Russell Pearce's Opponent Jerry Lewis a "No Vote" on SB 1070

Check out these two segments of a recent interview done by Channel 12's Brahm Resnik of state Senate hopeful and conservative Republican Jerry Lewis, who is looking to topple state Senate President Russell Pearce in the Legislative District 18 recall election.

In them, Lewis takes on the issue of immigration directly, decrying enforcement-only solutions to illegal immigration while maintaining a commitment to securing America's border with Mexico. Significantly, Lewis states that he would have been a "no vote" against Pearce's infamous Senate Bill 1070.

"I stand for secure borders, the rule of law," he told Resnik. "But I also believe we rushed through legislation that was not complete. It ignored the other key issues that have to be involved in this discussion."

The other key issues include dealing humanely and sanely with the undocumented in our midst, and helping them get right with the law. Resnik pointed out that many conservatives regard this as "amnesty," but Lewis disagreed.

"I think you need to look at what the definition of amnesty is," said Lewis. "Amnesty is a complete pardon for past crimes against a country. Trying to help someone get square with the law...does not fit within the realm of that definition. 

"Trying to work with people that are here, that are honestly trying to earn a living to support their families and that our economy actually demands -- not necessarily a pathway to citizenship, but a pathway to be here with legal documents so that they can work, so that they can feel safe, I think is a good idea."

Lewis, who along with Pearce is a Mormon, reinforced his support for the June statement on immigration issued by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which says, in part that,

"The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is concerned that any state legislation that only contains enforcement provisions is likely to fall short of the high moral standard of treating each other as children of God."

Lewis' stance is a brave one considering that Mexican-bashing is practically a requirement for Arizona Republicans these days, a requirement imposed by the state GOP's current leadership. 

This is why November 8 could be a watershed moment in Sand Land politics, one that beats back a tide of hatred and xenophobia, and opens the door to rational discussion of a tough topic. 

There are powerful forces who want status quo to remain in place, and those powerful forces are aligned behind Russell Pearce. 

But if you drive around Mesa these days, you'll see a proliferation of Jerry Lewis yard signs in front of homes where conservative Republican Mormons reside. That's a clear indication that the battle is joined in LD 18, and that the status quo could be upended come November 8.


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Dumoudan
Dumoudan

Is this law Racist? Does it specify brown people?Are the people who agree with this law racist?Are those who want this law enforced racist?The law says nothing of little "brown" people but it explains what is illegal entry. It's not very hard to understand. Why is this law "broken"? Why can it be selectively ignored?Illegal alien includes all people who entered illegally, could be Croation, Russian, Chinese, Irish, Canadians and yes even Mexicans. No one single race or people is referenced in the law. Under Title 8 Section 1325 of the U.S. Code, "Improper Entry by Alien," any citizen of any country other than the United States who:Enters or attempts to enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers; or Eludes examination or inspection by immigration officers; or Attempts to enter or obtains entry to the United States by a willfully false or misleading representation or the willful concealment of a material fact; has committed a federal crime.Violations are punishable by criminal fines and imprisonment for up to six months. Repeat offenses can bring up to two years in prison. Additional civil fines may be imposed at the discretion of immigration judges, but civil fines do not negate the criminal sanctions or nature of the offense.

gilbertgripe
gilbertgripe

When comparing Lewis and Pearce, there's an interesting Mormon subtext that may be lost on those who don't know the history.  You see the Church has a Bircher/Freeman/NCCS/tea party problem. 

Ezra Taft Benson and Cleon Skousen had strong testimonies of  BOTH the Church and the teachings of the John Birch Society.  Ezra Taft Benson as an apostle lobbied fiercely for the church to officially endorse the JBS.  Cleon Skousen as a BYU professor wrote study guides and textbooks that mingled JBS philosophy with mormon scripture.  Some of Skousen's  Constitutional teachings, published by the Freeman Institute, have white supremacist  origins.  When you hear Russell Pearce blathering about the illegitimacy of the 14th ammendment, it is Skousen he is parroting.  Evan Meacham used the term "pickaninny" when quoting Skousen's "Making of America".

Ezra Taft Benson on many occasions counseled members to purchase JBS literature and Freeman Institute books.  (The Church also on occasion issued statements that his recommendations were his personal opinions, not an endorsement by the Church.)

These adherants do some pretty underhanded things to get people to believe that they are endorsed by the church, and this is what causes the problems.  For example my mother told me the story of a church leader, under the guise of his church calling, summoning the adults in her ward to a special meeting in the chapel.  Once assembled they were taught the gospel of John Birch Society.  They also put on look alike symposiums that trick some members into thinking they're attending an LDS function.  Recently, some wards were fooled into having the Freeman Institute (renamed the National Center for Constitutional Studies) teach the constitution to their boy scouts.

About once a year, the Church reads a statement from every pulpit in the U.S. declaring it's political neutrality.  If a member wants to believe in a Tea Party platform that's their perogative, BUT do not imply that the church supports the Tea Party, do not combine their messages into church lessons and do not announce their events in church.

Twice, the church has called these folks out by name. In 1963 they disavowed Ezra Taft Benson's call to join the JBS and in 1979 they declared no connection to the Freeman Institute.

Similarly when Russell Pearce quoted LDS scripture in support of SB1070 the Church felt the need to issue a statement that Pearce does not speak for the Church.  He speaks only for Russell Pearce.

This summer, the church did issue a statement regarding immigration, which called illegal immigrants children of God and emphasized the need to keep families together.  Once again, the Church failed to champion this groups ultra conservative ideals.  (Which really gets them bent out of shape judging by their online comments at lds freedom forum.)

On Sunday Square Off, Lewis made it clear that he is aligned with the Church's position, while Russell Pearce... has his own opinions.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

Hey, there are also liberal progressive Republicans.  Stop stereotyping Dems!

Car_del99
Car_del99

 "   About the only thing I see 1070 doing, if fully implemented, is creating publicity for politicians and providing more inmates to fill private prison beds " and that , is what is about...Brewer , R.P et al has to pay for bribes  i mean  " gifts " they got

Jrgrizz
Jrgrizz

sham candidate placed in by progressives. wait till the voters of LD18 find out who put Lewis on the ballot

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

While I don't believe that the church's position should be law, the position the LDS church has taken on immigration is reasonable and rational as far as treating people with dignity.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Please ENLIGHTEN US. Just who are the progressives who put Lewis on the ballot. Be specific.

Phil
Phil

Was it grape kool aid today? You supports can't even rig an election with a sham candadit properly. This happens all the time but the average party can do it without getting BLATENLY caught! I feel sad for you people but if this is not indicative of the problem with education in this state I just don't know where a better example can be found DRINK UP!;

Mel
Mel

Is this sweaty hot-headed hog Pearce? You need to fix your family and fix yourself. You are breaking the LAW by palcing a sham candidate, for this you should be asahmed!

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Jr., I thank you for calling us progressives.

How do you feel about being call regressive?

It's very hard to move forward when your transmission is in reverse. Unless, of course, you have exposed your very rear end... which seems the case.

Ssmhnb
Ssmhnb

They did find out who put him on the ballot and they were conservative republicans who have had enough of Russell Pearce, a man who has beaten both his wives, a man who fired at the DMV for altering a friends DUI driving record, a man who accepted $40,000 in trips and tickets from the Fiesta Bowl and then got caught lying about it, a man who has cut 500 million dollars in education, a man who while he was appropriations chairman increased spending 60 percent under his watch and a man who claims he has created jobs, yet unemployment has gone up to record highs.

Yep, you keep supporting this guy, unbelievable!

Sly
Sly

Sham candidates don't turn in their signatures, they have others do it.  Sham candidates don't go on tv or talk to reporters, or pretend they aren't home when people ring the doorbell.  Sham candidates have other people make and pay for signs, that don't contain the proper legal information on them.  Sham candidates are put up by unethical people like Pearce because they don't know how to run a clean, ethical campaign.

You have rolled in the Pearce dirt, and now you smell.

Rob
Rob

Jrgrizz,

Who put Lewis on the ballot?  That would be the 621+ verified LD18 voters who signed his petition.  Nobody else could "put him" on the ballot.

Also realize those signatures were collected by Lewis and a few of his friends; not the recall group.

It may serve you well to look up the statutes regarding recalls and what the recall orgnanizer's can and cannot do when it comes to candidates.  They are prohibited from any involvement in candidate selection.

Chad Snow
Chad Snow

JR, 621 qualified electors put Lewis on the ballot.  And he didn't need Russell Pearce's family members or tea baggin' supporters to help him get there like Pearce's sham candidate Olivia Cortes.  10,300 qualified electors signed to get Pearce out of office.  Quit drinking the Pearce family Kool Aid. 

If you believe Pearce that there's some vast "left-wing conspiracy" at work here, put up or shut up.  Where's the proof? 

Fed up in LD18
Fed up in LD18

Good Lord, this is such wishful thinking on the part of you Pearce supporters. You know there's no link between the Lewis campaign and any of the recall organizations whatsoever, yet you continue to lie, lie, lie, lie, lie. 

The fact that Pearce has to lie to stay in power is pathetic. Absolutely and positively pathetic. Only complete imbeciles believe there is any relationship between Lewis and any other group. 

gilbertgripe
gilbertgripe

The church wishes to express an opinion, fine.  Politicians and church members can ignore or embrace it as they choose. 

The problem is that a significant group inside the church, of which Pearce is one, think they know what the church should be standing for.  It's not an Arizona problem, it's a church problem. 

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

P.S.  I am a progressive and you are my polar opposite, a regressive.

Phil
Phil

Ummmm, I just watched this and where in the world do you get your idea that this is anything other than a campain vid; it proves nothing. Keep drinking the koolaid.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Tommy, you might want to define the word "Regressive" for JR. A couple of months ago, I used the term on the Az. Republic comment board and was asked what regressive means.

My definition was;  When you're too stupid to realize how stupid you are. (A psych study done in England about 10 yrs ago found that there are people who fit this definition and IMO, the bulk of them live in Az.)

teknik1200
teknik1200

but the liberals hate him!  it's always best to do what ever you can to make the liberals upset!

that's most important around here.

maxparraz
maxparraz

hahah - You Got Fooled! LOl. yep, some of the very SAME people on the recall were sig gatherers on the petition to put Lewis on the ballot. and they are ALL involved with or head progressive (liberal) groups Look it up - It is all public record!

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

So, what your saying is the only legitimate signatures were the ones collect in behalf of Lewis?  Why, then were the Cortez signatures accepted and her name put on the ballot?

Where is your gal pal Parraz lately?  He seems to have fallen off the face of the earth...is that by design so that people forget the driving force behind the recall?

maxparraz
maxparraz

public records. look it up. or are you afraid?

Phil
Phil

I see this is a new tactic, "don't make liberals happy, vote for Peirce" but you forget that what you are doing is in no way the best interest of the state; are you from AZ? Do you live here? That's like pissing into the wind to cool off cause everyone else jumped in the pond and I don't like them!

Jason
Jason

"I vote according to who is the best candidate for the job."

As do I.

gilbertgripe
gilbertgripe

Since they're both republicans why don't you vote for the one that doesn't lie.

Guest23
Guest23

No that is what idiots do. I belong to no political party and think it is ridiculous for anyone to vote strictly along party lines because different legislation, even if approved by your party, may not be in your best interest. I vote according to who is the best candidate for the job.

Your reason for voting for pearce is at best childish and at its worst absolutely moronic.

Phil
Phil

So what you are saying is the people of LD 18 don't deserve to know but the nation does? What kind of service is this to the voters and populous of Mesa? Sounds like just another national hot point for publicity!

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Tek,By "RP" do you mean Racist Prick?

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

I worked with patients at the state hospital who come across as saner than you.

Phil
Phil

What's wrong with then signing? They just can't/choose not ask someone to sign unlike the Peirce camp. See, the Lewis camp followed the rule of law but Peirce and has group walked that thin line; technically it's not illegal persay but ethically it is beyond appropriate.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

The conservative voters in LD 18 elected Pearce so their ability to "Think" is non-existent.

Tina
Tina

Good reply, Tommy.  I too am behind Jerry Lewis, also contributed to his campaign, also supported the recall,  contributed three times to CBA, and HAVE met Mr. Lewis (who is a top drawer candidate).  After having to put up with Russell Pearce's screwed up priorities, his dishonesty and his hate rhetoric for so long, I feel most fortunate to be among those who can now vote him out of office.  

Jason
Jason

I, too, am behind Mr. Lewis.

I post under my real name. I live in LD19. I, too, have a vested interest in the election.

I am a registered Republican but I vote for the candidate who I think best represents me.

I have never met nor heard of Mr. Lewis before he announced his candidacy.

mbsanchez can tell the world I am behind Mr. Lewis' candidacy.

Tina
Tina

gilbertgripe, thanks for setting the record straight,  There were probably hundreds of volunteers working in some capacity for the Pearce recall, which was facilitated by Citizen for a Better Arizona president Chad Snow and organizer Randy Parraz. 

At the time, I was not among the volunteers but I certainly silently cheered them on, since I was probably one of the first to sign a recall petition.  After it was ascertained that more than enough vpter signatures had been validated by County Elections and the Sec'y of State, I drove down with a friend to the capitol where many recall supporters, amidst TV cameras and other news reporters were present for the announcement.  

I remember a couple of news people hounding Randy Parraz for a  name or names of a prospective candidate to run against Pearce, and Parraz honestly replied things like, that's not up to us,  I don't know, that's up to others, etc.   Finally he humorously quipped something like (wish I could remember it exactly) "For all I know, it could be Mickey Mouse. That would be fine with me."    

Jason
Jason

Pearce is too mentally sick and corrupt to retain. Just like his hero and mentor the MCSO shurf. That's why he needs to be replaced with Jerry Lewis.

Likewise, the Flaccid Fool of MCSO needs to be replaced with Mike Stauffer.

The time to retire Pearce is NOW.  

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Ok, tell us who really is behind Mr. Lewis.

I am. I post under my real name. I don't live in LD-18 and I have contributed to his campaign. pearce is a STATE senator so I have a vested interest in the election.

I am a registered Independent. A former Republican.

I have never met Mr. Lewis nor heard of him before he announced his candidacy.

But, if it will make you feel better you can tell the world that I am behind his candidacy.

If that's all you have, amigo, I'm not impressed.

Rob
Rob

Oooooohhhh mbsanchez....are you saying that Mr Pearce will soon be making a fool out of himself on National tv?  Local wasn't enough?

This I can't wait for.Thanks for the tip, I'll be sure to set the DVR!

Jason
Jason

You typed too quickly for me to keep up Tommy. But that's OK. I got the gist of what you're saying...

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Of course they were on both petitions, you dunderhead. Think about it, there are two steps involved:

(1) Recall pearce. Done(2) Nominate a good Republican to replace him. Done

So yes, some folks would have signed both petitions or gathered signatures for both.

I hope I didn't type too quickly for you to keep up.

Jason
Jason

It will be even funnier when Pearce is ousted from office. I know I will do a little dance.

Jason
Jason

The people behind Lewis are the same people who are sick and tired of corrupt and mentally sick politicians like Pearce. Hence the reason they signed a petition, upheld by the state Supreme Court, to oust Pearce from office.

Jason
Jason

And here you are, spewing your incoherent babble. Are you related to another clueless poster on this site named Bobby or are you Bobby with a new alias?

maxparraz
maxparraz

it will be much more fun to expose Lewis on national tele, not here!

gilbertgripe
gilbertgripe

Volunteering for the recall and for Jerry Lewis are consistant positions.  Volunteering for Olivia Cortes AND having a Russell Pearce sign on your lawn is consistant only if Olivia Cortes' name on the ballot helps Pearce.

Only the *organizers* of the recall are barred from running a candidate. I went to a meeting where the recall organizers reported on their progress.  They did not know who might run in the recall election.  Democrats hoped a democrat would replace Pearce, but too many candidates would work to Pearce's advantage so they stayed out.

teknik1200
teknik1200

that's right nothing matters other then the fact that "liberals" will be glad to see RP gone.  For that reason alone everyone should vote RP back in, because we all know nothing matters more then not doing the things that liberals would like to see!

keep Pierce, the liberals hate him!

Rob
Rob

Yes, let's keep moving the goalposts, shall we?

Pearce and his supporters claim to know who's REALLY behind Jerry Lewis.Yet, you offer no evidence.  You allude and insinuate...much like Mr Pearce.No proof or evidence of "ALL" the Lewis petitioners being "involved with or head progressive liberal groups".

Meanwhile, astute and in the know residents of LD18, like LD18 Republican Party Executive Committee Member and Arizona Republican Party State committee member, Colleen Wheeler,  disavow Pearce and put their support behind Lewis.That's the kind of people "involved with, or a head of, progressive liberal groups" you are talking about, right?

maxparraz
maxparraz

no one said a liberal can't be involved in an effort to put a republican on the ballot. but when all this comes out as to who is REALLY behind Lewis, one wonders what the conservative voters in LD 18 will think...

Rob
Rob

Well, if I was fooled, so then was the Arizona Secretary of State's office and it's Elections Office.  They are the ones that verified the validity of the petitions and signatures.  Which, were mostly collected in one day by Lewis, his friends and volunteers.

Obviously, you've not looked up Arizona statutes regarding the recall organizers limitations on dealing with candidates in a recall election.  They can't.

And, I guess Lisa Hauser also missed it when she filed her claims to invalidate the recall.  You think she'd kinda catch onto that, wouldn't you?  I mean, she is a pretty good lawyer and is up to snuff on Elections Law in Arizona.

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

You misunderstood, or I didn't effectively make my point.  I am not arguing that Lewis' signatures were in any way illegally or unethically obtained.  

Cortes' signatures were validated and she was given the opportunity to be on the ballot. Her signatures consisted of those who are registered to vote in LD18.  Snow attempts to villianize those who signed their names to Cortes' list.  

Snow continues to show his liberal, left wing agenda in the rhetoric he spews here in this forum.   His use of the term "tea baggin" is no different then when he calls SB1070 racist; knowing well, it is not.  He is not stupid.  He is a liar and a profiteer and does not care who he destroys.  He is Pearce.

Phil
Phil

While you have vaild points in posts at times it is posts like this that put into question your integrity. Do you not think that if there was even a scent of ethical violations from Lewis, it would noy be all over ther media? On the other hand there is far too much solid evedence of unethical tactics by the Peirce camp. At time you seem to have blinders on and then others it appears your perception of the situation broadens to see the light. From what I have read you have logical agruments, why not step back and weigh the ethics violations; even percieved and make a choice. If your logical mind reviews these issue there is no question as to what needs to happen.

Jason
Jason

My friends and family in Boston don't want to see Russell Pearce's image on their TV's because he designs useless, BS legislation like 1070 that does nothing.

BTW, Massachusetts was the 1st state to boycott Arizona because of Pearce. Maybe THAT'S why they want to see Lewis elected in... 

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

Hey everyone, Jason forgot to tell you he has friends and family in Boston. That makes his opinion somehow more legit.

Jason
Jason

Like you, professional dumbass.

maxparraz
maxparraz

like stepan lemons? professional slanderer

Jason
Jason

Now now, let's not insult the parrots here. After all, they are only repeating what their master says.

In this case, mbsanchez is simply repeating what his master Pearce is saying. Unfortunately for mbsanchez, what Pearce says usually goes in one ear and out the other. People are sick and tired of Pearce and his corruption.  

teknik1200
teknik1200

he doesn't have proof, he's simply being a good parrot.

Guest23
Guest23

Not at all. Are you afraid of posting links to them so we know what you are referencing to come to such a ridiculous conclusion?

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