Russell Pearce: Ten of the Dumbest Things He's Ever Said

10) "9,000 Americans [are] killed every year at the hands of illegal aliens."

Just one of the many bogus statistics Pearce has used over the years in an effort to demonize Latinos and justify legislation targeting them, such as Senate Bill 1070. The figure is false, and has been debunked many times. The FBI doesn't keep stats on how many crimes reported to them are committed by undocumented aliens.

9) "67 percent" of law enforcement officers killed in "the last few years" have been murdered by illegal aliens.

Another bogus stat from Pearce. I first heard Pearce use this one when he was testifying before a state House committee. I followed him outside and challenged him to give me the source for the stat. He couldn't. Know why? Because he pulled it out of his tuchis.

8) "They're simply open-border anarchists who have no respect for the rule of law, we'll deal with it."

Pearce smeared members of Citizens for a Better Arizona with this one, CBA being the group that successfully forced a recall election on Pearce in 2011.

Far from being anarchists, they operated within the letter of state law and the Arizona Constitution, and they won.

7) "It's an old story. It's fiction. [New Times] made it up."

Pearce said this to an activist in 2008 about a photo of him and white nationalist J.T. Ready, who would go on to embrace the swastika openly and murder four people including a baby girl in 2012, shortly before committing suicide.

Pearce and Ready were tight. Pearce even ordained Ready into the priesthood that all Mormon men are a part of. There was nothing fictitious about their relationship.

6) "I don't think J.T.'s a bad guy, I think his association with these groups is wrong,"

Pearce told me this after I confronted him about Ready's participation in a neo-Nazi event in Nebraska. Pearce seems to have a blind spot when it comes to racist a-holes. Either that, or he protects his own.

5) "I never took a penny from the Fiesta Bowl."

Another ostrich-sized canard. As we all know, Pearce was at the center of the Fiesta Bowl scandal, and was caught accepting nearly $40,000 in free tickets and trips for himself and his family.

As far as actual money, he received campaign contributions from ex-Fiesta Bowl CEO John Junker, Junker's wife, Susan, as well as from Fiesta Bowl execs Anthony Aguilar, Jay Fields, and others.

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edekit
edekit

Do Part two.  Or maybe take a different tack, do a top ten of Pearce quotes tied directly to Rush Limbaugh. 

serpico1000
serpico1000

Russell Pearce is just as guilty by association with Chris Simcox,and vice versa , since both have abused people's civil rights, and although, Russell Pearce m ight not be guilty of child molestation, his treatment of hispanic families, by approving the raids by Arpaio to detain undocumented people, then separate entire families, and if this is not abuse, then I do not know what is, so I agree with this article's author, that if Pearce does run again for political position, then let the weight  of the vote, and the freedom of the Ballot prevent him from being successful, there should not be a place on any civil service position for anyone who shows hate towards any group or minorities.

fsmith3
fsmith3

Look for a resounding, posthumous endorsement from his best bud, J.T. Ready.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

Why only ten? This list could have thousands of entries.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

as bad as these things are............could you just imagine the gems that must come out of his mouth off-camera???

Cozz
Cozz

Pearce, a total waste of the air he breaths.

Worse than pond scum.

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

His face reflects how evil he is and how corrupted is his soul, to the point that it seems that he is growing horns. FUCKING POS.

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

Pearce is a monster.  We should never forget how close we were to passing much worse legislation than 1070 before he was recalled. We also forget how he led the fight against the IRC. 

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

gotta give you credit Stephen, there is no way i could have ever narrowed it down to 10................with Pearce and Brewer, narrowing it down to the triple digits is hard enough, but the low doubles???? that had to be difficult

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

the "good people do stupid things sometimes" line while discussing child molestation charges almost sounds like he is laying the groundwork for a defense for something sordid and disgusting in his closet (like anything in his closet could be more disgusting than what we have already seen of him and his ehtics)

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

With DOMA being ruled Unconstitutional, Pearce can now marry Arpaio and they can share their 7 government pensions in wedded bliss....

dread96821
dread96821

No shit!! The only good thing about Pearce and Arpaio and Brewer remaining in office is the comedy value. Except, it's not really that funny. I hate Arizona because of these clowns, but I will not move away. This is my home now, and I will stay, forever, until my death, and vote against these assholes every chance I get. Too bad I can't vote against Pearce, I'm from Tempe. However, that silly old shit head will do himself in anyway...

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

The fact that he plans to run again and that there is a good chance that the freak show that is the Mesa voters would likely put him back on the ballot as the Republican nominee makes me sad.

HaddieNuff
HaddieNuff

It really is difficult to choose the most outrageous and disgusting comments made by this moron, but bad as his comment downplaying child molestation is, my choice for number 1 remains the Aurora, CO shooting comment. 

Not only was he completely insensitive to the pain of those who lived through that horrific event, and to the families of those who did not, it completely ignored the conditions of the theatre that night.  What especially made him deserving of a slap in the mouth for the comment, was the fact this idiot was shot with his own gun after being disarmed by some teenager.  Prepared? Brave? Oh yeah, Rusty, you putz!

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

Twice-disgraced, corrupt, narcissistic and mentally sick Pearce really has got to learn to stop running his mouth.

Hence the reason he got his ass handed to him not once but twice by true conservative Republicans. 

If he does run I would love to see Pearce get his ass handed to him for a third time. Hell, I'll bring cold beer and fresh popcorn just for the event.

Eleanor_Holguin
Eleanor_Holguin

This guy is creepy scary. 

He doesn't know when to stop. Most narcissist don't.

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