Russell Pearce Lies Again About Ties to J.T. Ready

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One of my photos of Ready and Pearce working a crowd together in 2007

Why is it that some lies are so difficult to rebut? One reason: eviscerating untruths is made infinitely harder when the media is complicit in perpetuating them.

For many years, I've written about the ties between ex-state Senate President Russell Pearce (who believes it's the Legislature's "duty" to "reimburse" him $260,000 for money that his failed recall campaign spent) and well-known neo-Nazi, alleged kid-killer, and apparent suicide victim J.T. Ready.

And yet, Wednesday night, more than one TV news show uncritically reported Pearce's self-serving statement about his relationship with Ready, whom authorities believe offed himself and four others at a Gilbert home Wednesday afternoon. Some news anchors related the press release as if it were true, failing to challenge Pearce's skewed version of his own personal history.

As I've demonstrated on numerous occasions, Pearce is a serial prevaricator. I've spent a lot of time cataloging his dishonesty on several subjects, including his connection to Ready, to whom he was close at one time.

Indeed, the pair once were so close that Pearce attended Ready's baptism into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and in 2004, Pearce ordained Ready an elder in the church's Melchizedek priesthood, an office held by adult men of the Mormon faith.

Pearce's entire statement on the Gilbert massacre is reproduced below. In it, Pearce paints himself as the victim, whining about reporters and editors calling him for comment. He accuses these journos of trying to "score the ugliest of political points off of this tragedy," when, in reality, calling a political figure who was at one time publicly affiliated with Ready is a no-brainer in light of current events.

In the statement, the erstwhile legislator admits to having known Ready but insists that he was ignorant of Ready's extremist views and associations when they were pals. Reports to the contrary are false, he insists.

"In the past several years, the local media has worked hard to try to tie me to the J.T. Ready that preached hate," Pearce asserts. "And that is nothing more than a lie. When I learned the truth about him, I made it clear how wrong I thought it was, and I worked to remove him from our party."

Pearce claims he thought Ready was just a stand-up ex-Marine, and that Ready's turn to the dark side only became evident later.

"At some point in time, darkness took his life over. His heart changed," Pearce writes. "And he began to associate with the more despicable groups in society. They were intolerant and hateful and like so many who knew him from before, I was upset and disappointed at the choices he was making."

And if you buy that, I've got a bridge in Lake Havasu I want to sell you.

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A photo Ready texted me on April 17, which came with this message: "No bullshit today I was wearing same shirt as Russell in the pic today and didnt even know til dude @ circle k mentioned it in nt."

Pearce supported Ready's run for Mesa City Council in 2006. You can see video of Pearce endorsing him for that post in a mini-documentary videographer Dennis Gilman and I did on the Pearce-Ready relationship, here. It also includes a exclusive interviews with Ready and video of the 2007 speech mentioned below.

During 2006, Ready was involved in a strange, almost comical "shootout" with an illegal alien in Mesa as Ready drove back from a trip to Walmart. Other outlets reported on a 1992 aggravated assault charge in Florida that Ready had on his record.

Ready also told the press that he was courting the support of the Mesa Hell's Angels in his city council bid. If that's not a red flag, I don't know what is.

After Ready lost the election, the East Valley Tribune exposed his checkered history as a Marine, including the fact that he had been court-martialed twice, then drummed out of the military. 

In March 2007, the Anti-Defamation League of Arizona exposed Ready as a white-supremacist during a forum at the state Legislature on extremism in Arizona's anti-immigrant movement. Then state House member Kyrsten Sinema sponsored the event. You can watch video of that forum, here.

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101 comments
12brennamalcolm34
12brennamalcolm34

Yes, the link was already there. I don't dispute that and I agree. Perhaps I haven't made myself clear. My intention with the comment is not to blame the media, but rather to contradict Pearce's argument. He's crying political opportunism when the media and everyday citizens are demanding answers about his ties to neo-Nazis in light of the Gilbert massacre. Thus, because we're not politicians, can we really be blamed for "political opportunism"? We're not pushing a particular agenda from a seat of legislative power like he was once was when he used Krentz's murder to help get SB 1070 passed. 

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

I usually do not like wishing people to die, but as a realist I have to make a few exceptions, I have to look for the greater good of humanity, and if that means taking out a few assholes to make the world a better place, so be it, like Coz, I believe that ready should have taken pearce, arpaio, and brewer with him instead of that innocent child, her mother, and her grandmother.

Shawna
Shawna

Pearce would be in a unique position to discredit the ties right wingers make between the President and Bill Ayers or Saul Alinsky. I'm sure he won't.

Fantasea42
Fantasea42

"When facism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross" - 
Sinclair Lewis
Seems like an apt description of jt and his ilk.  Here's a description of just one of Lewis's prescient books:
 - a semi-satirical American political novel by Sinclair Lewis published in 1935. It describes the rise of a populist politician who calls his movement "patriotic" and creates his own militia (the Minute Men or "MM", paralleling Hitler's "SS") and takes unconstitutional power after winning election — mirroring what Hitler was doing in Germany at the time of writing.
Sounds way too familiar, doesn't it?

Junjun
Junjun

There will probably be evidence to tie Pearce with Ready's actions regarding all those weapons he had, among other things. Sucks to be him right now. 

Itneverends
Itneverends

This fuckhead could have gone out a hero instead of a baby killing coward if he'd wiped out the Mesa HA he was courting instead of innocents.

Nicholsdaves
Nicholsdaves

Pearce is a Felon, he should be Investigated, and charged with the Mrs. Cortez Electoral Rigging, and Manipulating he did during his Recall. while serving his two years in Jail perhaps he would figure out how to obey the Law?

What part of Illegal does he not understand?

Oh yeh the Bribe taking thing too?

To: Justice in Corrupt Arizona?

Yeh, right.

C.T.R. Brother Pearce, you "Latter Day Saint", you.

mirele
mirele

Which is why the Phoenix New Times is my primary source of news. The R******* is more like fishwrap or bird cage liner to me.

Barbara Espinosa
Barbara Espinosa

Mr. Lemmons to have the information/links to back up his articles. As long as he is supporting his articles with facts and evidence. Leave him be we need investigative reporters to expose the truth abot government.

Rob
Rob

By all accounts I've read, Ready was unemployed and has been for some time.
Neighbors and family state he was "living for free" with Ms Mederos.

From what I can gather, he's been unemployed for about as long as his US Border Guard group has been around. And, prior to that he was a clerk for Auto Zone.  No disrespect intended towards Auto Zone employees, but I don't see that as a very high paying job.

Yet, in the photos that are shown of him as well as those with his Border Guard group he is heavily armed and in possession of some extremely expensive weapons.

If he was unemployed, how could he afford these weapons and where did he get them from?

RichStrathmann
RichStrathmann

Refute is the word you want, not "rebut."

Wanumba
Wanumba

Both mean the same thing.

If you didn't know rebut was a word, but a better dictionary.

DNichols
DNichols

If a little "truth" were to accidentally fall out of Pearce's mouth, it would probably have the same effect as holy water on a vampire?

"Oh it burns!"

gregg r
gregg r

Pierce should not be running for any office. Perhaps he too, will shoot his family in a "rage". Stop this idiot before he does

12brennamalcolm34
12brennamalcolm34

It's ugly political opportunism to link a former anti-immigrant public official to a white supremacist mass murderer, but blaming immigrants for Robert Krentz's murder isn't political opportunism? It is. In its purest form considering Pearce was intent on promoting a particular political agenda from a seat of legislative power.

The media are not politicians. Pearce once was, and an irresponsible one at best. Pearce should never be allowed to hold public office ever again.

Koolarrow
Koolarrow

This reminds me of the Dirk Diggler/Scotty relationship from Boogie Nights.

mirele
mirele

Thank you, thank you, thank you for this article. I am on an e-mail list with a bunch of people of Mormon heritage and somewhat liberal tendencies, and the reaction this evening to Rachel Maddow showing Ready's Melchizedek Priesthood ordination with Pearce's signature was along the lines of, "Pearce hardly knew the guy." I was glad to be able to send your article along as rebuttal. (In defense of the people having the conversation, one lives in Minnesota and the other in San Diego, so it's not like they're locals or regular readers of the New Times.)

CarolynMarisa
CarolynMarisa

Mirele, as a lifelong Mormon, I can assure you that the Mormons will "look the other way" with regard to Pearce and his association to Ready - they "look the other way" whenever they're TOLD to do that. They are nice people but believe in outdated 19th Century ideas, most of which have been refuted for YEARS by scientific proof.  It's unfortunate, and I always hope they'll SOMETIME come out from under their brainwashed little thinking processes and quit "obeying" (their CHIEF way of doing things) the ridiculous pronouncements from SLC from old men claiming to have a direct line to God. 

Church Lady
Church Lady

I just saw Babeu did a interview this morning on Fox about how the Federal Government is not doing enough on the border.  I believe he is preparing to announce he is going to drop out of the race, and run for re-election as Sheriff in the near future. 

This is why he is beating the war drums again.  He'll probable announce his "work" is not done in Pinal County.  

Last night when I turned on the tube, I heard Pinal County Sheriff and 
suicide in the same sentence.  For a moment there, I thought Babeu put an end to his miserable life. 

Ready you are a piece of shit killing the baby. All night I have been thinking of her. 

CarolynMarisa
CarolynMarisa

Ready has been a piece of shit LONG before the recent murders.  What he did was horrible, but we probably should have expected something like this to happen.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

I did expect jt ready to murder someone at some point, I just thought it might be some poor undocumented people out in the desert, maybe do another shawna forde type crime, something like that, but I always knew that nazi punk was a time bomb just waiting to explode.

CarolynMarisa
CarolynMarisa

Unfortunately, we have in Arizona (and I'm a native) an abundance of "time bombs" (not all murderers, of course, but extreme right-wingers), like our silly governor (and Pearce, if he should be elecgted again), who go along with and use fear tactics to convince people that their lies are somehow truths  and believe that they have a right to make and/or sign laws that reflect what THEY think others should believe. 

Coz
Coz

Pity Ready didn't take Pearce out instead of innocent victims.
May the pricks rot in hell, both Ready and Pearce.

DNichols
DNichols

Arpaio will be their pivot man.

Reformed Hood
Reformed Hood

 Im your man and I will ride you on my harley davidson anytime. and im very good looking to and in great shape.

Church Lady
Church Lady

Didn't Pearce ordain Ready into the LDS priesthood?  Pearce loaned Ready his special underwear because none would fit Ready. 

Pearce, Salt Lake City LDS headquarters has green lighted you.  First Babeu embrassed Romney, and now you! 

Pearce you're a hateful man. 

DNichols
DNichols

Pearce is No "Saint" Latter Day or any Day!

He is a "Hate Monger".

J Golden Kimball
J Golden Kimball

For the record, Ready was excommunicated from the LDS Church, long before Pearce publicly disavowed him. 

DNichols
DNichols

When he was babtised did he say "Alto"?

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

I wonder why disgraced, narcissistic, corrupt and mentally sick Pearce has kept his yap shut about JT's Adolf-like suicide?

BTW, according to the Church, suicide and murder are sins. Looks like JT will be burning in hell right alongside his fuhrer Adolf.

Also, I hear that Pearce really isn't getting the $260,000 unemployment check from his mentally sick Republican buddies over at the Legislature. Looks like they decided to cover their own sorry asses by not awarding Pearce the payday. I'm happy so long as my tax dollars are not supporting this sad sack of shit.

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CarolynMarisa
CarolynMarisa

Another crazy post - Mark Potok is a hero - has helped expose lots of HATE groups domestic terrorists like Ready - and YOU, apparently are one who should be exposed.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

 You REALLY need to stay on your meds and pass 4th grade! 

Ddesertdawg
Ddesertdawg

When will Pearce make a statement on the murders by JT......awwww....never. He will take the Arpaio defense, I don't remember anything.

Quinn
Quinn

The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC tonight (May 3rd) opens with 17 minutes on JT Ready and Russel Pearce --  Pearce is thoroughly eviscerated! 

Church Lady
Church Lady

I saw it.  Pearce just keeps stepping on it! 

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

 Randi Rhodes spent the first 1/2 hour on Ready and Pearce, but she missed a few things - Like Pearce having been recalled in a landslide!

Susan Rastella
Susan Rastella

Don't you just love the Republican version of loyalty?  The minute you get into trouble they all deny they know anything about you.  For example, Arpaio threw Babeu under the bus (the one he bought illegally) as soon as his controversy with his personal life became public.  After disbarment Thomas became Joe's next person non gratis.  Pearce is following the same plan.  My buddy JT until the buddy becomes a murderer (and suicide too is frowned upon in the Mormon church);  as disgraced Pearce attempts  to separate the obvious close business and personal ties they had.

It sure doesn't pay to be a Republican in this town; your alliances are flimsy.  Best you all remember that when you try to pay Pearce for his failed election and reimburse Arpaio and Thomas for all their legals expenses.  Be sure if you vote their side they won't be there for you when you need them.  

Prayers to the family of the many affected by JT's horrible actions.  May God accept them with love in his home.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Those Dems sure rallied around Daniel Patterson, didn't they?

Don't throw stones, Susan.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

How does it feel to be holding on to a life preserver while watching the ship you were on sail away from you? far away from you? and knowing those aboard know you're in the water and chose to leave you behind because they are tired of your bullshit.  This comment you just posted is nothing more than a feeble attempt to deflect blame away from your master, you must be getting really, really desperate, I may even be as bold as to say you and your master rus-SELL are in panic mode.

BTW, do me a favor, not that I give a fuck, but I am curious, next time you're on your knees sucking 'ol rusty's cock, will you please ask him for me if his asshole is raw and prolapsed yet from all of the bricks he has had to shit this past year since his recall, you remember the recall right? the one where 'ol rusty got bitch slapped by Mr. Jerry Lewis.

CarolynMarisa
CarolynMarisa

US War Veteran, we can only  HOPE that Russell Pearce NEVER, EVER gets elected to any office for any reason - those who would vote for him are every bit as FKED UP as is HE.

CarolynMarisa
CarolynMarisa

Daniel Patterson's foibles are NOTHING compared to Pearce OR Ready. 

Reformed Hood
Reformed Hood

 there is very few of us left my friend from the days that used to be. I understand exactly what your saying. we are both very much the same.

Saracat
Saracat

Amazing. Pearce says he has never been accused of mistreating anyone? In 1980 and in 1974 both his first and second wives filed domestic violence complaints and then there were ethics probes and the Feista Bowl.I guess wives and taxpayers don't count.

Royalphoenix2
Royalphoenix2

Don't forget his time at DMV. Broke the law, lied, got fired. peace

Wasillawitch
Wasillawitch

Don't forget his departure from the Sheriff's Office after Cactus Towing was raided and evidence revealed Pearce was giving them lucrative contracts and receiving kick-backs.

DNichols
DNichols

Really, this would explain how he got into the Arizona Senate, he was already an expert at Bribe Taking, and Corruption.

As Senate Preident he perfected those skills, and moved up to Electoral Rigging, and Manipulating.  (Cortez)

"C.T.R." Brother Pearce?

You "Latter Day Saint"

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

Don't forget the AZ Senate.  Broke the law, lied, got fired by the voters. peace

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