Russell Pearce Gets Mad Love from the Arizona Republic
ArizonaRepublic The little ad in front of the video is so annoying that I've deleted the embed, swapping it out for this still. If you want, check out the obnoxious video on the Rep's website.
The Arizona Republic's editorial board must be patting themselves on the back right now. Why, they scored an editorial on the Gang of Eight's immigration bill from none other than recalled, disgraced two-time loser Russell Pearce, Sand Land's high satrap of hate.
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Gee, what will the Rep do to top this dumb stunt? Maybe they could get David Duke to comment on race relations, Eliot Spitzer to pen a piece about the scourge of prostitution, or Bernie Madoff to write a column on how to invest your excess cash.
And why not open up the commentaries on immigration reform even further? I'm sure nativist anti-Semite Glenn Spencer would love to horn in on the action.
Not to mention Spencer's ex-bud, minutewoman Shawna Forde, now sitting on Arizona's death row after being sentenced to die for the murders of 9-year-old Brisenia Flores and her father, Raul.
Forde could do an op-ed for the Rep. Then a Rep flunky could interview her via phone, and let her explain why it's okay to off brown people.
My point is, not everyone's opinion is equal or even valid. And if the "paper of record" is going to grant a 1,000-word-plus column and several online video snippets to a hatemonger like Pearce, then it should at least challenge his bogus facts, misinformation, and prevarications.
Pearce has a history of bending the truth or just making it up to fit his ideological agenda. This is the guy who said he "never took a penny from the Fiesta Bowl," though he and his family accepted $40,000 in free trips and tickets from the bowl and he took campaign contributions from Fiesta Bowl execs.
About his extensive ties to neo-Nazi (and eventual baby-killer) JT Ready, Pearce once claimed it to be a "fiction" that New Times made up.
Of course, we now know that Pearce groomed Ready for politics, endorsed his run for Mesa City Council, attended his baptism into the LDS faith, and ordained him a Mormon elder as well.
Then there's Pearce's mendacity on why he was booted from his job as head of Arizona's Motor Vehicle Division by a fellow Republican.
Actually, he occasionally has denied that he was even fired, though, according to press accounts from the time, he and two other MVD officials were sacked for altering a Tucson woman's driving record so she would not face a one-year suspension of her license due to two DUIs she had received.
That's just a few in a long list of canards and prevarications Pearce has spewed over the years. I'd practically need a library to detail them all.
What I'm saying is, the guy has a track record of deceit. And yet the Rep's Joanna Allhands comes across as incredibly gullible and deferential toward Pearce in the videos that accompany his written diatribe.
She stares at him blankly as he makes this ludicrous assertion:
"When we passed employer sanctions, our employment rate went up two percent overnight."
On it's face, this statement doesn't make any sense. Why would a law forcing employers to spend more time and money checking applicants' work eligibility through the federal e-verify system result "overnight" in more people being employed?