Russell Pearce Pads His Application to Charles Hoskins for that $85K Job
Do I really want to write one more word about recalled ex-state Senator Russell Pearce?
Not really. But despite being rejected twice in his own district by a margin of 12 points, first in a historic 2011 recall election and then in the Republican primary for state Senate in 2012, he continues to resurface, like a nasty case of political herpes.
Pearce still retains a cult of personality in the state GOP, which Maricopa County Treasurer Charles "Hos" Hoskins is part of. Recently, Hoskins created a job for the man he admires so much with our money, at the rate of $85,000 per year.
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Hoskins says this is an old position his office had eliminated during a time of cutbacks at the county, though some documents and screenshots released by the county indicate that the position was meant for Pearce.
For example, there's a screenshot showing the creation of the "new position," with the comment, "Please do not post, applicant Russell Pearce completed a ZZZ application 2 days ago."
The hiring is an uncovered, at-will position: essentially, a bit of patronage Hoskins legally can dole out to whomever he wants.
In one e-mail from his deputy Royce Flora, Hoskins is told that the office has just gotten the approval for the creation of an $85,000 job for Pearce.
Flora tells Hoskins the following:
"Just fyi, they really jumped through hoops to get this done. MaryEllen had them prioritize this or it would have been another two weeks before they would even come back with a number."
Interestingly, Flora has donated money to the Arizona Taxpayers Action Committee, an independent expenditure committee that currently sponsors Pearce's Saturday night radio show and backs Pearce's revenge candidate for state Senate in the Legislative District 25 primary, Ralph Heap.