Russell Pearce's Olivia Cortes Will Appear in Court Thursday

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The media and the court will get its first crack at Cortes tomorrow

Olivia Cortes, the so-called "sham" recall candidate supported by backers of state Senate President Russell Pearce, will appear in Maricopa County Superior Court tomorrow before Judge Edward Burke in a hearing to determine whether she will remain on the November 8 ballot in Legislative District 18.

Both Tom Ryan, the attorney bringing the lawsuit against Cortes and county officials, and Cortes' attorney Anthony Tsontakis have confirmed that Cortes, who has been dodging the press for weeks, will be present.

Tsontakis filed a motion to dismiss with the court today, calling Ryan's lawsuit on behalf of LD 18 voter Mary Lou Boettcher "a legally meaningless action." 

Cortes' counsel argues that the complaint is "moot" because early ballots have already been printed and because Cortes filed to become a candidate before Pearce's main rival, Republican Jerry Lewis.

I'll link to Tsontakis' motion and Ryan's reply, shortly. The irony here is that it took a lawsuit to get Cortes to make a public appearance.

Update 5:50PM: The East Valley Tribune is reporting that Cortes will take part in the Mesa Chamber of Commerce's candidate forum on October 6. Obviously, the pro-Pearce camp is doubling down on Cortes, and will now have to "run" her as a "real" candidate.

Update 8:00PM: You can read Tsontakis' motion to dismiss, here. I called Tsontakis. He declined to answer any questions related to why Cortes has been hiding out from the media, who paid for her signs or hired the company Petition Pros to gather signatures for her, who is paying for his legal services, why Cortes' petition gatherers said her purpose in running is to "dilute" the vote, or why supporters and family members of Senator Pearce have circulated petitions for Cortes.

Asked if Cortes was being paid to run, he at one point said "no comment," then settled on a definite "no." About the allegation that his client may have committed a felony related to election fraud, he asserted she had not and offered as proof the fact that she had not been charged with a crime.

Update 11:35: Channel 12's Brahm Resnik scored an e-mail from political sleaze Constantin Querard sent earlier this year seeking shill candidates to run against Pearce in the recall. Querard claims he was trying to recruit Democrats to run in the recall. Which, of course, is total bull. But, hey, Constantin, keep digging the hole deeper. It's fun to watch ;)

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David Saint
David Saint

This mockery just further shows how far ahead of the old style "Chicago politics" we have gotten.  Have we really become this pathetic, that we have sham candidates who claim they are a target of racism when the very people who have helped her (or who she has allowed to help her I should say) are the epitome of racism?! The connections are clear, the dots have been connected, yet this is still a topic of debate?! I thought I had heard it all when Pearce proclaimed he was a man of the people, even though the only time he is paying attention to them is when he looks down to see what he just stepped on.  Nope, now we have people who claim they stand for the law, or support those who do, condoning election fraud.  Calling it a Greek Tragedy somehow just doesnt quite work, its so much worse..

maxparraz
maxparraz

"Our campaign is not connected to the court filing seeking to establish the legitimacy of the Cortez campaign" Jerry Lewisoh, except the fact that a volunteer for the Lewis campaign, and a signature gatherer for putting Lewis on the ballot, is the named plaintiff on the court order. Doh!

Lala
Lala

Can't wait to read your report tomorrow, Stephen. You're doing important work for all Arizonans.  Thanks.

Hock
Hock

At least this issue is starting to get some traction in the media.  About freakin' time.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

I will believe it when I see it. If she actually has to testify I wonder if she will claim Fifth Amendment rights to not incriminate herself?

maxparraz
maxparraz

you idiots have no interest in "interviewing" Cortes. All you want to do is to harass and intimidate her. and besides, remember Obama 08? in his campaign manager's words "we controled the media" NO campaign makes willy nilly appearances just because the crazed lefties demand it

Jewel in the desert
Jewel in the desert

How in the @#$% can she afford a lawyer?   What a bunch of classless bull.

DA Morales
DA Morales

Man, I wish I could be there tomorrow

Hock
Hock

Will she testify under oath?

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

"Cortes' counsel argues that the complaint is "moot" because early ballots have already been printed"That argument is as stupid as saying we can't prosecute a bank robber because he already spent the money.

Stacy
Stacy

I wonder if she'll have the same opening statements as Brewer?   After all, they have the same coach.  Chuck Coughlin.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

All the radicals that wear Swastikas (a.k.a. pleasant Mormon ladies, I believe) are rattling Pearce.  I wonder if he thinks he has the power to close all public buildings on Nov 8?

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

 It's time for Jerry Lewis to step down and we should all get behind Olivia Cortes!  Si Se Puede!!!! 

Before you tar and feather me, think about it.  Regardless of whether Olivia or Jerry wins, it doesn't matter - the Senate representative from that LD18 will be a freshman - no power.  For that matter, the widgits in that legislative district who elected Pearce four times deserve a jackass like Cortes and she will surely end up in some fraud scheme or be booted from office for some infraction anyway. 

Either way the Republicans lose and again get the well-deserved reputation of wing-nuts and crackpots that they are.  In fact, if Jerry wins and he re-establishes the reputation of Republicans as reasonable thinkers with the public good at heart, the dems lose.  Right now the far right wing-nuts are so far down in the polls that the voting populace in Arizona is about ready for a wholesale switch to the dem party of our government.  I say let the Repulicants keep on putting up these nut-cases to run and Obama will usher in a sweep of the State government in 2012!

mirele
mirele

And this is a problem, how?

Don't you want a fair election? Or are you so willing to see the dilution of the franchise via the addition of shill candidates who are not paying their own way to campaign, but are instead being propped up by Russell Pearce and friends?

Why do you have a problem with a free and fair election?

Jason
Jason

"All you want to do is harass and intimidate her."

We want her to actually campaign and tell us her stances on things like education, immigration, taxes, etc. If elected, what direction would she take the state in? Remember, if she's elected, she's replacing Pearce.

teobuneo
teobuneo

Mightbe, we will accept you as Cortes' mouthpiece since Russel claims not to know her even though his family was gathering her signatures. I'm sure you are much more honest than Russel is. LMFAO

Guest23
Guest23

Actually there are devout republicans demanding it as well, so that the wind out of your retort. Does the MB stand for "Might Be? Sanchez? I doubt you are of mexican descent and in reality I doubt anyone wants to intimidate or harass cortes, but rather get down to some truths about the campaign like where is the money coming from since she obviously couldn't afford it on her income, why are her opponents (pearce) family members helping her with her campaign and finally why is she lying and saying the recall proponents claim that a hispanic women should not be allowed to run when they or no one else has made such a claim? She has brought this on herself. Also, this has nothing to do with Obama, try keeping the discussion on track and dispense with the logical fallacies.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Oh yeah, we are very interrested in interviewing Olivia Cortes, I have a room with a table and two chairs waiting for her, on one wall there is really nice full wall mirror for her to fix her makeup and clothes so she looks good for the video camera.

Fathead
Fathead

Yup! She should answer questions and the ones that are using her is the mormon mafia and the Pearce family.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Yes, and remember Jewel, she also paid for the illegal campaing signs, her paid signature collectors, and her website, all out of her own pocket, you know those damn retirees have deep pockets, she lives in a very modest apartment but can afford a full campaign bill and a lawyer.  Mr. Ryan should ask her under oath who is paying her attorney's fees.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

I think she will have no choice. I hope she sings like a bird.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Maybe, I do fully expect her to pull a Brewer Brain Freeze (BBF), and when she recovers to look towards Rus_SELL Pearce's direction for any sign from her pimp handler.

Tina
Tina

Correction, ExpertShot.  We here in LD 18 elected Pearce not four times, but six times:2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010.  He had little or no competition for almost all of those elections.  It's become particularly apparent in this past year or year and a half  -- at least to those of us who are not Hispanic (who already knew) -- that we "created" a monster.  What a relief the recall movement was, and not a minute too soon. It drew enthusiastic voters and volunteers of all backgrounds, ages,  income levels, political parties, ethnic and religious affiliations, both sexes, etc., who knew Pearce had to go.The increasing damage he was doing to our state was on its way to being catastrophic.

Please don't suggest, even in jest, that we "should all get behind Olivia Cortes."  We want, need and deserve good government, not a malleable and incompetent dip whose incredible and irresponsible ignorance was on full display in Thursday's  court proceedings.   And not the corrupt, vindictive and dishonest blowhard that we have now.  

Unlike the wickedly brainwashed sham candidate and unlike the recalled Pearce,  we now have the opportunity to elect an unscathed, intelligent and caring candidate in Jerry Lewis....not just for us in LD 18 but for you and the betterment of the entire state.

 I'm sure we can do it.     

  

maxparraz
maxparraz

"Our campaign is not connected to the court filing seeking to establish the legitimacy of the Cortez campaign" Jerry Lewis

Oblivious Cortex
Oblivious Cortex

It's not a trial, just a hearing on whether one should be held.  Only the lawyers will speak, unless they are dumb enough to put their clients on the stand. 

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

FACT: If you back Jerry Lewis now, with Cortes in the race, Pearce will win and you will continue to have a corrupt, vindictive and dishonest blowhard as your representative. 

FACT: Cortes will not back out if Jerry Lewis backs out - she can't.  If she does, she will be charged with defrauding the electorate and probably with contempt of court as well.  She will win if you support her. 

FACT: The voters in LD18 are not known to be the sharpest tools in the shed - Time to change that image. 

Dump Pearce!

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

I believe that even for a hearing everyone there has to be under oath, and phoenix is right, questions can be asked even if a person is not on the stand.

Phoenix Justice
Phoenix Justice

A trial or a hearing, the judge can order her testify.

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