Arizona Dems on Steve Pierce, Russell Pearce's Replacement as Senate President: Nothing Will Change "Other Than One Vowel"

Categories: Election 2011
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Senator Russell...er, we mean Steve Pierce.
State Senator Steve Pierce was pegged by his Republican Senate colleagues to replace ousted former Senator Russell Pearce as the president of the Senate -- and Arizona Democrats aren't thrilled with the GOP's pick.

We commented yesterday that Pierce's taking over as Senate president seems like a standard case of "meet the new boss, same as the old boss." Arizona Democratic Party Chairman Andrei Cherny seems to agree.

"Were Senate Republicans wearing earplugs on Tuesday? Not only have they ignored the voters' message about Russell Pearce, they've replaced him with someone who votes with Pearce for birther bills and other out-of-touch legislation," Cherny says. "By replacing Russell Pearce with Steve Pierce, very little will change -- other than one vowel."

Until Cherny's reminder, we nearly forgot that Pierce supported the Arizona GOP's humiliating "Birther Bill."

The "Birther Bill" was Arizona's far-right-wing response to the continuously debunked conspiracy theory that President Barack Obama is not an American citizen. Even Governor Jan Brewer found the bill too nuts to attach her name to, and had the sense to veto it after it passed in the Legislature.

The bill would have required that presidential candidates prove to Arizona election officials that they were born in the United States before their name's allowed on the ballot in the Grand Canyon State -- despite it's already being a federal requirement to land the job.

But that's not all...

The original bill called for a long-form birth certificate to prove a candidate is a natural-born citizen, which was a little too much for some GOP lawmakers. So they made some amendments: if you can't find your birth certificate, and you have a penis, a document describing your lack of foreskin will suffice.

Read all about it here.

Embarrassing "Birther Bills" aside, as Cherny points out, Pierce sided with Pearce on a lot of  legislation. However, he strayed from the then-Senate president in March when he voted against five Pearce-backed immigration bills, two of which were designed to force a U.S. Supreme Court decision on whether children of illegal immigrants should automatically be awarded U.S. citizenship.

Pierce's voting no on the bills, as we mentioned yesterday, doesn't necessarily mean he's got a soft spot for illegal immigrants -- at the time, business leaders across the state were urging legislators to vote against the measures to avoid hurting the ailing economy.

Pierce is yet to return our call to chat about his new gig. However, he pretty much confirmed Cherny's suspicions to the Arizona Republic, telling the paper, "We're going to continue the good things that Russell [Pearce] started. He did a wonderful job. He did not deserve what happened to him."  

"Meet the new boss -- same as the old boss."

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Ross
Ross

And, as the Republic reported:

[Jerry] Lewis arrived at the caucus meeting with Pierce. Lewis said little to reporters afterward.

Coz
Coz

Out with the old and in with the new...

The more things change the more they stay the same.Just another dirtbag racist taking over where the last dirtbag racist ended.

Arizona will never be anymore than just a racist Nazi prison state full of corrupt politicians. Always has been and always will be.

SBN1971
SBN1971

If these isiots don't learn their lesson from this recall then vote every last one of them out.  Keep reminding them their job is not forever they can and WILL be removed if they do not work for the people.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

After reading this story, I had the irresistible urge to e-mail Pierce.     The title was "You're Next" and I went on to say "Were you not paying attention to what happened to your predecessor?" Even the hate mongers you speak for are getting tired of the CONservative crap you and your cabal spew at every opportunity.

Jan and Joe Next
Jan and Joe Next

Oh, I think this cowboy from Prescott sees the reality.... He could act like a Mini-Russell smoking' Russell's trout, so long as Russell was there to SPONSOR crazy shit and blather on with the Flacid Fool at pressers... But, now this youngster will be standing alone... Front and center. Makes life a little more transparent.... And he has one LESS vote for the crazy racist shit Russell tried to pass

Coz
Coz

Arizona leadership is hopeless...so is Arizona.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Steve Pierce did not have a teleprompter when he made the statements about Mister Pearce (disgraced former senator). He will just regurgitating the mush he had spewed a few minutes earlier in his question for the senate presidency. He didn't really mean it all.... just being politically correct and trying to keep the bully Mister Pearce off his ass....

LargeDarkNipples
LargeDarkNipples

To top it all off, my check from Acorn to campaign for lewis just bounced...

Jason
Jason

The GOP once again selects someone as mentally sick as former Senate president Russell Pearce.

Cherny's right: Nothing will change. This idiot will push through useless, do-nothing legislation, fail to balance the state's budget, and continue to do significant harm to the state of Arizona.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Like I keep saying, replacing one conservative mormon with another conservative mormon IS NOT a positive direction for the Theocratic State of Arizona.  Maybe next time, instead of recalling these throwbacks, they should be tarred, feathered, and suspended from the capitol flagpole as a reminder to fellow he-haws.

Seedy Ward
Seedy Ward

Oh, and what's with that stupid hat? Pierce is a politician, not a cowboy. How corny can he get?

Seedy Ward
Seedy Ward

The voters did accomplish something: they shafted a real scum bag. Unfortunately, scum bags pop up like weeds around here.

Chiterlingus
Chiterlingus

It sickens me to know that we liberals accomplished zero. Zip. Nada. Less than none.

Sometimes I just think we liberals are stupid, ignorant, deadbeat pondscum.

I hear this new guy will be going after the visitors without papers 10 times harder than Russel. I've also heard that my district, LD18, will be punished by losing state funding for just about everything. And now I have been warned that Big Joe Ar-pie-hole will be patroling our area much more frequently now.

Jason
Jason

We're slowly getting there Coz.

Candy Andy will be disbarred in spring. Pearce was just shitcanned by his own LD. The MCSO shurf will be indicted by the feds. GED Jan will eventually be booted via recall. Tom Horne will be recalled, then booted.

etc., etc.

OlCankerSores
OlCankerSores

I am worried my benefits check will be cut off. I need that money.

Zeitawnkwa
Zeitawnkwa

I know. It seems like we were just duped to waste our time and money. Things are worse than before. Damn, sometimes I just feel we liberals are bunch of ignorant deadbeats, ex-cons, and wasterals, simply working together for more handouts. Damn us Shadder!

Guest
Guest

Seedy, meet the new boss ... same as the old boss.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

It's kind of difficult for Progressives to accomplish anything in the state with the largest population of regressives in the nation.

      I would love to move all the liberals out of the state and wall it off so the Cons would have no choice but to wallow in their own mess. I would like to see how long it would take for them to devolve into communicating by throwing their shit at each other.

Coz
Coz

I've seen to much happen here in the last 14 years, too many politicians get away with fraud, lies, murdering people in prison and the county jails, beating up their wifes and girlfriends and accepting bribes to ever believe that possible in Arizona Jason.

Boot one of these low life's out of office and there's 10 more just like him to take his place here in Arizona pissing down peoples back and telling them it's raining..

But it is a nice thought.

Coz
Coz

Piss off turd

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

...shooting at people outside bowling alleys and getting away with it... You are right, Arizona is hopeless!

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