RUN, RUSS, RUN!

I'm as giddy as a Justin Bieber fan at the Grammys over state Senate President Russell Pearce's purported ambition to run for U.S. Congress in Arizona's 6th Congressional District.

Pearce long has coveted the seat held by Republican golden boy Congressman Jeff Flake. Pearce even considered running against Flake in the 2008 GOP primary, donning a toupee and raising loot for the effort.

Despite the rug, Pearce's fundraising hit a ceiling, so he opted instead to run for the state Senate, as he was termed out of the state House.

Good move for him, a disastrous one for Sand Land. Now, as Senate president, Pearce rules Arizona with an iron paw.

But U.S. Senator Jon Kyl's announcement that he'll be doing us all a favor in 2012 by not seeking re-election has kicked off the state GOP's Rube Goldberg ambition machine.

Flake recently announced that he wants Kyl's job, which is what everyone expected — Pearce included.

That's why Pearce was making phone calls days before Flake's announcement seeking endorsements, according to the D.C.-based publication Roll Call.

I heartily encourage Pearce's run. Because whether Pearce succeeds or fails in his bid to be one of 435 U.S. House members, it's a win-win scenario for everyone who despises the man's antebellum, states-rights mentality.

If Pearce triumphs, he trots off to Congress, where he'll be an insignificant, 65-year-old backbencher.

Yes, we'll hear from him from time to time, but it'll be along the lines of Republinut Congressman Trent Franks. That is, whenever he does or says something dumb.

An embarrassment to the state? Congressman Pearce would no doubt be that. But he would no longer wield the power he now does as Arizona's de facto Kim Jong-il.

There is also the very good possibility that a Pearce bid in CD6 will be his Vietnam (you know, the war Pearce avoided by signing up for the Arizona National Guard).

Pearce opponents — whether in a primary or the general election — will regale the public with the horrors of Pearce's personal and political life.

Everything from his sending out an anti-Semitic e-mail to supporters to his chumming with neo-Nazi J.T. Ready to long-ago allegations of domestic violence to his obsession with Mexican-bashing legislation.

Plus, when Pearce is goaded with his record, his temper flares, prodding him on to even greater political stupidity.

In the confines of Legislative District 18, he is forgiven his transgressions by a base of supporters who think as he does.

Running for Congress, however, engenders additional scrutiny, both from a wider electorate and from national media already focused on Pearce because of Senate Bill 1070 and his drive to undermine the birthright-citizenship provision of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

A savvy foil would exploit this situation, and money will pour into his or her coffers.

If given a solid alternative, CD6 voters may opt for a pol who'll sincerely represent them, not just go to Washington to introduce wingnut legislation, which is all Pearce will be good for.

Currently, there are two recall efforts under way against Pearce. Should either obtain the signatures necessary, it will force Pearce to campaign to keep his LD18 Senate seat.

Having to campaign against a recall opponent will be a major blow to Pearce's congressional ambitions, siphoning away time and cash.

Thus, success for the recall drives is defined as making Pearce scramble to maintain his status quo. This requires only 7,756 signatures, drawn from LD18's 68,409 registered voters. It can be done.

So please run for Congress, Russ. Pretty please! Or as Clint Eastwood's Harry Callahan might quip, "Go ahead, Pearce, make our day."

PEARCE'S CREEPY PALS

President Bill Clinton had "bimbo" eruptions. State Senate President Pearce has "bigot" eruptions.

The latter happen frequently. Indeed, the great thing about Pearce is that he rarely makes any pretense of hiding his horns (his former toupee notwithstanding).

Recently, Pearce appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee to speak on behalf of Senate Concurrent Resolution 1020, which aims to amend the Arizona Constitution so that those engaging in any sort of felony cannot sue their "victims."

This may sound reasonable, though there's already a less-broad statute on the books that reins in abuses of tort claims by real criminals. Pearce believes that statute could be deemed invalid, as the Arizona Constitution states, "The right of action to recover damages for injuries shall never be abrogated."

Yet under questioning by Republican state Senator Adam Driggs, Pearce revealed the real reason he's so keen to put this proposed amendment on the ballot: He wants to protect his racist rancher pals.

The first of these Pearce did not mention by name, only describing him as "a friend of mine" who detained "illegal aliens," was sued, and lost his ranch.

I e-mailed Pearce to ask him if he was referring to Casey Nethercott, a notorious vigilante who lost his Arizona ranch in 2005 after the Southern Poverty Law Center sued him and his accomplices for holding a Salvadoran man and woman at gunpoint on a ranch in Texas. Nethercott's group Ranch Rescue was doing militia-like patrols there with the property owner's consent.

Pearce didn't reply, but the circumstances Pearce described in his testimony parallel those of the Nethercott affair. Pearce stated that the aliens were given "food, water, and clothing," but he failed to mention they were held at gunpoint, and allegedly robbed and assaulted, before getting released.

A nefarious individual who once threatened to close the border with machine guns, Nethercott is a felon, having been convicted in California for aggravated assault. He was later convicted in Texas as a prohibited possessor of a firearm and served five years in the pen.

Nethercott had a neo-Nazi sidekick in his organization who was wounded in a shootout when the FBI tried to arrest Nethercott on an outstanding warrant. The warrant was for threatening U.S. Border Patrol officers. Nethercott, amazingly, beat that rap.

The other redneck yahoo Pearce mentioned as "a friend of mine," this time by name, was Cochise County wild man Roger Barnett, known for hunting Hispanics on his 22,000-acre ranch — much of which is leased federal property.

Legal, illegal — it didn't matter much to Barnett. In 2004, he menaced with his AR-15 a Hispanic-American family who'd supposedly strayed onto his property, threatening to shoot them and calling them "dirty Mexicans." Three children were among his victims.

The district attorney in Cochise refused to bring charges, telling a reporter that no jury in the county would convict Barnett. So the family sued Barnett and won a nearly $100,000 award, one upheld by the Arizona Supreme Court.

Barnett also was sued by several migrants crossing his property in 2004. He allegedly threatened the group at gunpoint, hurled racial slurs at them, and kicked a woman. A federal jury awarded the plaintiffs $77,804.

The jurist in that case was none other than late District Court Judge John Roll, killed by Jared Lee Loughner during his January 8 rampage in Tucson.

Roll received so many death threats from nativist wackos during the trial that he was assigned 24-7 protection.

Barnett appealed the case to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Earlier this month, it ruled against him.

Before the Judiciary Committee, Pearce claimed the "bad guys prevailed" in court against Barnett, "who did what any reasonable man would have done."

He called the lawsuits "frivolous" and said, "I hope we take that case to the [U.S.] Supreme Court."

The fact that Pearce obviously considers a violent racist like Barnett a good guy should tell you all you need to know.

Oh, and Pearce's SCR 1020? The Judiciary Committee gave it a do-pass recommendation, natch.

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anon
anon

Stephen, Great article with a twist. You hit the nail on the head. Keep up the good work ferreting out the truth.

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Caseynethercott
Caseynethercott

Why even five years after the fact do people still refere to me ??/ Maybe because what happened was just wrong. I will let the american people decide.

azafvet
azafvet

Because you are a bigot perhaps. Sig Heil!

Usgovfail
Usgovfail

I want a better life so I am going to go rob a bank later today. I want a better life so I am going to go and rob my neighbor, steal all of his food, steal all the money from his wallet and then steal his identity. Isn't that a sick mentality. How can you people not see something wrong with that? Because you are low class. Probably didn't have parents to teach you how to work hard for what you want. I bet you sat there all day and hated on people with a car nicer than you but you refused to better yourself so you coudl have nice things. Gimmie gimmie gimmie. How sad.

Usgovfail
Usgovfail

Why should police and courts enforce laws like rape and murder but not illegal immigration? When did America become a land of selective law enforcement? When corrupt government/congress realized that they could stay in power by using the illegal vote through voter fraud. America sucks now thanks to illegal immigration and those that exploit it. Twenty years from now, America will be a lawless nation just like Mexico. Stupid humans.

Usgovfail
Usgovfail

By the way, the feds can go pound sand. If they actually did their job and enforced immigration LAWS then the state of Az would not have to do it for them. I would vote for Pearce if he ran for congress cause then he could have the ultimate say when it came to voting for bills that help protect American CITIZENS.

Usgovfail
Usgovfail

Pearce and Brewer, Gould and Kobach all have my full support in combatting ILLEGAL immigration. Not to be confused with LEGAL immigration and those who took the time to come to America following the law. Hey, I want a better life too, we all do, but does that mean that its ok for me to go rob a bank? No. I want some sex so does that mean its ok for me to rape a girl? No. I want to eat some good food so can I go steal food from a grocery store? No. If you want a better life then work for it, do not expect it to be handed to you. America is the land of opportunity yes, it is not the land of guaranteed success and hand outs. New times is one sick and twisted publication. I thought azcentral spewed a lot of lies and biased propaganda but this rag takes the cake. You are some really sick people. Lazy freeloaders. Work for what you want, rather than demanding it be handed to you. Viva SB1070! Come to America legally, or do not come at all. Losers.

Bobunf
Bobunf

Pearce can be recalled. Volunteers to Collect Signatures to RECALL and Remove Arizona State Senate President Russell Pearce Where:Mesa Public Library, 64 E 1st St, Mesa, AZWhen:Every Saturday from 10 am to 4 pmEvery Monday through Thursday from 4 pm to 7 pmEvery Friday from 3 pm to 5:30 pm

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

It seems that on one hand pearce wants Arizona to run the country, and not be a part of the country, only a sovereign nation of it's own. On the the other hand it seems he is willing to leave Sand Land and go east to the Land Of The Big.

Yes, I think really think pearce should resign his state senate position and make a run for the national senate seat. Damn fine idea. In fact, make the Flaccid Fool From MCSO his campaign manager.

XSoldier
XSoldier

The Flaccid Fool of MCSO is considering a run for Senator Kyl's U.S. Senate seat. Imagine if that happened.... Pearce could be the Flaccid Fool's campaign manager and Candy Ass Thomas being the Flaccid Fool's legal beagle....

Or, even better... Both resign to run.... Pearce for CD6, the MCSO shurf for U.S. Senate.... Lisa Aubuchon could run both their campigns straight into the ground......

That would truly be hilarious.

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Shut up! Quiet! Shhhhhhhhhh.........

Don't TELL him this stuff! C'mon, just let it happen.

And I agree with Hock, beside Bachmann this guy's nothing. He'd just fade into the woodwork.

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tr7fan
tr7fan

that pearce signed up for the guard instead of going to vietnam dont mean jack to me.due to the politics involved vietnam was an embarrasment that cost way to many americans their lives and families their loved ones. i know id rather have him in the job than flake just my personal opinon flake is flakey to me

XSoldier
XSoldier

State Senate President Russell Pearce is too insecure and mentally unstable to run for Congress....

I read in Wednesday's East Valley Tribune that the Flaccid Fool of MCSO is considering a run for U.S. Senator Jon Kyl's seat. That is a really scary thought....

Imagine how much damage both the MCSO shurf and his sagging wrinkly left nut can do not only to Arizona but to the entire country if elected to Congress...... I'd move my ass to a country with a non-extradition treaty......

Marcy
Marcy

Russ Pearce seems to have a lot of felonious friends and family

danglines
danglines

Just what this state and the congress needs, another idiot bully!

Dave Francis
Dave Francis

IT'S EITHER MILLIONS WE SPEND NOW OR A HUNDRED BILLION DOLLARS PLUS LATER?

Just like the Great Land Rush of the 19th century, hundreds of thousands even millions of illegal aliens will be fleeing different States enacting policing laws. Idaho, Florida Utah, Missouri, Texas, North Carolina, Maryland, Tennessee, Minnesota and of course the great State of Arizona, who is battling for survival in the biased-oriented court system.,In swarms they will be loading their trucks, packing their families and leaving less hospitable locations. They are heading they think to other States with easy welfare pickings, with brought and sold legislators where the laws are not enforced. Even the cash strapped, Sanctuary State of California has numerous counties ready to embark with E-Verify, as a mandatory verification warning to foreign nationals you better not apply for a job here, as the business owner is unlikely to take the risk of losing his business license. Other States are introducing laws including the federal 287 (g) law to train local police in arrest and detain suspicious individuals on hold for ICE agents.

Secure Communities a program that expedites fingerprints gathered by local law enforcement agencies to the FBI and then through a federal (ICE) immigration database to identify undocumented immigrants. Over a thousand jurisdictions in 40 States and others ready to participate. All these enforcement programs cost millions of dollars, but it touches nowhere near the hundreds of billions of dollars extracted from your taxes to support illegal aliens. The border remains frighteningly open and their is no program to guarantee that foreign airline passengers will leave after their entry visa expires? American immigration laws have been mocked since the 1986 amnesty law by both the US Government and the businesses that hire discount labor. If their was a real effort by any administration to halt the illegal alien invasion, any illegal invader would be facing a felony, not a stupid minor infraction.

I joined the Tea PARTY as more and more taxes are being taken, to support the education, health care and other social welfare programs in pandering to the illegal immigrants. I am also an activist of the million plus membership of NumbersUSA pro-sovereignty organization, that allows free faxes to your resident State Representative or even the leadership in Washington. You can also contact your politicians through the Switchboard in DC at 202-224-3121. Their is a Pdf file "Illegal Aliens and American Medicine."that every American should assimilate. It will probably give you heartburn and the billions of dollars we are paying to support health care for illegal aliens, that should be going in the pensions of old American warriors, OUR senior citizens, OUR homeless, Our blind, our sick, handicapped and those citizens living in poverty. This is just part of the deception and collusion of our legislators, who have been corrupted by special interests. We should bring our military home from Afghanistan, Iraq and other support bases, and place them along the US border, Canadian border fully armed with orders to fire.

Illegal immigrant states like Texas New York State and Illinois's, specially in California and Nevada, has no real ID verification where there was massive voter fraud through absentee ballots use; I truly believe.

hock
hock

It would be good for us, if you set aside how embarrasing he would make Arizona look...of course he may seem normal compared to Michelle Bachmann!

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

If Russell Pearce goes to D.C., who will tell Jan Brewer what to think?

Chad Snow
Chad Snow

It would be ironic if he got elected to Congress and then Arizona's legislature used his own stupid law that says we can ignore what the federal government does against him. Or even better if he finally got elected and, on the eve of his inauguration to the U.S. Congress, Arizona seceded from the Union...

 
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