Russell Pearce's New Nemesis: Republican Robert Worsley (w/Update)

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From Worsley's LDS profile...

Recalled state Senate President Russell Pearce has just encountered his first major obstacle in his revenge campaign for state Senate from Legislative District 25: Republican businessman Robert Worsley.

Today, the wealthy Mesa executive has announced that he'll be Pearce's rival in the Republican primary for LD 25, effectively upstaging Pearce's planned announcement tonight at a meeting of the Red Mountain Tea Party in Mesa.

Worsley is the guy who developed the lucrative SkyMall catalog, which you've no doubt encountered if you've taken an airplane trip in the last couple of decades. 

SkyMall was sold in 2001, and Worsley then became President, CEO and Chairman of Renegy Holdings, Inc., an innovative biomass fuels company, which converts waste and wood chips into clean energy.  According to his LinkedIn profile, Worsley is currently the CEO of the "land, minerals, and renewable energy company" NZ Legacy.

The entrance of Worsley into the race will be a nightmare for the nativist hatemonger Pearce. 

Worsley is a straight arrow, a former Eagle Scout and scoutmaster with a degree in accounting from Brigham Young University. And Worsley, like Pearce, is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a significant factor considering the influence of the church in the East Valley.

However, unlike Pearce, Worsley has held a leadership position in the church. He's been the president of a 150-member Hispanic branch for the last seven years. And in contrast to the primary pimp of Arizona's breathing-while-brown law Senate Bill 1070, Worsley does not hate on his Latino brothers and sisters


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Adrian Cruz
Adrian Cruz

Yourproductsucks - if Paula Pennypacker is a loser, then what is Pearce?  He got his ASS handed to him in historical fashion.  Loser. 

Joe
Joe

Worsley seems like a decent guy but why is he against porn?

FormerRepublican
FormerRepublican

Go Worsley!!  It's time for the people to take Arizona back from the special interests, private prison lobbyists and profiteers and the "bought out" legislators who are hell-bent on destroying the people and their rights.

teknik1200
teknik1200

lets hope there aren't enough dumb people around who give in to Russell's fear mongering and pandering to racists.

Kevin M
Kevin M

I have known Bob Worsley personally for several years and have had the privilege to work side by side with him.  The words that come to mind when I think of Bob are compassionate, innovative, consistent and intelligent. This is a man who is in complete control and exudes confidence, leadership and compassion.  I have never seen someone so "tough as nails" when it comes to what he knows is right, nor have I seen someone more soft heart-ed when it comes to the problems of every-day people. It blew me away when I saw that he is running for office.  Believe me when i say that he could make a LOT more money focusing on his businesses. But he doesn't do it for the money.  He's doing this because he is standing up for others who don't have as much of a voice. I applaud Bob Worsley. Without a doubt, one of the top 5 best people I have ever met. 

Fuck You Arpaio
Fuck You Arpaio

I think Dirty Harry said it best. You are nothing but dog shit to me. Alot of things can happen to dog shit. It can be stepped on or dry up and blow away into the wind. So Russell, just beware of where the dog shits you.

Onkeltomfrommexico
Onkeltomfrommexico

yes - never again a man like Pearce - its time for some justice in some public positions.. 

Jeanbaptista
Jeanbaptista

 If there is a God - he will lift HIM up and ALL OTHERS ROT IN HELL FOREVER!

Ilegal Guerrero
Ilegal Guerrero

sir iam a mexican born us citizen vietnam eta veteran navy,army reserve,california national guard all together 18years i live in mesa az if there is anything i can do for you advice i was a trucker for fifty years and now retired if you need to contact me go to my in box please

Westbrooke
Westbrooke

 

REALLY...Is
anyone getting sick of this self righteous crap handed out by morbots like
Lewis and now this one? They make the illegals sound like little more than
house pets. Let’s baptize 'em and increase our celestial holdings. Cut the crap
and be honest for once in your useless self absorbed lives. YOU WANT ILLEGAL
HISPANICS (to hell with illegal English, Irish, Germans etc) because they will
bend to your will, will work for peanuts and be grateful. I want to know what
this tool plans on DOING for the rest of us non Mormon, hard working tax
payers? What has Jerry Lewis done for his "constituents"? Almost four
months in office and all we have gotten is crickets. Has he done anything
besides playing footsie with Richie C?

I thought not

 
REALLY...Is
anyone getting sick of this self righteous crap handed out by morbots like
Lewis and now this one? They make the illegals sound like little more than
house pets. Let’s baptize 'em and increase our celestial holdings. Cut the crap
and be honest for once in your useless self absorbed lives. YOU WANT ILLEGAL
HISPANICS (to hell with illegal English, Irish, Germans etc) because they will
bend to your will, will work for peanuts and be grateful. I want to know what
this tool plans on DOING for the rest of us non Mormon, hard working tax
payers? What has Jerry Lewis done for his "constituents"? Almost four
months in office and all we have gotten is crickets. Has he done anything
besides playing footsie with Richie C?

I thought not

 

Sdraoul
Sdraoul

Using Plato's Allegory of Metals, Worsley is gold, Pearce is shit.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

The Worsley family is an exceptional one.

Lemons putting his grubby paws all over this story is disconcerting.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

Why is Pearce even bothering to run again? He got a boot impression seared on his corrupt fat ass when Lewis won the recall.

Pearce needs to vanish. And he needs to take the Old Fool, the Bald Bunion, GED Jan, Candy Andy, Aubuchon, Alexander, Horne, Monty and a whole bunch of other corrupt officials with him to that uncharted desert isle. 

Worsley and Lewis should team up and knock Pearce out. Expose the fact that Pearce stole $40,000 from the Fiesta Bowl, is in poor standing with the LDS Church, and rigged his recall election to hurt Lewis (A Class 5 felony, and neither Monty or Horne had the cojones to indict Pearce & Co.) and Worsley has the election in the bag.

Note to Pearce: Eff off. The people are sick of you, your lies, your extremeism, your hatred and bias towards Mexicans,  your criminal abuse of power, and your corruption. You are a failure and a disgrace.  

Wanumba
Wanumba

Can't wait to see that racist wife beating piece of shit Pearce lose......again.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA!

wtf
wtf

I wonder if the same people who donated to his FAILED! campaign will waste their money one more time..... LOL

Truth to Power
Truth to Power

Knock, Knock.

Who's there?

Russell.

Russell, who?

Exactly.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

This gentleman has the potential to smash Pearce much like an elephant stepping on a gnat.

It's heartening to see some centrist Republicans coming out to take on the likes of Pearce.

Imagine, having a Republican in office who actually has the ability to think and likely has had to pay for his own event tickets. 

Brad
Brad

Kevin, thank you for the kind comments.  I am Bob's son and thought it would be helpful to add my opinion to these comments. 
 
I know that when people talk about this race it will be all about immigration but I think that would be a mistake.  The number one concern for "all" of the people living in this district is the economy.  If you are losing a home, losing a job, or are close to someone who is you know that it weighs on the mind and there is little time for considering other issues.  We need to get Arizona on its feet economically and we need assure that government plays an appropriate role in our lives and no more.  I can tell you that my father is more qualified by a factor of 10 for these critical issues. 
 
Immigration will need attention and I assure you that it will be handled according to the voice and opinion of the district.
   

Chad Snow
Chad Snow

What did Russ Pearce do for his constituents other than mire our state in costly endless legal battles and destroy our reputation internationally?  He never invited even one constituent to join him at a college football game or a night at the Ritz. 

Dogbiter
Dogbiter

What people are sick of is asstards like you. Self-deport, mofo!

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

 You came SO close to actually making a positive comment.

Westbrooke
Westbrooke

Odd isn't it. Why is so much made that the candidate must be a leader in the Mormon church when the majority of people in this new district are not LDS. If Worsley is serious and is a exceptional as others portray him to be, then he should seriously consider distancing himself from Citizens for a Better AZ, De Montagues, Clarksons et al. Remember Lewis won in an open primary consisting of Indies, Democrats as well as Republicans.    

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

 I'll second your post in a heartbeat, LD19 Resident !

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

 Sorry Paula, I'll believe "change is coming to Arizona" when I see it. In every election since 1986, I hoped to see change come to this state and I have but it has turned out to be change for the worse. I can't understand how people can elect the same intolerant miscreants time after time. I have begun to believe that Arizona has something about it which infuses it's population with a malignant spirit incapable of anything but fear and hate.
I also feel that replacing one Mormon conservative with another Mormon conservative won't solve many of this state's problems since many of them are both caused, and perpetuated by, Mormon conservatives.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Luckily the change won't include you being involved in politics. You will continue to be viewed as a loser.

Not Surprised, Again
Not Surprised, Again

Let's hope this course of action being taken by community leaders to recruit qualified and well balanced candidates is contagious.

Maybe herein lies a cure for the extremism being pushed by lobbyists and the political parties.

Fuck You Arpaio
Fuck You Arpaio

I can't wait to see the look of constipation on his face again when he gets his ass handed to him again.

George
George

 Hope your father will win. We need some leaders and not the other crap.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

 Please see my response to Paula Pennypacker above and pay particular attention to the last sentence.

Response please.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Lets see you say something genuinely nice about Arpaio.  I didn't know that "making positive comment(s)" was the goal here.

Chad Snow
Chad Snow

Westbrooke, the fact that such a broad and diverse coalition worked together to rid Arizona of Pearce only underscores what a cancer he was politically to our state.  When Progressive Democrats and Republican Precinct Committee people have a common enemy, he must be bad. 

Chad Snow
Chad Snow

So how is your saying that many of our problems are caused by Mormon conservatives any different from Pearce saying that many of our problems are caused by Mexicans? 

Adrian Cruz
Adrian Cruz

Other notable "losers" 

Barry Goldwater - 1964
Ronald Reagan - 1976
George H.W. Bush - 1992
John McCain - 2008
Andrew Thomas - 2010
J.D. Hayworth - 2010
Russell Pearce - 2011

At least be consistent, Yourproductsucks. 

Paula Pennypacker
Paula Pennypacker

YPS -- such a big man/woman -- hiding behind an anonymous name! Who said I am not going to be involved? That is wishful thinking on your part!

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

 I am not sure you will see much difference in his look.  He always appears constipated.  But I would love to see RP go down in flames as he deserves.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

I don't think even the MCSO shurf will aid Pearce in this election. Remember how the two were all buddy buddy during the recall? 

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

 I think we can agree that ain't gonna happen anytime soon.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

When I see the Mormon Church condemn Pearce for the bigot and fear monger he is, I'll stop bashing them.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

 And your the first person I think of when I need a "morality" check.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

 There is no value in attacking a religion based on what you seem to think are values of a community that are being shared by a majority of occupants who share that religion. Our state and federal laws are all designed and promulgated by legislators from all walks and religions of life. In this case it may be true that the majority of LD25 citizens happens to be Mormon, but they still have to abide by the laws of all other faiths and walks of life. Your continued Mormon bashing takes away from any credible remarks you might make. No, I am not Mormon.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

You are bigoted against a group of people. There is no reason for anyone to respond to your hate filled comments.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

 I think that the MCSO program to help detainees attain their GED is very positive. I've heard that the Old Goat had something to do with that and if so, then yes he has done something positive. I'm afraid the negative far outweighs any good he might have done, however.

No goal to be nice, however.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Two problems with your theory.

First- Stauffer initially ran (for well over a year) as a republican, prior to making the decision to forgo locking heads in a Primary Election.

Second- by definition, a partison election is one where the persons running for Office are designated with political party affiliation. An example of a non partison election would be the Mayor race for the City of Phoenix. And example of a partison election would be the Sheriffs race for Maricopa County Sheriff.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

 Sarah Palin is her own country. Her head revolves round and round looking for someone else, but alas, there is no one. Had McCain chosen Romney as his VP candidate it's not likely Mr. Obama would be shooting baskets on the White House court.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

 Since Stauffer is not running as part of a political party, i.e. Dem or Republican, he may not legally be running in a 'partisan' election, thus the Hatch Act would not apply to him.

To wit: "State and local employees subject to the Hatch Act should note that an
election is partisan if any candidate is to be nominated or elected as
representing a political party, for example, the Democratic or
Republican Party."

Since an Independent doesn't represent a 'party' I will assume the Hatch Act doesn't apply.

disclaimer: I'm not an attorney and only offer my opinion based on my personal interpretation of what I read, thus it may not be totally accurate unless found to be supported by case law (which I don't feel like researching).

I will also assume that if one were to ask the Staffer campaign (which I haven't) he would be told that Staffer is deemed exempt for that very reason.

YPS, thanks for the reminder. I've been busy charging golf cart batteries.

Paula Pennypacker
Paula Pennypacker

YPS -- you are a real peach!  Don't you know that sometimes you win by losing?

Some of the greatest politicians lost several times before ever winning an election. Even Ronald Reagan lost his first race for the White House. And since you think I would make a great "community organizer" -- I know one who also made it to the White House.I have more political victories than loses when it comes to weeding out waste and corruption in government, and getting rid of corrupt politicians. First in my hometown Toledo, OH, where the final editorial in the Toledo Blade, before I moved to Arizona, called me -- "One Courageous Republican," for not being afraid to go up against some of the most powerful and corrupt politicians in Lucas County. And now I find myself having to do the same thing here in Arizona. Not exactly a winning strategy if you want to get elected.

Winning elected office has been difficult for me because I will NEVER sell out -- NEVER!!!!!

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

 No crush on her, but she seems both attractive and smart, so that doesn't hurt. I really like that she won't allow herself to be bought and sold by the local party goobers. I can only hope to meet you one day and prove me wrong about yourself so I can actually shake your hand and apologize.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Still buried. I've been busy playing golf this past week. Sorry.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Have you verified or discounted my assertion that Stauffer is violating the Hatch Act or have you buried your head in the sand?

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Looks like Tommy has a bit of a crush on a certain ginger.

You know nothing of what I've done, or (as you say) not done to fight the system. I assure you it's much more than most and I have paid the penalty on more than one occasion because of it. I think Stauffer is a train wreck. That doesn't mean I want Arpaio for another four years.

I am a big fan of the Worsley family and applaud the candidacy. I'm not sure how your attempt to trivialize my comments regarding pennypacker by trivializing my employment or my religious affiliation

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Sounds like sour grapes to me. Thank you for sharing the rationalizations you've chosen to sweeten the bitter taste of defeat.
Bottom line is- you are a loser. What's more, you are a sore loser. You come on here and revel in the fall of the person you've scapegoated as the author of your shortcomings. It's catty, and nasty, and says a lot of you as a person.
Accept responsibility for your failures rather than laying blame on everyone else.

Paula Pennypacker
Paula Pennypacker


YPS -- What are you talking about? I came in third (out of seven) in my first race for the legislature (the top two win). I lost to Michelle "Welcome to Life" Ugenti, who sold out to Russell Pearce and Joe Arpaio in order to get elected. No surprise there. I would rather lose an election than sell out to that crowd.Ugenti will not win re-election to the legislature once all the information comes out that she and her husband perjured themselves on a sworn affidavit in order to keep Ugenti's father's home from going into foreclosure, and that they also have close to a million dollars of foreclosures on their record.

Not sure why in your twisted mind a person can only make a difference if they are an elected official. But if winning in Arizona means selling out to someone who was -- "Fired from DMV for erasing DUI's off someone's record as a political favor, or taking bribes from Cactus Towing/All City Towing, and more bribes from Fiesta Bowl ... " -- then count me out!

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

 Paula, so you know who you're conversing with, YPS is an MCSO deputy. Apparently Mormon and on one hand he says he doesn't like the MCSO shurf but on the other hand (in my opinion) he is satisfied with status quo and chooses NOT to do anything to get rid of the current sheriff and bring in a professional. Thus his comments about you and pretty much anyone else who suggests that MCSO and the Mesa Republicans aren't the best in the world.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Making comments about other politicians isnt really being "politically involved" now, is it? You had your chance and the voters were in unison with a resounding NO to Paula pennypacker.

The best you can shoot for now is another Randy Parraz...a community "organizer"

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

 The Shurff has announced that he will support Russell Pearce, whatever he decides to do. I just heard the comment on channel 5  a couple of minutes ago.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

 I hope that Arpaio stays away from Pearce.  But, OSB was with him tonight for his announcement and spoke. 

It is a safe bet that Arpaio will stay further from Babeu.  What happened to all the GOP prez candidates seeking his endorsement?

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