Russell Pearce-Conqueror Jerry Lewis Endorsed by Eddie Basha, Paul Johnson; Democratic Lies Denounced

The big smear, courtesy of the union folk over at AZ Working Families, aka, Arizona Accountability Project...

Democrats-turned-Independents Eddie Basha of the Bashas' grocery chain and former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson have endorsed Republican state Senator Jerry Lewis for the Legislative District 26 Senate seat, over Lewis' Democratic foil, state Representative Ed Ableser.

See also:
-Liberal Democrats Tar Republican Jerry Lewis, Borrowing a Page From Extremists They Claim to Loathe
-Russell Pearce's Vanquisher Jerry Lewis Slimed by Democrats
-Democrats Up Sleaze Ante Against Jerry Lewis in LD 26

Johnson and Basha joined Republican businessman Dick Foreman in placing their names on a letter lauding Lewis and denouncing the lies coming from the Democrats in LD 26 and from an independent expenditure committee targeting Lewis for defeat.

"With Lewis' support and leadership," reads the letter, "state lawmakers increased funding to K-12 schools by over $60 million and strengthened state support for ASU...

"In spite of his success in increasing funding for our public schools and ASU, Senator Lewis has been the target of malicious and deceitful attacks by independent groups making false and ridiculous claims about his record. We strongly urge Tempe voters to get the facts and reject these misleading and false attacks against Senator Lewis."

"Led the charge"? More liberal lies in a recent Facebook ad...

Read the entire letter praising Lewis from Basha, Foreman and Johnson.

In robocalls, mailers, online ads, and in the personal comments of some local Dems, Lewis has been accused of being a "Tea Party puppet," of "endorsing Russell Pearce," of "telling lies" about Ableser, and of having "led the charge" to make massive cuts to education.

Sponsor Content

My Voice Nation Help

It appears that if you are running for office in Az, the key to winning is being opposed by stephen lemons.


Neither Eddie Basha nor Paul Johnson are voters in LD26. Their endorsement means (and meant) squat. There's still no denying that Stephen Lemons writing such drivel as "Russell Pearce conqueror Jerry Lewis..." is completely outside of the realm of journalism. Not to mention that he accused me of committing homosexual acts because AS A VOTER IN LD26, Jerry Lewis's record MATTERS more to me than the fact that he was a one day hero.


Drivel appropriately describes Lemons' "coverage" as does the word "pathetic."


Thankfully, (and despite the clumsy suppression of ASU students votes) the VOTERS in LD26 voted for the right candidate.

ExpertShot topcommenter

So, let me get this right - when Ed Ableser doesn't vote on heinous bills proposed and/or voted on by his Republican opponent, according to Mr. Lemons, he's wrong (even though his vote won't mean a thing because the his opponent and the other Republicants control the Legislature and the Governorship).  AND then, according again to Mr. Lemons, he's also wrong when he does vote when it is important (like trying to reverse the GUTTING of our education budget in Arizona schools which his opponent voted for TWICE).  Do you know how many people stand to profit from that Move-On program which the Republicants are funnelling money into (despite the need)?  I think that politicians endorse people for political office because you agree with their positions on the issues.  Mayor Stanton is RIGHT in endorsing Ed Ableser, because Ed Ableser's opponent does not share Mayor Stanton's views on 99% of the issues on which he voted while he was in office.  However, Ed Ableser's opponent DID vote 99% of the time in sync with the Tea Party Republicants that control his Party and which control our Legislature.  Paul Johnson and Eddie Basha should be ashamed that they support an individual which wants to do so much damage to our fellow citizens with this votes, especially students and women in particular!


Why not ask Ed Ableser why he voted against the Republicant Budget first before characterizing his vote against it as something negative?    By not finding out the other sides opinions or information, that's not journalism, it's being a political HACK!Oh, and the English Learner issue - three words: Flores vs. Arizona

Mary Doe
Mary Doe

Dear Stephen Lemons. Consider a different job. You are writing one article over and over and over for how long now. What's your beef with Planned Parenthood anyway? The usual religious 'life begins at conception"?

Phoenix New Times
Phoenix New Times

Thanks the heads-up Jason. Our blogs are having issues right now. They should be back up shortly.


Jerry Lewis is a mature statesman, above all the nastiness.  If we had 90 people like him down there, our state wouldn't have near the problems we suffer.  He deserves votes for his courage.


 @Tyler Unfortunately, if we had 90 like him, we'd be slaves to the Tea Party. Jerry Lewis voted the Tea Party agenda in the Arizona Senate.

eric.nelson745 topcommenter

 @Tyler Agreed and Dems need to stop bashing him. It's unseemly and just plain wrong.


 @eric.nelson745  @Tyler kudos to lemons for telling it like it is. his lib-tard pals have been all over his ass for not towing the Democrat line

Now Trending

From the Vault