Russell Pearce Nabs First Vice Chair, Ron Paul Dominates Straw Poll at State GOP Meeting

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Pearce, now 1st Vice Chair of the AZ GOP

Ex-state Senate President Russell Pearce began slithering back into relevancy this Saturday during the Arizona GOP's winter meeting, held at Phoenix's Church for the Nations, where he was elected to the party's First Vice Chair position.

Despite an embarrassing 12-point loss to fellow Republican Jerry Lewis in November's recall election, Pearce remains popular with many state tuskers. His bid was endorsed by Arizona GOP Chair Tom Morrissey and various Republican office-holders

Though Pearce was running against a respected incumbent, Diane Ortiz-Parsons, when Morrissey announced the results at day's end, Pearce had crushed her, 669 to 443.

(The SeeingRedAz blog has a slightly different vote count, 668 to 441. The numbers I'm quoting above are what I heard Morrissey read to the assembled.)

One other stark result from Saturday's meeting: Congressman Ron Paul's name drew massive support in a presidential straw poll that served as a fundraiser for the party. 

Paul scored 256 votes to 20 for Newt Gingrich, 17 for Mitt Romney and 8 for sweater-boy Rick Santorum.

Young, intelligent and enthusiastic, the Paul supporters were a welcome, non-conformist presence. 

Otherwise, the day was dominated by Pearce's triumph over Ortiz-Parsons, and the sickening shadow of nativism, which darkens every aspect of the GOP in Arizona.

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Jewel in the desert
Jewel in the desert

All I can say is thanks to this "anointment" of Russell Pearce as the AZ Republican vice chair,  my once difficult decision has become crystal clear. This week I am removing my name as a life-long Republican and will be signing up as a Democrat.  Leave it to 'ol Russell and his cronies to help me with my decision.  This ends up most fitting considering this week will be the one year anniversary of the official beginning of the Russell Pearce recall. In retrospect, you can't imagine how relieved I feel to no longer have any association with the likes of the people you described at that meeting.  People actually yelling out that killing illegals would be cheaper  than deporting them is not something I find the least bit humorous.  How I hope and pray other sensible Republicans flee this mockery of a party I used to be proud of.

Bobby
Bobby

Could you contact Ms. Pennypacker and take her to Democrat Headquarters along with you.

teknik1200
teknik1200

I highly suggest switching over the PND instead.  The democrats have basically become the party of not republicans.  as such there isn't a solid center anymore and they tend to not get much done.

Bobby
Bobby

They got a lot done in California, illegal aliens, along with the Democrats Public Unions, you know, those beurocrats you people here always berate for laziness, corruption,etc. managed to BANKRUPT THE WHOLE STATE and governor Jerry the Moonbeam, Brown, is sticking his hand out towards the middle class for taxes again to keep the democrat corruption of the state going as a profitable middle class extortion racket.

Uberconsumer
Uberconsumer

The democrats are a minority in this State and the republican party has been hijacked by   the KKK.

Jewel in the desert
Jewel in the desert

 Just think, Pearce's first recruit can be his sham ally, Olivia Cortes. 

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