Russell Pearce's Sycophants Try to Score Him Some Free Money from the Taxpayers

Welfare for Russ? Only if Harper and Howie get their way...

Uncle Russ needs him some free gub'mint cheese. He ain't got a job no more because of them dang liberals, and that cheese will only cost y'all taxpayers $230,000. Plus, the Constitution promises it to him.

Such are the pathetic trial balloons being floated by ex-state Senate President Russell Pearce's sycophants in the media and in the state Legislature. 

Such local hacks as Howard Fischer and Republican Legislators like Jack Harper are entertaining the notion that Pearce -- having just suffered a humiliating 12-point loss in the Legislative District 18 recall race -- is now entitled to recoup personal expenses from his failed campaign.

Um, even though Pearce has incurred no personal expenses: No tabs not picked up by his slavish supporters.

See, Fischer, Harper and other fawning Pearce-worshippers would have us believe that the following passage from the Arizona Constitution translates into Pearce scoring a giganto unearned severance check from the taxpayers:

"The general election laws shall apply to recall elections in so far as applicable. Laws necessary to facilitate the operation of the provisions of this article shall be enacted, including provision for payment by the public treasury of the reasonable special election campaign expenses of such officer."

What does this language actually mean? Though the stewards of our elections have so far been clueless when asked, the pro-Democrat Blog for Arizona applies this Occam's razor:

"If you want to know what it means, look to the implementing statutes at Title 19, Chapter 2, Recall and Advisory Recall, A.R.S. §§19-201 to 19-234.

"A.R.S. §19-208.05 provides for a Special Fund for Reimbursement of County Recorders which covers the expense of validation of signatures and certification of a recall by County Recorders under A.R.S. §19-208.02.

"A.R.S. §19-210 provides for Reimbursement for County Expenses in Conducting Special Recall Election: The political subdivision or district in which a public officer subject to recall serves shall reimburse the county for all expenses incurred in conducting the special recall election.

"Since Legislative District 18 is a state political subdivision, the state of Arizona is to reimburse Maricopa County for "the reasonable special election campaign expenses of such officer," i.e., the Maricopa County Elections Director, not the elected official recalled."

For idiots like Harper and Fischer, however, it means that because Pearce's campaign committee Patriots for Pearce raised nearly $230K, Pearce should be awarded the same amount for being such a lousy state Senate President that he was kicked out of office by the voters of his own district.

One interesting thing about the Patriots for Pearce campaign committee: on its pre-election financial disclosure, it showed a cash balance of $70,694.79, unspent.

Whether Pearce's committee will have a cash balance on its post-election report is yet to be seen. If it does, Patriots for Pearce has a number of options for that dough, according to A.R.S. 16-915.01.

It could give the money back to the contributors (don't bet the farm on this one). Donate it to another political entity. Contribute excess funds to a charity. (Unlikely, unless it's the "Keep Russell Pearce Fat Fund.") Or retain the money for a future political run. 

There's even some tantalizing stuff in there about transferring remaining funds to an officeholder's expense account. Though, as Pearce's no longer an officeholder, not sure how this would apply.

Finally, ain't it funny that the very same politicians who were ideologically opposed to the federal extension of unemployment benefits -- and who killed such an extension by refusing to change two words in state statute during a special session called by the governor -- are now trying to concoct some legal rationalization for gifting political welfare to their all-gub'mint-is-evil-unless-it-benefits-me wingnut pals?

Whatever happened to the far right mantra of the "poor deserving their fate"? At least in the case of someone like Pearce, I might be willing to agree with them, karma-wise.

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Anon
Anon

Pearce should be done getting any government paid jobs anywhere. It's time he's off the government dole. 

Coz
Coz

This sums it up perfectly....

THE HAIRCUT One day a florist went to a barber for a haircut. After the cut, he asked abouthis bill, and the barber replied, 'I cannot accept money from you, I'm doing communityservice this week.' The florist was pleased and left the shop. When the barberwent to open his shop the next morning, there was a 'thank you' card and adozen roses waiting for him at his door. Later, a cop comes in for a haircut, and when he tries to pay his bill, thebarber again replied, 'I cannot accept money from you, I'm doing communityservice this week.' The cop was happy and left the shop. The next morning whenthe barber went to open up, there was a 'thank you' card and a dozen donutswaiting for him at his door.

 

Then a Congressman came in for a haircut, and when he wentto pay his bill, the barber again replied, 'I can not accept money from you.I'm doing community service this week.' The Congressman was very happy and leftthe shop. The next morning, when the barber went to open up, there were a dozenCongressmen lined up waiting for a free haircut. This my friends illustrates the fundamental difference between the citizens ofour country and the politicians who run it.

Jason
Jason

Interesting how Senate Republicans were quick to oust Scott Bundgaard from his position as Senate Majority Leader after the Febryary freeway fracas involving his now ex-girlfriend. I believe there is even an ethics hearing pending against him, and he was charged criminally.

When Pearce was recalled, then ousted, the same Senate Republicans were quick to defend him, claiming that what happened to Pearce was uncalled for and that he was keeping his promises.

I think that maybe the R's need to take a look at how they treat their counterparts in both houses at the Capitol. I mean, Pearce is way more sleazy and corrupt than Bundgaard.

Robert Rodriguez
Robert Rodriguez

ha ha ha!!! Pearce is unemployed and his buddies in the legislature who voted against an extension for unemployment benefits want a welfare check for Rusty Pearce??? Tell that fat ass to go and work for a living and earn some unemployment. Better yet ask about those bank statements or cancelled checks made out to the Fiesta Bowl, (and they better total $40,00) before he can ask for any kind of welfare. What a fuckin loser!!!

Chad Snow
Chad Snow

Will be interesting to see which legislator is willing to carry Pearce's water on this one, now that he's gone and has nothing to offer them in return.  We'll also see how principled the Tea Party "patriots" are when it comes to this government giveaway. 

Jason
Jason

I highly doubt Pearce is entitled to collect anything for getting recalled, then booted out on his ass by a 12-point margin. I think the only thing he is entitled to is a bottle of Jack Daniels to wallow in his mire.  

That Pearce is even trying to mop up taxpayer dollars, and a lot of them while the state has an 8.5 billion dollar deficit is disgusting and sickening, but what am I to expect from a corrupt and sleazy politician like Pearce?

Pearce, do us all a favor. Disappear. Never come back. We don't need scum like you operating in government.  

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

[...federal extension of unemployment benefit...]

Welcome home, Mr. Lemons.

Interesting that you brought up the unemployment benefits. NOW Mister Pearce can fully understand what it's like to be unemployed. I would imagine a future employment interview will go somewhat like this:

"Mister Pearce I see from your application that you were fired from MCSO. Can you explain that, please"?

"Sure, me and the shurf didn't get along. He was jealous of how I was running the department and he thought he should be running it and getting the votes, so he fired me. Well, not really fired. I quit and told the old asshole to shove it. I probably should have beat him like the woman he really is". *************************************************************************************************************"Mister Pearce, I see from your application that you were fired from your position as Director of Motor Vehicles. Can you explain that, please"?

"Sure, me and some others in the department made a few mistakes on some paperwork and the lady who was running DPS told me to look for another job. I quit, even though it looks like I was fired."

"But, Mr. Pearce, I see that you faced criminal charges in that incident but you weren't charged. Explain that please."

"Sure, the lady knew they had no case so they cleared me of all wrongdoing. I should have beat her like the woman she really is"*************************************************************************************************************"Mister Pearce, I see from your application that your last job was as state senate president and you have just 'retired' from that, even though you have a full year and more left on your term. Can you explain that, please"?

"Sure, I made the mistake of forgiving the shurf for firing me and we became best friends again. He set me up for failure by making me sponsor some stupid law to get rid of Messicans so he could run around and arrest people for being brown in public, basically. Then some voters found out that I was taking 'gifts' from supporters and wasn't doing my job so they forced me to retire before I was ready. Now, I'm here to work for you so I will get another pension. You will need to pay me hundreds of thousands of dollars a year and don't expect me to really work. I will show up when I want to and you will be expected to pay for all my travel and expenses. I will go on the payroll as of November 22nd and will start work sometime in the future. Now, listen to me carefully, don't put any damn women anywhere near me. Not sure why, but I don't seem to get along real good with them until I've 'motivated' them, if you get my drift".

****************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************disclaimer: The above scenario is purely fiction. Any correlation to real events is strictly at the inference of the reader.

Only the voters (and a few women) were injured.

dis

loushow
loushow

It looks like all the back-brain, knuckle-dragging, Tea Party Pearce Supporters remain angry that their king was dethroned.  Just look at all the comments here in this thread . . . calling Liberals such dirty nasty names.  Name-calling bullies, they are . . . pissed off to high heaven.  Sore losers, just like Rusty.  Can't get their brain around Pearce's mantra of "Rule of Law".  Tsk, tsk, tsk. Good.  Remain angry, you idiots.  We "Liberals" have been telling you for months what would happen if Pearce ignored the law.  We told you.  We told you he would be recalled and lose bigtime.  Why didn't you listen?  You didn't listen because you thought you were in a majority.  Truth is . . . you are a minority.  A tiny minority.  A very tiny minority.There's a reason why we're called "progressive".  Because you're not.

Tina
Tina

Last time I looked at Pearce's campaign financing reports (Patriots for Pearce and Citizens Who Oppose the Pearce Recall) on file with the Sec'y of State's office,  there was no expenditure listed for the legal fees of Lisa Hauser, the lawyer who (1) prepared Pearce's June 9, 5-page request for a legal opinion from the AG's office concerning the validity or invalidity of corporate and union contributions to his political campaign, and (2)  Reimbursement to his proxy plaintiff Franklin Bruce Ross for Hauser's failed attempts in August and September to have the recall of Pearce invalidated by, first, the Maricopa County Superior Court, then the Arizona Supreme Court.

Surely Franklin Ross, who didn't even show up in court, didn't fork over his own bucks for Hauser's legal fees.  Besides Russell Pearce, who else had a lot to lose by Pearce's recall?  Chuck Coughlin?  If Hauser worked pro bono for Pearce, which is doubtful, an in-kind contribution would have to be listed on one of Pearce's campaign reports.  Who paid Hauser's legal fees?

DickAssRacistLiberals
DickAssRacistLiberals

Russ get one year on liberal filth to enjoy life. Hell why not try some crack or powder Russ? It's on the liberals.

Fed Up In LD18
Fed Up In LD18

Why does he get money that he didn't put in? The most he should get is whatever he personally put in, which is exactly zero.

Ross
Ross

Quite a stretch to say that "campaign expenses" means "county expenses for holding an election."  Not what the Supreme Court decided in the Mecham case.  But then, we don't cite precedent unless it's on our side.

UmpsFerRuss
UmpsFerRuss

Ha ha liberal filth will end up paying for Russ to enjoy life for the next year! Dumb ass fucking liberal shit.

Jason
Jason

Oops, I mean February.

Coz
Coz

They've be lined up to give him tax payer money knowing it could be them next and expect the same in return, just wait and see.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Someone like Kavanaugh may still see value in an endorsement by Mister Pearce, the disgraced and multi-fired former state senate president.

I wonder if he has formed an 'exploratory committee' yet, for a run at Mesa City Council?

I would think that being recalled as a city council person would complete his circle of failure as a politician, and Mormon.

Run, Russell, run!

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

If he collects anything, the money should be deducted to pay for his Fiesta Bowl fiasco FIRST. Anything left over should be donated to La Raza in his name.

Ross
Ross

Just because I'm a registered Democrat doesn't mean that I associate myself with the back-brain, knuckle-dragging state  Democratic Party officials who deny that "campaign expenses" means "campaign expenses."  

In the Mecham case, the state Supreme Court agreed that it means "campaign expenses," but that it was up to the legislature to make the appropriation.  (It did, but not in the amount that Mecham wanted.)  For many years, there was a statute that recognized "campaign expenses" means "campaign expenses," but the amount it allowed was based on campaign expenses of a couple generations ago.

Just because New Times didn't have the story first, is not a reason to attack those who did.   Now is not the time for sour grapes (or lemons).

Chad Snow
Chad Snow

Well, Anthony Tsontakis allegedly represented Olivia Cortes for $500, which works out to about $8.50 an hour.  Us lawyers are just very altruistic people. 

Coz
Coz

Pearce seems to forget to list a lot of things off his campaign reports.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

What the hell do you mean TRY some crack? It would probably improve his character.

Keith
Keith

You got your ignorant, fat, racist ass whupped big time and you simply can't stand it, can you, fool? Ahhh ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha ....... 

Ump
Ump

Seriously. Russ go fuck some liberal whores and don't pay! ha ha. Go to the glory holes and let the liberals suck you off for free. That's what I do.

Rob
Rob

Hey, you think Walmart just gave him those padlocks?

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

And that pretty much sums up the thinking of so-called "values voters." I'm sure you will get lots of people to vote the Republican way when they read your pearls of wisdom. You might have better success getting your jollies, however, if you mosey on over to the Newtimes kinky adults personals pages. That's where you'll find all of your friends.

Lala
Lala

liberal filth?  Nice way to refer to your fellow Americans who don't hold your point of view. Try making cogent statements that don't disparage anyone and you might be taken seriously. Otherwise, go make your comments at redstate or sonoran alliance.

Guest23
Guest23

What is telling in your statement is your lack of actual argument and apparent support of sleazy filth like pearce and cohorts. You are the pot calling the kettle black.

Rob
Rob

If you are referring to the one of the multiple pensions Pearce has accumulated Umps, no doubt.

But, I think what you were trying to say with "liberal filth will end up paying for Russ..." is that since most Teabaggers are too stupid to have jobs and don't pay taxes that it's the liberals who do have jobs and do pay taxes that will pay Pearce's pensions.

Did I get it right?

Jason
Jason

I think Pearce would lose that election because of his associations with neo-Nazi JT Ready, someone who tried to run for City Council and lost.

Tina
Tina

In October 2006 Pearce adamently told a newspaper reporter that the entire Mesa City Council should be "fired."  I believe it was because they didn't see things his way over Mesa police enforcement of illegal immigration. 

Unless Pearce moves, he would have to run in Mesa's council district 1 (northwest Mesa) totally encompassed by LD 18 that overwhelmingly ousted him from the legislature on Nov. 8.  Even the redrawn city district maps place Pearce and Dave Richins, currently serving his first term on the council, in Mesa's district 1.  Richins has not been a controversial figure and would trounce Pearce when Richins comes up for re-election in 2012. (Richins supported the recall of Pearce, as did a few other council members representing voters in Mesa's other 5 districts.)  I also find it unlikely that Pearce lackey Matt Tolman again would run against Richins  since it was recently revealed that Tolman knowingly employs undocumented immigrants at his laundromat.  

In my view, Pearce wouldn't get to first base trying to run for ANY elected office again in the entire state.  Now maybe if he moved to Alabama..... 

NotaPearceFan
NotaPearceFan

"Now is not the time for sour grapes (or lemons)." Is this the same Howie Fischer who laughed at the recall and said that Olivia Cortes would get 8 % of the vote?Hmmm. Lemons was right on the recall and right that Fischer has been wrong all along. Maybe Howie wants to be right about something and is hoping to be right about this. All moot until RP tries to cash in. When he does, the public outrage will be enormous. Will not fly. Sorry, Howie. RP does not get the $. Next.

Tina
Tina

How did you find that out, Chad?  As I recall, the SOS reported Olivia Cortes to the AG's office seeking an investigation due to her deficient campaign financing report. (no expense liste for her signs and no expense listed for payment to Diane Burns for paid petition circulators  without which Cortes' name would not have been on the ballot.)

Did Cortes file an amended report to account for the deficiencies, which listed the $500 for Tsontakis' legal services?  Or is the $500 for his services hearsay?

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

"altruistic", huh?

Just what I was thinking...

So, Anthony could have made more working at a fast food place mopping floors. Sure seems a waste of a law degree.

Jason
Jason

Maybe his associations with the MCSO shurf has a lot to do with it.

Remember, the MCSO shurf doesn't recall anything, and because Pearce is buddy-buddy with him, the Flaccid Fool's Alzheimer's rubs off on Pearce and as a result, Pearce conveniently "forgets" things on his campaign-finance reports.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

So Ump, you admit you cruise the "Down Low?"

SBN1971
SBN1971

This is what Pearce surrounds himself with and then wonders why he was recalled.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

Oh, come on, Goober - Russ isn't into that kind of action. According to his ladies, he likes the rough stuff. You, know, smacking his girls around. Makes him feel powerful. Important rather than impotent.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Try Az central, lots of knuckle draggers there too.

SBN1971
SBN1971

You hit that dead on there Rob. 

Ump
Ump

Yup. we pay nothing and your sorry ass pays all. Ha ha fuck your stupid ass.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

Another thing about the Car Washes is he got his start cheating people who would buy his car wash locations. He started out a little like the Long Wongs got started.  The original guy would get a location going and then sell it.  He repeated this many times.  However, with the Car Washes, he would sell the location, then try to cause some small infraction of the contract and sue the new operator and try get the location back so he could do this over and over. I know - I worked for his attorney 25 years ago. It was sick.  Lots of business owners today are where they are cause they knew how to cheat their business partners and had attorneys willing to help them.  The whole system is corrupt and the tea baggers talk about tort reform.  They should be railing against business against business lawsuits - that's where the real drag on the economy is.

Tina
Tina

I did catch the tongue-in-cheek, but Pearce was and still is in such a state of denial (LD 18 voters were hoodwinked by liberals and Randy Parraz, remember?) that he might just be dumb enough to hammer that last nail in his own coffin.  Glad to hear you're calling the MCSO hotline about Tolman knowingly employing undocumented immigrants at his laundromat with the evidence a matter of public record in the court.   Don't you love the way Pearce's much touted "rule of law" -- he's boasted often how the employer sanctions law was approved by the USSC -- REALLY works?

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Thanks, Tina. My post was actually 'tongue-in-cheek' since I thought it fitting that he could run for city council and be fired from that job, too. He hasn't had what most of us mere mortals would consider a successful career.

Now. about Matt Tolman. WHY isn't the MCSO shurf interesting in 'taking candy away from a baby', I wonder. This would be so EASY and we know the MCSO shurf is ALL ABOUT EASY.

I guess I will have to make another anonymous call to the immigrant hotline at MCSO and have them work for six months to justify a  raid at the laundry owned by Tolman.

I'm still wondering about Danny's Family Car Washes. Of course it seems they contribute heavily to the MCSO machine. I think that's called 'insurance' in some circles.

Tina
Tina

Thanks for the transcripts.  That 9/23 Horizon show aired six days before the all-day 9/29evidentiary hearing in court when the whole Cortes scheme unraveled and was exposed.I can't remember if Fischer backpedaled after that.  

NotaRussFan
NotaRussFan

Let's try that again as Horizons own transcript is off, which tell u something:

Howard Fischer: I'll make a prediction she gets at least 7% of the vote. If her name remains on the ballot. 

Ted Simons: Regardless of the Latino community going door-to-door, saying she'll still get 7%? 

Howard Fischer: You heard it here. 

Ted Simons: How do you arrive at 7%? 

Howard Fischer: I was going with 10% but thought, better back up. 

Steve Goldstein: Maybe -- is there something you're looking for? 

Howard Fischer: I just think close to 7%, but I think there will be people who will do this. There was a guy who ran against Babbitt in the primary in 1982 who was dead, everybody knew he was dead and he got 17%. 

Ted Simons: I'm just saying in this kind of close race with a small turnout and localized electorate, I'm not sure. We'll find out. 7%? 

Howard Fischer: 7%. 

NotaRussFan
NotaRussFan

 Which facts would you like to dispute? The fact that Howie laughed at the recall? The fact that Howie said Cortes would get 8 percent?

Actually I was in error but not as big as Howie. Howie really said 7 percent. Here's what he said precisely on 9/23 on Horizon:

http://www.azpbs.org/horizon/d...

Mary Jo Pitzl: That's the big question. That's why people who oppose -- who are supportive of the Pearce recall keep pushing. As long as you keep it in the headlines and keep talking about it and making strong suggestions that Olivia Cortez is a sham, people might say, I get it and not vote for her. Howard Fischer: I think you're giving voters a lot more credit for their intelligence. Ted Simons: Nothing personal but you're sounding like the Russell Pearce campaign. But I'm saying if you give enough attention to the fact that this is a quote/unquote candidate, it will mollify the effect, will it not? Howard Fischer: It will, but there will be people who will go, look, we've had people voting for candidates who were dead long before the election. It doesn't matter. There will be people who don't watch this show, the brilliant people obviously watch this show and will know everything, but the people who aren't paying attention to the newspaper and go in there and see a name of a Hispanic woman -- Ted Simons: Do you agree? With all of the attention this is getting this may not -- I'm saying this is a possibility, the backfire. Steve Goldstein: There's always the possibility of a backfire. I'm looking for the Mesa chamber of commerce the week after next, hosting a debate when we see Pearce and Lewis and Cortez all taking part. If she doesn't show up at that point, to me, that says something. Mary Jo Pitzl: This shows you how closely contested this race is perceived. Maybe it takes 10 votes for Olivia Cortez to tip the balance. There can be the backfire effect. Just enough votes to help out senator Pearce. I'll make a prediction she gets at least 7% of the vote. If her name remains on the ballot. Ted Simons: Regardless of the Latino community going door-to-door, saying she'll still get 7%? Howard Fischer: You heard it here. Ted Simons: How do you arrive at 7%? Howard Fischer: I was going with 10% but thought, better back up. Steve Goldstein: Maybe -- is there something you're looking for? Howard Fischer: I just think close to 7%, but I think there will be people who will do this. There was a guy who ran against Babbitt in the primary in 1982 who was dead, everybody knew he was dead and he got 17%. Ted Simons: I'm just saying in this kind of close race with a small turnout and localized electorate, I'm not sure. We'll find out. 7%? Howard Fischer: 7%. 

Ross
Ross

Is this the same Herman Cain whose campaign strategy is, "If you can't dispute the facts, attack the messenger" ?

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Ump is just displaying conservative Whizzdumb.

SBN1971
SBN1971

Wow you must have studied years to have such an eloquent vocabulary. 

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