Russell Pearce's Olivia Cortes Breaks Silence in ABC 15 Interview

Cortes talks to ABC 15

Greg Western, Cortes' "adviser," chats with ABC 15

Keep in mind as you watch these ABC 15 interviews, first with sham recall candidate Olivia Cortes, then with Cortes' "adviser" and Pearce loyalist Greg Western, that Cortes' sticking her face out the door of her humble condo is a direct result of the lawsuit against her and the hearing today in Maricopa County Superior Court.

There are a lot of questions ABC 15 didn't ask, obviously. But maybe the press will get a chance to put some of those to Cortes today, and I'm hoping elections law attorney Tom Ryan places her under oath and asks them as well. I think perjury is still a crime, even if lying is just the way business is done here in Arizona.


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Cactuscrusader
Cactuscrusader

Someone should ask Western why he is supporting the Cortes Campaign instead of the Pearce campaign. Ask him why he turned against Pearce. I'd like to see him answer that on camera.

Tina
Tina

We don't know for a fact that he actually did "turn against" Pearce, but it would indeed be a good question to ask him on camera.  He's now trying to switch horses and make Cortes into a viable candidate to cover his duplicitous ass.  

Tombstone_Pete
Tombstone_Pete

Wow, the "cham" candidate did not know the meaning of the word "incumbent." Sarah Palin looks like Einstein compared to this "cham."

Also, why would she shy away from the media when she is running for political office? Free media attention and she hides from it? It makes no sense. She makes no sense. She is nothing more than a Spanish surname on a ballot.

Guest23
Guest23

Where's an update, haven't heard much except little tidbits on twitter about cortes and others knowing nothing and cortes not being articulate and we have to wait until Monday. I have been waiting all day for some meat to chew on.

Tina
Tina

Stephen Lemons & Dennis Gillman were at the court yesterday.  Patience.  If it weren't for their incredible investigative work, flushing out the people responsible for the "sham candidate" and her appearance on the ballot,   the lawsuit would not have been possible.  The court could have sold tickets to that all day event in the court yesterday.   Boettcher's lawyers did a fantasic job interrogating the cast of characters.  

Jagv051465
Jagv051465

She is as dumb as a sack of rocks,but what you can expect from NAZIZONANS?they are mostly uneducated dumb people,so these candidates are a the normal level for their citizens.

Jason
Jason

I wonder how much Pearce paid channel 15 for that bullshit interview with Cortes?

Pearce and Cortes have to know that the people know Cortes is a sham candidate planted by that mentally sick old man Pearce to hurt Lewis' chance of winning. Pearce has really learned well from his mentor and hero the MCSO shurf.

Speaking of the Old Fool, does anyone know how much Cortes paid to get his endorsement? I hear she somehow scored Joe's endorsement for FREE.

BC
BC

If she were an actual candidate who was actually challenging Pearce, you can be damn well sure that Pearce's people and handlers and racist supremacist supporters would be screaming to see her "papers." And not collecting signatures for her and delivering them to the state offices for her.

There would be a HUGE hue and cry as to her citizenship validity. Especially after hearing her speak and realizing that she was probably born in Mexico or at the very least had parents who were. Pearce's cabal would be investigating her parents and their immigration to see if they could tag her as an anchor baby.

EVERYTHING that Pearce has militantly fought for is suddenly a moot point in his camp. That speaks volumes and volumes and volumes to me. He feels no threat from her because he owns her and for a man who surrounds himself with bigots and racists, the fact that an hispanic mounting a campaign to unseat him would bring all the creeps out of the woodwork and they'd be dogging her worse than any reporter has.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

ABC15 needs tougher reporters rather than just a pretty faces, Ms. Hochridge needs to go cover some little leage games or something and leave political reporting for true proffesionals, you know the reporters that know bullshit when they smell bullshit and and have the balls to ask the right questions.  Im sure Ms. Hockridge is a wonderfull lady but she is not tough enough for this job, she is too nice, she can go report on what the Girlscouts Brownies are doing today, or what is going on at the homeless shelter, and leave a hot potato political investigative reporting to the Lemons of the world. 

Not Surprised
Not Surprised

ABC15 was very accomodating and kind to Cortes' obvious deficiencies. Pretty sad that Cortes' speaking skills are so poor that in the end of their piece ABC15 had to paraphrase the jist of the conversation with Cortes just to bring together some kind of congruity and finish their piece. 

abel
abel

This lady is more transparent that the rice paper you get served when you order a spring roll at a vietnemese spot. I"I have been in my home secluded?" Who would want someone to represent them as a community, who "hides" because she can't take the heat? She wasnt "ecpecting all this media attention" Did she not know this is a high profile race? or did Pearce not tell her when she signed up to be the CHAM? The poor old woman cant even understand: Outseed an incumbant! durrr She clearly is an elderly lady who is being taken advantage of because she is Hispanic. This is sad Pearce we see right through your dirty antics come election day.. strike three you outta there!

Marcy
Marcy

Some real softballs from ABC15, how about asking some tough questions like:

Olivia, are you a supporter of Russell Pearce?  Do you support Russell Pearce's positions?  Were you asked to run for office?  Why do you think Russell Pearce's family and friends worked hard to get you into the election?

She's a dumb pawn.

maxparraz
maxparraz

or, 15 can ask jerry Lewis - did you know the same people that ran the Pierce recall also gathered signatures for your petition to be on the ballot? Did you know that those people are involved with moveon.org and progressive democrats for America? Did you know the "plaintiff" in the lawsuit to get Cortes kicked off the ballot was a part of the recall effort, collected sigs to get you on the ballot, and works for your campaign currently?

Sparky
Sparky

The difference is that "moveon.org" or other organizations on the left, if they were helping Jerry Lewis at all, weren't simultaneously backing another candidate. All that proves is that Jerry Lewis is good at coalition building because he has backers who fall on both sides of the political spectrum. If Olivia Cortes' entire campaign is being run and organized by another candidate, that is a fraud on its face. 

Chad Snow
Chad Snow

MBSanchez, the organizers of the recall had nothing to do with getting Lewis' name on the ballot.  We very purposefully have stayed away from his candidacy and campaign.  We have nothing to do with MoveOn.org, so you can "move on" from that conspiracy theory.  ONE of our members attended and spoke at a PDA event - so what? 

Did you hear Western's testimony today where he expects the judge to believe that some mysterious benefactor graciously paid to print, put up, remove, and re-put up hundreds of Cortes' campaign signs?  And that the same mystery person paid Signature Pros thousands of dollars to collect signatures for Cortes - and Olivia and Greg ostensibly have NO IDEA who this miracle worker was? 

We're not all that stupid. 

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Chad, why are you separating yourself from Randy Parraz now? Why are you incapable of full disclosure? Do you expect us to be dumb enough to forget Parraz's association with ACORN? Why did you leave out the time Randy was arrested with other ACORN activists at the direction of the Board of Supervisors for tresspassing and disorderly conduct?

Do you want us to believe it is a coincidence that Lewis is running and you guys were spending money and time pushing for a recall with no viable candidate in mind? You are a liar Chad, just like Randy. The difference is, you know better. Where much is given, much is required. You are the Snow family version of Steve Benson.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Update, well apparently they did get summoned, and the owner dodged it, she sent her flunky instead.

Bnbk
Bnbk

Chad,just curious as to why Signature Pros were not called to testify in this case,after all they would have to know who paid them for the service they performed. Any idea ? 

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Well said Chad, as always.  Keep up the great job you guys are doing Brother, and as always we thank you.

Guest23
Guest23

I am sure that Lewis would have no problem asnwering these questions if he hasn't already.

Cortes is extremely naive if she didn't expect the media to come knocking on her door and she has refused interviews from knock on the door one.

She also appears to have a problem communicating and would have a very difficult problem using her lack of oratory skills to actually accomplish anything in the senate.

I would also be curious if her campaign manager, those pearce family members, and cortes campaign manager actually plan on voting for cortes and why if they are so behind cortes are they contributing to the pearce campaign as well.

Pearce also needs to be grilled on why his judge brother is participating in campaigning for him when it is unethical and agaisnt judicial rules to do so.

Bnbk
Bnbk

States- his/her. Sorry

Bnbk
Bnbk

Why not try reading the judicial code of conduct ? Canon 5, Section 1, Subsection D states- Shall not take part in any political campaign other than his own election,re-election or retention. Your attempt to spread mis-information will not work. I hope people lodge complaints so some action can be taken against this crooked JOP.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

BULLSHIT!!  How about reading the law yourself, it seems you have got a lot to learn about law.

maxparraz
maxparraz

why not trying reading the law for a change. a "judge" can do anything in his own time as long as he is not using his official title

Doh!

Royalphoenix2
Royalphoenix2

ABC 15, do they have a journalist on staff ? Can not decide which was better, the spew from Cortes and Western, or the "cham" interview by the interns at ABC 15. peace

Marcy
Marcy

I'm sure they had to agree to a list of cham questions before being given the honor of interviewing the woman who has refused from day 1 to have anyone help her campaign.  She didn't go shy because a horde of media folks banged on her door, she went shy when the very FIRST reporter tried to talk to her.

She is a cham and I do hope someone finds a photograph of a past Russell Pearce rally showing Olivia in attendance so she can be shown to be a liar as well as a cham.

BC
BC

Well she's not  a "cham" candidate. How "sharming."

David Saint
David Saint

LOL, she says she didnt expect this much attention!?!?! Here is a tip for you then; DONT RUN FOR PUBLIC OFFICE!! Wow, and i thought Pearce was a coward...

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Yeah I think pearce, his supporters, and cortes though they were just going to plant a name on the ballot and the rest of us were just going to sit there and eat it up like morons. pearce has been hanging around his dumb ass supporters far too long, so long in fact that he thinks everyone is equally stupid.  Cortes, welcome to the real world, and this is just the begining, you're an ignorant lamb in a world of wolves, you will get eaten up.  LOL.

Car_del99
Car_del99

She didn't know what " incumbent " meant ?

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

There is a lot this woman don't know, thats why she was hand picked for this scam.

Stacy
Stacy

The reporter missed a golden opportunity to ask questions like:Who paid for your signs?How did you get these volunteers?  Did you know they are ALL connected to Pearce?Why are you running for office?  Did you know the circulators for your petition claim that they are doing it to help split the vote to help save Russell Pearce.. what do you say about that?anyways.. just to list a few of our many inquiries..

Lazik11
Lazik11

wow, what a load of bullshit from both of these assholes

Oblivious Cortex
Oblivious Cortex

You have to understand that Mormons believe there are three different Heavens, or degrees of glory, based on what you accomplished during your life.  If you can convince someone of that, then you can convince them to do weirdly strange things in order to earn immortal rewards.  Catholics adhere to similar nonsense.  What the "cham" candidate is doing, makes perfect sense for someone who no doubt benefitted from the charity of Mormons who succeeded in converting her.

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