Russell Pearce Plot: Is His 260K "Reimbursement" Deal Dead? (w/Update)

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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:


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Not Surprised
Not Surprised

Pearce is effn nuts.  It was Pearce's own actions that caused his constituents to support the recall.  And I'm more than sure Pearce's dirty campaign tactics, including his sham candidate Olivia Cortes to undermine the value of his constituents' votes, sealed his loss.  Pearce's dirty campaign tactics boomeranged on him; he sunk his own campaign.

But in the beginning and in the end, Pearce was recalled because 9,414 registered LD18 voters signed the recall petitions and because 13,146 LD18 registered voters voted against him.

Pearce's lame attempt to blame the constitution and twist this that he should somehow get the money because it's an expense he, in his mind (only) didn't cause, totally disregarding the fact it's an expense HE NEVER PAID.  Money from other people, donations, paid for the recall campaign.

And because Pearce never paid anything for the recall election, according to the law, we don't owe him one red cent.

And BTW, Mr. Pearce, watch who you're calling anarchists.  You showed your true colors with your SB1433 legislation - THAT'S ANARCHY.

And to Bigg's and company, if you somehow manage to get around the fact that Pearce didn't incurr/pay anything for his last campaign, define reasonable.  Pearce spent over $261,000 and lost.  Lewis spent $84,000 and won.

Wanumba
Wanumba

Hey Russ, suck it.

No free gov't cheese for you!  Maybe you could watch JD Hayworth's infomercial and learn how to sponge off the government.

PeeOnTea
PeeOnTea

All I know, I got to register to vote a couple of dozens of Latinos last summer out in Mesa D18, and that got Pig Pearce recalled. My goal this year is to register about 100 Latinos...and let go of the outcome....talk the talk, walk the walk...and let the pigs fly!!!!

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

Pearce knows that his contributors in the recall saw him pull crap with Cortes, and outspend Lewis by 3 times and still get his ass handed to him in the recall by over 10%.

None of his "base" will flush more of their money down the toilet, and his " mafia family" in AZ government is trying to make a move to get Pearce money that he'll never get legally!

Car_del99
Car_del99

He wouldn't take the money ? hahahahahhah does he really think most of Az. residents are STUPID ?

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

An open letter to Pearce.

Dear disgraced, narcissistic, corrupt and mentally sick Russ:

1) You were recalled because you are a failure. You were booted out of office because you are a disgrace.

2) Taxpayers of LD18, Maricopa County, and the State of Arizona did not donate to your failed campaign to retain your Senate seat. Out of state donors did. Ask them to cut you a check for the cash you "spent." Don't ask taxpayers for a handout.

3) You ran a sleazy and fraudulent campaign, even committing a Class 5 felony for running a sham candidate. Even more reason why you are NOT entitled to the money.

4) Asking for a $260,000 unemployment check is certainly not fair to all those you and your mentally sick Republican cohorts at the state Capitol screwed out of THEIR unemployment benefits. You really are a disgrace for asking for this money.  

5) You have no one to help you now. The MCSO shurf is going down for criminal abuse of power. The Babbling Bald Idiot is under three federal investigations, and at least one of them is for criminal abuse of power. Candy Andy and the Miscreants can't help you because they've been stripped of their law licenses and are subject to the federal criminal abuse of power investigation underway in Phoenix. Tom Horne can't help you because he is also under federal investigation for Hatch Act violations.

6) You ain't got nowhere left to run, and nowhere left to hide you stupid, mentally sick old man. No one will hire you given your resume of getting fired from every job you've ever held. You will NOT return to the state Senate, where you and your corrupt Republican buddies criminally abused your power. I, for one, am happy to see you unemployed and am looking forward to seeing many more of your ilk go down for corruption and criminal abuse of power. 

Looking forward to keeping you unemployed for many more years to come.

Sincerely,

LD19 Resident (the guy who seared the boot impression on your fat ass)

Kpehjer94
Kpehjer94

Does it mean that since the recall was funded. BY DONORS........NOT PIERCE....that crude bastard. is going to refund donor money???????

Trommy Themulus
Trommy Themulus

Can someone help me out here?  I'm looking for a 6 letter word for scumbag.  It starts with P.

AnotherMesaVoter
AnotherMesaVoter

Doesn't look like it's going to end with the budget.  They're just going to try to do it another way, probably in hopes that it won't get publicity.
Reported in the Arizona Daily Sun:
Andy Biggs would like to pass a law to reimburse and Biggs said the reimbursement measure would be separate from a new state budget now under consideration as lawmakers press to end their 2012 legislative session by later this week.Read more: http://goo.gl/LBMeS

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Pearce is a blood sucking leach.  "The constitution says they have to give me the money."  The constitution also says your district's voters can tell you to go F yourself too.

PeeOnTea
PeeOnTea

BUT.....according Montini, the only decent soul working at the AZ Rag, 
Jan "Bourbon" Brewer and the bigoted Republicans who control the legislature are proposing  "to sweep $50 million from the
federal mortgage fund in order to build more prison cells." Hey, Jan alcoholic is trying to pay back dear friend and confidant Chuck Coughlin, who kindly represents
Corrections Corporation of America (CCA)

Ross
Ross

Maybe the election cost just $120,000, but Russ was adding in the court costs for dealing with the Chicana Mormon he talked into running as a ringer.

Leonardclark
Leonardclark

Well done Mr. Lemons ! And thanks to Citizens For A Better Arizona for being there today at the state Legislature to tell them what rats they (right wing republicans)  are for trying to make us foot this crooked loser's campaign losing recall election ! Now...as David asks...what about Brewer's private prison buddies (the ones who bought her into the Arizona governorship) taking our foreclosure settlement money to repay her bribe?

I'll tell you what: RECALL BREWER !   We have an official recall and have already gathered thousands of signatures against this extremist death star angel of a governor ! Please...help us spread the word and gather signatures: recallbrewer.com
Leonard Clark
chair
filing number: RC-01-2012

Royalphoenix2
Royalphoenix2

Mr. Pearce is having trouble with knowing he will never be elected to anything, ever again. peace

david saint
david saint

well Russ, allow me to retort...RECALLS ARE PART OF THE DEMOCRATIC ELECTION PROCESS ASSHOLE! 
Whats this about 50 million being taken from the 97 million dollar mortgage settlement to give to chuck coughlin and his private prison buddies though?????

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

Pearce is the horse that JD went off to marry...
 

DNichols
DNichols

Why did Arizona  Politicians, and Law Enforcement turn a blind eye to Pearce, and his Election Staff/ Klan regarding the Mrs. Cortes Rigging, and Manipulating Felony which everyone knows occurred during the Pearce Recall Election?

"We are a Land of Laws, all Laws."
Racist Jan Brewer

Laws don't apply to White Supremacists, like Pearce, and his Klan.

Every one involved in the Mrs. Cortez Scheem should be running for "Inmate of the Month."

To: Justice in the Politically Corrupt Arizona Cesspool?

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

You seared a boot impression in his ass? I'll bet a years salary you are lying again.

haddie_nuff
haddie_nuff

Nope, no refund for donors.  According to an article in the Arizona Daily Star this morning, Pearce is not going to use the money to even attempt to pay back the donors to his doomed recall election.  Instead, he's going to use it to finance his upcoming election.
 
According to the article: ' "They gave me money for a campaign," Pearce said of his donors in last year's recall. And he figures if the money is not needed for that race, his donors want him to have it for the next one.'
 
The man's hubris knows no bounds.
 
I do have to wonder, however.  Is Pearce finding difficulty raising money now that he's been dumped from office?  That would be very encouraging if it's the case.
 
 
http://tinyurl.com/7wb78u7

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

 Seems a reasonable obsession to me. Pearce provides plenty of fodder.

Car_del99
Car_del99

And so most of the State for his 
corruption

GreenHornet
GreenHornet

Some of us are obsessed with keeping him a retiree

Anon
Anon

david saint, Thanks for bringing the mortgage settlement and the private prison corporation / chuck coughlin deal to the public's attention. Why isn't the AG stopping this?

VIMIIS
VIMIIS

That is exactly what is being proposed.  They want to take 50 million dollars out of that mortgage settlement to make way for more beds for inmate.  Our lawabiding citizens may be sleeping in the street, but the prisoners will be all comfy tucked into their beds..........

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

Sorry YPS, I misworded that last part about the boot impression.

I should have said that Pearce got a boot impression seared on his fat ass. My bad. 

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

Rachel,

Don't you have anything better to do than troll the Phoenix New Times looking for a date? (Sorry, I'm not available. I need a half bottle of straight Absolut vodka just to look at you.)

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

I'm happy to keep him unemployed for many more years. 

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

Tom Horne will cry, as he usually does, conflict of interest.

Then again, Horne is wondering if the feds are gonna take him out of the AG's Office in cuffs for potential Hatch Act violations...

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

What costs?  Olivia Cortez said she didn't know who paid for her campaign, and rus-SELL denies any involvement, now, if you are referring to rus-SELL own campaign costs, he chose to incur that expense by choosing not to resign when the voters told him they were sick of his bullshit and if he didn't resign they were going to fire his ass, he made the decision to not resign, and the voters fired his dumb ass, end of story.  WE, THE PEOPLE ARE THE TAX PAYERS AND OWE THAT PIECE OF SHIT ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

Anon
Anon

VIMIIS, Arizona does NOT need anymore prisons. It needs to reform it's draconian mandatory minimum sentencing laws that sentences a non-violent, first offender to 75 years! This is obscene and unconscionable that non-violent people are being given life sentences in Arizona.  All are at risk for great harm in a state that does not value people but turns them into commodities for $$'s. 

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

 Don't we have a declining prison population?

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

"US, YPS is actually suspended, disgraced former Deputy County Attorney Rachel Alexander."

Really??? nice, I always knew YPS was an ignorant imbecile, now I know better, now I know YPS is a disgraced, infamous, sold-out, ignorant imbecile.  Thank you for the information.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

US, YPS is actually suspended, disgraced former Deputy County Attorney Rachel Alexander.

She's on NT trolling for a new date and I hear she likes likes studbois.  She's pissed off that I rejected her for a date. Sorry, I'm not available. But I hear studbois are your thing Rachel. Why don't you go meet up with the Bald Bunion of Pinal County? I hear he is a studboi looking for a good time.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

It has nothing to do with censorship, and everything to do with your trolling non-sense, I have asked you time and time again to back up your allegations and you never do, so unless you can prove your bullshit, STU.

BTW, the only anti-American thing here, is your desire for mis-information and you sticking up for assholes that care more about lining their own pockets than protecting the rights of ALL Americans, regardless of color, or whether their parents are US Citizens or not, if a person is born in the US of A. then they ARE AMERICANS, tell that to your daddy rus-SELL.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Censorship is anti American. Your anti American desire to "shut [me] the fuck, up" is typical from fascist pigs like you. I'd love to see your wanna be ass attempt to shut me the fuck up. That would be fun. You Internet heroes are all the same.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

You have got to be the dumbest imbecile that ever posted on a public forum, don't you ever get tired of the stupid bullshit you post? or are you getting paid to troll public forums and write that nonsense you always post, are you part of Sheriff Joke arPayaso's dis-information posse?  you have got to be getting paid, it is not possible that someone can be as fucking stupid as you and spend so much time trolling for free.  The rest of us are tired of your bullshit, so please, shut, the fuck, up.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

What part is well said? The fabrication of assault?
Who are you?

Theloushow
Theloushow

You suck, Yourproductsucks.  You are on the wrong side of history.

Way to go, LD19 Resident.  Well said!

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

I'm calling you a liar, not hitting on you. Your juvenile responses are cute, however.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

It is interesting that you conclude I lack integrity because I work for MCSO (allegedly). Can it be concluded you believe all MCSO employees lack integrity simply because of where they work?

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Deflect, defer and counter accuse. Typical from one who lacks integrity.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

I have integrity issues?

You work for the MCSO shurf. That right there tells me all I need to know about you.

What's next from you Gestapo Goons? 

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Just don't take credit for something you had nothing to do with. It appears you have a real integrity issue. Is there any subject you haven't embellished or outright lied about?

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

As long as he's unemployed, I'm quite happy. My tax dollars are not being wasted on a piece of shit like Pearce.

Now, if either voters or the feds can get rid of the biggest piece of shit in Arizona, namely the MCSO shurf, I will be dancing in the streets.

GreenHornet
GreenHornet

Hello, YPS, recall, remember? There was one last year. Retiring Pearce. 

mirele
mirele

It's not, though. 

Here's the point--Pearce is a pig at the public trough. And, by golly, I live in the district he wants to run in. If he gets a $260K payout, I am going to make for damn sure that everyone in the district knows it. I don't have a problem with government employees and decent legislators, but Pearce, wow...he's the guy who STILL hasn't fessed up about his Fiesta Bowl tickets. 

I should make a point of stopping today and getting a photo of that Pearce sign that's still out there (not saying where) that has the Olivia Cortes "Si, Se Puede!" on the back. Just for the record, you know.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Does it specify that expenses paid from personal money is reimbursable? No, it doesnt.
That argument is a straw man.

mirele
mirele

What costs? Let me quote from the article:  "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."

Let me say this for you slooooowly, since you come across as reading-impaired:  NONE.OF.IT.CAME.OUT.OF.HIS.POCKET.

Pearce wants a payday at the taxpayers' expense. Either that, or he's looking for a way to line his campaign coffers for this year's race, again at taxpayers' expense. As a taxpayer and a resident of the district he wants to run in, he needs to stop that crap yesterday. We are not stupid, we know what he's doing.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

The only thing yet to be challenged is "reasonable" costs. What does reasonable mean reference Pearce's campaign costs? I don't know, yet it appears he has a legitimate argument for receiving compensation as spelled out in the Az Constitution. But you are one who regularly spits on those things deemed Constitutional.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

 Always have, Gerry. Most of them decline the opportunity for prison when given the chance. :-)

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