Russell Pearce Connection Denied by Ralph Heap, Evidence to the Contrary Notwithstanding
Recently, I addressed the issue of whether or not Republican state Senate hopeful Ralph Heap is a "revenge candidate" for recalled, disgraced former state Senate President Russell Pearce, currently First Vice Chair of the Arizona GOP.
Heap is taking on state Senator Bob Worsley, the guy who buried Pearce by 12 points in the 2012 Republican primary in Legislative District 25.
Seems Heap's campaign was being serviced by sleaze-maestro and Pearce-pimp Constantin Querard. Pearce's nephew Talmage Pearce also was involved in selling Heap to tuskers.
The photo that no longer appears on Ralph Heap's Facebook page...
Thing is, Russell Pearce's stock has fallen so low that many in his hometown of Mesa regard him as a political liability, particularly the folks in LD 25 whom Heap wants to woo -- conservatives who helped put Pearce out to pasture in 2011 by supporting Jerry Lewis in the recall election.
Enter Chris Baker, a political consultant whose career has been intertwined with Querard's. Essentially, Baker declared that henceforth neither Querard nor Talmage Pearce would have anything to do with the Heap campaign.
Thus, putting a little daylight between Heap and Pearce.
Facebook's "edit" feature shows when Heap likely removed the Pearce pic
Save for one big catch: Republican precinct committeewoman Barbara Parker is running the day-to-day operations of the Heap effort, according to Baker.
"The campaign has been managed by Barbara Parker from the get-go," Baker told me, denying Talmage ever managed it.
(Talmage, too, denied any formal role in the campaign, while admitting that he supported Heap and had sent e-mails and done Facebook posts on Heap's behalf.)
Baker made clear that Parker would continue in her role as campaign manager going forward.
Problem is, Parker is known to her detractors as "Russell Pearce in lipstick."
She's a pro-Pearce loyalist, a Tea Party gal, who has donated money to Pearce, campaigned for him during the recall, and defended him publicly.
I remember her from an infamous meeting in 2011 of what was then the LD 19 Republicans, where a resolution against the Pearce recall in nearby LD 18 was being debated.