Ralph Heap, "Dr. Hypocrisy," Campaigns Against Medicaid Expansion, But Took $130K in Medicaid Cash
I'm told Pearce has been spotted around Mesa planting signs paid for by the Arizona Taxpayers Action Committee, a pro-Heap independent-expenditure committee, which also sponsors Pearce's Saturday night radio show on 960 AM.
Who is the largest donor to ATAC this campaign cycle? Pearce, who has given more than $4,200 so far.
One of the ludicrous claims on the ATAC signs is that Worsley voted for "medical for illegals," though both state and federal law prevent the undocumented from receiving Medicaid benefits.
Despite avowals by Heap campaign consultant Chris Baker that Pearce lover Constantin Querard, the alleged architect of Pearce's 2011 scandal involving sham candidate Olivia Cortes, no longer is involved in Heap's bid for office, the campaign has paid one of Querard's companies about $8,000 this year, with one payment going to Querard as recently as May.
Via e-mail, Baker claimed it was payment for old work. See, Heap has gone to great lengths to distance himself from Pearce, even taking down a photo of the two of them together from his Facebook page, after I referenced it in a blog item.
Baker, also a consultant to Salmon, reputedly is involved in Heap's campaign at Salmon's request. The scuttlebutt is, Salmon worries that Worsley, the multi-millionaire founder of SkyMall, may decide to run for Congress against him one day. Heap is a way to bump off the competition.
When I asked Salmon at the Leisure World event whether this was true, his head seemed close to exploding.
"That's probably the stupidest thing I've ever heard," he sputtered.
I replied that the rumor was out there.
"You know what?" he shot back. "Elvis showing up at the doughnut shop last week's out there, too. And they're both equally stupid."
Methinks the congressman protests too much. Plus, everyone knows that Elvis is alive and prefers fried chicken and waffles to doughnuts any day.