Russell Pearce Whupped by Nearly 12 Percent So Far

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Wonder if his diaper is the same color?

Just-defeated state Senate President Russell Pearce doesn't know when to keep his redneck trap shut. 

First he's soundly defeated by challenger Jerry Lewis in the Legislative District 18 recall, then he's removed as Senate President by the Republican caucus, and now Pearce's margin of loss has widened to nearly 12 percent, and still, this vile, geriatric toad is on TV and any other medium that'll take him, blathering incoherently about Lewis, Citizens for a Better Arizona, the Fourth Estate, or what have you.

Sorry, old man, it's over. You're through. Your hatred and bully-boy tactics have been forced from Sand Land politics, and Arizona will never be the same. Read the latest count and weep: 43.61 percent for Pearce to a staggering 55.2 percent for Lewis.

In politics, we call that a landslide, ladies and gents.

And who did Senate GOPers choose as their first post-Pearce President? 

Not ideologue Andy Biggs, who has been described as "Pearce with a brain." Rather, they chose Republican state Senator Steve Pierce, a conservative in a state party that has two camps, the crazies (wingnuts) and the sane Rs (non-wingnuts). 

The Prescott Republican seems to fall into the latter camp (though just barely at times), his vote for Carl Seel's failed "birther" bill notwithstanding. 

The mere fact that Prescott Pierce bucked Mesa Pearce's rule during the last session, voting against five anti-immigration bills the then-Senate President wanted, including a de facto revocation of birthright citizenship and an immigration omnibus package nearly as scary as Senate Bill 1070 in its scope, shows that Prescott Pierce at least doesn't wear his jackboots to dinner. 

Pierce and the other state Senators voting against the Senate President at the height of his power handed Pearce an embarrassing defeat. Fellow Republicans called them "turncoats," and began plotting their downfall.

Which is why I have to disagree with Arizona Democratic Party Chair Andrei Cherny when he states that the only thing that will be changing -- as far as the Senate Presidency goes -- is one vowel.

Sure, there are still only nine Ds in the Senate, and the Republicans rule this state by fiat. But the man they all bowed down to --  an aggro nativist sandbilly who should have no place in public life --  has been put out to pasture. And not by the Democratic Party. Though, certainly, many Dems gave mightily of themselves to see Pearce defeated.

Pierce ain't no lefty R, not by a long shot. But he is an almost immediate (and albeit slight) shift toward right-of-center, and away from the far-right loony-bin. For this, you have to concede that our political pendulum has been stuck at midnight for many a moon now.

In any case, as the election is over three days cold, will someone take grampa Russ into the back room, change his diaper, and keep him there? You know, maybe for the next 25 years or so?

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From Los Angeles
From Los Angeles

Ya done good, Steve. You had a healthy and notable hand in the 12% landslide, and you deserve a nod. Glad you were under the gas when it happened so you didn't have a heart attack watching the results, though I regret your tribulation. With all our best  -Kenny and me from L.A.

Chad Snow
Chad Snow

The 12% margin is huge because it means that Pearce probably lost even the Republican vote in the most conservative district in Arizona.  Kind of takes the wind out of the sails of Pearce's argument that the recall was the work of Democrats and leftists and their crying that Lewis wouldn't survive a Republican primary. 

Oblivious Cortex
Oblivious Cortex

The unreported statistic is that only 1/3 of LD18 registered voters cast a ballot. 

Two out of three really didn't see enough difference between Lewis and Pearce, to signal their choice.

wherewasi
wherewasi

Mr. Lemons,

Thank you for your attention to Mr. Pearce.  I am sure that you efforts account for a majority of the success of the recall.

The next Senator that requires your scrutiny is Biggs.  Last Wednesday, one day after Pearce lost his seat (while you were playing with your M-drip -.... ok, you were entitled) Senator Biggs addressed a Tea Bagger convention where he announced two significant moves:

He will introduce a proposition to reverse the prop that established the IRC.  He (along with the rest of the Tea Baggers) did not like the fact the districts voting zones have changed and he wants to have the legislators write the districts, because "they know more" than the independent committee.  Democrats and Independents be damned!!

He also wants to change the rules about recall elections to make sure that what happens to Pearce NEVER happens again, and he wants to institute a PARTY PRIMARY as a part of the recall process.

FB, you have done a fine job on protecting us from Pearce and, at least for now, he is out of our hair.  Please take a look at Biggs for us and give us some fodder...

Also, everyone needs to sign the petition to have open general elections for county and state positions...  Power to the people!!

Tina
Tina

Didn't I read somewhere that Andy Biggs lost the senate presidency to Steve Pierce by an 11 to 10 vote of senate Republicans?   About the IRC, isn't there a law that prohibits the legislature from repealing or overturning legislation  that was approved by voters?Also, would changing the provisions for recall, as Biggs is supposedly interested in proposing,  require amending the Arizona Constitution?I remember that about 35 years ago in Arizona, open primaries were being discussed, and it was brought up then that many other states had open primaries and were happy with them.    I didn't understand much about the issue and held no opinion one way or the other.  Now I do and think they're best for optimum representation.  Didn't you mean open primaries, not open general elections?If Biggs did his yammering to a Tea Party group the day after the election, it sounds like he's using  a page out of Russell Pearce's playbook -- the "Might Makes Right" page.  Same page Brewer used two weeks ago.  

wherewasi
wherewasi

Sorry Tina (and everyone else) - I guess I didn't explain that too well.  That'll teach me to post on the fly and run off to do something else!

You're right - I meant open Primary, not General Election.

Biggs is wanting to get a NEW PROPOSITION on the ballot to overturn the IRC.  No, he and his cohorts can't just change this voter-approved measure, but they don't like it and they will be working hard to get the 2012 voters to change it.

And he is planning to legislate the whole recall election process, which, as far as I know, is done by majority rule, not voter's will.

We need to fight hard to change the State and County elections to OPEN PRIMARIES, and preserve the IRC, as you know that the Senate Majority will be pounding the pavement HARD to over-turn it.

More details on Biggs and Quayle addressing the Tea Baggers:

http://sonoranalliance.com/201...

I haven't registered there, but I can still peek!  LOL!

BTW - Quayle needs to get an education regarding the taxation issue.  AZ Dept of Revenue is going to be looking at everyone's tax returns this year to make sure they are claiming and paying sales tax on untaxed purchases made online and/or out of state.  (See his last "talking point" -- Arizona is going to crack down on people not paying the tax on the state tax return starting with your 2011 return.)

Jason
Jason

Yes Tina, you are right.

Biggs lost to Steve Pierce by 1 vote.

The Voter Protection Act prevents the Legislature from meddling in voter-approved ballot measures.

Tina
Tina

wherewasi,

From the 11/11/11 Republic article by Mary Reinhart, "Pierce is elected Senate president."   "Pierce won by the narrowest of margins, 11-10, over Senate Majority Leader Andy Biggs of Gilbert, who was seen by many as Pearce's heir apparent." 

wherewasi
wherewasi

Jason - where did you find this information?  I thought the vote was "secret".  I saw a poster on SA "speculating" but... just curious.

Jason
Jason

Unfortunately, we're all going to continue suffering more of the same unless the people wake up and start electing politicians that actually do their jobs: Represent the people.

Russell Pearce failed to see that he was hired to represent the people. He was hired and paid to do a job and he did not do it. That is why he was recalled and booted.

And you are right. We sure don't need more of the same mentality that we suffered through with Russell Pearce.

Tina
Tina

Thanks Jason.  The LAST thing this state needs is more unproductive combativeness, power for power sake.  There are lots of genuine problems and issues to be addressed, many complex issues, that will necessitate good heads of all stripes coming together to work on solutions.   We sure don't need more of the same mentality that we suffered through with Russell Pearce. 

Carolann4
Carolann4

Check out this article on Russell Pearce...

Republican
Republican

I am a conservative Republican and support SB-1070 as long as it is not abused by law enforcement. I am for limited government and cherish personal freedom.  I also think that Russell Pearce is a racist piece of shit and that is why he lost. Thank you Mr. Lemons for helping expose the true Pearce. You deserve a lot of credit making the recall a success. Well done!!

teknik1200
teknik1200

the thing is, can you trust a law to not be abused by law enforcement?

I sure can't which is why I'm so against the bill.  with this limited government the last thing we need is an easy way for them to intrude on our lives.

small government and police state do not go hand in hand.   I hate all this "rule of law" "nation of laws" crap RP spews.  I always thought we were a nation of freedom and a nation of liberty.

I want the government out of my house and out of my bedroom.  If they can't abide by those rules then this "small government" they claim is really just a government that turns and looks the other way when business is corrupt. 

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

You have no need to support SB-1070 in it's current state. Current federal law is sufficient to authorize state and local officers to check for citizenship any time they feel a suspect might not be lawfully documented.

As a Republican you should be leading your party in understanding that SB-1070 is nothing more than Mister Pearce having attempted to make Arizona a police state and his attempt to take discretionary power away from law enforcement.

SB-1070 is akin to throwing a cube of ice into a freezer running at 10 degrees to help it cool.

Mister Pearce engineered SB-1070 simply as a measure to allow the MCSO shurf to continue his illegal sweeps of Hispanics once federal 287(g) authority was stripped because of the documented abuses by MCSO.

Like Mister Pearce, the disgraced former state senator, SB-1070 needs to go away.

They were both useless in any form.

Guest
Guest

so the question is - now that Lemons is no longer a Liberal, which other Republican candidates will he be stumping for in the future?

youcan'thandlethetruthloser
youcan'thandlethetruthloser

I would love to have a chat with Lester Pearce and ask him cynically how bad I feel that his large brother was voted out of office by a landslide. That would be so satisfying.

Hock
Hock

With such a wide margin of defeat, I wonder if Pearce would have one a primary against Lewis.

HeavingCrotch31
HeavingCrotch31

The thing that bothers me is that they don't seem to care what we think as liberals. They think we a filthy low lifes, unemployed bums, hand out seekers, ex-cons, fags, communists, pan handlers, and bottom dwelling overall worthless pieces of shit. That's what bothers me.

Coz
Coz

No wait a minute, you just described Republicans.

tstahl
tstahl

But Pierce had such wonderful things to say about Pearce, I think Andrei was right but I do hope we are both wrong.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

These friggin idoits are dragging us to the bottom!!!  I say, we jettison these bastards onto a spaceship and fly them all to fucking Mars!  After all, the idiots say we should send a manned mission there - I say they volunteered by being stupid fuckin idiots!

The entire northern ice sheets will totally melt in 2015 and we're facing environmental catastrophes of monumental scale and these jackasses want to pass laws that make gay marriage illegal, name state guns and outlaw abortion.  They're friggin NUTS!

Russell Pearce is just a symptom of the greed that has taken over these people.  GREED!  They want to make slaves of us all and think that by doing so, it will please their corporate owners. 

Let's face it, we live on a spaceship.  A tiny little rock hurtling around a star at 56,000 miles an hour.  If someone was on the space shuttle and started pissing into the cockpit and tearing out electrical and hydralic lines - they'd be jettisoned Tout Suite.

If we don't get rid of the dangerous ass people, and right now, we're all fucked.  If they're going to continue to fuck the planet, fuck the environment, fuck the people and other organisms living on it, then I say "FUCK EM"  and get them the fuck off this planet as soon as possible.

Oh, and one more thing - don't post when you've been drinking - tends to bring out the worst in oneself.

Annie Oakley
Annie Oakley

Sorry, I don't have your optimism.  This only treated the symptom, the disease goes on and on.  As long as the Republicans feel they must kowtow to the lunatic fringe, this will go on.  I went to a Republican meeting in Mohave County for the entertainment value.  Not one non-white, under 55 person in the room, and all they did was bash Obama and anything associated with Obama.  They never once mentioned the Republican party in Arizona is solely responsible for the state of the State.

Coz
Coz

It's what the republicans do best, blame everyone else for they're failures.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

pot meet kettle!  No one has dodged responsibiity like you have Jim.

Coz
Coz

Fuck off turd

Coz
Coz

Fuck off turd.

Dennis Gilman
Dennis Gilman

People forget we never expected the republicans to like losing Pearce in the first place. They can all cry me a river. I hope they keep on acting like childish babies over this because it will back-fire real soon. Steve Pierce is no moderate but the largest cancer was removed. 

They also all believed Pearce was invincible but his record or popularity wasn't enough to spare him a double digit defeat in one of the most conservative districts in the State. The harsh reality to each and everyone of them is they know they could easily be next if they continue to deny the will of the people. 

What Cherney needs to do is start listening to the people for a change.It wasn't Cherney's democrats that made this possible and everyone knows it.  It was hundreds of progressives, students, republicans, Dem's, independents and latinos volunteering. It was also the leadership. creativity and integrity that Chad Snow and Randy Parraz bring out in one another. CBA and the recall was run legally and honestly. It wasn't the AZDP that registered and gotv. It was the people they should be connecting with yet still seem hopelessly out of touch with.  

Tina
Tina

How right you are when you say, "It was hundreds of progressives, students, republicans, Dem's, independents and latinos volunteering. It was also the leadership. creativity and integrity that Chad Snow and Randy Parraz bring out in one another. CBA and the recall was run legally and honestly."  Chad Snow and Randy Parraz are exemplary leaders who also brought out the best in everyone, not just each other, for the common good.  A remarkable and inspiring team with awesome energy....who didn't miss a thing.  

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Stephen,     I have to disagree with one part of this story. You make reference to sane, non-wingnut Arizona Republicons.

Name one.

maestramadremia
maestramadremia

Driggs, Nelson in the Senate; Brophy-McGee in the House (sane not-wingnut Arizona Republican)

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Chad Snow is a Republican. I consider him to be honest, ethical and reputable. I'm sure there might be several others in Arizona.

Chad Snow
Chad Snow

Thanks Tommy.  I would add Don Stapley to the list.  Stapley and Crandall are two of the only politicians who I have much respect for anymore.  Don came out publicly against both Arpaio and Pearce at a time when it wasn't politically expedient to do so. 

StephenLemons
StephenLemons

Jeff Flake, Bill Koponicki, Rich Crandall, Adam Driggs, to name a few. Just saying they're sane. Not saying I agree with them on most things or would necessarily vote for them. They're also referred to as "business Republicans," which is what most Rs used to be. 

Hell, Barry Goldwater looks a like a freakin' liberal compared to people like Carl Seel and Al Melvin.

Anon
Anon

Does anyone know what percentage of the Republican vote Pearce got?

Vera Kwaayesnama Skorupski Sko
Vera Kwaayesnama Skorupski Sko

Please add Dr Paul Gosar CD-1 to the list. His fighting to give one million acres ofthe Grand Canyon to the British so they can pollute the Colorado River - our mainwater source with uranium is terrifying. He is going to educate us on how safeuranium is. But when I kept asking for facts on uranium safety he blocked mefrom his FB account. I’m supporting Wenona Benally Baldenegro for congress because she will fight to protect the people of Arizona and our precious resources.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Gosar is creating legitimate jobs.  Even Kirkpatrick recognizes his wisdom.  Fat boy Gutierrez did his best (which is laughable) to stop Gosar, but you neo-nazi enviromentalists haven't a chance in this job starved climate.

Jason
Jason

Pearce is absolutely finished in Arizona politics. Lewis' lead over Pearce can't be beaten at this point.

GED Jan is next in line. Her attacks on the AIRC are baseless and unfounded.

BTW, did anyone read Jan's delusional op-ed piece in the Arizona Republic? Pearce has one too, right below Jan's. Both are sad, delusional people.

DA Morales
DA Morales

What made Mesa Pearce so dangerous was also his connections; ALEC, FAIR, the Tanton Network, and his willingness to be their pawn.

Prescott Pierce may agree with Mesa Pearce at times, but he may not be the "mastermind" that Pearce was... but we will soon find out. We know that Pierce was able to vote against Pearce on the most heinous bill so far, the immigration omnibus...

Dennis Gilman
Dennis Gilman

When the majority of voters kick out the most popular republican in a heavily conservative district something big is going on. Every republican is now vulnerable and they are either afraid or stupid.  2012 is the Dem's to lose. 

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