Russell Pearce's Vanquisher Jerry Lewis Slimed by Democrats

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Of these three stooges, Sherwood is the big disappointment...

See, Ableser missed nearly 40 percent of floor votes this year and 32 percent of them in 2011.

When asked by the Arizona Capitol Times why he missed so many votes, he claimed it was because his participation didn't really matter.

Check out the following excerpt from the May 25 article:

Ableser, who missed nearly 40 percent of the House's floor votes, offered no apology for his record and said his participation reflects what he sees as a waste of time and energy, trying to moderate the highly conservative Legislature.

"They're nuts. The Tea Party has taken over the state and made it a complete mockery. I'm not going to participate in that," Ableser said. "My time is spent better working with my constituents."

In 2011, he had a slightly different answer for the Cap Times:

"When the Republicans were going to ram through their legislation or totally discard what the Democrats voiced, I chose to spend my time working on my dissertation."

As Lewis' foil in LD 26, Ableser has made no bones about smearing Lewis as broadly and as often as he can. In a recent Clean Election-sponsored debate, Ableser depicted himself as fighting a battle against "Tea Party extremism."

Well, 60 percent of the time.

According to sources close to the Dems' LD 26 campaign, the attack mailer was Ableser's idea. And that's not hard to believe.

Butter wouldn't melt in this guy's mouth. He is shamelessness personified. He reminds me of a Democratic version of wingnut Republican legislator Steve Smith.

I called Ableser for comment, and he defended the hit-piece mailer, telling me that since he was running as a team with the other two Dems, the mailer addressed all three of their opponents, and that not all parts of the text related to all three Republicans.

"When we're coming out, talking about our opponents, we have to list [the other] opponents as well," he told me. "I can't just talk about Jerry Lewis and have my three partners pay for it. We have to talk about all three candidates.

"And so, the biggest thing that we feel wins in the district is that Mary Lou Taylor and Ray Speakman, they came out full fledged endorsing Russell Pearce. My partners in the House, they have screenshots. We have proof for all of that stuff."

Never mind that if Speakman and Taylor endorsed Pearce, that means they didn't endorse Lewis.

According to the CapTimes, Speakman has denied endorsing Pearce either in this year's primary or the recall. His name is not on the "Friends of Russell" list that's still online. Taylor's name is, but I haven't talked to her yet. I do know some of the FORs on the current list are old or incorrect.

But, no offense to Taylor or Speakman, I don't care if they endorsed Pearce. I'm mainly concerned with the big lie being told about Lewis.

What about the "funding" Joe Arpaio line? That has to do with a budget bill concerning funds for the Gang and Immigration Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission (GIITEM), which largely benefited the MCSO.

The $100,000? That seems to involve some creative math. As of September 17, Lewis' total raised to date was $41,446.

Lewis is a conservative Republican. But because he ran against Pearce and because he often cast votes against Tea Party-sponsored bills in the Senate (state Representative Debbie Lesko's anti-contraception bill, state Senator Sylvia Allen's militia bill, etc.), he was treated as a pariah by most Rs.

The Dems were more welcoming, at least while the legislature was in session.

It's one thing to disagree with the way Lewis voted on various items. It's another to slime him as if 2011 never happened, as if he never endured and fought with courage against a fearsome political ogre.

If Lewis had turned down his friends, the ones who asked him to run against Pearce, the recall probably would have failed.

Citizens for a Better Arizona scored the signatures to force the recall. But a Dem would not have won in the old, deeply red LD 18. What was needed was a Mormon Republican, one more representative of the district than Pearce.

Lewis was the right man at the right time.

By contrast, what difference would it have made to the world if Ableser had decided to give up politics after his first term for a career as a Starbucks barista?

Not much.

That, along with this disgusting mailer, is enough not to recommend Ableser over Lewis.

There's also Ableser's smug performance at an October 4 Clean Elections-sponsored debate, where he played used car salesman to Lewis' Eagle Scout.

Watch it for yourself, and if you live in that district, vote accordingly.

Postscript: I like Andrew Sherwood and he would make a good state Representative, but I am deeply disappointed to see him lending his name and money to this attack.

Sherwood ran unsuccessfully against Pearce for state Senate in 2010. In 2011, he unselfishly opted not to throw his hat into the recall ring. I know he and Lewis have been friends, heretofore, and that he's in a weird position with all this.

Still, I would advise Sherwood, a young man with a bright future, to emulate Lewis, not Ableser. Ableser is just another hack on the make. Lewis is a profile in courage, a man of conscience. More Jerry Lewises are what this state needs. The Ed Ablesers we can do without.


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fairymagic13
fairymagic13

Ahem, Mr. Lemons, Speakman and Taylor HAVE endorsed Lewis in the current race!!!!  You TWIT!

fairymagic13
fairymagic13

It's like Mr. Lewis teabagged our very own "journalist" Mr. Lemons and he liked it so much there was a "turn" - Please come out of the closet Mr. Lemons - it's soooo dark in there.  BTW - Compare Mr. Lewis' votes with those of the teabaggers in the Senate and you will come to the same conclusion - a "nice guy" who votes for the Teabaggers agenda is STILL A TEABAGGER!!!!!

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

Okay, year after year I heard Mr. Lemons complaining about the Democrats not being able to exercise control over the increasingly rabid right wing in this State's legislature.  Here's a guy, Senate candidate Ed Ableser,  which is clearly a member of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party stating a FACT in his co-op ad (Lewis DOES VOTE for the Tea Party Republican Agenda and his votes bare this out), an ad with BACKBONE, and Mr. Lemons immediately does a 180 and starts to criticize the ad as too harsh?  WTF!!!!It's time for the same thing that Lemons has criticized Dems for - GROW A PAIR!

BlackShadow
BlackShadow

I want to know which one of Arpaio's goons kidnapped Stephen Lemons and stole his New Times login!!!!

 

Or did Lemons finally get bribed?

arizonaeagletarian
arizonaeagletarian

"But, no offense to Taylor or Speakman, I don't care if they endorsed Pearce. I'm mainly concerned with the big lie being told about Lewis." -- Stephen Lemons.

 

THE big lie in this story is the gross exaggerations Stephen Lemons made in SLIMING Ableser and letting Lewis off the hook for ACTUALLY FULFILLING the role of TEA PARTY senator.

 

Jerry Lewis' uses his affability to distract and downplay how he conducted himself in the senate.

 

Stephen Lemons completely ignored Lewis time in the senate, but described Ableser's time in the House as if it's the end of the fucking world.

 

"People WAKE the FUCK UP" (Samuel L Jackson).

 

MasCafePlease
MasCafePlease

Eddie Ableser, you should be ashamed of yourself.  If I were in your district, I would vote for Jerry Lewis, even though I am a liberal Democrat.  If you cannot win on your merits you don't deserve to be in office.  And by the way, your support for Tort Deform shows your ignorance.  

sggrange
sggrange

I am as far from a repub let alone a right winger as is possible, but these allegations are distasteful and seem grossly inaccurate.

 

reasonable people can disagree with each other as to the direction of the country, but this character assassination is unwarranted. If you cannot beat the man with ideas, (as he did Russell) then so be it.

 

Again, I have only read that Lewis is a decent guy that has different politics to me....It happens.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

All right you guys, I mean the Three Mouseketeers: Knock off the shit right now. Sen. Ableser, you can work on your dissertation on your time. Now, when a vote is taken on who will be State Senate president, I want you to lobby and vote for Jerry Lewis (that, of course, assumes that you will be re-elected). Yes, he's a conservative Republican but also from everything I've heard, a helluva nice and charitable guy. It most unfortunate that he's had to take crap from his own partisans and he doesn't need any more from you. I expect that you will do all you can to work with him on things the two of you agree on and that really matter, but at the same time speaking out against the kind of insane legislation proposed by the tinfoil-hat wearers on the other side of the aisle. As for Messrs. Mendez and Sherwood, the same thing applies. Do your best to instill a spirit of cooperation in the House of Representatives but vigorously oppose anything that would smack of discrimination against Hispanics, women and the GLBT community. And all of you: show up for scheduled votes above all. The TeaThuglicans are in firm control of the Legislature and it is up to you to step up and vigorously speak to our issues and concerns. Dems will have no chance of capturing the Legislature in the future if they are associated with the kind of gutter politics exemplified in the flyer shown above. Ten-hut! Forward, MARCH! Oh yeah, I was thinking of calling you the 3 Stooges, but no.

richietaylor
richietaylor

No one doubts that Jerry Lewis was courageous in standing up and challenging Russell Pearce and his goons, but what counts now is his record in the Senate since being elected. Let’s look at  Sen. Lewis’ record since arriving in the Senate: he voted with the Tea Party wing of his party to cut KidsCare (SB1619), to cut $350 Million in education spending (SB1617), he voted with the right wing of his party to tell the UN that global warming is an international conspiracy (SB1057), he opposed Prop 204 (education funding) and he voted for the 20 week abortion ban. Yes, Jerry Lewis did every Arizonan a service by ridding our state of Russell Pearce’s leadership, but what matters most now is his record and that record is not in line with the views of the new LD26. The views and positions of Ed Ableser, Juan Mendez and Andrew Sherwood are in line with LD26 and we need them in the legislature. Jerry Lewis doesn’t deserve a permanent seat in the legislature just because he defeated Russell Pearce, which by the way he never would have been able to do if it not for the amazing volunteers that worked day in and day out to recall Pearce in the first place. Jerry Lewis is a nice guy, but I prefer leaders that will stand up and fight the Tea Party agenda. By the way I also happen to know Ed, Juan and Andrew and they’re all pretty nice too.

 

donnagratehouse
donnagratehouse

Lemons and a lot of people commenting need to learn some basic facts about how politics and legislatures work before opining. When you elect someone you are electing the party they caucus with. Which means that nice "moderate" Jerry Lewis is going to vote with his party at least 80% of the time, for the Republican agenda of tax cuts, cuts to education and health care, privatization, crony capitalism, inaction on climate change, attacks on women's freedom, etc. You are also voting for who controls committees and what bills get heard. Jerry Lewis winning what was previously a Dem Senate seat makes for a larger GOP majority. How is that a positive thing? 

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

 @arizonaeagletarian   You sure carried on when Cherny put out smear ads and I agreed with you. Now-its not an issue?

 

 Lewis never endorsed Pearce and that is exactly what this ad is trying to say he did.

 

He's the Tea Party's most hated republican in Az.  and the Tea Party senators would've put Lewis's desk in the parking lot of the Capitol if they could've gotten away with it.  Thats simply a fact you seem determined to ignore, perhaps in convincing yourself this flyer is somehow fair..

 

Laurie Roberts now has proof when she says the KOOKS are in both parties and that  seems crystal clear to everyone but the KOOKS.  Accept reality. The flyer is wrong.

 

There is nothing to talk about until that fact is accepted. 

 

arizonaeagletarian
arizonaeagletarian

 @MasCafePlease Stephen Lemons leaves ALL pretense of journalistic integrity and objectivity far behind on this one. Lemons overwhelmingly exaggerated his criticism of Ableser but did NOT ONE BIT of analysis of Jerry Lewis' conduct (votes) as a senator representing Mesa (the old LD26). In fact, Jerry Lewis, on his campaign facebook page declared that he is the incumbent senator from LD26 (Tempe/West Mesa) that is a direct, misrepresentation of the facts of the situation.

 

If you are, in fact, a liberal Democrat, then you would NOT be represented AT ALL by Jerry Lewis in how he conducted himself as an elected lawmaker.

 

 

arizonaeagletarian
arizonaeagletarian

 @sggrange Lewis IS a decent guy. But he also IS, in the Arizona Senate, a TEA PARTY senator. The ONLY difference between him and Russell Pearce is that Lewis is a friendly, warm individual. He voted in agreement with Cathi Herrod's agenda (more than a dozen bills, largely moving Arizona further toward fascism) on all but one.

 

The FALSE allegations contained in THIS story by Stephen Lemons are the allegations, GREATLY exaggerated, made against Ableser.

 

Yes, Ableser did miss votes. Lewis, on the other hand, voted TEA PARTY almost completely. There were NO votes of consequence that the senate republican caucus allowed Jerry Lewis to vote contrary to their direction in the 2012 regular session.

 

Stephen Lemons is the one who should be shamed AND ashamed of himself with this tripe.

lkuby
lkuby

 @eric.nelson745 Ed and Jerry cannot serve together; they are running against each other. Ed is a progressive Democrat; Jerry is a conservative Republican. The new Legislative District 26 encompasses Tempe, which Ed has served nobly for 6 years as our state representative, and West Mesa, which Jerry has served for <1 year. 

 

Jerry, by the way, claims on his FB Public Figure page to be the Senator from LD26. Untrue. He is the Senator from LD 18. He is running to be the Senator from LD26. He also states he is serving Tempe and Mesa. Untrue. He is serving Mesa only. I notified him of this error/misrepresentation, but he unfriended me. Sad. I worked hard in the Recall Pearce Effort.

 

It is disappointing to see Jerry Lewis capitulate to his tea-Party brethren in the Legislature. I thought he would be more independent that that.

 

No matter how you slice it, his extreme votes on education and women's health care do not represent the values of the Democratic District 26. 

ItsADryHate: Please take a deep breath, check your grammar and spelling, and quit the hate talk.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Wow. Did this article ever "resonate." Good job, Lemons.

ItsaDryHATE
ItsaDryHATE

 @donnagratehouse maybe thats why we need top 2, because of hacks like u who believe its ok if their side lies to win

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

 @donnagratehouse  This has NOTHING to do with electing anyone Donna. This has to do with dirty and dishonest campaigning.  I'm all for attacking a candidates character (especially a republican)  if their character deserves it.  But it's Ableser, Sherwood and Mendez character I have to question now.  

Ableser could've and should've won this race.  This will hurt him and it should. 

TylerMontague
TylerMontague

 @donnagratehouse That's funny, because the Tea Party constantly whines that Lewis "votes 78% of the time with the Democrats."  Also, you fail to acknowledge the fact that Lewis will be a deciding vote for who is the Senate President--which is who controls the entire agenda running through the chamber.  Lewis will keep the state on task.  You are just a partisan who votes straight ticket.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

 @lkuby Understand. What I said was basically a plea for courtesy, sanity and cooperation. It has to begin somewhere.

richietaylor
richietaylor

its an election and its a pretty tame attack piece as elections go. You also don't refute my argument that Lewis has failed to stand up to the tea party agenda, which was my main point.

arizonaeagletarian
arizonaeagletarian

 @ItsaDryHATE  @richietaylor Jerry Lewis was in the senate when he voted in LOCK STEP with the tea baggers on SB1507, the bill to outlaw sustainability.  http://www.azleg.gov//FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/legtext/50leg/2r/bills/sb1507.sthird.1.asp&Session_ID=107

 

He voted WITH the tea baggers on ALL votes of consequence. He was ALLOWED by his caucus to vote contrary on a bill or two when they didn't need GOP votes to pass, so he could con constituents in THIS election.

donnagratehouse
donnagratehouse

 @ItsaDryHATE If by "hack" you mean "someone who can articulate a set of principles on a wide range of policy issues and can outline policy preferences that ensue from them and votes for candidates from the party that better represents her well-researched views on education, health care, equality, social justice, the environment, foreign policy, etc." then, yes, I am a hack. And I'd much rather be a hack than a lazy know-nothing who spouts cliches about "both sides" and thinks it makes him look insightful. 

donnagratehouse
donnagratehouse

 @dennis20 It's an election so it is, in fact, about electing someone. As for the mailer, at worst the Dem trio in LD26 are guilty of hyperbole.  

ItsaDryHATE
ItsaDryHATE

 @dennis20  @donnagratehouse if notsoAbles-er loses this one, he'll have plenty of time to work on his dissertation.

 

why don't Donna care bout that? cuz theres a D next to his name. if it was an R, ud crucify him

donnagratehouse
donnagratehouse

 @TylerMontague Look, I'm not one of the rubes you're trying to pass Lewis off as a moderate to, so go peddle it elsewhere. I've examined his voting record and what bills he has sponsored. Lewis votes like a Republican.

 

Why don't you put his entire voting record on reproductive issues on his website so voters in LD26 can see how "moderate" he really is on them? 

arizonaeagletarian
arizonaeagletarian

 @ItsaDryHATE  @richietaylor I did NOT forget to read that part. He STILL voted WITH THE TEA PARTY on it. He is not absolved in the event a bill he voted FOR fails. Similarly, he does NOT get credit for voting against a tea party bill if that bill passes anyway, The reason he does NOT get a pass on H2625 is because he was allowed to vote against it so that he could get fools like you to believe he is not a tea bagger. And you can bet that is THE reason he was allowed to vote that way on ANY vote of consequence.

ItsaDryHATE
ItsaDryHATE

 @arizonaeagletarian  @richietaylor 1507 didn't pass, dickless: "FINAL DISPOSITION:Held in House" If the Rs in the Sen. knew it wasnt gonna pass, wouldnt they let Lewis vote agin it?

 

ur tin foil hat is shwing. if lewis loses, andy biggs will be the next speaker. the tea party don't want lewis in cuz hed vote for steve Pierce

 

please educate urself, dope. were not plyn checkers, the game is chess. and u suck

 

 

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

 @donnagratehouse  It's as dishonest as Romney claiming Obama stole 760 billion from medicare. It's just not as specific.  Lies are not OK with me. I wont defend them when they come from our side.  

donnagratehouse
donnagratehouse

 @TylerMontague  @ItsaDryHATE Ableser can improve his attendance record easily. I don't have much confidence for Lewis having an epiphany and changing his voting habits on culture war and economic issues. 

TylerMontague
TylerMontague

 @donnagratehouse  @ItsaDryHATE Well said.  It's just that one shouldn't lie about Lewis to achieve victory, as Ableser has done here.  And such behavior is in and of itself an act that disqualifies Ableser from office.  That and his 60% voting record.

 

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

 @donnagratehouse  Are you defending the flyer or just angry about Lewis's voting record? .  Sharing those bills and Lewis's voting record is fair game. Thats what voters need to see.

 

 But to claim he endorsed Pearce or is anyone's puppet  is pure bullshit and it's the kind of stuff I expect from the Romney camp or the Tea Party-not democrats.  

ItsaDryHATE
ItsaDryHATE

 @donnagratehouse heres a logical argument: dont lie about the guy. disagree with him but dont call him TeaParty when the TeaParty wld like 2 string him up

donnagratehouse
donnagratehouse

 @ItsaDryHATE This strawman is getting really tiresome. One can appreciate Jerry Lewis defeating Pearce in the recall and also believe that he's not suitable to represent LD26 in the Senate. Those are not mutually exclusive concepts. Try a more logical argument next time. 

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

 @donnagratehouse  @TylerMontague  Donna,  You and I agree on issues. The issues are what should matter.  This flyer is wrong. There is no need to attack Lewis for things he's never done or his character unless you have evidence these is something wrong with it. .

 

Post Lewis's voting record. I agree that is important but this flyer doesn't do that.  Is  Lewis a member of ALEC?

Last time I checked-he wasn't.  

 

That may change. I don't know but it speaks volumes. 

 

What this flyer shows me is what I suspected when I visited the office in Tempe and tried to film Carmona. There is something wrong going on there.  Dems need to get it together.  

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