Russell Pearce Recall a Warning to Arizona's GOP?

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Russell Pearce and his pal, white supremacist J.T. Ready, apparently are too extreme for Arizona.
Soon-to-be-former Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce got the boot from office last night, becoming the only sitting state Senate president to lose in a recall election in the history of the United States.

Pearce's loss is viewed by many as a warning shot to immigration hard-liners, and far-right-wingers, who have followed Pearce's path away from the mainstream.

And keep in mind, AZ politicos, as Matthew Roberts, spokesman for the Arizona Secretary of State's Office confirms to New Times, anyone can be recalled.

Pearce's ties to the recent Fiesta Bowl scandal, as well as his fierce anti-immigrant policies (the guy's the author of Arizona's controversial immigration law, SB 1070), apparently turned off the majority of LD 18 voters -- many of whom voted for him in last year's election.


As Bruce Merrill, a veteran political scientist, pollster and professor emeritus at Arizona State University told the Arizona Republic yesterday, "If Lewis holds on and wins this thing...it sends a message not only to people in Arizona but outside Arizona that everybody is not a very strident right-wing anti-illegal immigration person,"

Those who oppose Pearce are even more optimistic.

"This victory shows that the citizens of Arizona want fair immigration reform and will not stand for any law that racially profiles any segment of the community," Petra Falcon, executive director of Promise Arizona in Action, an organization instrumental in the Pearce recall, says. "It is now time for our community to move forward together, inclusively."

A few of Pearce's GOP Senate colleagues apparently get the hint, and (quietly) have been whispering that the Senate president's recall 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.

DeeDee Blase, president of the National Tequila Party -- a non-partisan group critical of Pearce -- is thrilled with the results of last night's election.

"Racista Russell Pearce was defeated last night! It was destined to happen, and we hope this marks a new direction for the entire immigrant community as we seek for the arc of justice to bend to their favor," Blase, who was once a vocal Hispanic Republican leader, says.

Not everyone is getting the message from Pearce's ouster, though. Enter Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

 

"I'm not happy with [the election results]," Arpaio tells New Times. "I think it's bad for the country...no matter if ya hate Russell, or ya love Russell, he deserves to be continuing on and not be recalled because he's earned [his seat], he worked hard. He earned what he accomplished."

Again, as Roberts explains, anyone can get recalled in Arizona -- even a sheriff.

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Jandice978
Jandice978

The Party of Ghouls go to the place where they belong

Former Republican
Former Republican

This is a wake-up call for action! It's time to get rid of the rest of the long list who have failed the people of Arizona and its future.

Marisca
Marisca

It is a warning to ignorant districts on how to give up your seniority and power.

Gumba
Gumba

Two Words: LEARN SPANISH-APRENDAR ESPANOL.  

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

That's four words. And the third is spelled and used incorrectly. Is that you, Rusty?

Thad Boyd
Thad Boyd

Oh no!  I have to learn something?

Former Republican
Former Republican

Russell Pearce and Arpaio photo together for Pearce's concession speech on the front page of the Los Angeles Times, adjacent to the masthead -- The faces of defeat!  The picture is worth a thousand words!! 

ASUChick
ASUChick

It's good that Russell Pearce was voted out of office. But State Representative John Kavanaugh is far more dangerous than both Pierce and Arpaio. Why is John Kavanaugh able to fly under the radar?  http://www.c-spanvideo.org/pro...

Tina
Tina

Thanks for providing the link to this long interview with/of John Kavanaugh.  It aired shortly after the governor signed SB 1070.  So many of Kavanaugh's justifications and "explanations" favoring many portions of the bill have already been enjoined by two federal courts, plus he has just plain misstated what the bill says in a few instances.  Also, he was saying that boycotts of our stare just wouldn't happen.

Does John Kavanaugh also have a vested financial interest in the private prison industry, such as CCA, in Arizona?   I've seen comments by readers in the recent past that said he does, but I don't know if it's true or not.  

Bnbk
Bnbk

Good link,I have watched part of it before.I don't think Kavanaugh will be under the radar much longer.He will be the next one to keep pushing the extremist agenda which will completely expose him for the extremist that he is. What happenned to Pearce can easily happen to anyone of these corrupt,extremist politician.

Long Sandalwood
Long Sandalwood

I think we should be gentle with the commenter Bobby... Obviously he is terrified.

The problem is that the mind (?) of an illiterate and died-in-the-wool sheep following the line of the fear-mongers cannot be convinced.  So let's pat him on the head and let him rant.  He cannot hurt anything... the bottom line is this:  Russel Pearce is GONE.

Thankyewjeezus!   OOPS  I mean, thanks to Thomas Jefferson and the writers of the Constitution.

Bobby
Bobby

The problem is your moronic belief that it's about Pearce for me. Pearce, is nothing but a symptom. I think I'll take your advice about me, and apply it to you. It's hopeless trying to convey any meaning to you about this recall other than Pearce's removal and how that is somehow going to benefit Arizona. But, I won't continue to lessen your obvious happiness on the matter. Enjoy your perceived victory.

Long Sandalwood
Long Sandalwood

Hey Bobby.. You say.."for me"  ... and that is the issue.... Do YOU pay taxes in Arizona?  I DO!  So Pearce is an issue for me. NOT for you... so... I will pat you on your little pointed illiterate head and humor you....

You can rant all you want, but as a Californicator (which you do not deny)  you have no viable say in ARIZONA political issues.   The Constitution of the US... the one you are so vehemently defending... gives the STATES sovereign rights.  You over look that in your carpetbagging intrusion into our local affairs.

BTW... I am a life-long registered REPUBLICAN, and you embarrass the living hell out of me if you claim the same political party.

Best Regards, Commissar Sandalwood.....................  mwahahahahahahahaahh

Jason
Jason

 We have 535 Congressional representatives and a president to handle issues like immigration.

The 9th and 10th Amendments have barely, if at all, been interpreted to mean what you say. If that was the case, we wouldn't have the issues we have today, would we?

Bobby
Bobby

That's funny, the Constitution gives the states sovereign rights you say. Yet you are probably just like those hyporcrits that get all excited with the STATES, try to solve the immigration mess that is bankrupting so many of them. Then you say the States don't have a right.

Bobby
Bobby

I doubt you have the capacity to be embarrased about much.

Bobbythedicksucker
Bobbythedicksucker

Poor poor Bobby...all this sucking of the Pearce dick and it was all for nothing, his daddy lost the recall.Guess he's have to find another racist pig dick to suck.

Jason
Jason

I hear the MCSO shurf is in need of getting his dick sucked... Maybe Bobby can travel from somewhere in Cali to the PHX to do the job...

Long Sandalwood
Long Sandalwood

Flagged.  Let's keep this discussion on the topic and civil, OK?

Bobby
Bobby

How many of them have you sucked?

Bobbythedicksucker
Bobbythedicksucker

Not as many as you.

Thad Boyd
Thad Boyd

Seriously?

"No, you are.""No, YOU are.""No, you, times a MILLION!"

Jesus Christ, guys, are you five?

repthugslayer
repthugslayer

I registered about 21 Hispanic individuals all under 22 years old this past summer in D18.  Keeping this part of the population involved in the democratic process will keep the Republican Party out of power for generations to come. No matter how much money the rehtugs expend, ask Pearce or Meg Whitman.  whoahahaha!!!!!

Bobby
Bobby

Viva Mejico!! Good for you amigo.

Bnbk
Bnbk

VIVA  JERRY BROWN ! ! !

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

Did he say Mexicans, Goober, or Hispanics? I notice that you have trouble differentiating between the two. If you are so concerned about the horrible discrimination against white people in this country that you believe is going on now, I suggest that you join the National Association for the Advancement of White People. I'm sure you would find many like-minded folks there.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

Yes - you've done such a fine job of outwitting me thus far...as far as your second boast, you know where I live...come visit if you'd like to try to back up your shit talking.

Bobby
Bobby

Don't worry about me. I could outwit you any day and probably physically throw you out the window  if I needed to. In the meantime, I hope you overcome your bias and obssesive anti European-American attitude. Good luck and get healthy.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

I do know that evidence is the strongest way to defend an assertion. What I and others on this website have observed is that you fling unsupported assertions about and then react angrily when challenged. You become extremely defensive and abusive when challenged for evidence, and respond by discounting the need to provide such evidence. I couldn't begin the number of times you have referred to people as morons and idiots when they reject your assertions. I also know that you cannot keep from injecting the illegal immigration issue into a discussion, regardless of its relevance. That is classic evidence of obsession. Your erratic behavior, going from vitriolic to apologetic, is also not a healthy sign.

What you do by posting here in such a manner is to reinforce to others that the people who hold such views as you have expressed are not mentally stable. If that is your goal, then you have achieved it.

I denigrate no one on the basis of race. I denigrate racist behavior. You, who don't live in rural Arizona and have no understanding of demographics and the social structure of this area have no real standing in deciding who is racist and who is not. I suggested to you before to look up the definition of Goober. Evidently you haven't bothered. After all, who needs evidence?

Good luck. I hope you get healthy.

Bobby
Bobby

Yeah, Dr. Mikefrombisbee, whatever ya say.

Bobby
Bobby

As I said Mike, You are an expert at name calling yourself. Don't pretend to be perfect or know everything about anyone or any issue.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

Bobby, you have called people all kinds of names on this forum. You're just a silly person who doesn't make a whole lot of sense but who has an obsession. That's a personality disorder. That's why I can't take you seriously.

Bobby
Bobby

Let me make an important distinction that will clear up where I stand with you mikefrombisbee, goober boy. When I make my points about illegal immigration, Mexicans, hispanics, or whoever, I never, NEVER, use derogatory language against those people. When YOU, MIKEFROMBISBEE, make comments against people that have an opposing view from yours, YOU DO DENIGRATE PEOPLE ON A RACIAL BASIS. Understand now GOOBER BOY? See, you want to have your cake and it it to. Doesn't work that way, not with me at least. So stick it.

Bobby
Bobby

Oh, I'm sorry, I'll now call it the "hispanic border". I'm not concerned about the horrible discrimination of white people that's going on. Your'e thinking is a bit inverted son. YOU are concerned with discrimination against "white people". You can't spout enough of it.

Wanumbai s a fringe kook
Wanumbai s a fringe kook

Damned straight its a warning.  This and the drubbing of JD Hayworth and Jennifer Wright all show that Tea Party morons have no power in this state.  Pearce ran a campaign as sleazy as his corrupt reign.

Send the kooks and rabble and the racists and conspiracy theorists out of my state...raise our IQ in the process.  Time for the indictments.

ernie13x
ernie13x

Congrats to Mr. Lewis and congrats to all of us in LD 18 who worked hard to support and get the word out. This was no small accomplishment successfully executed and against all odds. The support of so many members of LDS helped make this possible; it wasn't easy for those members who were hounded by the Pearce faction of LDS, yet they stood their ground. All in all this was a great effort by the documented, registered citizens of Mesa's LD 18!

ernie13x
ernie13x

Congrats Mr. Lewis and congrats to all of us in LD 18 who worked hard to support and get the word out. BTW Jerry, you may want to have your new office de-bugged before you move in. You as much as anyone know that side's dirty tactics.

Jason
Jason

People like Bobby and Brittanicus just don't get it.

Pearce was fired, yet again, from another job because he is too mentally sick, corrupt, sleazy, and unethical to do his job the way it should be done.

Immigration is an issue here in AZ and we elect a president and 535 members to Congress to deal with federal issues such as immigration. It is NOT the job of a former state senator and a county sheriff to do a federal job.

Do us all a favor and STFU.

Tina
Tina

The much bigger matter -- if you've heard and read what our ousted state senator has said since the election -- is that Pearce himself doesn't "get it."   

Is it any wonder why those outside of Mesa are still asking in dismay, "How could a jerk like that ever have  been elected in the first place?"

Jason
Jason

I have read and heard what former Senate president Pearce has said since the election "If the price of keeping promises is being recalled, so be it."

I live in LD19 and I have to ask why voters of your LD even bothered to elect Pearce in the first place. I mean, with the laundry list of things Pearce has done throughout his 11 years at the Capitol, he should have been ousted long before now.

Bobby
Bobby

That would be a correct argument Jason, IF, IF, the Federal Government were enforcing immigration law. Why do you think a half dozen states are now taking it upon themselves to do the job the Federal Govenrment isn't doing, and yet won't compensate them then their coffers go empty. You and the gang here, aren't getting it, and I suspect the rest of the gang here doen't care anyway.

Jason
Jason

If ICE and DHS weren't doing their jobs, why would there be about 20,000 USBP and 1,200 National Guard soldiers stationed at the border? Seems to me the feds are ENFORCING immigration law. 

If ICE and DHS weren't doing their jobs, why were 400,000 criminal illegals deported last fiscal year? Again, seems to me the feds are ENFORCING immigration law.

You are as delusional as Pearce. You really don't understand that Pearce was recalled and then voted out because he is a FAILURE!!  

Do us all a favor. Crawl back under your rock and don't come back until you have something of use to add to the conversation.  

Jason
Jason

No Bobby, Mike and I both live in Arizona and we both despise your hero and savior Pearce. Peace.

Bobby
Bobby

GEE, Crawl back under my rock..... Take it easy son, I read you loud and clear. Don't get so excited. Same goes for mikefrombisbee. You guys are on uppers or something most of the time.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

You do know that no one here takes you seriously? I mean, I hate to hurt your feelings, but your assertions are so out of touch with reality that you really don't have anything valid to say. Have you actually been to the border, Goober? You know - the line between Mexico and the U.S.? The one you are so fixated about that colors your every thought? If you had, I'm sure you would have noticed all those green and white vehicles lurking about. That's the U.S. Border Patrol. They are pretty much ubiquitous in Cochise County. There are 1,000 of them in three stations. That does not count the Customs and Border Protection officers - they wear blue uniforms. And immigration agents - they have white shirts. Nor does it count the Operation Stonegarden-funded local police officers who get overtime pay watching for illegals. All part of the federal government's job that YOU say they aren't doing.

When you make your wild and unfounded assertions you just make yourself look more foolish.

 

 

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

Get help. Take meds if you have them. Get meds if you don't..

Jason
Jason

That's funny and spot-on Mike.

Bobby
Bobby

Mike, don't pretend to be perfect. Your emotinally charged name calling isn't good for you either. Examine yourself, every now and then as I try to.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

Go back to the hospital Bobby. Get help. take meds or get your doctor to switch your meds.

Bobby
Bobby

Does it matter, Goober Mike, if a million border guards are there, when millions of Americans have read that the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations, have ordered them repeatedly to ignore what they should be doing? Yes, Goober Mike, millions of Americans have read this, except you.

Bobby
Bobby

mikefrombisbee, I hate to break it to you, but you hurting my feelings is an impossibility. But, thanks for the thought--Goober.

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