Russell Pearce and Cohorts Plead for Amnesty, LD 25 RiNOs Give It To Them

Led mostly by LD 25 Chair Paul Whetten and attorney Alan Soelberg, a series of options were presented to the assembled regarding how the meeting should proceed.

Without recreating the mind-numbing minutiae of the bylaws and their differing interpretations, the initial vote had to do with whether or not to accept the bylaws as they currently stand; i.e., requiring a signed nomination form for each candidate for state committee.

According to LD 25's new recording secretary, lawyer Brent Ellsworth, the November 29 vote had been flawed, in that many whose names were on the ballot did not submit the proper paperwork to be considered as candidates.

"In fact," Ellsworth e-mailed me recently, "over 400 candidates appeared on that ballot but only about 180 had submitted the proper documentation."

Two of those apparently not submitting their docs on time were the brothers Pearce, Lester and Russell.

Which means they were, per LD 25's bylaws, undocumented.

Seems some folks just don't believe in the rule of by-law, thinking they can skip ahead of others who play by the rules. (Irony alert.)

The Pearces were on hand Wednesday, though they mostly sat in the rear and kept their yaps shut, other than kibbitzing with their fellow Rs before and after the votes.

The resolution of the issue was of importance to Russ, because it's been rumored that he might attempt a challenge of anticipated victor Robert Graham in the race for state party chair during the state GOP's January 26 meeting.

Pearce himself put a hole in that persistent rumor by publicly endorsing Graham earlier in the day.

Not that Pearce would be above a colossal backstab, but such an obvious betrayal of his word would be difficult to rationalize, even for a practiced prevaricator such as Pearce.

A brief debate ensued among the LD 25 PCs. Some argued that the rules weren't there to exclude Republicans from running, but to encourage them to run. Which sounded like the sort of thing a Democrat would say.

One frog-voiced gentleman observed that as a conservative, he supported the rule of law.

"I think it would be wrong to say that we do not abide by the bylaws," he stated.

A slim majority agreed, and the motion passed. It seemed, with that vote, the pro-Pearce camp would endure further punishment, and some in their ranks would not be allowed to run for election to the state committee.

But a motion was made, and seconded, that the results of the November 29 state committee election be accepted, without removing the names of those who did not have their papers in order.

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timmer1258
timmer1258

Brewer and Pierce claim rule of law only when they like the laws. Jack asses one and ALL.. Every time I hear her say those words, " Rule of Law!" it reminds me of Gomer chasing Barney down main street yelling, " Citizens Arrest, Citizens Arrest!!!!"

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

The self-destruction of Arizona. These officials destroyed many innocent lives, families and children. Now it's their turn as the state continues its moral decline.

MrDuke
MrDuke

Dinosaurs making a pathetic attempt at preventing extinction.  The infighting will only get worse, and they'll be nothing but bones left when it's finished.  I'm personally enjoying the show. 

comrade
comrade

These Arizona GOPers are a bunch of corrupt mother fuckers, they pound their chests and talk about the Rule of Law, but when it comes to be applied to them, all of a suden  that Rule of Law has no meanning.There's no surprise at all since they have the best teacher of them all, the corrupt POS shurf of MCSO, and "Twotimes Russ " beign one of his apprentices, what else can be expected.

They should be called the "GOP Circus of Arizona & Pearce Bros. & MCSO". They are a cesspool of whinners and beggars, living most of their lives supported by the public dole, specially the Pearce Bros.

LD25PC
LD25PC

The Repubs made peace...I'm sure the Pearcebots will now look deep into their souls and think deeply about justice and mercy, and how, now that they've received mercy, they should think about illegal aliens as human beings and not try to purge everyone who disagrees with them.....nah.

chadsnow
chadsnow

So the hard-right Pearce faction makes up only 1/3 of the Republican PC's in LD25?  Seems like Russell, Lester, and Haney are the RINO's now. 

marcy
marcy

The Tea Bag Party believes that laws are for other people.

DNichols
DNichols

Jan Brewer is said to have also recieved "Amnesty" from the Fed's. after their investigation into her De- Frauding Social Security of $75,000.00 to reward her Knife Point Rapist Son Ron as he served out his Sentence.

Rumor has it that Honest Jan got, and spent the money, and the Fed's. simply allowed her to re-pay Social Security the De Frauded $75,000.00 and gave her "Amnesty" from Jail Time?!

Jan Brewer said: "We are a land of Laws, all Laws."

She meant Laws which can be applied against people with "Brown Skin"!

Ah, Arizona Politicians.

DNichols
DNichols

Why are they not in Jail?!

The Electoral Rigging/Manipulating that they committed during Russell Pearce's Recall Election, along with the wonderful "Mrs. Cortes", Pearce's two Niece's, Tea Party, and G.O.P. Officials was a Class Five Felony according to Arizona Law!

Period!

Not counting the "Fiesta Bowl Bribe Taking", and the "Cactus Towing Bribe Taking."

To: Justice in Arizona?  The Corrupt Politician Sanctuary.

Warrior-X
Warrior-X

@MrDuke Doesn't sound like you read this article fully. RiNOs won the battle. Evil Elf Rob Haney caved in, once he was served with a threatening lawsuit. He got knocked out good. The moderates came in, in full force and flawlessly crushed the fringed lunatics, with little resistance. "The brothers of destruction" (Pearces) were silenced and helpless at the meeting. Sitting in the back like a couple of unknowns. A sign that they no longer have the mighty powers that be (hopefully). 

To me, it sounds like 2013 will be a better year for Arizona--politically.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

@DNichols ... where the lawyers get obscenely rich. Who in the "system" wants to stop that gravy train?

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