Russell Pearce's Nephew Talmage Pearce Appointed to Mesa's Human Relations Advisory Board
Talmage lets the world know what he thinks about gay marriage...
Here's an oddity: Talmage Pearce, nephew of recalled ex-state Senate President Russell Pearce and a stalwart defender of the Pearce clan, has been appointed to sit on the City of Mesa's Human Relations Advisory Board.
On April 1, the Mesa City Council unanimously approved Mayor Scott Smith's memo recommending Talmage, 27, to the board, which, as part of its mission, suggests "policies to eliminate discrimination and prejudice and to promote mutual understanding and harmony."
Since Talmage was unwavering in his support for Uncle Russell (a man whose bigotry has been well documented over the years) both during the 2011 recall and the 2012 Republican Primary for Legislative District 25, you can see why his appointment to the 11-member HRAB would be an eyebrow-raiser.
Talmage also was a great supporter of his other uncle, censured former Justice of the Peace Lester Pearce. And he is not afraid of expressing his own views on a variety of subjects, such as illegal immigration and gay marriage, both of which he opposes.
In 2011, when the HRAB discussed adopting a version of the Utah Compact, a set of principles urging "a humane approach" on immigration, Talmage spoke at a contentious HRAB meeting against it.
According to a KJZZ Fronteras report, Talmage said "sanctuary city policies, according to SB 1070, [are] illegal," adding that "even if the Utah Compact was a good idea, it would be a bad idea for Mesa."
Regarding gay marriage, his Facebook page features a spoof of the now famous marriage equality meme.
It states, "Marriage = Man + Woman."
A similar graphic says, "Promote diversity: One Man for Every Woman."
I called Talmage to ask him if his opinions of gays and the undocumented would interfere with his work on the HRAB, seeing that HRAB regularly supports and participates in Phoenix's Pride Parade and discusses ways for the city to be more inclusive.
"Absolutely not," he told me. "Advisory boards are supposed to have a very diverse range of opinions. That's the whole point . . . to be able to explore different opinions on different sides of the argument."
I asked him if it would be a problem for him working with the LGBT community, considering his untra-conservative views.
"No, why would it?" he responded.