyond) from those of us who don't vote party line (Independent) this would be a very good time to withdraw your candidacy from the LD18 election process.

You will gain many more FUTURE votes by doing so. Leave this election alone.

Unless, of course you are motivated by the pearce campaign to stay in.

Coz
Coz

What an ass, he's nothing more than a self centered brainless twit.

>>UPDATE: Well, I spoke with Mr. Kielsky this evening, and all you need to know is that he doesn't care if his candidacy adversely affects the recall, causing Pearce to be re-elected November 8.

Derby_striker
Derby_striker

You accept a brief blurb as fact?  You're a nitwit.

Ross
Ross

Let's revive the debate about whether Ralph Nader caused Al Gore to lose to George Bush in Florida in 2000. 

Nader haters assume that everyone who voted for Nader would have voted anyway, without him on the ballot, and would have voted for Gore instead.

Sounds simple, doesn't it?  But sometimes democracy is messy.

It's obvious, at least from comments here, that no one is going to vote for Lewis.  Instead, they are going to vote against Pearce.

The more ways there are to vote against Pearce, the better.  If Lewis can't earn votes -- if his platform is simply "I'm not Russell Pearce" -- then has he really earned the job?

Dennis Gilman
Dennis Gilman

There are real big problems with your logic Ross.1) You statement "The more ways there are to vote against Pearce, the better. "The better for who? There is no better way to insure Pearce's victory then have a bunch of dumb-asses with ego problems thinking  they are more important then the future of this State, the families and children of Arizona.    This is serious shit. If Pearce wins this recall he will be more powerful then ever and cause even more damage.  It's painfully obvious Kielsky only wants his name on the ballet for his own ego. He never even campaigned when he ran for County Attorney. He did very poorly and it was his own fault. There wasn't even a Dem running and he didn't even try to reach out and get votes.He wont get very many votes now but it will help Pearce.It wont be much but put another few like him on the ballet and you may as well bend over and congratulate Pearce early. 2) You are dead wrong about people NOT voting for Lewis. People in LD 18 know and  love him.  That includes a large segment of voters who have traditionally voted for Pearce.  Without the Dem vote and traditional republicans and independents-Pearce will win. But the more candidates that can dirty the water-the better for Pearce.And yes-Nader did contribute to Bushes victory.  That has cost us 2 endless wars, a destroyed economy,  a loss of privacy and personal freedoms. But even worse is  the most extreme right wing pro-corporate, anti-human rights supreme court in over 100 years. This supreme court has ruled and made legal one of the most corrupt campaign finance laws in the entire world. (Citizens United). It is perfectly legal to buy and bribe your local politician now thanks to dumb-asses who can't see the whole picture and vote for obvious losers. 

Coz
Coz

Has Pearce really earned the job should be the question.

Susurro Perforado
Susurro Perforado

That's assinine, Ross.  You're obviously a Pearce fan, or a brain-dead Ross Perot/Ralph Nader stupid-a** vote-splitter.  In this race, a vote for anyone other than Lewis is a vote for Pearce.

He should earn our votes, yes.  But don't be silly...people like you lose elections for the rest of us.

Ross
Ross

Call me what you want, just learn how to spell asinine.  And as Maureen Dowd writes in today's NYT, "Why do conservatives always have to brand people traitors? Why can’t they just say “You’re mistaken”?"

Why must knee-jerk liberals always resort to name-calling?  Russell Pearce is just another Arizona politician.  Tell me again why we should trade him for the Mormon from the next district over, as Senate president. 

Dennis Gilman
Dennis Gilman

Pearce is Senate President of Arizona. That means he controls what legislation even gets heard. It is considered the most powerful position in Az. Even if Lewis wanted to be as evil as Pearce, he could not as they don't usually pick half term freshman as Senate Prez.  Also, come 2012, there will be another election where libertarians and dems can all compete for the seat if they want it. Right now the focus is on removing one of the most hateful and dangerous politicians in the USA.  I am not exaggerating.   Pearce has already threatened the few republicans who voted against his hate-bills this year and said so much is he will have them defeated. With Pearce gone, even republicans can make better decisions without threats. 

Ross
Ross

One, Lewis will be a freshman among a Republican majority that apparently did not make the rest of the country boycott Arizona.

Two, what legislation will he be proposing? We know as much about his platform as we do about that of his opponent Cortes.

Three, his solution to education is to take kids out of public schools and put them in profit-making alternatives funded by the taxpayer but accountable to accountants?

Four, how many jobs has this guy had, and why can't he keep them?

Five, Lewis voted for John McCain, who gets three federal government checks. Since when is pension eligibility a campaign issue?

Six, Lewis will be beholden to anyone who gives him money to run the same campaign, same time, next year.

If I lived in LD18, I would vote for Lewis. But I would not be such an idiot that I would expect it to result in any change, even if he does collect more votes.

Susurro Perforado
Susurro Perforado

Dear Ross, you're mistaken.....traitor. 

There are multiple reasons to trade Pearce in for Lewis (I take it from your "Mormon" comment that you're a religious bigot in addition to being dense). 

One, Lewis won't act like a racist who makes the rest of the country boycott Arizona because they think we all must be racists. 

Two, Lewis won't be proposing or passing any "birther bills" or any other legislation that makes all of Arizona look like foil-hat wearing nutjobs. 

Three, Lewis has been a teacher and school administrator, and knows how to improve education and make education more efficient (cut overhead; get rid of excessive, burdonsome regulation)  Pearce's idea for improving education?  You guessed it:  Get rid of Mexicans and cut education spending. 

Four, Lewis is a CPA, former accounting firm exec, contruction company CEO, and successful entrepreneur.  He knows what makes business successful and what gets in the way, and will help make it easy and attractive to do business in Arizona.  Pearce's business ideas?  Get rid of Mexicans and get us boycotted by the rest of the country.

Five, Lewis won't take a pension, Pearce has three state pensions.

Six, Lewis won't be beholden to all the lobbyists and special interest groups that are currently throwing money at Pearce.  Ask yourself why they are afraid to lose their darling Pearce if he is such a fiscal conservative?  The prison lobby owns him.

Seven....again, you're a traitor and an idiot....just had to throw that one in again.

RetiredArmy
RetiredArmy

"Russell Pearce is just another Arizona politician.  Tell me again why we should trade him for the Mormon from the next district over, as Senate president."

I can tell you why I think Russell Pearce should be replaced by the most qualified candidate, who ever that may be. It is because as Senate president Russell Pearce has put the future of our children in jeopardy along with the health and welfare of the mentally ill, and the disabled. Russell Pearce is all for incresing funding for prisons, guaranteeing profit for their owners and stock holders. We have a system that guaranties a multi million dollar pay check to CEO's that run companies that make money by locking people up. This while Russell Pearce has been cutting funding for the education of future generations of this state.

You are correct, "Russell Pearce is just another Arizona politician." and that is the problem. He is leading all his sheep to the bottom, and instead of investing in the future of Arizona with good schools and opportunity for all, he assures that prisons profit with guaranteed occupancy rates.

So it is time for Russell to go, even if it is simply the, "I'm not Russell Pearce" candidate. Any candidate that has a better future in mind than the prison/police state that Russell and his gang are building, should be considered. I don't think Michael Kielsky is that person.

Anon
Anon

If Arizona is to have a brighter future, the common goal should be to get Pearce out of office. Anyone other than Jerry Lewis is defeating the hard work done by so many who voted in the recall. Those who come into the fray after having been invisible are not only distractions but are creating a roadblock to a better Arizona for families, children, education and business. Please go away detractors.

Anon
Anon

correction: the many who canvassed the neighborhoods collecting signatures. 

Ross
Ross

What part of legal don't you understand?

The law allows citizens to collect signatures to force a recall election, possibly replacing one guy in long underwear whose views are known with another whose views are not.

The law also allows a citizen to collect signatures to put his or her name on any ballot, anywhere, any time.  If the guy can find 621 voters to sign his petition, then he has accomplished a lot more than any of the anti-democracy protesters here.

There is a fine line between places like Cuba, where there is only one name on the ballot, and Arizona, where some people think it should be limited to only two.  Or maybe, there is no line at all.

Desierto
Desierto

Three things: 1) The last time people trusted a Cortes, it didn't go so well. 2) Kielsky "likes" this FB page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/... and 3) Why don't more people secure their FB pages? Don't most Libertarians hate surveillance?

EmyTheImmigrant's latest post reads as follows: "New book author Dr. Roger Canfield labels Leftwing American Traitors who Betrayed their country to help Communists Defeat America in Vietnam. American anti-conservatives & leftists still at work helping our enemies today. Sponsored by Fairfax 912 TEA Party, Sat. 9/25, 5 PM at Maplewood Grill, 132 Branch Rd., Vienna, VA"

Sounds a lot like Pearce to me!  

Jason
Jason

Isn't this the same guy that ran for Maricopa County Attorney when Candy Andy resigned to run for AG but ended up losing to Monty?

I wonder why he's interested in taking on mentally sick Pearce. Then again, why is Olivia Cortez taking on mentally sick Pearce? She hasn't done any campaigning to win votes or raise money. She's like a ghost.

Come November, LD18 will have a senator. And his name ain't Russell Pearce. It's Jerry Lewis.

Stacy
Stacy

Don't sign for Micheal.. Its all a Psycho .. You'll be fierce when you know it's Pearce..So, Don't sign for Mikey, cuz we don't likey...

Stacy
Stacy

This guy is a certified nut case.  He wastes tax payer resources by having county recorder record bullshit items like birthday cards.. http://arizona-concealed-carry...

He loves pot heads and prostitutes.. http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.c...

And here's some of the groups he's been involved in.. "Meet up groups".. http://www.meetup.com/members/...

Derby_striker
Derby_striker

I don't see the problem in any of the above.  Protecting civil liberties and individual rights is not a waste of taxpayer resources.  Funding that machinations that allow such violations is.

Legalize vice.

Oh, no...Ron Paul meetups!  Scary stuff.

Guest
Guest

potheads and prostitutes? where do I sign the petition?

VIMIIS
VIMIIS

Nutcase or not, he could be troublesome.  The more people who run the muddier the waters could get and the more diluted the vote could get.  The word needs to get out on what this guy is about. The same as the word is getting out about Cortez. The sooner the better.   

Truth to Power
Truth to Power

"Believed by many to be a Pearce plant?" Not only is she a plant, she's a weed.

Cortez is a cynical attempt by Pearce and his band of political hit squad to con the Hispanic vote to choose "one of their own."  The word's getting out about her. The only people who will vote for Cortez are people who don't understand what a fraud she is.

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 ) !!

Ron Popeil
Ron Popeil

This article talks about how he is a "poor representative of Libertarian ideals", but fails to mention why.  Did the author graduate from the MCC School of Journalism?

Derby_striker
Derby_striker

Don't flatter this blogger that much.  MCC is a step up for this kat. 

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