Russell Pearce's Olivia Cortes Fiasco: Video

My compatriot Dennis Gilman put together the video above of our forays in search of the elusive Olivia Cortes, wannabe contender in the upcoming November 8 recall of state Senate President Russell Pearce in Legislative District 18.

Cortes's nomination signatures were submitted to the Arizona Secretary of State's Office on Friday by Greg Western, a Pearce supporter and chairman of the East Valley Tea Party. 

Western's appearance cemented the perception that Cortes is a plant, meant to "dilute" the vote, as one of her paid petition circulators put it to me.

I continue to be astonished at how dumb the pro-Pearce camp has been. Why have Western drop off the signatures, for instance? Why not someone nobody knows? 

Maybe the pro-Pearce folks thought nobody would know Western. But after I knocked on his door, you'd think they would have caught a clue.

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Dick Littlefield
Dick Littlefield

These folks are a danger to the true American republic.  They would piss in their own fish bowl rather than add clean water. What a bunch of JERKS!!!

Nursenanachris
Nursenanachris

The reason the rest of the State of Arizona can't leave LD 18 alone is simple.  Russell Pearce holds too much leverage over the other members of the Legislature, and his actions affect all citizens here.  It is embarassing.  I don't know he he has pictures of the other members playing golf with Satan (thanks to "The American President", but he sure acts like it.  I did not know that the Reps were frightened to have people at their meetings who could spread their message. 

Jared Smith
Jared Smith

This will probably end up being a smart move by Pearce, et al, because of the appalling level of ignorance and apathy of the voters.   However, in a special election, probably only more sophisticated and committed voters will participate.  Thankfully the press is doing its job on this one.  Keep the story alive.

The Atomic Mom
The Atomic Mom

As a tea party supporter,  I do not support this kind of garbage, nor do the people I know and associate with.  There are bad apples in any group.  So please don't think that the actions of a few people, represent those of the group.  Russell Pearce is a disgusting man.  I hope he loses this recall.

Chad Snow
Chad Snow

I feel sorry for Greg Western.  As members of the LDS Church, we make vows to be "honest in our dealings with our fellow man."  How can he with a clean conscience stand there and say that he did not recruit Olivia Cortes?  How can he claim he doesn't know who paid for her signs or say he doesn't support Pearce?  He is an embarrassment to my faith. 

Jewel in the desert
Jewel in the desert

I think all the craziness here in Arizona could fit nicely into a Fringe episode.  

Jewel in the desert
Jewel in the desert

I have a serious question for Tommy.  Is Olivia's sister Bolivia or Folivia?  And which universe does Olivia live on?  That might explain why no one can ever find her. 

Jewel in the desert
Jewel in the desert

Oops! I forgot to mention Robert Haasch.  Great work everyone!  I couldn't believe Howie Fisher was actually asking tough questions and acting like a real journalist!  Who'd a thunk it?

Ross
Ross

Always looking for a reason to show off video of your buddy Howie Fischer.

Jewel in the desert
Jewel in the desert

Tommy, I spit milk out my nose when I read your comment about "Bolivia".  Thanks for the laugh! :)   Huge kudos to Stephen Lemons, Dennis Gilman and Brenda Rascon for her Spanish translations.  You guys rock!

 

Coz
Coz

LOL...too funny.

Arizona by be last in a lot of things, but when it comes to in your face corruption, Arizona is #1.

Val
Val

Hilarious!  My mom and I both used to work on the floor with Olivia in BP2 at Motorola back in the late 1980's / early 1990's.  Not the sharpest knife in the drawer even back then.  She used to be married to Bob Fitzsimmons, my first trainer back at the Chandler plant.  When they split up I think the kids ended up with him.  Poor thing, I bet Pearce's cronies sweet talked her into this mess and is giving herself all kinds of airs because important people need her - need her to be their sucker that is. 

Mesans for Truth
Mesans for Truth

Dear Ms. Cortes, please stop posting your signs in LD21, you are running in LD18. If you can't allocate your resources properly during a campaign, how will you allocate our scarce tax dollars?

Mistalee
Mistalee

Ya ain't seen nuthin 'yet.

I hope Copwatch is out in force come election day. What do you want to bet that Pierce will call in favors at the MCSO to chase the brown folk away at the voting booths, and Pierce supporters will be at the polls "challenging the credentials" of any potential voter looking less Anglo than Pat Boone?

Lou Diamond Phillips
Lou Diamond Phillips

Olivia and Western tell a lot of lies. I thought Mormons were honest people and not slime scum. Pearce must be contagious!

Jason
Jason

I knew Cortes was nothing but a shell for Pearce. She's running simply to help Pearce win.

I wonder how much money she either got paid or is getting paid to be a shell for Pearce? 

News flash Cortes: Pearce will fall faster than lightning can strike when Mr. Lewis opens and uses the industrial-strength and size cans of whoop-ass on you and ESPECIALLY on Pearce.

Your best and only move at this point is to drop out of the race for LD18 Senator. You will not win and neither will Pearce.

Welcome Jerry Lewis for LD18 Senator.  

douglasf
douglasf

Thank you NT! The other AZ news outlets are STILL giving her candidacy the benefit of the doubt, what will it take to convince them that Olivia is a shill?

Jeff Farias
Jeff Farias

Great work Mr Lemons !thanks for exposing these slimeballs

Jagv051465
Jagv051465

The lady collecting signatures for Cortez said  that "The way things stand right now Pearce is gonna lose"even she acknowledged that.so sweet!!!!!!

Bnbk
Bnbk

Great work Mr Lemmons & all the NT staff !

Ross
Ross

Did you get a photo of Greg Western's vehicle and ask Jerry Lewis if he can identify it as the one from which the padlock was thrown?

Royalphoenix2
Royalphoenix2

Hats off to Mr. Lemons for the reporting. R. Pearce knows he is beat, and I would not be suprised to see some shenanigan from him before November.peace

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

INCREDIBLE!  only in Arizona, I am so ashamed, corrupt politicians and so called "Law Enforcement" rule my state like emperors, just fucking incredible.  Come on people, it's time for some heads to roll. 

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

The woman who answered the door looks a whole lot like Olivia. Must be her twin sister, Bolivia, I guess.

It appears Mr. Western is taking the MCSO stand against New Times reporters, "You, I won't talk to".

He is certainly fitting the pearce mold, huh?

I guess if I lived in the LD-18 area and needed a whole house entertainment system I wouldn't go knocking on his door.

At least the signature gathering person was honest about the conspiracy. Mr. Western said Olivia is running to win.... I guess we will see how well she does at a public debate.

You know, the debate where Mr. Lewis is the only candidate to show up...

Hock
Hock

I'm astonished...but I don't think Mesa voters care.  It's crazy!

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

If you and others within the Tea Party feel the same way you say then the Tea Party needs to publicly denounce Rus-SELL Pearce and his supporters, the Tea Party needs make it very clear that he is not part of what the Tea Party is all about, as far as anyone knows Pearce claims to be "THE" Tea Party and that he speaks "FOR" the Tea Party, so in my mind and just about everyone's mind the Tea Party is the one party supporting corrupt politicians, liers, cheats, racist imbeciles, criminals, and corrupt Law Enforcement agencies like MCSO and wannabe cops like Sheriff Joke ArPayaso and Jaba the Hendershott. 

On top of that let me remind you, Rus-SELL Pearce has given anti-Federal Government, anti-US Constitution, and seccesionists speeches on video and as far as I can tell everyone at those Tea Party rallies seems to be eating up the bullshit that comes out of this treasonous asshole's pie hole, I am a US Veteran and I swore to protect the United States, the US Constitution, and US Citizens from ALL enemies, foreign and DOMESTIC and I take that Oath very seriously, as it stands right now, Rus-SELL Pearce and the TEA PARTY are my domestic enemy and the enemy of every man and woman that has ever served in a US Military uniform.

 

Jared Smith
Jared Smith

Technically, Chad, we are supposed to be screened by two levels with the question "are you honest in your dealings with your fellow men" before being recommended to participate in temple ceremonies. While I won't discuss the particulars of the temple ceremony, I would agree with you that the end result is the same.  Mormons aren't supposed to lie.  At baptism, they committed to obey God's commandments, and that commitment should be renewed weekly. 

Coz
Coz

Greg Western is an embarrassment to any faith.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Chad, this man and pearce are an embarrasment not only to your faith but to America and American values, not to mention criminals with no regard for the "rule of Law" that they so vehemently profess.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

It doesnt surprise me, a dumb and lonely woman in need of attention, the perfect "candidate" for such a scam, maybe they told her russell will "love her long time" if she did this, she would be lucky to stay out of prison at this point, the deed is done and the cat is out of the bag.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

I will gladly spend the day at a polling place to be sure this kind of jazz doesn't happen...

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Tommy if I was a betting man, I would bet that was Olivia, and not her sister Bolivia.

Yodabama
Yodabama

No, not really interested, Pearce is in the wind.  But it is funny to watch.. Olivia Cortes, it must REALLY suck to be you right now, keep your enemies close.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

Here here!  As a veteran I still defend our Constitution - the tea party people (present day) are definitely out on a limb here in their support of the anti-constitutional antics of Pearce and Co.  I have and will continue to get in the face of any tea party fanatic I meet - be it an old lady or some lard-ass fatty that wants to go a round (linguistically) with an ex-Coast Guardsman and current patriot. The people who call themselves tea partiers don't hold a candle to the people who originally boycotted the tea shipped by the East India Company.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

I should have added Olivia Cortez to my statement above. 

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Would that mean that she was lying to those who might vote in the election?

Val
Val

She isn't bright enough to realize Pearce and his cronies are her enemies.  And when she's served her purpose they'll cut her loose and laugh about her.

Coz
Coz

Me too

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

One would think so. Thus, she fits the mold....

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