Maricopa County Sheriff Russell Pearce?

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Russell Pearce may be spending "a little time with [his] god" after getting the boot from his powerful position as state Senate president Tuesday night, but for the less pious, Pearce's ouster means one thing: it's time to speculate about what he'll do next.

The predictions have ranged from his again running for his soon-to-be-former seat in next year's election...to running for Congress...to simply fading away into political obscurity.

While many would prefer the latter, one prediction in particular has piqued our interest: Maricopa County Sheriff Russell Pearce?

May have a terrifying ring to it, but it seems as plausible as any of the possible scenarios.

Maricopa County's current sheriff, Joe Arpaio, is no spring chicken. In other words, homeboy's pushin' 80, and -- unlike anything to do with the Andrew Thomas disciplinary hearings -- likely can "recall" what he was wearing the day the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.

Arpaio and Pearce also happen to be buddies. The sheriff told New Times Tuesday night (after Pearce kinda gave a concession speech) that "no matter what [Pearce] runs for, I'm gonna support him."

County-wide, Pearce isn't the most popular guy. Hell, he's not even the most popular guy in Mesa's uber-Conservative Legislative District 18. Not to mention, assuming Arpaio passes the torch, Pearce would have to face Scottsdale Lieutenant Mike Stauffer -- who's making quite a name for himself lately -- in the general election for sheriff.

Regardless, Pearce seems like a prime candidate to be America's self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff's" hand-picked successor.

When you're done screaming in terror at the thought of "Sheriff Russell Pearce," we'd like to know what you think: could Pearce be Arpaio's Maricopa County's next sheriff?

Cast your vote below.




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Mene Tekel
Mene Tekel

I've always wondered who the New Times hoped would replace Joe. It never seemed like we could provide much better in this state.

Tuchico
Tuchico

I guess Arizona has smart people after all.  Recalling that thing called Pearce means Arizona has a chance of being a good State to live in.  Hate only brings in more hate and contaminates the soul.  We Arizonans are better than that and it was proven on recalling that hater.

Guest
Guest

Lewis is one and done.  He'll never make it out of the next (real election) Republican primary.

Pearce gets an unpaid vacation ... then he's back in LD18.

I'm all for  Mike Stauffer for Sheriff ... however, "who's making quite a name for himself lately" is really just wishful thinking.

Thad Boyd
Thad Boyd

Maricopa County may like Sheriff Joe for reasons I've never been able to fathom, but Pearce has the stink of failure on him now and it's going to be tough to get out.

Remember when Symington was making noises about another run for governor a few years ago?  He got shouted down by his fellow Republicans in a hurry.

Jason
Jason

It's bad enough to have a Flaccid Fool of a shurf that can't recall anything. It'd be 10 times worse to have a former Senate president who wants to be the next MCSO shurf.

We need professionals like Lewis. Vote Stauffer MCSO shurf next year.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Before any of you think about Pearce's chance of winning another elected office, consider this:

The voters in Maricopa have re-elected America's Most Corrupt/Incompetent Sheriff FOUR TIMES, knowing full well what a sleazeball he is.     As I've said before, Pearce and Rpiehole are merely symptoms of the conservative disease which infects Arizona.

Xorox
Xorox

Arpaio, Brewer, and Pearce's electability has dissipated significantly.

Dread96821
Dread96821

The only good thing about the possibilty of Russell Pearce becoming the next sheriff is that Stephen Lemons and other journalists will have somebody to pick on. I must admit that all your articles about Arpaio and Andrew Thomas and Hendershott and Pearce are so very sad but funny as hell! It's not funny that they cost tax payers so much money, the shit these guys try to get away with? Someone needs to make a movie about that!!! I just can't wait to see Arpaio forced of the sheriff's office. Russell Pearce moving in after that? You guys at New Times should send him a thank you card. It guarantees more very entertaining comedy to your paper. Like how you guys exposed those Klowns petition gathering for Olivia Cortes. and it goes on and on and on.

maybe368
maybe368

let's hope that he's easier to kill than Jason, politically speaking of course...

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

I have a feeling that Russell Pearce will set his sights on the Vice President position under the increasingly popular Jan Brewer.

G
G

 "piqued our interest" not  "peaked our interest"

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

I think it makes sense for Joe to leave it to Russell if he can by supporting Russell in the election.  Joe could retire and Russell could keep a lid on the books and records that indicate criminal activity.  Other elected Sheriffs might take criminal activity more seriously that Mr. Pearce will.

Now, I certainly don't want Sheriff Russell because we need honesty and integrity in our law enforcement.  Russell did not even keep his promise to show us cancelled checks.

YoureNextJoe
YoureNextJoe

All this discussion about Pearce's "future" is comical.  The simple fact is - - Pearce is done.  He will never be elected to any political position here in Maricopa County, the State of Arizona or anywhere else.  All of his sleazy tactics and criminal acts in past positions have been exposed and will follow and haunt him forever.  He stands now as possibly the most disgraced Arizona politician ever - eclipsing Mecham and Symington, given his "national" image.  He is done and the pundits need to let him go.  His brand of hatred, racism and bullying has been exposed and Arizonans have rejected it. Arpaio and Brewer are next.  The Lizard is term limited and the Flacid Fool will soon face a fate even worse that Pearce when the feds finally come down on him.  Ironcically, it is perhaps ONLY the Flaccid Fool's eventual fall from grace that will eclipse Pearce as the most disgraced Arizona politician ever. Funny, I remember a picture from the heyday of SB1070 showing the three stupidest men in Arizona at the time - Arpaio, Pearce and J.D. Heyworth at the AZ-Mex border. Two ofthem now lay in political ruin and waste. Pearce will eventually disappear like J.D. has - - and Arpaio, you're next.....

FormerRepublican
FormerRepublican

Arpaio won't be able to hand pick his successor.  Should he leave mid term, the Board of Supervisors would pick his replacement. 

Eleanor
Eleanor

I think Pearce needs to just shut up, count his blessings and head on over to Disneyland.....maybe Bobby can meet him there. 

Bobbythedicksucker
Bobbythedicksucker

Seems appropriate in Maricopa County that the Corrupt Bozo I Can't Recall Arpaio would want to pass the torch to another just as corrupt and dirty.

Sophie Tesch
Sophie Tesch

True but due to recall many new voters are now registered to vote so that could change things. I want to believe it would. Also, the previous challengers ran really weak (to put it politely) campaigns. If a candidate like Stauffer offers a viable choice and a strong campaign, I would think voters would go for it. 

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Brewer is mortally wounded in a political sense.  She have did used up her political capital.  Pearce might stage some sort of comeback, but I think it is unlikely.  Arpaio scares me because we taxpayers fund his several person PR staff that do nothing but position him to collect contributions and build his huge campaign war chest.  Money is not everything, but it helps.

Follower_of_the_ONE
Follower_of_the_ONE

Come on Dread old boy... there will ALWAYS be somebody in Arizona politics for journalist to hammer.  There are more assholes in Az politics than the number of quells on a porcipine or even the feathers on a Quayle!

Jason
Jason

I could run circles around both Pearce and the MCSO shurf.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Interesting visual, Gerry. A bit frightening, actually. Mrs. Brewer on top....

maybe368
maybe368

That would be a great Republican Presidential ticket because it would insure a Republican loss, maybe even better than Palin-Beck...

Eleanor
Eleanor

That idea is revolting. 

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Well, given context I suppose you may be correct. However anything to do with Mister Pearce (a former senator from Arizona) certainly results in my interest having peaked, very early on. :-)

James King
James King

I had no idea. Thanks for the heads up. It's been corrected.

-JK

Seedy Ward
Seedy Ward

Seems like I've read that homophonic error more than once lately. "Piqued" is the correct term given the context.

Dread96821
Dread96821

Yeah! And what about those cancelled checks? And what about that Olivia Cortes bullshit? Laws were broken and someone needs to pay. I already wrote the editors of the AZ Republic about this. My letter is on page B5 (Valley and State) the header reads: "How about bowl tickets"? Todays paper obviously. But the point is I want to try to encourage everyone that I can to keep sending letters to the editors of as many papers as you can and lets keep this shit out in the open. Otherwise I think Pearce might lay low for a while and all the crap he pulled might just go away. What are your thoughts?

True American
True American

Have you noticed how Chad Willems is going out there and promoting Pearce at every level making it seem like he is just so great that everyone will want him to speak at events...Seriously why would anyone want him as a guest Speaker? I tell you his people continue living in LA LA land!! They are trying so hard to promote his demise..Typical Psycho's..

teknik1200
teknik1200

but there are a lot of people with the "by any means necessary" mindset, they like the fact that the guy is a sleaze ball, and that's the biggest issue.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

True.

I inferred from the article it was assumed this might happen at the next election cycle, should the Flaccid Fool deem it necessary to give up his post.

Supporting someone like Mister Pearce (a disgraced senator from Arizona) would pretty much ensure the continued hiding of critical documentation of likely present criminal activity on the part of MCSO employees, not exclusive of the shurf.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

You can tell Bobby's favorite place is Fantasyland.

Thad Boyd
Thad Boyd

Is Brewer even eligible for another term?  What's the term-limit cutoff when you're not elected to your first term?  I know Hull only served a term and a half.

As for Arpaio, I fear you're right.  When he leaves office, it'll be under criminal charges, not voter backlash.

maybe368
maybe368

This is all funny and stuff, but I would  not underestimate the capabilities of a wounded animal to survive. This is a great victory for AZ, but there are more to get and now is not the time to let up. Also, I have a couple of old hockey masks, if you would like them...

Mistalee
Mistalee

It's easy to run circles around someone when they're three weeks older than God.

Seedy Ward
Seedy Ward

"Ensure" would be the correct term there. You get some slack for not being a pro, though.

Mistalee
Mistalee

Picturing Pearce "accepting a position" under Jan Brewer? Eww. I can hear Pearce now-

"Yeah, Wrinkles, come on and sit on it! I ain't much to look at, but you can bounce on this beer gut like it's a trampoline!"

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

When a political nobody gets some adulation, it goes to his/her head.  She is going to think high, just like Andrew Thomas, Tom Horne, etc. have / had aspirations for higher office.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Unless there is a persistent scent of a crime that the press keeps alive, the good old boy network will turn the other way and let the statute run out.

Mistalee
Mistalee

He rides there on the short bus.

Thad Boyd
Thad Boyd

Thanks; that's what I thought.

Jason
Jason

No, GED Jan is NOT eligible for another term. She ascended to the Governor's chair after Napolitano left in 2009. According to the Arizona Constitution, even if someone leaves mid-term and someone else is appointed, that counts as one term for the someone else.

Now, GED Jan was also elected governor in 2010, thanks to mentally sick Pearce. She now has a 4 year term and won't be booted out until she's 70 in 2014.

maybe368
maybe368

Are you the spelling police? Because, if you are," I didn't do it, nobody saw me and you can't prove a thing", or is it thang??????? (quote is from the great Bart Simpson)

savatage
savatage

Just threw up in my mouth a little...

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