Russell Pearce's Olivia Cortes and Ghostwriter "Paul Revere"

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Paul revere rides again!

Shananigans, shenanigans, and yet more shenanigans. Sham recall candidate Olivia Cortes and state Senate President's knuckle-draggin' supporters are the gifts that keeps on giving.

Gone are the days, alas, when I had them all to myself. Now it seems every journalist in the Valley, and many beyond, are swarming around their ever-growing pile of dirty tricks, like a mass of hornets buzzing about a rotting pile of offal.

Which, of course, is a good thing, I know, as a far wider audience is being exposed to the Pearce camp's monkeyshines, like KPHO's recent report about the scores of signs touting the name of Pearce's main rival Jerry Lewis stolen off Mesa lawns. There's even security cam footage of the thief in action. Hi-larious.

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For a centuries-dead patriot, Revere sure gets around...

Channel 12's Brahm Resnik has been all over Pearce and Cortes of late, and for his efforts got kicked out of a meeting of Legislative District 18 Republicans last night, where Pearce spoke and took questions. 

To be precise, all TV cameras got kicked out, at Pearce's request. Resnik and others were allowed to remain and observe. Quite silly, as several people were filming with hand-held devices. I got to the hootenanny just as it was about to begin, and will file a report later.

My colleague videographer Dennis Gilman was able to enter the packed hall after the event, when Fourth Estaters, including myself, pummeled Pearce with questions.

Today, Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts picked up on something first brought to my attention by Robert Haasch, a member of the PearceWatch Facebook page.Seems that some of Olivia Cortes' press releases are being authored by someone who goes by the handle "Paul Revere."

Well, either that, or Cortes really digs that old ditty about the midnight ride. If you check the "properties" of Cortes' release on her campaign Web site, the "author" is listed as "Paul Revere." 

There is a Paul Revere who comments at the right wing Sonoran Alliance blog, but you know how it goes with computer monikers.

More interestingly, there is a Paul Revere who has been previously associated with the East Valley Tea Party, for which Cortes aide and Pearce enthusiast Greg Western is chairman. As you can see, there's a phone number under Revere's name. That phone number belongs to Mesa resident Doug Ardt.

I called Ardt last night. He denied ever being affiliated with the East Valley Tea Party, or having written Olivia Cortes' press releases. Ardt has a c.v. online where he claims to have been a "campaign coordinator" for "David Schweikert for Congress." 

I'll have to take Mr. Ardt at his word. The phone number could have been mistakenly posted, and, heck, anyone can use the handle "Paul Revere," even Olivia Cortes, if she were so inclined.


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Knotyboy21
Knotyboy21

Does anyone need anymore evidence the Russell Pearce needs never be involved with Arizona politics again. Not only is this a joke, every Arizonan's intelligence has been insulted by this dog and poney show. He would have been better off going door to door kicking us in the crotch! 

Maestramadremia
Maestramadremia

edit 'keeps' to 'keep' to read 'the gifts that keep on giving.' Excellent info. Keep up the good work! I really want to hear the blow by blow description of what happened in court today!

maxparraz
maxparraz

hehehe one little ol Hispanic conservative woman running for office and you leftist wackos got your panties would so tight your penises are about to fall off! it really is rather amusing!

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

How much support will Pearce have from his legislative colleagues if he is ousted?  I am guessing that they will leave him pretty quick, but will still act like they support him and won't cross him until after he is not reelected in the 2012 election.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

I think we should give Russell Pearce a break.  He is too busy talking about the rule of law to follow the law.  Isn't that a good excuse?

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

I believe that Pearce was desperately intimidated.  That comes from not being in control.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Are there any other Paul Revere Documents that have been harvested.  The meta data often has a signature that will uniquely identify a software license.  That could be compared with the one from Olivia.

Slayer
Slayer

I would love to see the security camera footage of the sign thief! Whenever I get sick of news feeds, I watch the footage of a thief in District 9 selling my posts with my signs in the back of his truck. World's dumbest criminals, yes. Worthy of our votes, no.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Does it seem that pearce is shorter and rounder now than he was six months ago? Physical size is always important to a bully personality and it appears he is shrinking in height and getting wider. It may be that he realizes most cameras can't handle his current round footage.

Also, about that pesky Doug Ardt, I find that he keeps some interesting company:

Dr. Chris Salvino announced that he will be heading to the U.S. Mexico border to see firsthand the security conditions, and meet with locals on the ground, who deal with illegal immigration every day. Salvino will be joined by Rep. Michele Reagan and several Tea Party leaders on this Friday, April 23rd. This is Salvino’s second trip to the border. “With the elevated crime spree on the Mexican side of the border and the flagrant murder of an Arizona rancher, I know America can do more. For far too long the federal government has abdicated it’s responsibilities do defend our border, but it shouldn’t surprise anyone considering people like DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano continue talk a big game but accomplish nothing,” said Dr. Chris Salvino, Republican candidate for Congress. Attendees:

- Dr. Chris Salvino- Rep. Michele Reagan- State Legislative Candidate District 8, Michelle Ugenti- Doug Ardt, Mesa Tea Party- Wes Harris, North Phoenix Tea Party- Ron Ludders, Chairman, AZ 2010 Project Committee- Lee Earle, AZ 2010 Project Committee- Wil Howarth, Scottsdale Tea Party.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

I see Dennis Gilman being the target of the "No cameras allowed" more so than Brahm Resnik. Dennis typically does MUCH more long term exposure through his videos than TV crews do with their daily filler spots during the 5 and 10 news.

I don't think pearce wanted to give Mr. Gilman any video that can be replayed to the largest audience in the world.

However, kudos go to Mr. Resnik for his recent interest in this debacle.

Guest
Guest

 The wrong question is being asked to Pearce over and over of, "Do you know Olivia Cortes", which he has been able to squirm out of.  I would love to see him asked at the debate next week, "What is your explanation of your niece, your brother the Justice of the Peace Lester Pearce's daughter, doing campaigning for Cortes with signs in her front yard if you know nothing about her and have no involvement."

Dumoudan
Dumoudan

All Illegal aliens should be allowed to apply for work permits but only while they are outside the United States in their home countries.   This type of program (guest workers) has worked very well for many years in economically successful places such as Switzerland, Singapore to name a few. Once their work visa expires they must immediately leave the country. If the females become prgnant, they are immediately returned to their home country. commit any violation of ANY law (even "J" walking)  and they are deported. If they attempt to re-enter the US illegaly, they are automatically placed on a list of permanently banned from entry into the US. Are you with us?Just enforce the Immigration Laws and treat all people who want to enter the US fairly. Don't show preference to those that entered illegally. Justice for all? Or just some of the people wishing to come to the US?

Angry American of LD18
Angry American of LD18

I highly doubt that cowardly troglodyte of a candidate--Olivia Cortes, is knowledgable in U.S. history. I don't think she has ever heard of the "midnight" character "Paul Revere". In fact, I personally don't think she can speak English fluently. If I'm wrong, someone prove it to me. Get her dastardly ass on camera so she can speak. Who has heard Olvia Cortes talk?

Susurro Perforado
Susurro Perforado

"Don't be dumb, Brahm"  Wow.  Wow.  Russell....no wonder you don't want cameras there.  He is his own worst enemy.  He likes to be able to spin any lie he wants without being held accountable by a recording.

Theoldman
Theoldman

Thanks Steve, for keeping after this story.    It keeps getting more interesting each day.   And now, we have Brahm Resnik joining in the pursuit of this continuing saga. 

Rob
Rob

"Don't be dumb".

Sums this whole thing up pretty well.

Would make a great sign for the Lewis campaign.

Tina
Tina

Looks like Doug Ardt (from the 2010 link you provided of all the Tea Party groups) headed the Mesa Tea Party.

BC
BC

That's why he is fighting tooth and nail, underhanded and illegally, to keep his elected office. Without that, he's irrelevant. And he knows it.

Guest
Guest

*your signs in her front yard

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

WRONG BLOG AND WRONG WEBSITE!!!  Go spill your bullshit somewhere else, Rus_SELL.

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Bakphx1
Bakphx1

What does that have to do with this story?

Bakphx1
Bakphx1

The ironic thing is he is too arrogant to see how much the hiding and lying make it worse.  

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Good point.  Irrelevance is practically a death sentence to an insecure bully that does not know the difference between belligerence and relevance.

Mistalee
Mistalee

This is dumoudan's constant refrain. He doesn't read the story, he just scrolls down to the comments to rant about Mexican immigrants. He is dumber than Olivia Cortes.

In fact, you should check his profile. The fucktard styling himself "Dumoudan" has cut and pasted this same inane rant into at least a half-dozen stories including one in Chowbella.

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