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

I once asked Sinema whether Pearce could have been unaware of the seminar.

"I find that very hard to believe," she told me in 2008. "The entire Legislature was invited to the event. The whole thing was videotaped, and you can watch it on our archive. And I reported it on the floor [of the state House]."

In April 2007, I wrote about that forum and the fact Ready had been exposed as being a racist and an anti-Semite. During the same month, I reported on a meeting of the nativist group United for a Sovereign America where Ready called the ADL the "Anti-Defecation League." Pearce had spoken to USA before. Indeed, that organization fervently supported his anti-immigrant efforts.

In June 2007. Pearce and Ready worked the crowd together at an anti-immigrant rally on the state House lawn. I witnessed this myself and took photos of them doing so.

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Pearce and state Representative John Kavanaugh (behind him) applauding Ready in 2007

Ready gave a fiery speech at the rally, where he talked of closing off America's borders with U.S. Marine divisions and threatened to jerk around non-compliant judges by their collars. In video of the speech, Pearce can be seen smiling and applauding Ready's tirade.

Years later, I was able to reveal that the ADL of Arizona's regional director Bill Straus had informed Pearce of Ready's extremist tendencies as far back as 2006, though Pearce, in his many denials over the years, has asserted that he knew nothing of Ready's far-right activities.

This is what I wrote at the time:

Pearce had been warned privately in October 2006 of Ready's nefarious affiliations. This, by Bill Straus, regional director of the Arizona Anti-Defamation League.

Straus gave Pearce a file on neo-Nazis and other racists flocking to Pearce's anti-immigrant cause. It included information on and a photo of Ready, who already was on the ADL's radar.

When, in 2008, three Arizona congressmen lined up to kick Ready out of the Republican Party and his elected post as a precinct committeeman, Pearce was again linked to Ready with a now-infamous photo of the prejudiced pair from the 2007 rally, published in Feathered Bastard.

Of that photo, Pearce told the Republic, "Nobody knew what [Ready] stood for."

After reading that statement, Straus fired off a letter to Pearce reminding him of their October 2006 meeting. Straus says he never received a reply.

"It's hard for me to fathom," Straus told me, "that after a one-on-one meeting with me -- and all the press J.T. got -- that [Pearce] was unaware of what he was and what he stood for."

Pearce finally denounced Ready in August of 2008 during a GOP primary contest for state Senate. But this was our colloquy when I ran into him at a 2007 roast of Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Sun City:

"There was a point where I thought J.T. was a good guy," the bullet-headed legislator confessed. "But I was disappointed by that picture I saw [of J.T. demonstrating with neo-Nazis in Omaha, Nebraska]."

So was Ready the fella who sent Pearce that neo-Nazi National Alliance e-mail that got Pearce in such a pickle last year when he forwarded it to followers?

"I'm not going to get into that," he said, shaking his head. "That's old history. It doesn't matter who sent it. That's my job to be alert when I read."

In journalism, that's what they call a non-denial denial.

"I don't think J.T.'s a bad guy, I think his association with these groups is wrong," insisted Pearce.

Really? So what about the vicious, anti-Semitic screeds J.T. posts on NewSaxon.com, "an online community for whites, by whites"? Is Pearce okay with that? Pearce said no, so The Bird advised the lawmaker not to hang out with J.T. anymore.

"I never did," Pearce shot back.

This tallywhacker told Pearce that's a lie because The Bird was at that June rally, watched Pearce and Ready work the crowd together arm-in-arm, and has the photos to prove it.

"That's not my fault," cried Pearce. "I don't push people away. I was also at the side of Al Rodriguez and J.D. Hayworth. You didn't take those pictures."

That's because neither Rodriguez, an anti-illegal immigrant activist, nor former Congressman Hayworth is a neo-Nazi.


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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?

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.)

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. 

Coz
Coz

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

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. 

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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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! 

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.

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.

Wanumba
Wanumba

Both mean the same thing.

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

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. 

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.

DNichols
DNichols

Arpaio will be their pivot 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. 

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! 

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!

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

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

Don't throw stones, Susan.

Royalphoenix2
Royalphoenix2

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

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.

DNichols
DNichols

When he was babtised did he say "Alto"?

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

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

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.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

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

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. 

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.

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"

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