Russell Pearce's Wackjob Bro Lester and His Run In with Cari Gerchick

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Lester wouldn't know "integrity" if it ran over his foot with a steam roller

See also: Lester Pearce Submits Public Records Request About Ethics Complaint Against Him
See also: Russell Pearce's Bro Lester Pearce, Busted
See also: Russell Pearce's Brother, Judge Lester Pearce, Stumped for Brother at LD 19 Meeting
See also: Russell Pearce's Supporters in LD 19 Outed as Olivia Cortes Petition Gatherers, while LD 18 Stays Neutral (w/Update)

Sometimes I think recalled, disgraced former state Senate President Russell Pearce is running as a team with his ex-Justice of the Peace brother Lester to make himself look smarter by comparison.

Russ, as you know, is running for state Senate in Legislative District 25; Lester, for county supervisor from District 2. But Lester is also under investigation by the Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct, which is looking into Lester's stumping for his brother during the 2011 recall.

In October of last year, I reported that Lester spoke on behalf of his brother at a GOP LD 19 meeting. Phoenix videographer Dennis Gilman and I were actually at that meeting, but we missed Lester's speech.

Later I posted minutes of the LD 19 meeting as evidence of Lester's flagrant scofflaw-ing.

Lester's since retired as a judge to run for supervisor, entirely self-funding his campaign with a $100,000 loan to himself.

(One of his mailers boasts that he doesn't accept donations from lobbyists. Know why? Because no sane lobbyist would write a check to this hick.)

The CJC may get him yet, as it can still reprimand Lester and it could choose to bar him from running for JP again.

Don't know about you, but I opt for the latter.

Yesterday, I reported on a kerfuffle Lester caused at the county building when he ambushed county spokeswoman Cari Gerchick, personally serving her with a public records request and demanding to know when he would receive all documents related to a protective order the CJC had issued to the county.

Today, Gerchick, who is in all ways a class act, sent over this statement concerning the incident, which upset her as Lester had somehow gained entree to a secure area, waiting for her to arrive, when he could have just left the letter with the receptionist.

It reads:

"By appearing at my office and demanding in person that I violate a Court Order issued by the Commission on Judicial Conduct, Mr. Pearce asked me, an attorney and Officer of the Court, to commit an unethical act. I value and respect the Rules of Professional Conduct for attorneys and had I acquiesced to Pearce's demand, I would have violated my oath to uphold the law.

"Equally awkward was that the person who asked me to commit this breach of the rule of law, is one of two candidates running for a contested position on the governing body by whom I am employed and with whose members I work on a daily basis. Without question, I would not and did not violate a court order as Mr. Pearce inappropriately asked me to do. I hope that no county employee is ever again put in the kind of Hobbesian position that I experienced."

If you read Lester's letter, you'll see he actually wanted to keep his public records request secret.

"Since the information relates only to myself, the Protective Order would apply to everyone except myself," Lester writes.

Nice, try, Les.

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OnlyInArizona
OnlyInArizona

TO YOUR PRODUCT SUCKS:

How is Gerchick playing politics with her job?  Her job is communications officer, isn't it?  And Lester Pearce wanted her to violate a court order.  And you think SHE is playing politics?  You are the one playing games, not Gerchick.  You have a beef about anybody except Arpaio and Pearce, it seems.

So from that we can conclude that you are a) Hendershott or a family member b) Pearce or a family member or c) an ardent supporter who really doesn't care about what is right so long as it's being done by Arpaio or Pearce.

 

Give it a rest already.  Gerchick has done a great job as the PIO for Maricopa County. If you don't believe that, you are in the minority.  Why attack her?  She's a part of the necessary function of the county - NOT the problem.  Those who have dealt with her on a regular basis respect her integrity and her skill. 

 

If you REALLY have a beef about this whole issue, it should be with Lester Pearce who wanted the Protective Order violated, THEN wanted to keep it secret.  That sends up no red flags to you?

 

 

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

Seems like Gerchick is playing politics with her job.  Her letter is over the top and suspiciously becomes public immediately.  

 

Most people making these public records requests are pushy and obnoxious.  Lemons is a perfect example.  Little Mark Dana is another.

 

I have had email interaction with Gerchick and I am disappointed with the manner she is handling this issue. I will trust her less knowing she's playing political pattycake with new times bloggers.

dumbanddumber12
dumbanddumber12

I think most of us understand that Russell and Lester Pearce are just dumb. What is weird is that on Lester's campaign flier, he says that he is going to clean up county government. No offense to the current sanitation staff, but I think the only thing he is qualified to clean are the county toilets.

wherewasi
wherewasi

I find it hard to believe that The Brothers Pearce and many others in the board room of the GOP, or shall I say Tea Party, organization are not facing any charges for their disgraceful attempt to defraud voters by running a sham candidate during Russell's recall election.  Why were no charges ever filed in the Olivia Cortez scandal?  They all got caught red-handed.  I do realize that the current ethics investigation into Lester most likely has to do with his participation in that event, but it has to do with him "campaigning" for his brother when it should have to do with attempting to defraud the public.

marcy
marcy

How dumb is Lester?  He thinks he is above average in intellect because he got an 82 on his IQ test and everyone knows that gets you a B in school.  Russell, unfortunately, is only average.

marcy
marcy

The entire Pearce clan has spent their lives suckling at the public teat.  They've taken in more taxpayer dollars that a hundred welfare queens.

 

pecee69
pecee69

Just confirms my belief that anyone seeking public office should have psychiatric evaluations before they are allowed on the ballot

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

I've met and chatted with Ms. Gerchick at a public event. Very nice lady, and very professional. I would count her among the county employees who we would be proud to recognize.

 

In the 2010 election cycle Republicans were clamoring for the Old Joe endorsements for their campaign signs. Along with, "I voted for" or, "I support" SB-1070.

 

SB-1070 has been neutered (note to Mrs. Brewer, please) and so has Old Joe. It seems NO ONE is clamoring for his endorsement this year and I've not seen any trips by the Geriatric Goon to other states to endorse county sheriff candidates. It must be hard on his Missus, having him home most weekends now. I suppose she is busy with beans and weenies.

 

About L. Pearce: The man seems to be a super goober, honestly. I''ve not had the displeasure of meeting him in person so I can't really say what he might be like in that regard. From afar, however, he seems to be not much more than a simple twit. That, in itself, may be an exaggeration of his intellect.

 

Someone posted on these very pages last fall that he/she had filed a formal complaint against L. Pearce with the Judicial Commission. This investigation should not be a surprise for L. Pearce, however I would guess that he is surprised each day when he sees the sun in sky. "It's a bird, it's a plane"... No Lester, it's the sun, once again. I believe his propane lantern has run out of fuel..... and he was dimly lit to begin with.

 

There is a silver lining here. Both the Pearce boys have provided fodder for entertainment over the years. The dark lining, of course, is those who have been victimized by both the boys in so many ways.

 

I wonder if they still have the preferred (reserved) parking spots at Chase stadium?

teknik
teknik

they don't care if they lie, they know most people do not follow the news closely and do not follow the elections. someone told them they need to always vote R because those other folks are all friends of the devil.

 

OnlyInArizona
OnlyInArizona

The Commission needs to make a ruling on this lunatic ASAP.  He, AND his lunatic brother need not pretend to be viable candidates for ANYTHING any longer.  His back-handed approach to a very routine records request is more reason to question the ethics/integrity and cognitive skills of this used up, confused and clearly arrogant Lester Pearce. 

Lester, could you grace us with your list of supporters?  Besides your brothers and their 99 kids, who supports you?   With your mailer, are you trying for a reality tv show

I saw your mailer above.  YOU have the experience to fight corruption?  WHERE WERE YOU when your brother's kid was making fake ID's at the MVD? Did you stand up and deliver?    WHERE WERE YOU fighting corruption when David Hendershott was billing the County for personal representation from the firm who overbilled the county by THOUSANDS?  Did you weigh in?  WHERE WERE YOU when it was made known that the MCSO ignored all the sex crimes in El Mirage?   Did you use your "experience" to assist the victims or comment on the misdeeds of the Sheriff's Office?   No comment from you I see.  Nothing that spells "experience" in fighting corruption.  Nothing but words in a campaign mailer.  Fighting Corruption My Ass.  The only thing you're fighting is a cold.

If I were Cari Gerchick, I'd file a complaint against you with the Commission - to add to the one you obviously are already knee deep in.  But that is wishful thinking - she's a class act.  You are nothing but a pathetic class clown - a  has-been loser who would leverage your family savings to attempt to buy a seat representing District 2.  The primary is right around the corner...and with any luck, the only thing you'll be running for is the door.

 

wanumba
wanumba

Pure swine.  Nice grand kids..looks like Children of the Corn.

 

Lester...go away!!!!

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

 @Tommy_Collins 

Your remarks are below average.  Typically you are smart and somewhat objective.  Now you sound like a parrot of ptcgaz or Jason.  Late night?

john_hobbes
john_hobbes

you should re-read my work - I said, about 400 years ago that "life is... nasty, brutish and short. From what it sounds like, I was perfectly describing the Pearce brothers... NASTY, BRUTISH AND SHORT.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

 @OnlyInArizona You forgot WHERE WERE YOU when your bro was accepting illegal GIFTS from the Fiesta Bowl and where are those canceled checks we were promised?

yourracismsucks
yourracismsucks

 @yourproductsucksthere you are. typically your remarks sound like bull connor or george wallace or robert e lee or george armstrong custer or adolph hitler or should i even continue. i think the point is made. you definitely have not pulled away from your extreme racist comments. i do wish you would just come out and say it, you are a sick nazi fuck just like jt ready. please it is tiresome watching you try to claim your not a racist

 

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

 @yourproductsucksThanks. I will try to step it up a bit on the next one. I think my senses were dulled by the D'Backs game at the time. Maybe I will have a bit of 'Sharp' cheddar before my next attempt.

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