By New Times
By Connor Radnovich
By Robrt L. Pela and Amy Silverman
By Ray Stern
By Keegan Hamilton
By Matthew Hendley
By Monica Alonzo
By Monica Alonzo
Maybe ol' Joe's not even safe now: Never has a political prediction been so correct as Stephen Lemons' declaration that Russell Pearce would be recalled from his Arizona Senate seat ("Sourpuss," November 3).
When I read that, I said to my wife: "I'll believe it when I see it. The power of incumbency and his dirty trick of putting up a sham candidate [Olivia Cortes] will allow Pearce to at least squeak by."
But Lemons — who has covered Pearce's evil [antics] from the start (I still remember that picture of Russell hugging a neo-Nazi that New Times published at every opportunity) — knew more than I did.
Pearce even drove away his own people: As a Mormon and a Republican, I want to be among the first to congratulate Stephen Lemons for his relentless pursuit of Russell Pearce's wrongheadedness and wrongdoing.
While I agree with Pearce on a lot of things, as a member of the LDS faith, I had to [move away from] him because of his rabid anti-illegal-immigrant stance. Our church is all-inclusional, and Mr. Pearce is not.
If only we could find that Mexican dictionary . . .: [Russell Pearce's loss is a] clear victory for Mexico. There are only few true people left who know what will happen if we do not stop the flood of Mexicans into this country — and Pearce, Sheriff Joe, and a few other sheriffs in Arizona [are among them].
Three cheers for dogged coverage: Wow, Stephen Lemons was even righter than he thought he would be, in that the recall of state Senate President Pearce was of landslide proportions instead of a squeaker.
Way to go, Lemons! You drove the scumbag out of office. Without your dogged coverage, there would've been no recall committee, no recall, and the [Arizona Senate Bill] 1070 author would've continued to wreak havoc on our state and the nation.
Scott Harris, Phoenix
Of course, that would be impossible, Steve: If [the Legislative District 18 recall election] had been open to all Arizona voters, [Jerry Lewis' victory] margin would have been even wider. Adios, Russell!
Steve Muratore, Scottsdale
A group effort: Thank you, Mr. Lemons, for your tireless efforts to help folks understand the need to remove Russell Pearce from office. You — in concert with [recall organizers] Chad Snow and Randy Parraz — have succeeded in making this a reality.
Tommy Collins, Phoenix
An economic scourge has been driven out: [Pearce] was leading a political charge that was killing our economy in Arizona. Thank God, New Times and the recall committee have driven him out!
Sarah Rollins, Tucson