Russell Pearce's "Arizona Teacher's [sic] Association": Olivia Cortes Part 2? (w/Updates)

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The website for the "Arizona Teacher's [sic] Association," created July 13....

See also: Russell Pearce's New Signs Tout His "Eduction" (w/Update)
See also: Russell Pearce on Blast for Racist E-mails in New Dennis Gilman Video
See also: Russell Pearce Blames Victims for Dark Knight Massacre (w/Update)

(And please see updates below.)


As the saying goes, you can't make this stuff up.

On Wednesday, I published a blog post discussing recalled, ex-state Senator Russell Pearce's misspelled "Eduction" campaign sign, as well as another Russ placard that boasts an endorsement from the "Arizona Teacher's [sic] Association."

A teachers association that has trouble spelling its own name? Sounds like a red flag, dontcha think?

Yesterday, my afternoon was taken up with watching the ACLU's Melendres trial down at the federal courthouse (a post to follow). Still, I was able to do a little research via iPhone during breaks and afterward.

This is what I discovered.

A man by the name of John Hedgpeth associates himself with the ATA in a letter he wrote opposing the Top Two/Open Elections ballot initiative. The letter is on file with the Arizona Secretary of State's Office, and is one of many statements pro and con that will appear in a voters guide.

Hedgpeth signs beneath the name "ARIZONA TEACHERS ASSOCIATION" (kudos to Mr. Hedgpeth for winning the spelling bee). His signature is notarized by none other than Maricopa County GOP Chairman Rob Haney, a longtime member of the Pearce Kool-Aid club.

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Hedgpeth's letter opposing the Top Two/Open Government initiative...

A separate page listed what I thought was Hedgpeth's phone number. I called and ended up conversing for quite a while with local Tea Party stalwart Ron Ludders, who some may remember as being the chair of the pro-Pearce PAC Safeguard Arizona's Future.

That organization was responsible for last-minute robocalls during the Pearce recall election. The recordings featured a cheesy, low-rent Ricardo Montelban-esque voice encouraging Latino Democrats to cast a "protest" vote by writing-in their own candidate.


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fairymagic13
fairymagic13

Mr. Lemons:

 

You indicate in your article that the Arizona Teacher's Association has mispelled the name of the Association by using the possessive singular instead of the word Teachers.  You are assuming that the Arizona Teacher's Association has more than one member.  If it has only one member, it would be correct - yes?  I think you owe The Arizona Teacher's Association an apology for casting aspersions on their ability to use the English language in a correct manner.

 

Ecartman
Ecartman

John Hedgeth is on a monger trip to Mexicali and Tijuana this weekend. Too funny.

jewelinthedesert
jewelinthedesert

"We have top notch educators, all the way down to home-school moms and dads."   All the way DOWN is the operative word,....a "real" certified teacher would never belong to a ridiculous group such as this bogus scam.....oh my...it's another SCAM WOW!

maestramadremia
maestramadremia

This site obviously has not been written nor edited by any teacher. That indelible red pen would have edited not only "Teacher's" appearing both in the title and in paragraph one, but the last sentence of paragraph two ends in a preposition, "...that today's education unions too often engage in." God forbid that fake organizations purporting to be composed of teachers so blatantly misuse the English language. 

 

Condit's suggestion that "We have top notch educators..." is contradicted by the web site's complete lack of literary merit.

 

azpatty2012
azpatty2012

They don't know what (sic) means, and they still think it's right.

Hock
Hock

lol...I'd laugh except people will fall for this crap.

 

 

wanumba
wanumba

The complete dumb-fuckery that is Russell Pearce never, ever ceases to amaze.  The guy must have some genetic problems from inbreeding.  Does he really think he (and the oozy Constantine Querard) can really get away with this baloney?

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

Desperate people take desperate measures.

 

PEARCE is DESPERATE.

 

A year ago the old mush mouth spouted about how he wasn't worried about the recall. Then he was recalled. Then he said that he would be elected to his seat. Senator Lewis beat him by 12% in that election.

 

He isn't saying anything now, other than political mush that gets him in deeper mush each time his mouth opens.

 

PEARCE is DESPERATE.

 

 

b4peace
b4peace

Their site is back up and still spelled wrong.  Mr. Lemons, you're my hero!  Fantastic investigation, as usual...

bobunf
bobunf

Pearce's "Arizona Teacher's Association" endorsement, "Golden Apple Award" and "Friends of the Family" award are cut from the same cloth as Oliva Cortes: deliberate attempts to confuse and deceive the public.  They are the lies of a con man.  Voters don't like being conned, especially in such a clumsy and obvious fashion.  The method shows the contempt in which Pearce holds his former and potential constituents.   He seems to think they are all too dumb to notice that he's telling a bare faced lie in public.I went to college with Dallin Oaks many decades ago.  At that time, and to this day, I remember him as being obsessed with honesty to, what I considered, a fault.  After all, I felt, a teenager could only be so honest, but sometimes...   Oaks would have none of my shenanigans, and is now a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. 

Apparently Russell missed that part of Mormon indoctrination.   

Quinn
Quinn

Quinn

There is a lot of stuff out on the Internet about a Caroline B. Condit  -- not necessarily the same Caroline Condit listed as Treasurer of "arizona teachers association" (yes, all lower case) on the SOS campaign finance report. 

 

The address listed on the report belongs to: HEDHEPETH JOHN J http://mcassessor.maricopa.gov/Assessor/ParcelApplication/Detail.aspx?ID=214-06-172

 

ROBERT B HANEY contributed to a Caroline B. Condit's run for the District 15 house seat in 2010, http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=126479

the very same Caroline Condit who received a 'False' rating from AZ Fact Check for statements about Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Phoenix supporting a Boycott of AZ in the wake of SB1070 ? http://www.azcentral.com/news/election/azelections/azfactcheck/fact-summary.php?candidate_id=116,

 

And could this be the same Caroline who is an AZ Tea Partier?  http://arizonateaparty.ning.com/profile/CarolineBCondit614,

 

Doesn't the Arizona Teacher's Association claim to be a non-partisan group? Haney? Hedgpeth? Condit?  Sounds pretty partisan to me.

 

And how, pray tell, did the esteemed ATA decide whom to endorse?  I'll wager they drew upon the wisdom of the many thousands of Arizona teachers who have signed up in the last 14 days (since the www.azta.us site has been up) to determine Pearce is clearly the best choice for improving education in Arizona - not

narizona
narizona

You have to keep in mind the phrase Justice is really in reality Just Us!as for the maggot he's still a maggot. Ha all eyes on me.You sir maggot are not going to get away with any of your past shenanigans everyone has your number Puto and it's ZERO !

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

Seems Pearce created a fake organization to endorse him.  Other than that, the only endorsements he has are from Arpaio and Baummgard.

Quinn
Quinn

Well done, Mr. Lemons!!!  A sham endorsement to go along with a sham candidate and sham robo-calls.  The http://www.azta.us/index.html site is a joke, for sure? I mean "Arizona Teacher's Association" ???  This has got to bite Pearce in the ass.

wtf..
wtf..

Good detective work Mr. Lemons!...i bet they never thought someone was going to look into this bogus association...

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

Funny, but their web site is already down.  There was a cached version however!

teknik
teknik

"Teacher's Association".

 

Hey they never said there was more than one teacher in this association.

brody
brody

Isnt Gary Condit and his wife Carolyn living in the Valley?

SusurroPerforado
SusurroPerforado

The "Arizona Teacher's Association" = the Olivia Cortes of sham organizations designed to trick voters into thinking racist, extremist, nutjobs like Pearce somehow enjoy broad support from the education sector.  HAHHAHAHHAHAHAA!!!  This is yet another hilarious chapter in the saga of Constantin Querard and his loser posse.

SUTTER77
SUTTER77

@fairymagic13 I think The Arizona Teacher's Association owes everyone an apology for casting aspersions that they are a legitimate functioning Association. Do these ass clowns in the Pearce camp ever get tired of making total douche bags out of themselves in front of the entire Nation?

 

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

 @b4peace you got a cached copy.  DNS won't even resolve the address any more!

fairymagic13
fairymagic13

 @steveramos2 Montgomery needs to be sued under SB1070 for not going after the employers of the illegal immigrants rounded up by MSCO - ESPECIALLY TOLMAN!  That would be the coolest thing, having the SB1070 law turned on its makers and supporters.

Mr.Socks
Mr.Socks

 @Quinn Now why is the Phoenix Teacher's Association being blasted? Is it because they support Pearce or what? I don't quite understand.

OffScottFree
OffScottFree

 @Quinn Wasn't Pearce the Head of some type of "Integrity" leage, until he was exposed Committing the Class Five Felony /"Sham" Electoral Rigging, and Manipulating?

 

A Woman heading his Integrity Office Quit upon finding out Good Ole Russel was involved with his Brother, Two Neices, and a Tea Party Official in this Class Five Felony, which should have gotten all involved nine months to two years in Jail!

 

 

Good Ole Pearce and his Brother should now be running for "Inmate of the Month"!

 

Where is "Justice" in Corrupt Arizona?

RCColaMoonpie
RCColaMoonpie

 @brody I wondered that too. But it doesn't look like the same person, Caroline vs. Carolyn. Look different in the pics online when u google.

Mr.Socks
Mr.Socks

 @SusurroPerforado Oh I get it now. Just because the Teacher's Association supports Pearce they are racist and extreme? I don't think so.Truthfully though, those who do not support Pearce are the real racists and extreme nut jobs.

fairymagic13
fairymagic13

 @SUTTER77 One person can form an association in Arizona.  It is not required that there be multiple persons. 

Quinn
Quinn

 @Mr.Socks Well, have you been to their web site?  Contrast their site to the Arizona Educators Association: http://www.arizonaea.org/

 

The site was created 14 days ago.  The organization is a PAC that appears to have filed for the first time a couple months ago.

 

That's okay if you don't understand, Socks.  Go back to sleep.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

 @Mr.Socks  @wtf..   This one seems to be.  You notice how they had "Teacher's" where it should be "Teachers" in their name?

 

They got their web address about 2 weeks back.

SUTTER77
SUTTER77

@Mr.Socks

Were you born that dumb, or have you worked at it for a number of years?

 

Marcy
Marcy

 @Mr.Socks Mr Socks is Mr Sock Puppet for the Dummy's For Pearce PAC.  

 

 

maestramadremia
maestramadremia

 @Mr.Socks The teacher's association by its name suggests that only one teacher has an association. (Singular possessive noun)

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

 @Mr.Socks  @SusurroPerforado It should be "Teachers" and NOT "Teacher's".  The site was created about the same time Pearce's racist emails cam out 2 weeks back.

Eleanor
Eleanor

 @Quinn

 Socks might be a voter....wouldn't you want them to understand?

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