Russell Pearce Plot: Is His 260K "Reimbursement" Deal Dead? (w/Update)
|Will pirate Pearce make off with the loot? Or is his dinghy sunk?|
Is the effort by some GOPers to "reimburse" their erstwhile God, recalled state Senate President Russell Pearce, D.O.A.?
Just recently, the Arizona Republican Caucus Tweeted a response to statements made by Democratic state Senator Steve Gallardo that were critical of the right-wing plot to reimburse Pearce by $260,000, the amount Pearce's campaign spent during the recall election.
See, Gallardo, state Senator Leah Landrum-Taylor, Randy Parraz of Citizens for a Better Arizona, and others held a press conference today on the Senate lawn to condemn the proposal.
"Gallardo should read GOP Budget before he attacks it for reimubursing [sic] Sen. Pierce's [sic] campaign. It does no such thing," says the Tweet.
If the GOP caucus is making a commitment that the expenditure won't happen, that's grand. Its inability to get Pearce's name right, however, doesn't fill me with faith.
There's always the possibility that a last-ditch effort by Pearce partisans could delay a final vote on the budget so as to slip in a reimbursement to the 12-point loser. But there seem to be the votes in the state Senate to stop any such move.
More state budget details have just been released, and Pearce's payday is not listed anywhere. (Sniff. Poor baby.)
Indeed, GOPers may have stepped away from the cliff, according to the Arizona Republic.
I received this statement from Governor Jan Brewer's spokesman Matt Benson, when I asked if the governor would sign off on a quarter-million dollar reimbursement to Pearce:
"The Governor has not proposed any such reimbursement, and it is not currently in the budget that she and legislative leaders have agreed upon."
Of course, that's not a commitment to oppose it, should an amendment be tacked on.
In any case, Pearce clearly believes he deserves the cash. Last night, Pearce was a guest on KTAR 92.3 FM's Jay Lawrence show. I called in and asked him how he could justify taking the $260K, as the money from the 2011 campaign came from donors. None of it came out of his pocket.
This query practically caused Pearce's head to explode. Here follows the content of his tirade: