Russell Pearce Wants to Run Again, No Surprise There

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Pearce's sleazy career as a pol will dog him all his days

The news that former state Senate President Russell Pearce is positioning himself to run again for the state Senate should surprise no one.

To be clear, Pearce hasn't yet announced his intention to seek that office. He's merely filed paperwork with the Arizona Secretary of State's Office that would allow him to do so.

But his recent election to the Arizona Republican Party's First Vice Chair position, his new paid gig as president of the nativist shill organization Ban Amnesty Now, and his comments to reporter Howie Fischer that, "I'm getting pushed by a lot of people to run," all signal that Pearce has finished crying in his oatmeal over his humiliating 12 point recall loss in November.

Literally, the 64 year-old has few other options, never having held a job in the private sector, unless you include the recent BAN appointment and the part-time stint as a Tuesday night talk-radio host that comes with it.

If Republican state Senator Rich Crandall seeks re-election, Pearce would face him in a primary, assuming Pearce runs, of course.

And by all means, I hope Pearce does run. Because I can promise I will be ruthless in reminding people of the mountain of sleaze that has been his career in public life.

Associations with right-wing extremists and a well-known neo-Nazi. Being fired from the Arizona MVD. His Fiesta Bowl freebies and contributions from Fiesta Bowl execs to him, being but three examples of this sleaze.

The campaign he and his functionaries foisted on the public this past fall should be, simply, the most recent reminder of what Pearce stands for.

The Pearce camp and its backers engaged in a long string of dirty tricks: a fake Twitter site, smears of the eventual victor state Senator Jerry Lewis, misleading robocalls seeking to suppress the vote, and, most notoriously, the sham candidacy of Olivia Cortes.

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Jetexas
Jetexas

the people of AZ have no common since they are still supporting Sheriff Joe and now they are backing Pearce.They must stay closed up in their homes and only come out to vote. I can not understand how they can be so blind.

http://seeingredaz.wordpress.c...

Gilthorion
Gilthorion

when will people live in truth and harmony? when hate mongers stop there tyrannical agenda to spread bias an ignorance. we all spin on this rock an mr pearce is a prime example of using fear as a weapon an all you sheeple eat it up wake the fuck up Arizona!!

Kpehjer94
Kpehjer94

surely the people at Arizona. mainly the 25th district. are not wanting this gutter slime to go for round two. in his corrupt sleeze style of Pierce politics ........he needs to count his blessings because of. the free pass he got for the decision not to prosecute. over the Fiesta Bowl debacle.........He really belongs in jail..../

Former Republican
Former Republican

Pearce needs to go into the private sector and get a "real" job and see what its like for the ordinary people in Arizona.  He is a disgrace to the state of Arizona and the GOP.

Chem Trail Karen
Chem Trail Karen

Russel Pearce will bring in the silent magority of lateno voters who domn't complain.

wherewasi
wherewasi

I was reading an article on another site on Thursday about the fund started by Steve Smith to get donations to build a secure wall at the border.  If I recall correctly, they have received somewhere in the vicinity of $200,000 in contributions so far.  I had to roll my eyes at the bank-rolling of this fund by our most bigoted politicians!

Steve Smith - $10
Russell Pearce - $20
Al Melvin - $50
Jan Brewer - $0
Joe Arpaio - $0
John McCain - $0

I think there is a trend happening...

RussellPearceWatch
RussellPearceWatch

Pearce is only reading "tea leaves". District 19 is Jeff Flake territory and SOLIDLY Jeff Flake territory. Jeff Flake supporters do not care for Pearce... Pearce has an eroded base since the last election...please run Mr. Pearce. You will lose in a primary against Rich Crandell or any decent Republican for that matter. The fact that he is in the leadership of the state Republican Party means nothing. The state party is broke and broken. It is basically a fraternity of a majority of old racists...they applaud each other, pat each other on the back, but 500 retarded, retired racists do not give a candidate a mandate. The neighborhoods east of Gilbert road have a handful of supporters for Pearce...a handful. He is out of touch if he thinks he can carry a majority of Republican voters east of Gilbert road, so I hope he runs because this is one primary that he will lose...

Wanumba
Wanumba

Poor old Racist Russ, all the hard core racists have died, and he just can't sell his hate like he used to.

Run again Russ, but this time spend all your money, not out of state money.  And you will lose again, big time.

Albert
Albert

 We need a TOUGHER VOTER PROTECTION LAW... And a LIFE ban from running in state office... if you are RECALLED or break the law....

Non-R
Non-R

This fucking guy could only survive in a place like AZ. He would be of no interest in a place where the average voter has anything greater than a 6th grade education. His "success" is proof that there are some really stupid fucking morons that know how to "vote" with anything other than "brains".

Royalphoenix2
Royalphoenix2

I hope he does run as I will look forward to the weekly thrashing he will receive from Mr. Lemons. peace

mirele
mirele

He's now in LD19? That's where I live. Oh dear, this is now *personal*. (rubs hands) *goody*!

guest
guest

I don't know that his political career will always dog him, it's the smell of dog shit that always shows up anytime he is around that will constantly foul the air....

Expert Shot
Expert Shot

The dangerous thing about Pearce is not his getting into an elected position again, it's the fact that he thinks he has the support to do that.  There are 1,000s of people whose bigotry has been ignited by this fool and his friend.  Most of them are ignorant, violent, crackers who wouldn't think twice about violating the law to help their "hero" (i.e., the one who lets them justify their bigotry and display it in public) get in office.  I think he represents a current of violence among the right wing that is just itchin for a fight, literally (e.g., the group of Arizona teenagers and their "mentor" who used our President's picture for target practice). 

Be prepared for a violent outburst soon (as if there hasn't already been scores of violent incidents perpetrated by the conservative types in the recent past).  I hope that the Secret Service is on the case, cause what got Newt Gingrich elected in South Carolina was his call to "War" on President Obama.  These whack jobs have, and will, start some sort of violent insurrection in an attempt to cheat to win political power rather than follow our Constitution. 

Please look into the Southern Poverty Law Center's work and pay attention - the Hate Groups are growing in number and size. 

http://www.splcenter.org/get-i...

Rob
Rob

The Pearce recall election antics encapsulated Pearce's career.  All the sleaze Pearce is known for - by those who pay attention - all rolled up into one nice, tidy package. Voters didn't need to research the candidate (not that many here do) and no amount of spin from the Pearce supporters could distract people from what they were witnessing.  That is was also the only thing going and garnered massive amounts of media attention was also a major factor.

However, there is a tremendous amount of antipathy for Rich Crandall from the Tea Party.  Crandalls' opposition to Pearce on several issues,  particularly the failed immigration bills Pearce pumped last session, have earned him the status of 'Open Borders Illegal Lover' from the Baggers.

Combine that with voter memory that often does not go beyond this morning, dozens of other elections - including the Presidential - and it makes conditions very ripe for a return of the Sleaze. 

Godspeed in your efforts, Stephen.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

Russell Pearce is a failure (no surprise there) and is an absolute detriment to the State of Arizona.

LD18 voters recalled corrupt and mentally sick Pearce, and then voted his sorry ass out, because he never made himself available to hear what issues his constituents wanted him to focus on and he made immigration his only issue. He also:

>>Took $40,000 in free tickets from the Fiesta Bowl, then lied about it.
 
>>Attempted to pass a state law that would nullify federal law if he didn't like it.
 
>> Attempted to re-interpret the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, denying children American citizenship. There is already a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on this issue from 1898.
 
>>Sold off state buildings and then leased them back, putting the state further in red ink.
 
>>Attempted to rig the recall election to siphon votes away from now-Senator Jerry Lewis in an attempt to  keep his Senate seat by using a sham candidate.
 
>>Banished people from the state Senate building, resulting in legal exposure to the county and the state.

I can't believe the state GOP put this sick old man in charge of the party. Why would anybody want this washed-up, has-been, corrupt and mentally sick old fool representing them?

I wouldn't vote for this guy if my life depended on it. Would you?

whynot
whynot

I guess we will likely be seeing the Governor wearing a button of Russell Pearce on her lapel sooner or later... Argh...

Susurro Perforado
Susurro Perforado

I, for one, cannot wait for this.  Pearce is such a royal DB...I'm giddy just thinking about trashing his xenophobic bootay again.  Bring it on, Russell.  Bring it on.

Theoldman
Theoldman

Maybe he is just holding the spot in the new legislative district for Olivia Cortes.    Surely she will be ready for another shot at fame and fortune as an AZ legislator.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

"He really belongs in jail..."

Absolutely! I'd pay good money to watch Pearce do the perp-walk, right alongside his good buddy and mentor the MCSO shurf.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

 He can't he gets fired from those too.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

Russell Pearce will be booted back out on his corrupt fat ass before I let him back in any public office.

The "man" is simply too mentally sick and corrupt to do his "job."

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

 learn how the fuck to spell.
I think your sentence was supposed to read :" Pearce will bring in the silent majority of Latino voters who don't complain"

Which is also utter bullshit. Not one single person except an ignorant racist would possibly vote for Russell Pearce.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

That would be azcentral.com. that you saw that information.

Sylvia Allen donated $25 to the fund when it was discovered she hadn't contributed. I wonder how much of her own money she'll contribute to her BS state "border guard" to "protect" us from the "illegals" given that she's apparently unhappy with the fact that ICE has rounded up and deported more illegals (400,000+ annually) under Obama than any past presidential administration?

BTW, does Allen realize that it costs $12,500 (according to ICE) to round up, detain, and deport a single illegal immigrant?

Mr. Duke
Mr. Duke

I like it, but then who would be left to run the stat??  New AZ GOP campaign slogan "Crooks Welcome".

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

Yes it is now personal. I'm LD19 as well and I do not want corrupt and mentally sick Pearce representing me.

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

 Respect, Expert !

Adrian Cruz
Adrian Cruz

The Tea Party is becoming less and less relevant by the day - a bunch of under-educated, dentally challenged, inarticulate losers.  I wouldn't worry if I was Rich Crandall.  Pearce has been exposed. 

Anon
Anon

"Took $40,000 in free tickets from the Fiesta Bowl, then lied about it."  So what are the MCAO and the AG doing about this? Anyone else would be sitting in prison for decades in Arizona.

mesa85213
mesa85213

@ Theoldman:  Now that's funny . . . good one. Kinda sums up the whole circus act

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Shouldn't be a problem for him since Arizona is teeming with ignorant racists.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

 why, it would be democrats.

Rick Renzi, out.
Russel Pearce. out
Sheriff Joke. out.
So on and so forth.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

 haha both of you make sure that doesn't happen!
fucker better not be back in.

Venonacables
Venonacables

 Whether your criticism of the Tea Party is true or not, American Third Position has not gone away.  A3P is a political party that promotes the ethnic interests of white people.  Merlin Miller is A3P's candidate for president.  Mr. Miller has three daughters that are West Point graduates.  Virginia Abernethy is A3P's candidate for vice president.  Ms. Abernethy is a professor emeritus at Vanderbilt University.  It will be fun to watch you or Mr. Lemons try to typecast them as trailer trash.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

Tom "Conflict of Interest" Horne supported corrupt and mentally sick Pearce during the recall election. So, Horne farmed the Fiesta Bowl epsiode out to Monty.

As for Monty, he said he couldn't legally prosecute due to the fact that the legislators who wrote the laws were too dumb to understand them. I can smell politics on this issue all the way here in LD19, where I live. I personally think the MCSO shurf intimidated Monty into not prosecuting the Fiesta Bowl episode.

There was a time when former state Attorney General Grant Woods was looking into the Fiesta Bowl's BS. If anyone should've prosecuted the Fiesta Bowl, Grant would be the man to do it.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

 Ask Charles Keating about that?

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

 yes, that is sad but true.

RussellPearceWatch
RussellPearceWatch

Virginia Abernethy is a white separatist. A PhD does not erase her blind prejudice. She probably goes to church every Sunday too. It still doesn't make her a decent person.

Venonacables
Venonacables

 Not exactly.  I am simply saying that liberals are dishonest.

Bnbk
Bnbk

Are you trying to say only whites are racist ?????  Try again .

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

 here's a little dirty secret. I have never seen anything that supports this.

Venonacables
Venonacables

 Here is a dirty little secret about this newspaper.  The people who publish this newspaper hate white people, particularly heterosexual white males.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

 not really. Racists of all races (or colors if you wanna be dumb sounding) are either one of two things. Ignorant, or having been through negative experiences with those that they hate. I have met racists that have never met a "black" person before that hated them. They couldn't even define what a "black" person was except to say they were everyone that wasn't white. The vast majority of racists like that DID not have any experiences with non-white people and therefore are ignorant. Some racist people grew up in bad situations. Some of these people are either too stupid, or just lazy and want to blame other people for their problems. Ignorance IS the common word though.

Education levels can solve some of these problems IF they people actually wanted to change their ways. Most of them, however DO not.
So whatever anti-white is.. I am not, unless you mean I am anti-white (in the anti-white power, morons with IQs of 12, minutemen type of anti-white)

Because really the only think I don't like are the people that are too ignorant to see we are all human, and all bleed the same.

Venonacables
Venonacables

 "Anti-racist" is a codeword for "anti-white."

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

 so?
Still means they are ignorant enough to be racists.

Rob
Rob

Bigots with a degree.
Educated racists.

Ok.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

Yes. Horne had been elected AG and Monty CA.

And yes, a female Fiesta Bowl employee was indeed prosecuted, I think by the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Grant Woods had indeed been hired by the Fiesta Bowl (I think I still have the article saying so) to look into misconduct by the Fiesta Bowl.

What ended up happening was the FB wanted his investigation rushed. He rushed it (I think it was done in a week or so) and as a result completely dropped the ball into potential corruption and misconduct by FB employees. There was an issue over paying him and some other unnamed attorney (apparently one of Grant's buddies from the AG's Office) during the FB scandal.

Tina
Tina

If memory serves correctly, Grant Woods WAS hired or appointed to investigate the Fiesta Bowl misspending and bribes, but said he couldn't find any wrondoing or somehow dropped the ball.   Hence, another investigation was conducted by others that apparently delved deeper into it.

Woods was the AG about 20 years ago, and to my knowledge hasn't worked as a prosector since then,   I don't know, but I suppose he could have been "contracted out" by the AG's office or CA's office to serve as a prosecutor.  But when the Fiesta Bowl scandal broke early last year, wasn't the AG  newly elected Horne and the CA Montgomery?

Also, didn't we read recently that one person, only one, a female Fiesta Bowl employee who apparently was in the thick of the financial wrongdoing, WAS prosecuted?   I don't remember what agency handled that prosecution.  

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