Russell Pearce's Bane Tom Ryan on Horizon, and Ryan's Co-Counsel Mike Wright's Op-Ed

State Senate President Russell Pearce and his political hatchet-bearer Constantin Querard must have Tom Ryan dolls they push pins into at night. Attorney Ryan, who brought the lawsuit that forced sham candidate Olivia Cortes out of the recall race in Legislative District 18, is coming after Pearce and Querard like Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Terminator flicks.

"I'm an officer of the court," he told Horizon host Ted Simons last night. "And just like a judge, or a member of the state Legislature, I take an oath to preserve the Constitution and I take it seriously. This is an area I know, this is an area I love, and when I see something going wrong like that, I will not hesitate to step in."

Querard and Pearce should know better than to mess with an Irishman. Scions of the Emerald Isle and their descendants don't walk away from a fight.

By contrast, Mesa attorney H. Micheal Wright is the iron fist in the velvet glove. He's penned an op-ed and sent it to me on Cortes-gate. (See below.) Soon, he and Ryan will be turning their files over to the Arizona Attorney General's Office and other investigative authorities. 

That means AG Tom Horne is on notice: Do nothing with this case of outrageous election fraud, and you'll be forever regarded as no more than a self-serving partisan, lacking the integrity to follow through on your oath of office.

MESA'S WATERGATE:  A COMMENTARY ON WHAT IT ALL MEANS

By H. Micheal Wright

         

            The Arizona Constitution, Article 7 section 12 charges the Legislature with the duty to "maintain the purity of elections."  Arizona caselaw has held that attempting to place a "diversionary candidate" on the ballot is illegal.  A "diversionary candidate" is one who is in the race solely to divert votes from a particular candidate so as to give an advantage to another candidate.  The recent lawsuit to have Olivia Cortes removed from the race was filed to honor the rule of law.  The trial court found that she had been placed on the ballot to divert Hispanic votes and was therefore a "sham" candidate. She was not a serious candidate, but a willing pawn in a sleazy scheme.  She is gone, although her name remains on the ballot.  But more important questions than simply whether Cortes was a sham candidate remain unresolved.

            The lawsuit served as a tool to remove a sham candidate.  But the ethical questions the lawsuit raises are larger than simply the question of whether Cortes should be a candidate in this historic recall election.  How is it that a group of anonymous people, people who are behind this sham candidacy, remain anonymous?  With all the publicity about the matter, why must there be calls for investigations?  All that needs to happen is for the people responsible for this stain on our State to come forward, confess their guilt and apologize to the voters.  But that won't happen.

            The fact that there are secret conspiring actors who are unquestionably supporters of Russell Pearce, and that they chose to remain anonymous, tells us that they recognize that what they have done is illegal or at least embarrassing.  And that should bother us.  It should bother us because if a candidate and/or his campaign advisors and leading supporters can engage in skullduggery like this, they can do the same once in office.  Persons who are willing to attempt to deceive voters can attempt to make backroom deals and pull special favors for their friends; they can line their pockets in exchange for promises to offer Bills and vote a certain way.  People with political connections who lack integrity like this can engage in piracy and favoritism and retaliations.  Concern about this is the main issue that this recent bit of political intrigue should focus on.

            Who paid to have petitions for Cortes to be circulated?  Cortes says she doesn't know; Western, Cortes' campaign "everything", testified he didn't know.  Who paid for Cortes' signs?  Who else circulated petitions to gather signatures from among their friends?  Who asked his family members to help with Cortes' campaign?  Who told the boss of the hired petition circulators to tell people that a signature for Cortes would help Pearce?  Who set up and paid for Cortes' Website and wrote the press releases?  Who coordinated all this?  Someone did - someone who knows how to run a campaign and develop a tricky strategy of getting someone on the ballot, getting some name recognition out there, and all the while remaining anonymous - someone with money and a Machiavellian mind.

            And what of Russell Pearce in all of this?  With his campaign people, his family and his Tea Party friends in on the scheme, what has he done to answer these questions?  He has not called for answers.  What has been discussed in campaign meetings where Greg Western attended, wearing two hats - Cortes' campaign advisor and Pearce campaign committee member?  What has been said at the Pearce dinner table?  Here we have an illegal scheme, done to get Pearce elected, and he pretends to know nothing.  If he were a man of truth and integrity, a candidate who meant it when he told the voters he would "run a clean campaign", he would have every one of those implicated in his office demanding that they come clean, for they have hurt his reputation.  Until the anonymous benefactors of the Pearce campaign who were involved in this illegal scheme come forward, we are left to wonder what Pearce knew.

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Gerry_C
Gerry_C

The ArizonaConstitution, Article 7 section 12 charges the Legislature with the duty to"maintain the purity of elections." _______Does this mean that Russell Pearce, as a Legislator and more so as Senate President, is charged with maintaining the purity of elections?

Chenqingshui02
Chenqingshui02

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Chad Snow
Chad Snow

I don't have many heroes, but Tom Ryan and Micheal Wright are two of them.  They have done more to bring about the end of Pearce's corrupt regime than just about anyone. 

And in response to PDA Lewis, if there was no fraud, why did Cortes' attorney contact Ryan on the eve of the further evidentiary hearing asking if the offer to drop the suit was still on the table as long as she withdrew?  Answer:  Because he knew that the witnesses who were subpoenaed to testify would expose his client for the complicit fraud that she is and further open the door to criminal charges for her and the rest of the Pearce supporters behind her "candidacy". 

ScaredOfJoe
ScaredOfJoe

I hate to break the news to everyone, but we know that NO ONE will prosecute this case. Not the CA or the AG. No one has the stomach to go up against russ. This state sucks.

Not surprised
Not surprised

"If he (Pearce) were a man of truth and integrity..." well this hits the nail on the head! 

Pearce IS NOT a truthful man and has NO integrity.

As exemplified by Pearce's dirty campaign scheme, his robbing LD18 voters of their vote and a clean election with his Cortes sham plan, and now Pearce is throwing a final hail mary by running an all out character assasination crusade that this packed full of lies.

God Pearce is arrogant.  He must really think the LD18 voters and the citizens of Arizona are really stupid, stupid enough to buy the BS he's attempting to sell.

VOTE LEWIS, he's the better man for the job!

Dead Rabbits
Dead Rabbits

Rusty Pearce better hope there was heroin in those back packs because this wont be over until every Pearce and Pearce supporter is exposed even if they had a small role. Time to step forward and clear your own name before you perjure yourself.   Trying to throw an elections is serious stuff. 

PDALewis
PDALewis

as the Judge in the case wrote, there was no fraud

But, it is funny as hell watching progressives working so hard to get a "republican" elected

Great work Randy Parraz and PDA!

Wanumba
Wanumba

Pearce is scared, he surrounded himself with the usual vermin, but this time, he is being watched and people are not afraid to speak out.  Expect an outrageous slime attack by his knuckle dragging fan base.

Jason
Jason

Pearce must know by now that he is finished in Arizona politics.

A Pearce loyalist, Greg Western, was behind getting Cortes on the ballot. The reason? "Russell may not win." 

Another Pearce loyalist, Franklin Bruce Ross, tried to stop his mentor and savior from even being recalled. Judge Hegyi and the Arizona Supreme Court stopped Ross dead in his tracks.

Pearce's own relatives were out circulating petitions for Cortes!!! Pearce's brother is campaigning FOR HIM!!! What DOESN'T Pearce know about what's going on?

Keep in mind that this is the same Pearce who took $40,000 from the Fiesta Bowl. The same Pearce who associates with neo-Nazi JT Ready. The same Pearce who cut about half a billion dollars from education. And the list goes on...

Guest23
Guest23

No fraud on cortes part. Cortes plaid the ignorance card to geat effect probably because she was oblivious to what was going on around her, which points to her political naivete, stupidity in trusting a person she most likely knew supported pearce for a campaign manager and of course everything that was done by pearce supporters to give her somewhat of a media profile, and how she thought realistically that she had any chance whatsoever of winning points to some sort of mental illness.

You also missed commenting on the hearing judge stating that he knew pearce supporters were behind the sham candidacy but since but since cortes believed she was legitimate even if she was lying the judge didn't have enough evidence to convict her of fraud. So it wasn't good for pearce or his supporters what so ever.

Jason
Jason

The judge found no fault with Cortes herself, you babbling loon.

He did find that Greg Western's testimony too improbable to be believed.

Seems to me that you're as scared as Pearce is. And Pearce is REALLY scared.

Just face facts. The people want Jerry Lewis. And Jerry Lewis will be welcomed as the new state senator for LD18 on November 8, kicking Pearce out on his sorry ass.

Jason
Jason

Yes indeed, Pearce is REALLY (emphasis on really) scared.

And he rightly should be.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

He does, but he is a bully and thinks he can cheat and bully his way back in, he is used to beating his wives and getting his way so he thinks he is going to beat up the voters and do his bidding regardless, just like the legislators that don't vote the way HE wants them to vote he tells them he will make sure they don't get re-elected, in his mind he must be thinking:

"These voters think they are going to get rid of me with a recall?  I'll show them!!!" 

Guest23
Guest23

Are you capable of comprehending anything you read?

I lead off with "no fraud on cortes part". So that dismiss's your theory that I am the loon and verifys that you are.

The rest of your post is null and void since you seem like you still have yet to earn your ged.

PDALewis
PDALewis

whichmeans, Cortes was a legit candidate, no fraud. no laws were broken. end of story. now take a hit on your taxpayer paid for medical marijuana and chill

Jason
Jason

You're forgiven.

Guest23
Guest23

Doh, rescind that as I just realized the reply I replied to was not replying to me... no more posting right after I wake up from a nap.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

No it means Olivia Cortes appeared to believe she was a real candidate and she said she wanted to run and the judge did not find cause to think otherwise, he did however state that pearce supporters were using her as a sham candidate, in another words the judge believed Cortes was a gullible old woman being USED by pearce supporters and gave her the benefit of the doubt, THAT of course was BEFORE Rus-SELL Pearces nieces were subpoenaed (among other people) for a second hearing  and more proof that olivia's campaign was directly connected to pearce's campaign, that scared Olivia Cortes enough to withdraw, if she had done nothing wrong why withdraw? she withdrew to prevent the pearce camp from being subpoenaed and face possible criminal charges, her action prove her connection, if she was not connected in any way to pearce then she would not have cared one way or the other what happened to these people, her campaign were have taken priority.

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