Russell Pearce's Tea Party on Trial: Olivia Cortes Plays "Useful Idiot"

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Jack Kurtz
Tea Party tool Olivia Cortes: Did she commit perjury?

Election law attorney Tom Ryan may not get Legislative District 18 recall candidate Olivia Cortes booted from the November 8 ballot, but on Thursday, with the assistance of co-counsel H. Michael Wright,  Ryan effectively put the Tea Party on trial. And at least metaphorically, the verdict was guilty.

Through the examination under oath of Cortes, Cortes' main campaign adviser and East Valley Tea Party chairman Greg Western, and various other Tea Party flunkies, Ryan revealed a conspiracy by members of the East Valley Tea Party to place a sham candidate on the ballot, hatched, apparently from a Mesa Denny's, of all places.

In a six hour hearing before Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Edward Burke, Tea Party members admitted that they had worked to put Cortes on the ballot, despite the fact that all of them are passionate supporters of state Senate President Russell Pearce, the man being recalled, and the self-described leader of the "Tea Party Senate."

EVTP member and Pearce-loyalist Dan Grimm described first discussing Cortes' candidacy at a Denny's restaurant following a regular Tea Party function in Mesa. Republican Legislative District 19 third vice chair Pat Oldroyd talked of picking up nominating petitions at a EVTP meeting at a Mesa school. 

Greg Western, EVTP chairman, was the lynchpin, the person from whom others got petitions, and to whom Cortes deferred on all things, from getting her bare-bones website going, to helping with the petition drive. 

It was Western who suggested to Cortes that she would make an "awesome" candidate, after she approached him to compliment him on an address he'd given at the Mormon ward they both attend. 

Western hired Cortes' lawyer Anthony Tsontakis, whom she had just met the day of the hearing. And it's Western who's helping to prepare her for her announced participation in an upcoming candidates' forum sponsored by the Mesa Chamber of Commerce.

Additionally, Western helped Cortes with her press releases, at least the ones Cortes acknowledged as hers. Shown one press release, she said she didn't recognize it. And she didn't know why some of the language on her Web site mimicked text attributed to Randy Parraz, co-founder of Citizens for a Better Arizona, the group that forced the recall.

Nor could she answer why both press releases' PDF files show them to have been authored by one "Paul Revere." 

Western later informed the court that "Paul Revere," a sometime commenter on the right wing Sonoran Alliance blog, was in fact a Mesan named Doug Ardt, though he confided that he and Ardt were on the outs and Ardt had been banned from having anything to do with Cortes' campaign.

Under questioning by Wright, an argumentative Western conceded that most of those who circulated the Cortes petition were affiliated with the Tea Party. Both Cortes and Western claimed they had no idea who had paid for Cortes' "Si Se Puede" signs. Ditto for the signature-gathering firm Petition Pros.

Petition Pros' owner Diane Burns had been subpoenaed to testify. But, conveniently, she was "out of town." So she could not be asked who reimbursed her for her services.

However, Petition Pros employee Suzanne Dreher answered her subpoena and took the stand. Ryan played audio of Dreher telling a potential signer that a signature on Cortes' petition would help Russell Pearce. Why? Because a third candidate would "dilute" the vote, pulling votes from Pearce's main rival, Mesa Republican Jerry Lewis.

Dreher admitted it was her voice on the recording. She had been taught the pitch by Burns. Another man had been helping her and Burns, but she couldn't remember his name. Ryan asked if it was right-wing political operative Constantin Querard. She said no, though the person she described fit Querard to a T.

Querard's name hung over the proceedings like some malevolent spirit out of the Old Testament. When Ryan at one point gave "Beelzebub and Mephistopheles" their due, everyone knew whom he was talking about. 

The day before, Channel 12's Brahm Resnik had revealed a private Facebook message sent earlier in the year by Querard, seeking shill candidates for the recall ballot. Querard told Channel 12 that he was trying to get Democrats to run. However, he also admitted that he is helping Pearce's candidacy.

Oldroyd said she'd heard that Querard was involved with the effort to obtain signatures for Cortes. Western admitted he knew Querard, but said he knew nothing of Querard's machinations. 

None of the Tea Partiers would admit that they intended Cortes to be a diversionary candidate. Grimm said that he wanted another option other than Lewis. 

"Russell may not win," he explained. And since he didn't like Lewis, he saw Cortes as an alternative. 

Wright challenged the logic of that, since, obviously, Pearce was still in the race. Why not just work harder for Pearce?

"You can play the odds that way," Grimm stated. "I hedge my bets a different way."

Perhaps the most bald-faced admission came from Franklin Bruce Ross, an EVTP member who acted as the plaintiff in Pearce's unsuccessful lawsuit seeking to stop the recall. Ross also circulated a petition sheet for Cortes, though he testified about circulating petitions in the past for Pearce, donating to Pearce, and discussing the recall with Pearce.

Ross described Tea Party members as being upset with Lewis' candidacy, because Lewis had come in through the "back door" instead of waiting to participate in a GOP primary. Cortes' candidacy was the result.

"We put her on the ballot because of that," he told the court.

The bald, beefy and oddly affable Ross claimed he and his Tea Party pals didn't know there was a law against what they were doing. 

But there is, A.R.S. 16-1006, which makes it a class five felony to "defraud an elector by deceiving and causing him to vote for a different person for an office or for a measure than he intended or desired to vote for." It's also a violation of the Arizona Constitution, and there is a 1959 Arizona Supreme Court ruling, Griffin vs. Buzard, which backs up the contention that running a diversionary candidate falls foul of the law.

The irony of the EVTP adopting the same tactics they've alleged of left-wing groups such as ACORN was not lost on Ryan. He lambasted the Tea Party for its chicanery.

"It's really shameful that these people who claim to be patriots, did something very unpatriotic," Ryan said in his closing statement. "How can you claim to be a patriot...when you put up a sham candidate and [have] defiled the purity of elections that's supposed to be maintained through this process."

What of Cortes herself? She came across as clueless and ignorant, a "useful idiot" to borrow the phrase attributed to V.I. Lenin. In broken English, she stammered through the proceedings, insisting she was "in it to win," while at the same time knowing precious little about her own campaign.

The 59 year-old retiree described herself as a "private person," despite contesting the most powerful man in Arizona. She said she was not a Tea Party member, but confessed under questioning that she does subscribe to a Tea Party TV Web site.

As for her hiding out from the public and the press, she complained of being bothered at her home, though her home is listed as her campaign's address.

"I been harassed every which way, phone calls, e-mails," she kvetched at one point. 

At another, she complained, "I don't need all these people on my door all hours of the day and night."

This is one reason I have no sympathy for Cortes. If she wants to be a private person, the easiest way to do that would be to stay out of politics. Granted, other than a high-school diploma and some classes at Mesa Community College, she is uneducated. But that is no excuse for her actions, particularly if she has perjured herself.

She claimed no knowledge of how signs in her name boasting the United Farm Workers' motto "Si, Se Puede" were produced and posted. (Western also played ignorant on this one.) She first saw them driving around Mesa, she said.

She didn't know what the term "intellectual property" meant, and did not know the phrase "Si, Se Puede" is owned by the UFW. She later learned that the phrase had its origin with Cesar Chavez. What did she know of it before?

"I seen it in the marches," she told the court. When asked which marches, she could not say.

Though news reports have her taking ownership of the signs in communications with the City of Mesa, she said on the stand that they were not hers and she had not paid for them. 

Indeed, she insisted that she has paid for nothing related to her campaign so far, neither her Web site, nor Petition Pros. Though in an interview with ABC 15 aired last night, she said she had paid for the Web site.

She avowed she would be paying her lawyer, though she has only $500 in the bank. And she said she would be paying for fliers to pass out on her behalf. Who is designing the fliers? She had no idea. 

"Greg is in charge of that," she said.

Even Judge Burke marveled at the fact some "good Samaritan" had paid for, designed, and disseminated Cortes' signs without consulting Cortes or Western. Considering that the signs' production was likely expensive, he found it "hard to believe," and questioned Cortes' attorney Tsontakis about them in a humorous exchange after Tsontakis had finished his summation.

"You honor, I'm not sure I'm the correct person to ask that question [of]," Tsontakis replied.

"Well, you're the only one up here now, so I'm stuck with you," said Burke, jokingly.

"Honestly, I don't know how to answer that question," Tsontakis stated.

Pressed by Burke, he replied, "Your honor, fortunately you're the one who has to struggle with the tough questions...Fortunate for me."

"You must've gone to law school," Burke quipped. "You're pretty good at dodging questions." 

The audience tittered. 

Burke then took the matter under advisement, promising a ruling by Monday. 

Though county elections director Karen Osborne testified that it would be expensive to reprint 70,000 mail-in ballots and difficult to address the issue of 102 ballots that had already gone out to military personnel stationed overseas, she admitted there are some alternatives. 

When a candidate dies, for instance, the deceased's name is left as is, voters are informed of the situation, and any votes for the dead party do not count. Burke asked her how she felt about the possibility that the ballots might have a fraudulent candidate on them.

"We never want to be a party to something that's illegal," she avowed.

And that, to me, is the ultimate issue. After this hearing, there should be no doubt about the nature of Cortes' candidacy or its real purpose. If Burke does not strike Cortes' name from the ballot and those ballots go out as printed, then, essentially, the county will be participating in a fraud on the electorate.

Who would be fooled by Cortes at this point? You'd be surprised. As I was waiting for the elevator after the hearing, I struck up a conversation with a woman who identified herself as a prosecutor. She asked if I'd come from courtroom 703, and wondered what all the commotion was about, as she'd been in the courtroom next to it.

I told her it was about the recall of state Senator Russell Pearce. Her face was blank, and it took a bit of explaining to get her up to speed.

Maybe she doesn't live in Mesa, but still, if you see someone's name on an election ballot, you would normally assume that person is a legitimate candidate for public office. When it comes to Olivia Cortes, this clearly is not the case.

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VOrtiz
VOrtiz

Some extremists are targeting my favorite Arizona legislator, Senate President Russell Pearce, because he sponsored Arizona’s illegal immigration bill SB 1070. Deep pockets on the left are funding a recall effort against him. A more liberal candidate, Jerry Lewis, has been found to run against Pearce in the recall election. A third candidate, Olivia Cortes, has also turned in enough signatures to qualify for the ballot. The recall effort is not really surprising, considering Pearce has become one of the leading mainstream figures in the country opposing illegal immigration. The left sees him as a real threat because he is also personable and well-liked. Even some of his colleagues on the far left like him, such as Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, who is so liberal she once received the Vladimir I. Lenin award from the Arizona Federation of Taxpayers.The recall signatures were collected by a shadowy organization calling itself “Citizens for a Better Arizona.” Its website “About Us” page does not include a single real name, only a vague description. The recall organizer is Randy Parraz, a labor organizer who ran the Arizona AFL-CIO a few years ago and who also worked for the national AFL-CIO for eight years. According to the Huffington Post, “In the fall of 2007, Randy returned to Arizona and began work in the housing industry as a political organizer for the Laborers’ International Union of North America.” Parraz has also worked as a community organizer with Dallas Area Interfaith, an affiliate of the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) founded by none other than Saul Alinsky. Parraz started the Student Institute for Social Change, a left wing organization. He ran as a Democrat against Senator John McCain in 2010 and finished last in the race. He co-founded the innocuous sounding “Maricopa Citizens for Safety and Accountability,” which appears to exist solely to bash Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Parraz was arrested in 2008 for disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing due to his conduct protesting Sheriff Arpaio. Afterwards, he turned around and sued the county for $500,000. He cites the Marxist book “Pedagogy of the Oppressed” as one of his favorite books.Since Pearce is Mormon and represents a heavily Mormon populated district, the left purposely sought out a Mormon candidate to run against him. Parraz brazenly admitted to the Arizona Republic that he wanted to find a Mormon who was a Republican to challenge Pearce. Parraz admits the recall isn’t motivated by Latinos angry about SB 1070, stating that most of his volunteers are “white people over the age of 50,” and that most of the people who signed the recall petitions were over age 50. This reveals what most conservatives have suspected all along; the opposition is mostly coming from white, aging hippies.The main candidate being set up to run against Pearce, Jerry Lewis, is careful not to sound too liberal and claims that he is a Republican. But if what he writes on his website is examined closely, it is clear he is no conservative. On the Issues page of his website, he reveals his big government side, “Certainly hard economic times demand that we all tighten our belts and eliminate non-essential spending in an informed manner. However we must not be hostile to local governments in doing so.”Lewis does not take a conservative position on illegal immigration, and uses the language that many open borders proponents use. He writes on his website, “While the federal government fulfills its responsibility to secure the border, I support a rational and fair solution for dealing with immigrants who have committed no crime other than being here without proper documentation. Reasonable, enforceable and sustainable immigration reform must be guided by principles of maintaining national security, respecting all humanity, preserving families, enforcing the rule of law, and weighing economic impact.” He goes on to say that it is the federal government’s responsibility and that we need to move beyond “polarizing, contentious and fear-based rhetoric.”The problem with saying it is the federal government’s responsibility is that the federal government has abdicated its duties in this area. States like Arizona which have the highest rates of illegal immigration in the country have been forced to step up and fill in the void with laws like SB 1070.The left is using classic Saul Alinsky tactics to demonize and smear Pearce. This is no coincidence considering Parraz’s association with Alinsky’s IAF. Those defending Pearce have been viciously attacked online. The left brings up red herrings in order to discredit Pearce, such as diverting attention to whether his campaign signs were improper and threatening lawsuits over it.Pearce is not the only conservative politician in Arizona being attacked for combating illegal immigration with Alinsky tactics. Sheriff Joe Arpaio is constantly under attacks taking the form of investigations and lawsuits, which are trumpeted in the media nonstop, even though most of them never go anywhere. The Arizona State Bar is trying to disbar former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas, known for his aggressive efforts fighting crime-related illegal immigration. The Maricopa County Republican Party Executive Guidance Committee issued a resolution this month denouncing the Bar’s prosecution, calling it a political witchhunt.The left’s Alinsky strategy to ruin the reputation of conservative politicians against whom they have no real case is to use innuendos. The left-leaning media assists them by making groundless lawsuits front page news and relegating their dismissals to the obituary pages. The left then sues Arizona government claiming abuse from these politicians, demanding millions of dollars from taxpayers, which gets spun in the media as the conservative politicians’ fault for wasting money.Only 7,756 signatures were required to force a recall election, something that was easily accomplished by the paid signature-gathering company. Pearce’s supporters allege that some of the signatures were fraudulent and filed a lawsuit to stop the recall election. The Arizona Supreme Court will consider the challenge this week on September 13. The election is November 8, although early ballots go out October 15 and voters in a race with candidates this starkly different tend to vote right after receiving their ballots.Even if Arizona voters are not thrilled with Pearce for whatever reason, they are not going to turn instead to someone considerably more liberal who was helped into office by the radical left. Pearce is not an “extremist” on the right as the left is trying to portray him. For example, Pearce does not advocate for laws requiring the rounding up and deporting of all illegal immigrants, something that might be considered a more radical position on the right.Despite their deep pockets and Alinsky tactics, it will be tough for the left to defeat Pearce. He easily won election in 2010, and has won elections in his district 16 times. He beat off a challenge recently by Rep. Jeff Flake’s brother-in-law with a 2-to-1 margin. Pearce’s district, located primarily in Mesa, is safely Republican, with 26,000 Republicans, 21,000 Independents and only 18,500 Democrats. No Arizona legislator has ever been successfully recalled. The presence of a third candidate on the ballot will take votes away from Lewis. Pearce has powerful supporters including former Congressman Tom Tancredo and Bay Buchanan, who served as U.S. Treasurer under President Reagan. They haveformed a Committee to Oppose the Recall of Russell Pearce. A Mesa school bond vote that was scheduled to be on the November ballot with Pearce was shelved, reportedly over fear the election would bring out more conservatives to vote for Pearce who would not normally show up to vote against the bonds.Nationwide, 60% of voters support SB 1070. That number is even higher even Arizona, where 70% of voters support SB 1070. One of the principles Pearce always emphasizes is the rule of law. Arizona voters in his district know that selectively not enforcing the law against certain preferred groups of people leads to chaos.

Lintfree64
Lintfree64

Let's see now;  If Cortes was really set in place by suggestions from Parraz,thenmade to look like she was set-up by Pearce's people, we'd have a real scandalwouldn't we??

And you all know how we just do not like a scandal.    SO, keep this all quiet!!

JJuarezAZ
JJuarezAZ

How much did Pearce pay this girl???? It's obvious she is an ignorant about the Senate!!!!!!!!!

Pearce, people do not trust this girl and they will not vote for her because is evident that you bought her!!!!

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

Jerry Lewis IS NOT a liberal.  Lewis is a conservative who will continue to burden the people of Arizona with many of the same republican positions as Russell Pearce (anti-abortion, anti-constitutional, anti-tax fairness and pro-corporations over people).  The one good thing about the recall is that LD18 will have a first term legislator who doesn't have any leadership power - and that ain' t much good news for the rest of us.  For those of us who think that brown skinned citizens have the same constitutional rights against search and seizure and unusual punishment as every other citizen, the possibility of the election of Lewis (a right-wing republican) is little solace.  If we were thinking straight, and not so emotionally caught up in the successful "recall", we would realize that backing Cortes would be the best situation of all.  While I haven't seen any polls on the subject, if the voters of LD18 can use any common sense at all (which appears unlikely from their voting Pearce in FOUR TIMES in the past) that a slim majority of them will be voting against Pearce.  As stupid as these people in LD18 are, they will not understand the slight more complex ballot being presented to them by this Recall. It is highly likely that the anti-pearce vote will be split between Lewis and Cortes.Because of this situation (i.e., the voters of LD18 being as dumb as a box of rocks), the best thing we liberal progressives can hope for is that a Woman Latino is elected.It doesn't matter that Cortes is a dunce or not, she's got roughly the same outlook as Lewis and Pearce do, conservative right-wing.  However, as a political newcomer, she might actually have an ability to clearly look at issues and the fact surrounding those issues and decide to vote on things from a practical aspect.  If you're a liberal progressive democrat or republican, you should be working on behalf of Cortes, not Lewis.  If Lewis were such a great boon to liberal progressive politics then he would switch parties and and run against Pearce as a dem.  He'd then get the dem votes in LD 18 AND the anti-Pearce anti-Cortes republicant votes.  By doing this he could "JUDO CHOP" Pearce and turn the idea of splitting the republican vote to his advantage by making the republicans split their votes Pearce and Cortes.

LooseCannon
LooseCannon

Lewis would never do that.  He's no a liberal, he's a dyed in the  wool conservative right-winger.  Let's go with Cortes!

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

I can assure you I am not in the Pearce camp.  However, if Lewis stays in the race and the Anti-Pearce vote is split between he and Cortes, Pearce WILL WIN.  There are enough wack-job republicants in LD18 to have this situation happen.  LD18 is NOT a bastion of liberal progressives - it's full of right-wing nuts and religious fanatics.  The point was made here over and over that only two names need to appear on the ballot, Pearce and another candidate - I think that candidate should be Cortes - a latino woman whose politics are no different that Jerry Lewis - should be representing by those jag-offs who elected Pearce FOUR TIMES - they deserve poor representation in the legislature.   ORIGINAL THOUGHT: if I were Jerry Lewis, I would check the law to see if he could switch parties and run as a democrat!  That would allow the republicans to split their votes amongst Pearce and Cortes and allow the dem candidate to beat both of them!  I request that Steven Lemons call the political science department at ASU and ask them to research the number of likely latino voters registered as republicans in LD18.  I'm guessing there's like 10.

Follower_of_the_ONE
Follower_of_the_ONE

I personally hope the Republican GOP Debates come to town within a day or two after Pearce goes down in flames.. That would definately be a debate issue for the GOP and the Teaparty folk to answer to ... "Arizona's Senate Russell Pearce gets his ass kicked down the rode by the VOTERS of LD18" ... that's what the headline will ready...delivered to every hotel room where these elite candidates are staying!

Follower-of-The-One
Follower-of-The-One

  This whole situation has turned into a three ring circus, I think it's hilarious!  It's a game of political "Whack a Mole".  I've used this game analogy in other posts, but it seems to fit each and every case.  I see the New Times as the whacker of moles, holding the rubber hammer. Every time a Pearce, Arpiao, Brewer, legislative or any other corruption related topic rears its ugly head, WHACK.. the NT cracks 'em on their thick skulls with an appropriately detailed report for all to see!    When my friends, in state (local) and out of state, ask me what's going on with the aforementioned criminal element I simply refer them to the NT where it's ALL archived!  And I also mention the caliber of bloggers on NT, some very informed individuals who have been posting for a long time. 

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

I would bet that the whole Olivia Cortes thing seemed like a good idea to Pearce and his supporters when they set out to do it.  They just forgot to check the minefield for mines.  Doh!

Tina
Tina

And it's been "deny, deny, deny"  by Pearce ever since,  

Car_del99
Car_del99

They think that everybody is stupid....but, they don't see the mirror too often

ninelives.cassiecharityheart
ninelives.cassiecharityheart

Here is the news clip.  It comes on about 1:17    http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/...

Guest
Guest

Laurie Roberts blogged about the investigation yesterday morning. Fischer didn't beat anybody. http://www.azcentral.com/membe...

Remember when Howie said about the recall: "I'll believe it when I see it." Lemons has been all over this from jump. Now everyone wants a piece.

On the news clip, Ryan says "Do you know if that number belongs to Constantin Querard?" He didn't say that it was. The connection has just been suggested, not yet verified.

Oblivious Cortex
Oblivious Cortex

Roberts can post a blog at any hour.  Fischer relies on the publications that carry his stories, to decide when they appear.  They both had the story before COB Friday -- but then, they weren't engaged in trivial pursuits, like Border Patrol video disputes.

AlGreen
AlGreen

"Fischer relies on the publications that carry his stories, to decide when they appear. " Excuses, excuses. Can you explain Howie's turnaround on the recall? He was belittling it from the start. All you have to do is look back at the old Horizons. BTW, when did Howie ever go knock on Cortes' door? The guy's behind the curve, trying to play catchup. Every media outlet's on it now. Lemons and Gilman wereonit first.

Oblivious Cortex
Oblivious Cortex

  State election officials launched a probe Friday to find out who is paying for those campaign signs urging people to support Olivia Cortes in the Nov. 8 special recall election against Senate President Russell Pearce.

Secretary of State Ken Bennett said the inquiry started after Cortes, testifying under oath in court on Thursday, said that neither she nor her campaign had paid for or erected the handful of signs that have sprung up around the east Mesa legislative district.

(Fischer beats Lemons on this one)

http://www.eastvalleytribune.c...

Jewel in the desert
Jewel in the desert

Sorry but Lemons beat Fischer by at least a month.  He has known Constantine Querard was behind Olivias campaign sign at least that long.  He just happens to have journalistic integrity and waits until he has sufficient proof to put it out to the media.

Jewel in the desert
Jewel in the desert

If it weren't for Lemons and Dennis Gilman and later Mary Lou taking it all to court, none of this would have ever been reported.

Oblivious Cortex
Oblivious Cortex

Meanwhile ...

 Mesa officials today removed the signs, which contain the slogan “Si, se puede,” based on Cortes’ testimony on Thursday that revealed she doesn’t own them or know who put them up.

http://azcapitoltimes.com/news...

wherewasi
wherewasi

Awesome!  Let the person(s) who paid for them come and claim them!

maxparraz
maxparraz

technicality

"State law does allow groups to spend money on behalf ofcandidates without their consent."

the person obviously didn't realize they needed to register

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

But there is a limit, around $400 or so I think, anything over the limit is, you guessed it, ILLEGAL.

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. The language is pretty clear to me.     

teobuneo
teobuneo

Go soak your head, Dumdan! This article is not about anything you drivel on about, your handle fits.

loushow
loushow

Dumoudan = Useless Pearce Troll . . . trying to bring "immigration" in this blogYou wanna talk "illegal"?  Cortes is an illegal candidate.  Your Pearce God, the EVTP, and all the Pearcicans, are trying to subvert our election process.That's illegal.But I guess it doesn't matter to you as long as Uncle Russ is re-elected.Immigration, illegal or otherwise, has nothing to do with this article or this election.Nice try.  Go take your meds.  Pearce is a GONER.You'll need more meds.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

And just when was the last time the MCSO pulled over a Croatian, or a Chinese, or an Irishman and asked them for proof of legal status?

ninelives.cassiecharityheart
ninelives.cassiecharityheart

Heres a note Constantine Querard had posted on his FB page (all his other posts were mysteriously removed)  Are you available to help us in June?by Constantin Querard on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 11:57amAs you likely know, a number of liberal activists and groups from various states have been hard at work trying to collect signatures to recall me. Their goal is to disrupt the work we are doing for Arizona and they have a lot of paid labor working to help them meet their goal. When they file the signatures they have collected, we will begin the process of checking the validity of those signatures. But while they have paid workers we would like to accomplish our goal with volunteers. If you live in Maricopa County and are willing to help, please let us know by sending us your name, email address, and phone number, to KeepPearce@gmail.com. The process should run throughout June, so we can accommodate your schedule. Thank you. Very interesting that he would be helping Russell Pearce in May and June and currently helping Olivia Cortes.  (Call his phone number and you get a message from Olivia welcoming you to her campaign)  Anyone want to place bets on the fact he was also behind her campaign signs?  I sure wouldn't bet money against it.  One last interesting side note that I found a bit funny.  On his FB page he has the show "Sons of Anarchy" listed as his favorite show.  Funny coming from the very people calling the recall group anarchists.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

If he did help without establishing an independent expenditure committee, that would be a violation of state law.  What part of illegal does he not understand?

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

help with the signs, providing the phone number, etc.  is what I meant by 'help' above.

Jewel in the desert
Jewel in the desert

Kudos to Stephen Lemons and Chad Snow for calling it at least a month ago (if not longer) that Constantine Querard was likely the one behind Olivia Cortes's campaign signs.  I noticed tonight that the main stream media was finally picking up on this.  Turns out that if you call Constantine Querard's phone number (623-738-4895) you get a message from Olivia Cortes welcoming you to her campaign.  Channel 15 tried to find Mr. Querard today to ask him about this and the fact that he has a company that just happens to make campaign signs.   I think the dots are finally getting connected (well, at least by the main stream media).  Kudos again for all your trailblazing work exposing all the deceit involved in Olivia's campaign.

Tina
Tina

You nailed it, Jewel.  Just as meaningful is how quickly the vested "mbsanchez" jumped in to try and throw a blanket over the truth. 

Tina
Tina

Oh good grief!   The chicanery never ends.  I just called that number (623-738-4895) -- thanks Jewel --  and sure enough, at that west Valley number we get Olivia's  recorded voice asking to leave a message and "we will get back to you as soon as possible."  She testified in court that the only one SHE has communicated with about her "campaign" is Greg Western.  Is there any doubt that he's been communicating with Constantin Querard, whose name was brought up, as well as that phone number, during Western's testimony?  Also, Western just recently hosted a fund raiser for Russell Pearce.  And he's had no communication with Pearce about the scheme?   I'd love to have a transcript of Western's testimony.  

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

You are right Jewel.  It is immediately fishy that an east valley candidate operating her campaign out of her east valley home where she has lived for years.  has her campaign phone number in the 623 area code.  With CQ owning the number, that is just cheap that he would not at least get a 480 or a toll free number.  After all he lives in a secure and undisclosed location according to his website.

Oblivious Cortex
Oblivious Cortex

Maricopa County Recorder website discloses that he lives at 6909 W. St. Charles Avenue in Laveen.  He and his wife Lisa bought the place in 2006 for $262,745.  By 2010 the tax assessor valuation had dropped to $141,500.  For 2012, it is down to $95,300.  Right-wingers aren't exempt from losses arising from Bushonomics.

Guest
Guest

how do we know CQ owns that #?

Jewel in the desert
Jewel in the desert

I have watched a lot in the last few days, but I will try to find it again.

Guest
Guest

I don't think either lawyer said that. They think it's CQ's number, but it hasn't been definitively linked to him yet. Do you have a link to the newscast in question?

Jewel in the desert
Jewel in the desert

I got the number straight from a news cast where it shows Olivia Cortes reading this phone number and then the lawyer stating "Do you know who's number this is" and her stating, "No" and then the lawyer stating, "This is Constantine Querard's phone number. I had to listen to it several times to understand what number she was reading but it came straight from Thursdays court proceeding.

maxparraz
maxparraz

and back at the NetRoot Nation meeting several months ago, liberals were discussing the Pierce recall and how there were going to place one jerry lewis on the ballot to take his seat...

ninelives.cassiecharityheart
ninelives.cassiecharityheart

 It's Pearce not Pierce.  It's kind of hard to take your words very seriously when you don't even know how to spell Pearce's name.   Also Jerry Lewis is capitalized.

wherewasi
wherewasi

I believe that Jerry Lewis discussed the possibility of running well in advance of filing his paperwork.  However, I think it is true that Olivia did file her paperwork the day before Jerry filed his.  Not that it makes any difference when considering who is a real candidate and who is a sham.

Oblivious Cortex
Oblivious Cortex

Several months?  That's about when Lewis filed.  Olivia lies again -- she says Lewis is the sham candidate because she filed her paperwork a day earlier. 

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

This all started in a Denny's...

Anyone else remember when the chain was named "Sambo's", or the multiple law suits against that chain for racial discrimination?

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

That must be where Ev Mecham learned his first words.

Oblivious Cortex
Oblivious Cortex

I didn't remember that so I checked the Wikipedia entry for Sambo's and found out it is not correct. 

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