1070 Author Russell Pearce Gets Voter-Assisted Boot From Arizona Senate; Concedes to Opponent Jerry Lewis. Greg Stanton Wins Phoenix Mayor's Race

Categories: Election 2011
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Russell Pearce was given the boot by his constituents in the first successful recall of a sitting state Senate president in U.S. history.
Russell Pearce can kiss his powerful seat in the Arizona Senate goodbye -- the current Senate president conceded defeat tonight to his opponent, Jerry Lewis, in this year's unprecedented recall election.

In another blow to the Valley's far-right-wingers, Democrat Greg Stanton defeated Tea Party-leaning Wes Gullett in the Phoenix mayoral race. More on that here.

As Pearce himself pointed out during his concession speech, "It doesn't look like the numbers are going in my direction with this."

Pearce didn't technically concede, but his campaign manager,
Ed Phillips, later told reporters that was his intention.

"[Pearce's speech] was a concession," Phillips tells KTAR -- although, he didn't accept our phone call, or immediately respond to an e-mail.

With results in from each of Legislative District 18's 16 precincts, Pearce trailed Lewis by 8 percentage points -- 45 percent to Lewis' 53 percent -- lending credibility to the idea that cheaters never win. (
Pearce, as you may recall, ran one of the slimier campaigns in recent memory -- trying to manipulate democracy by recruiting a sham candidate to steal votes from Lewis, for example.) 

If the percentages hold in favor of Lewis, Pearce would be required to step down immediately after the results are official. That would make him the first sitting state Senate president in the history of the United States to ever lose a recall election.

Pearce, author of Arizona's controversial immigration legislation, Senate Bill1070, is the first lawmaker to be recalled in the history of Arizona. His ties to the recent Fiesta Bowl scandal, as well as his fierce anti-immigrant policies, apparently turned off the majority of LD 18 voters -- many of whom voted for him in last year's election.

"If being recalled means keeping your promises, then so be it," Pearce told reporters and supporters just after 9 p.m.

Pearce's ouster, as some of his more-moderate GOP colleagues in the Senate have told New Times, should serve as a message to other Republican lawmakers that they need to take a more moderate approach to immigration reform -- unless they want to go the route of their now-ousted leader, that is.

Pearce's future is unclear. There was a lot of talk among his supporters about his running for the seat from which he was booted next year. There was also discussion of the soon-to-be-former Senate president running for higher office.

"Regardless of what you may hear," Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio tells New Times (while poking us in the chest). "[Russell] is a kind guy when you get to know him...knowing Russell, he's not gonna go away and hide. He may have other plans. If he does [run for office], no matter what he runs for, I'm gonna support him."

The sheriff went on to tell us that "the only Jerry Lewis I know is a comedian," but if Lewis (LD 18's new senator, not the aging comedian) wants to work with him, his door always is open.

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rjjrdq
rjjrdq

and you thought illegal aliens didn't vote...

ntvzonie
ntvzonie

btw...i mean old school republicans..when I write old people. Most are behind SB170 and Pearce.

loushow
loushow

Here's what everybody needs to know about "old people", i.e. those addicted to Fox News:  http://theloushow.com/2011/11/...

Bobby
Bobby

Pick and choose. Your'e just revealing your hatred of those that built Arizona and worked their assess off doing it. shame on you.

loushow
loushow

Over your head, Booby.  And it's funny that you would filter this through "hatred" as this is how you really see things.  You clearly did not listen to the interview because if you you did you would not see "hatred" but an examination of how "ignorant" those people are who consumer the media products of the 1%.  Just like you.

Bobby
Bobby

Old School people, vs. New School people like Raul, "lets' economically nuke Arizona" Grijalva.' He's O.K. for Arizona.

ntvzonie
ntvzonie

He didn't concede. He made a speech about if he loses and they do recall him. They still haven't finished counting all the mail in ballots...consisting of mostly old people who are republican..so we have to wait a minute.

Bobby
Bobby

We oughtta get rid of all those old people that created Arizona, huh? Their nothing but a bunch of clowns.

Tina
Tina

The sheriff went on to tell us that "the only Jerry Lewis I know is a comedian," but if Lewis (LD 18's new senator, not the aging comedian) wants to work with him, his door always is open.Gosh, Jerry, aren't you flattered that such an important person as Joe Arpaio  remembered your name?  And what a great honor it must be for you that this very important sheriff has even indicated that his door is always open to you if YOU want to work with HIM.   Never mind that the highly esteemed and revered Joe Arpaio apparently doesn't fully understand his job description as one who enforces and must abide by the laws enacted by the legislature, or that he offers no willingness to work with YOU in that regard, nevertheless it is the utmost compliment.  He might even allow you to bow down in homage before him and kiss his ring.....or his tie tack.

Bobby
Bobby

It's the height of delusion, Tina, to believe that a politician sitting in some office most likely furnished very comfortably with taxpayer money, is more valuable to Americans then people who are defending them on the street level. As for the laws they enact, most of these cretons haven't even read them.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Do you think Ole Saggy Balls would even be able to recall a meeting with Jerry Lewis?

Jason
Jason

Based on Ole Saggy Balls' performance at the Candy Andy ethics hearings, nope.

Joe
Joe

Russell Pearce is not the author of sb 1070  I keep reading that it's Kris Kobach a Missouri law professor  

Thad Boyd
Thad Boyd

He was the sponsor, though.

Bobby
Bobby

That criminal. Let's sic Raul, "the economic boycotter terrorist of Arizona," Grijalva, on him, when he's alone.

Bobby
Bobby

Another win for the reconquiatas, and open borders democRAT internationalists.

Fush Yumeng
Fush Yumeng

A victory for sanity and reason, which are getting harder to find.

Bobby
Bobby

Yeah, getting harder to find especially from the OPEN BORDERS DEMOCRAT LEFT.

Bobby
Bobby

Teabagger is a bigoted term against gay folks, and reveals your closed mindedness and political naivete. It only reflects badly on you.

savatage
savatage

Just glad you're still around to read the following words in post after post, teabagger. SUCK IT!

Fush Yumeng
Fush Yumeng

If at all possible, New Times needs to have people at Pearce's office when he goes there to clean out his things. Take some good pictures, maybe get a comment.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

And to make sure he leaves ALL of the documents that belong to the public although I suspect his paper shredder has been working overtime by now.

Lee
Lee

Arpaio is next!

Then, time to vote out Jan "born in the sewer" Brewer!

Phil
Phil

As a vet and patriot of the true freedoms American stands for and tries to demonstrait throughout the world while frailed, complicated and at times unpopular, i want to say THANK YOU LD18 voters. This is a true step in the right direction for this great state. The best solutions can not be found with a heavy hand but in insight through a soft ear!

U.S. Navy SeaBees; HORAH and a Bravo Zulu!

Markus West
Markus West

I bet the republicans didnt expect people from another state to start this. And that is really what it takes here because the media has everyone in Arizona brainwashed and cant think for themselves. Arizona you need to "WAKE UP"

Thad Boyd
Thad Boyd

I dunno about the "people from another state" talk.  This was Mesa grassroots, all the way.  It's Pearce who was getting the big out-of-state support.

Bobby
Bobby

Not quite. Enormous funds came in from the RECONQUISTA groups, and INTERNATIONALIST OPEN BORDERS Democ-RATS, to support Lewis. But I repeat myself.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

You must be delutional, stop talking that nonsense, we all know that is not true.  In the future Bobby, post links to support your allegations or STFU.

Fush Yumeng
Fush Yumeng

Election records clearly show that most of Lewis' funding came from the district. Most of Pearce's bucks came from outside sources. Prove your claims or STFU.

Mistalee
Mistalee

To YourProductSucks, MaxParraz and all the other racist, right-wing dull-normals that have posted anile pro-Pearce drivel on this site over the passing months, let me just say,

SUCK ON IT! SUCK IT GOOD! SUCK IT 'TIL THE GOO RUNS DOWN YOUR CHIN!

Bobby
Bobby

Is that what your doing? It's running all down huh? Better go clean up now.

cannondax
cannondax

Pearce, you idiot! You really have a problem with reality and chronic lying. You wern't voted out because you "kept your word". You were voted out because you lost the respect of many of your previous supporters. You are a bully. Your "my way or the highway" attitude has really gotten old. Pretty poetic, your commment months ago..."if they want to unelect me, let them unelect me". Guess what? You just got unelected. Your arrogance is second to none and people are sick of it. I voted against you because I don't trust you anymore. The Fiesta Bowl thing, I kept waiting for  you to show the cancelled checks you promised to show us. I defended you to friends, telling them "he has the checks, you'll see. You let me down. Your comment to the reporter regarding the checks "I don't have to show you anything" was the begining of the end for me. The Olivia Cortez thing, you stated you knew nothing about it. If you had any integrity at all you would  have told your Mindless Zombies (Greg Western) et.al to stop with the Cortez Sham. You could have done the right thing and chose not to. I want the boarder secure. I want the illegals gone but if I have to eat a $%*& sandwich ie...(you) to get it done I'm going to find another way. Glad you lost, glad you're gone. Don't let the door hit  you on the way out!

Bobby
Bobby

Well said cannondax. How about Raul, "lets economically nuke Arizona, and punish its hardworking small business people. IS HE NEXT? Are you going to lead the charge against him for being a bully? We won't hold our breath.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Well said Cannon, I always knew rus-SELL was a corrupt piece of shit, I am glad you voted against him, he doesn't deserve the respect or votes of Arizonans, we can now move forward and bring back our state, where honor, respect, and character matters.  thank you for your vote on behalf of Arizona. 

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Tom Cattey.  I forgot about his intelligent and generous sacrifice in this recall.  Thanks for tossing his name out there.

Thad Boyd
Thad Boyd

We've still got a long way to go, but god damn this is a good day.  This is Mesa's victory all the way, but I think Arizona -- hell, AMERICA -- as a whole shares in the benefits.

If it were up to me, there would be papers all over the country with the headline "Immigration Bill's Architect Recalled in Historic Election".

And if it were up to me, they would be followed by a picture of Pearce looking shifty (that's redundant, I realize) and captioned "Clean out your desk, you racist fuck."

Next in line: Andy Thomas.  There's no way he keeps his license.

Jason
Jason

"Next in line: Andy Thomas. There's no way he keeps his license."

We'll know by spring what Judge O'Neil and the disciplinary panel recommends. Disbarment is the only punishment suitable for these mentally sick fools.

Pearce Patriot's Suck
Pearce Patriot's Suck

I love it when a outsider can break the status quo!  I know the idiots that surrounded Pearce will not fully understand that fact but if it makes them feel just a little uneasy before they pass their dumb-ass legislation then Job Well Done!!!      How many jobs did Russell bring into the state?

Bobby
Bobby

How many jobs did Raul Grijalva bring into the state. Last most people heard of him, he was trying to RUIN jobs in the state with his world-wide boycott fantasies of punishing, honest, hardworking business people. Something he knows at least as little about as Pearce does.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

How many did pearce?   how many has the drunk puppet seating on the Governors chair has brought to Azrizona?

BeyoncesEvilTwin
BeyoncesEvilTwin

Thank God! Now the residents of LD 18 can have sane, common-sense, rational representation. Now if we can only rid ourselves of Arpaio in the next election. These crazy doddering racist old  senile old men have got to go!

Jason
Jason

Booting the Flaccid Fool of MCSO is going to take lots of hard work.

He has $6 million in cash money for his re-election campaign. I personally know that I am voting Stauffer next year. I have never voted for the senile old fool and never will.

I'm going to Boston in about 10 days. I will try to drum up support for Stauffer while I'm there. Apparently the MCSO shurf is not well liked in his homestate of Massachusetts...

DG
DG

WAH!!! I WAS RECALLED! WAH!!!!

Temoc
Temoc

RuSSell Pearce has never had a private sector job in his life! For someone that bellyaches about costs to taxpayers, doesn't that seem hypocritical?

Hey RuSSell, perhaps you will now help us taxpayers push the cart instead of just sitting on your fat ass inside of it?

What a great day! To think, just a few months back, virtually ALL the so called 'experts' proclaimed RuSSell Pearce politically untouchable!

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Pensions.  He still sucks off of the public.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

He just plain sucks.

Bobby
Bobby

Some of them are admittedly plain nuts. I'll agree with you on that. Am not a "Teabagger" myself, but the left has so misrepresented the philosophy of these people that it's almost criminal. What does the Tea Party say it's central philosophy is? Check it out. This is what you'll find. They are absolute believers in the Constitution and equal rights for everyone. The Constitution is practically a religion for them and the only racists that might occasionally go to those meetings, are regularly slammed and told to exist. They don't want them they are ignored. But the left will not make this clear to people, because they are a threat for grassroots change. Why is it, that if they are some kind of racist Republican sub-group, as the left constantly implies, does the Republican Party elite want practically nothing to do with them? Because they are a threat to the elite of right and the left. They were beginning to get organized. That is why the Main Stream News Media, which everyone knows lies to the public on a daily basis, constantly berated them. The Occupu Wall Street folks on the other hand, don't get the Republicans or the Democrats worried, because they aren't organized. This is the whole point, organization is what threatens the existing order. But to repeat, the Tea Party has constantly refused any talk based on a racial philosophy. It's the left, IN MY OPINION, that divides people on a racial basis. Anyway, that's my take from watching this stuff longer than I even should care to.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Well Booby, I am too a European-American and a proud Arizonan, but when arguing against tea baggers and right wingnuts I find myself taking the side of Mexicans, or native Americans, so much so that you would not think I have any European blood in me, but the truth of the matter is that I can not stand some of this vitriol that comes out of extreme right wingnuts,   

Bobby
Bobby

I'm not suggesting the guys comments aren't often accurate. But they are shot through and through with an extreme prejudice towards European-Americans, or as he says, "white people',etc. There is hardly a comment he makes that doens't prove this is true. He disses southerners on a regular basis. Although I am not a southerner myself, I have been to many of those states over the course of the last forty years. They are some of the nicest, and friendliest people I've come across. So what the guys problem is with these people and those places I don't get. The way he comments on them, you'd think there are still seperate drinking fountains and restrooms,etc. He doesn't know what he's talking about. 

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Too bad, I was hoping you were drifting away from the dark side.  Anyway I find Mikefrombisbee's posts to be accurate and I agree with him on pretty much all of his posts so  I would have to disagree with you on that one, then again me disagreeing with you is par for course isn't it?

Bobby
Bobby

You misunderstood me. I was making fun of mikefrombisbee's usuall lunacy. Everyone the dislikes is equal to a Nazi, hiding behind every bush. He sounds so ridiculous.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Bobby, I know is just my imagination but I think you might be drifting away from the dark side, if that is the case I welcome you Brother. 

Bobby
Bobby

And he's a Nazi too.

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