Steve Pierce to Replace Booted Senator Russell Pearce as State Senate President *WITH UPDATE*

Categories: Election 2011
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Senator Steve Pierce will take over for ousted Senator Russell Pearce as president of the Arizona Senate.
State Senate Republicans confirm to New Times that GOPers have selected a replacement for ousted Senate President Russell Pearce following his historic loss in Tuesday night's recall election. The new Senate President: Senator Steve Pierce, a Prescott Republican.

Pierce is one of three possible replacements for Pearce Senate Republicans considered. The others were Majority Leader Andy Biggs -- a staunch backer of Pearce -- and Senator Steve Yarbrough.

Pierce was elected by a vote of 11-10.

As far as any possible changes under a Pierce presidency go, it seems like a case of meet the new boss, same as the old boss.




Pierce didn't immediately return our call this afternoon, but tells the Arizona Republic not to expect too many changes under his leadership.

"We're going to continue the good things that Russell [Pearce] started," Pierce tells the paper. "He did a wonderful job. He did not deserve what happened to him."

Pierce and Pearce are both staunch fiscal and social conservatives. However, Pierce 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 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 has been a member of the Legislature since 2008. He became majority whip in 2009 after former Senator Pam Gorman stormed off the Senate floor in a huff following failed budget talks. Gorman then resigned from her position as whip before mounting a failed Congressional campaign.

This is the second switcheroo in leadership for the Republican caucus this year. Back in March, Biggs replaced embattled Senator Scott Bundgaard as majority leader following Bundgaard's freeway fracas with ex-gal-pal Aubry Ballard. More on that here.

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chris wet
chris wet

Let's hope and pray that Pierce goes after the illegal invaders in Arizona even harder than Pearce did!

Himtngal
Himtngal

Russell Pearce needs to run for Kyl's seat.  He needs to take his leadership to the Federal level.  Looks like the Mormons and LaRaza had it in for our beloved senator.  

americanmike
americanmike

I used to have respect for the people of Arizona. After what happened to Pearce now I think they are spineless sheep who I hope have a happy "Latino time" paying for all the illegitimate anchor babies, welfare, and education for all your foreign nationals. The real heros are Pearce, Sheriff Joe, The Governor, and the few republican members who stood behind them. When they need backup, the rest of the flock turns to mush. These people are afraid of their own shadow. As for Lewis, I suspect Arizona to pass a law allowing  "Homo's" to become boy scout leaders. Nice goin' Arizona.

levotb
levotb

State Senate President Steve Pierce is an outstanding law and order Conservative in the same mold as Russell Pearce and anti-Invasion Conservatives should welcome him with open arms.

Jason
Jason

 "He did a wonderful job. He did not deserve what happened to him." If Pearce did such a wonderful job, why, then, was he recalled, then booted out on his sorry ass on Tuesday?

Pearce absolutely did deserve what happened to him. When you ignore the will of the voters and pursue your own agenda, you get booted out.

Thad Boyd
Thad Boyd

...did they pick him just so people wouldn't get confused?

What is up with this state?  Apparently we can't have a governor whose name doesn't have "Jan" in it somewhere, either.

Bob Unferth
Bob Unferth

Congratulations to Steve Pierce, the new president of the state Senate.  I wish you all the best and hope you do a good job serving all the people of Arizona.

And congratulations to Senator-elect Jerry Lewis. It takes courage to stand against your enemies.

It takes even more to stand against your friends.

You are a profile in courage. All the best to you.

I think everyone should give these people a chance to do their jobs well.  We want to hold them accountable, but at least let's have a honeymoon for a week or two.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

"We're going to continue the good things that Russell [Pearce] started," Pierce tells the paper. "He did a wonderful job. He did not deserve what happened to him."

Translated:  "The voters were wrong."

OldHermOfBoise
OldHermOfBoise

In honor of LD18, which is far worse off than before the recall, I took another celebratory shit. It felt really good. Whilst I shat, I thought fondly of that filthy faggot the phony veteran of glory holes. And I shat some more. Oh, the pleasure of knowing the ignorant liberals were not only foiled, but indeed fucked in the literal ass. Ha ha, hoo hoo, oh ha hee heee haa aaahhaaaaaa haaaaaa haaaaaaaqaaaaa!!! Oh the fun.

OldHermOfBoise
OldHermOfBoise

Ha ha h a ho ha huk hok...Ooooooh my side is hurting. Poor liberals... awwwww... So this is the truth. Mormons gave up power in LD18. That district will be punished. Lewis is a freshman with an office the size of a closet under the stairs. He will vote party line or he will be destroyed.

Coz
Coz

Out with the old in with the new.The more things change the more they stay the same.

Frogula
Frogula

I hear another recall knocking...

Dave Francis
Dave Francis

THINK WHAT MANDATORYE-VERIFY WILL DO FOR YOUR STATE.

 

March to 100 Cosponsors of Chairman Smith's Legal Workforce Act! Keep up the bombardment. IT’S WORKING!  Contact the ‘Ways and Means Committee led by Majority Speak John Boehner (R-OH) must adopt the Mandatory E-Verify Bill (H.R. 2885.) and should be under interminable  shrapnel  of challenging voters, as never before. Reps. Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.), Tim Johnson (R-Ill.), Reps. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) and Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) John Sullivan (R-Okla.) and as of yesterday Rep. Ralph Hall (R-Texas) is now co-sponsoring House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith's Legal Workforce Act (H.R.2885.) New members are swiftly joining this epic bill. But don’t expect Liberals or career Democrats to attach themselves to this law. Eventually it will be the fresh faces of the TEA PARTY leadership that will bring success.

 

Smith's Legal Workforce Act (H.R.2885) would require 100% of companies—large and small-- to use E-Verify for all new hires within 2 years. This bill would also require all federal, state, and local agencies as well as federal and state contractors/ sub-contractors and critical infrastructure sites to use E-Verify within 6 months. Require federal, state, and local agencies to run its entire workforce through E-VerifyAllow private business to check all current employees through E-VerifyIncrease employer penalties and fines for knowingly hiring illegal alien workersRequire the Social Security Administration to send no-match letters to employers if a current employee's name and social security number don't match in their systemRequire the Social Security Administration to notify owners of a Social Security number if their number is used multiple times.

 

Timeis the essence when 16 foreign governments are trying to imposing theirinfluence on the Obama administration and our courts. This will not be allowedunder a TEA PARTY CONGRESS. ONE THING IS ABSOLUTELY SURE; THERE WILL NOT BE ANYAMNESTY UNDER A OVERIDING TEA PARTY CONGRESS.

 

What would the Legal Workforce Act do foryour state? FIND OUT—by investigating facts at the NumbersUSA website. Thispro-sovereignty organization that is passing 1 million memberships and countinghas free faxing to Washington.  YOU HAVEA CHOICE AS A VOTER OR LEGAL IMMIGRANT TO BREAK THE SCOURGE OF ILLEGALIMMIGRATION—THE CHAIN MIGRATION, THE INSTANT BABY CITIZENSHIP, SANCTUARY CITIESAND STATES, AS WITH CALIFORNIA AND NEVADA AND AMNESTY DREAM ACTS. ALL CONSUMEOVER A HUNDRED BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR. THIS MONEY SHOULD NOT BE SPENT ONCRIMINAL FUGITIVES BUT ON OUR OWN PEOPLE LIVING IN POVERTY?

 

The Legal Workforce Act could open upjobs currently held by illegal aliens. GET ON THESE LAWMAKERS CASES IMMEDIATELY—Call this number at theWashington Switchboard 202-224-3121.

 

Stopthe assault on our nation for Democrats to grab votes, as they intentionallyremain deaf, dumb and blind to illegal aliens voting or even aiding them. ACORNis a good example, of fraudulent registrations, absentee ballot applicationsand the ‘Motor Voter’ forms. Each of us should wonder how many illegal aliensbreached the Arizona’s voting code, to recall state senator Russell pierce.With a very large percentage of foreign nationals settled in that border state,it would be easy to compromise the voting restrictions?  Stop Republicans selling our country to thespecial interest lobbyists on ‘K’ Street for campaign contributions andlucrative perks.

 

Smith'sLegal Workforce Act (H.R.2885), in order to get it to the House floor for avote it needs more cosponsors. Chairman Smith's bill isn't being viewed at allthat urgent;IT IS EXTREMELY URGENT but it's behind a long list of other bills thatwill fill up this year's calendar for floor action.

Bnbk
Bnbk

The Republi-Cons are giving the electorate the finger with this pick. This Pierce is no better than the last Pearce. Pierce will just continue the corrupt policies of his predecessor.I suspect that the reason the wing nuts in the legislature picked Pierce was because he is in a safe district for the Republi-CONS & opposition will be hard to come by. Expect the bullshit to continue at the capitol.Nothing short of a complete purging of the Tea Bagger backed Republi-CONS will ever get our state back on the right track. Let's see what their legislative priorities will be once in session. Expect more crackpot bills.

Joe Is Next
Joe Is Next

The name similarity is kinda funny but probably not done on purpose.  What is interesting is how the republicans avoided Biggs, with his clear-cut ties to EX-politician Russell Pearce... maybe, just maybe even the republican majority was secretly tired of the damage EX-senator Pearce was causing to be heaped upon them.  Maybe this is a sign that the legislature will make a turn for the better and look to Arizona's betterment rather than the national embarrassment EX-legistlator Pearce was bent on causing.

Another Mesa Voter
Another Mesa Voter

Thanks for this post. I was worried that there were a lot of republican members who stood behind Pearce. Now that I know that there were just a few, Sheriff Joe and the Governor, I now have hope that Arizona government will stop acting like a badly scripted soap opera... although Pierce does kind of remind me of J.R. Ewing.

Jasper
Jasper

Why did Pearce get booted out? Ignorant voters, that's why.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Well Gerry, we still have the "Recall Pearce" signs, is just a matter of changing a couple of letters on the last name and start collecting signatures again, Pierce wants to follow rus-SELL's lead, fine, he can follow the idiot right to the unemployment line.  I got dibs on the hat should he leave it behind when he too gets the voter assisted boot.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Now why would you be thinking of me when you are sitting taking a shit with your asshole spread open?  were you fantasising that it was me spreading open for you, you sorry piece of shit, I already told you, I DO NOT FUCK MEN, And keep your fantasies to yourself.  Punk.

Coz
Coz

Moron Boobie

Bobby
Bobby

I agree. The only thing that can save Arizona is electing Raul, "the economic boycotter terrorist of Arizona," Grijalva. Just put a cowboy hat on the old boy and all will be well.

Jasper
Jasper

Arizona is the envy of the nation for Americans who believe in the rule of law.

Marisca
Marisca

Hey take it off line dude. We don't to hear about yourgays fantasies of Herm's flexing butt hole or your unprovocted insults. Besides, no one here ever really believed you are a veteran of anything Jameson.

Bnbk
Bnbk

I see the king of cut & paste is back

Coz
Coz

You mean Boobie...

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

They just picked him because it would be too damn hard to teach Jan to pronounce a new name.

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