Russell Pearce's Revenge Candidate? Ralph Heap's Consultant Chris Baker Says No

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In Legislative District 25, where the Republican primary is what primarily matters, the word on the street has been that orthopedic surgeon Dr. Ralph Heap, GOP primary challenger to state Senator Bob Worsley, is the cat's paw of Mesa's Pearce clan.

Back in 2012, Worsley bested recalled, disgraced former state Senate President Russell Pearce by 12 points, effectively putting a stake through Pearce's desire to return to the state Senate after being defeated in the 2011 recall election by fellow Republican Jerry Lewis.

Unlike Pearce, who comes with baggage galore, Heap is a relative unknown, save for his being a well-off doctor, a factor that no doubt increases his appeal to country club Republicans, who regard Pearce as a caged gorilla.

So is Heap really Pearce's "revenge candidate"?

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Pearce and Heap share a moment . . .

That's what some in LD 25 have been telling me. The evidence? His campaign allegedly was being "managed" by Pearce's nephew Talmage Pearce and advised by that vision of Republican darkness Constantin Querard, who ran Pearce's disastrous 2012 campaign and also, um, "helped" Pearce to defeat in the recall.

Arizona Republic's Mesa columnist John D'Anna seemed to confirm what I'd been hearing when he wrote in a January 17 piece that, "I'm told that Heap's day-to-day campaign operations are being managed by Talmage Pearce under the tutelage of controversial GOP operative Constantin Querard."

Heap's first campaign finance report was filed January 30, and recorded a $250 cash payment to Querard's Discessio, LLC for "Professional Services - Consultants."

And there is evidence that Talmage had been stumping for Heap, forwarding news of Heap's candidacy to Tea Party stalwarts with the following message:

"I am very excited to tell you that Dr. Ralph Heap has announced his candidacy for the Arizona State Senate in LD25. I encourage you all to attend Dr. Heap's campaign kickoff tomorrow night at the Red Mountain Tea Party.

"He would love to meet all of you and I encourage you all to support him in his campaign for the Arizona State Senate. He will do an excellent job of representing those of us who live in Legislative District 25 and I support him 100%."

When I contacted Talmage, he admitted to helping Heap by posting supportive messages on Facebook, and 'fessed to the e-mail when asked about it, but he denied any official role.

"I'm not managing Ralph's campaign," he told me. "I don't work for Ralph."

The phone number I had for Heap was not responsive, so I sent him an e-mail.

The reply came from Chris Baker of the Blue Point consulting firm. Baker has worked for Congressman David Schweikert and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, among others.

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TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

Mush.


I don't believe for a second that Pearce isn't behind this candidate. Obviously it's not to the advantage of the candidate for it to be publicly known that the recalled, disgraced former state senate president (the ONLY state senate president in the history of our country to be recalled while in office) is behind Mr./Dr. Heap.


I don't know the date on the story photo but if Mister Pearce is STILL wearing the ear mounted blue tooth someone needs to tell him it's really NOT necessary. Unless, of course, someone needs to call to remind him it's time for a bathroom break.


Like the elderly elected official of MCSO, Mister Pearce is a 'has been' who knows he will never be again....

vagabond545454
vagabond545454

Russell Pearce does have some strange bed fellows, one of his best buddies, cook out pal JT Ready, Commander of the Neo-Nazi's in Arizona, and now deceased multiple murder/suicide with one of the 4 a infant is not surprising he might try to regain power via a proxy candidate!

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

ah the red mountain tea party..home of the tin foil hat

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

I'm a Dem but I would be happy to give Worsley the max allowable donation if I could afford to do it. This guy Ralph needs to be outed as Oberkommander Pearce's latest stand-in sham candidate.

DNichols
DNichols

The "Pearce Klan" will hopefully teach Heap how to :

Run Sham Candidates to siphon votes.

Accept Bribes (Fiesta Bowl, ect.)

While doing the above, then head an "Integrity Leage".

And of course if Heap is a fellow "Saint" how to babtize Hispanic Hating, Child Murdering Neo Nazi's into the Church.

Lets not forget how to hang out with Racist Child Molesting Minute Men Leaders.

Ah Heap can learn so much from the "Pearce Klan".

DNichols
DNichols

@david-saint01

The tin foil hat is how they communicate with Pearces B.F.F. J.T.

DNichols
DNichols

@Eric Nelson

The so called "Mrs. Cortes Sham Candidate" scheme was a Class Five Felony Election Rigging/Manipulating Scheme, all knowingly involved in it made a mockery of the U.S. Electoral System, and should have been charged with thier Felony Crime!

Pearce, his Brother, his two Nieces, Mrs. Cortes, the Tea Party People, G.O.P. Official involved, and every single person that knowingly signed petitions in the hands of the Pearce Klan for Mrs. Cortes knowing it was not only a "Sham" but a FELONY should have been charged!

To: Justice in Corrupt Arizona?!

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@shadeaux14  

That's too simple-minded.  You can't just lump all of your enemies together under one label.  Many of not most Tea Party supporters would have nothing to do with Pearce.  Conservatives really aren't all the same person cloned many times.

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