By Ray Stern
By Ray Stern
By New Times
By Amy Silverman
By Stephen Lemons
By Stephen Lemons
By Monica Alonzo
By Chris Parker
The wrath of God seemed to descend on Fountain Hills on a recent Saturday, with a dark swath of monsoon engulfing the city where recalled, disgraced state Senator Russell Pearce held a joint fundraiser with his brother, former Justice of the Peace and candidate for county supervisor Lester Pearce.
Last month, a scheduled fundraiser for Russell Pearce, who is attempting an ill-starred comeback run for the GOP nod for state senator in Legislative District 25, was routed from three locations by anti-Pearce activists. This, after Pearce's sleazy campaign adviser, Constantin Querard, made the bonehead move of booking the anti-Mexican bigot's event at a Macayo's Mexican Kitchen.
I'm sure Querard thought the idea was cute, but it incensed Hispanics and others opposed to Pearce's nativism. The resulting phone campaign and promises of protests put the kibosh on the fundraiser, ensuring that the Pearce camp would have to choose wisely its next locale.
Which ultimately is why it ended up in a Fountain Hills Holiday Inn managed by Pearce fanatic Gary Lvov. Apparently, Lvov didn't have a problem associating the Holiday Inn brand with extremist politics, resulting in a virtually cancel-proof wingding, albeit one far north of Pearce's district.
But even with online flyers promising "free snacks" and "no charge," attendance was sparse and confined to Pearce true believers. Video and photos posted by a Pearce stalwart showed no more than 15 to 20 people present at any given time during the four-hour kibbutz, and they were the usual suspects.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who lives in Fountain Hills, showed up with wife Ava. State Representative John Kavanagh came by with his spouse, Fountain Hills Mayor Linda Kavanagh.
On his Facebook page, Pearce thanked slavish Pearce booster and Maricopa County GOP chair Rob Haney and wife, as well as "my wonderful family who showed up."
There also were the wackos who don't just drink the Kool-Aid, they bathe in it: plus-size masseuse and Mexican hater Brandy Baron; full-time Arpaio groupie and hillbilly queen Barb Heller; self-loathing anti-Hispanic Hispanic Art Olivas; and Matt Tolman, rumor monger and onetime chairman of Citizens Who Oppose the Pearce Recall.
It's difficult to imagine such a crowd of misfits forking over much dough. Basically, this was a small meet-and-greet, one where most people knew each other.
Still, hanging out with those who adore him, Pearce felt the need to explain himself. That week, members of the local Fourth Estate had their long knives out for Pearce over a slew of racist e-mails to and from him over the years, made public by the American Civil Liberties Union.
The ACLU obtained the e-mails via a massive public-records request and offered them as exhibits in its Valle del Sol v. Whiting lawsuit against Pearce's Senate Bill 1070. The organization argues that Pearce and other lawmakers had "discriminatory intent" in passing 1070, and so the ACLU is asking federal Judge Susan R. Bolton to re-enjoin the "papers please" section of the law for this reason, among others.
On June 25, the U.S. Supreme Court lifted the injunction on section 2(b), allowing it to survive on limited grounds. And the ACLU boldly has moved to block it once more, in part by using Pearce's own statements against him, culling some from his e-mails and some from his public pronouncements.
Readers of this column and of my Feathered Bastard blog will not find anything attributed to Pearce in the ACLU cache to be out of character for the Mesa bigot. Indeed, I have time and time again exposed many of the statistics used by Pearce and other nativists to support their anti-immigrant proposals as insidious fabrications.
For instance, the canard repeated by Pearce that "9,000 Americans each year [are] killed at the hands of illegal aliens" has no basis in fact, as I've repeatedly demonstrated in numerous blog posts.
Ditto the falsehoods that "60 percent of the homicides in Phoenix involve illegal aliens" and that "67 percent" of cops killed "in the last few years" were slain by illegal aliens.
And yet listening to some of TV's talking heads in the wake of the release of the e-mails, you'd think they'd never heard Pearce spout bogus stats before.
The reality is that Pearce has not changed over the years; he lies as he breathes. And he's been amazingly consistent in his hatred of the undocumented and in his depiction of them as an invading force rampant with criminality.
During his stint in the state Legislature, Pearce backed quite a bit of Nuremberg-type legislation aimed at Latinos — everything from denying American-citizen children born to undocumented parents their birth certificates to forbidding marriages between American citizens and non-American citizens, legal or illegal. Mercifully, these two particular bills never became state law.
As I've repeated 'til I sound like I've smoked a carton of Camels, 1070's stated purpose of "attrition through enforcement" is de facto ethnic cleansing. Pearce wanted to reduce the population of Arizona through fear, and everyone he wanted to vamoose was brown.
So I can understand Pearce's cluelessness when faced with the fake outrage of local journalists poring over his old e-mails. In one of the most egregious, he forwarded a column by notorious Colorado nativist Frosty Wooldridge, wherein Wooldridge compares illegal immigration to cancer and leprosy.
Wooldridge's work, a favorite of former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke's, regularly makes the rounds in nativist circles and often is posted on right-wing websites. Wooldridge's views parallel Pearce's. They always have, and they still do.
Speaking to the faithful few during his Fountain Hills shindig, Pearce praised Wooldridge and scoffed at the criticism raining down on him for e-mailing Wooldridge's words.
"I just want to clear the air, folks," Pearce told his handful of followers. "First of all, these are great e-mails [written by] Frosty Wooldridge, who works with [former Colorado Congressman] Tom Tancredo.
"[Wooldridge is] a great American. And the things they're trying to make out as racist comments are metaphors he used about the impact of the illegal alien invasion on America."
There's an echo there of Pearce's past reference to neo-Nazi baby killer J.T. Ready as a "true patriot" and his applauding Ready's incendiary rhetoric at a 2007 nativist rally.
Not to mention Pearce's public use of the term "wetback" or his forwarding of an anti-Semitic screed from the neo-Nazi National Alliance's website.
I could continue listing his outrages. The point is that Pearce never has ceased telling the world exactly who he is: a liar, a bigot, a xenophobe, an extremist.
Online comments in which he blamed the victims of last week's theater massacre in Colorado (because they weren't carrying guns, ready to take out an armed-to-the-teeth psychotic) have earned him even more vitriol from the general public.
Such is the downward trajectory of Pearce's career, an arc of hate that has him facing defeat for the second time in a year. Like the nativist movement itself, Pearce is on the wane.
Now that he's stripped of power, no one is beholden to him. This goes a long way toward explaining why many in the local news media now see Pearce as a convenient target, one whose racism and insensitivity suddenly appalls them.
After August 28's primary election, all that Pearce will have left is his dwindling cult, three government pensions, and a lot of free time to contemplate his infamy.
This freakish nativist monster finally will be crushed. What will be left for us is to try to ensure that his kind never achieves such power again in Arizona.
" Nativists?" Arizona 'natives' would be Apache and/or Navajo and/or Hopi and/or Tohono O'odham and/or Akimel O'odham and/or Mojave and/or Southern Paiute and/or Yaqui and/or please forgive me for leaving out the remainder of Arizona's "Natives." Russell Pearce is an IMMIGRANT. All the white folk are immigrant.
Brother Pearce might consider a move to the Pacific Inland Northwest Empire where his myopic brand of racist crap-o-la would find an appreciative audience. Oh yeah.
I enjoy donating $0.02 via credit card to politicians and organization I don't agree with.
The donation link on Russell Pearce's campaign Facebook page is broken. The message says "mmm....something is not right. This account has been archived due to inactivity. Please login to Wufoo to reactivate."
Pearce's Donation Link on Facbook is dead due to INACTIVITY... Priceless!!!
By the way, speaking of Russell Pearce's Facebook page, Pearce's cover photo is of himself in front of the Supreme Court. Pearce uses the title Senator and viewers are presented with a picture of an ex-state senator in front of one of the most recognizable federal buildings. Shouldn't his title include the word State? More appropriately, ex-State Senator, or Recalled ex-State Senator or, better still, Disgraced, Recalled ex-State Senator Russell Pearce?
Just cry nativist and racism. Terry Gross tried very hard to get Journalist Howard Fischer to say Russel Pearce was a racist, nativist, ect... but it didn't work......Heard on Fresh Air from WHYY May 6, 2010 - TERRY GROSS, host: This is FRESH AIR. I'm Terry Gross.........Mr. FISCHER: Russell is very conservative. I mean, his background is law enforcement. He was a sheriff's deputy. He was a justice of the peace. He has a child who was shot by an illegal immigrant. Russell sees things in very black-and-white ways. I mean, I don't think there's racism there. I mean, Russell's son married a Hispanic woman. He's got Hispanic grandchildren. I've never seen Russell mistreat anybody personally, in all the years I've known him, based on race, color, ethnicity. But Russell sees it in a very black-and-white way. If you ask for a single line that describes one of Russell's quotes, it's: What part of illegal don't you understand? You shouldn't be in the country. We're going to do what we can to enforce the rule of law. That's the way Russell sees things. And he's obviously been tarred with being racist and everything else. Again, I think that's oversimplifying what's a much more complex problem. I think he believes that there's financial burden on the state. We talked a little bit about the number of kids in schools. We know that perhaps 17 percent of all prisoners in state prison are illegal immigrants who violate state law. Now, here's where it gets interesting. The federal government has a State Criminal Alien Assistance Program. They are supposed to reimburse the states for the cost of housing illegal immigrants in state prisons. The federal government has reimbursed the states pennies on the dollar. So the feds haven't even stepped up for that. So Russell said if you're not going to step up, then we're going to do what we need to do. And he sees it, again, as a law enforcement officer.
Thanks Mr. Lemons for another educational and inciteful article exposing racists such as Russell Pearce who continue to foolishly try and build a "wall of hate" around the state of Arizona.
The only thing I ever prayed for when it came to Russell Pearce was KARMA - and it is playing out so beautifully I could not have even imagined it being this amazing!!!
The hypocrisy of La Raza knows no bounds: they cuss out Pearce and his ilk but for being 'racist' but are a bunch of racists themselves with that 'Brown Power' talk-------------never mind that Hispanic culture is a 'White' culture too. And the Mestizos came about due in large part to the (White) Spanish conquistadors raping the Aztec, etc. women. Talk about self hate on the part of La Raza: they kiss the hand of the rapist by embracing his culture and are belligerent when called out on it.
The Pearce brothers should move up to some nazi commune in Idaho...get them the hell out of our state.
Isn't he still the second in command of the AZ-GOP?
Why do sane republicans allow that? Or is my assumption of there being sane republicans off base?
So your saying that pearce can NOT enforce LAWS without his bias, bigotry etc. etc.
He's a racist, a filthy fucking racist. Nothing more.
@housefrau99 That's because Fischer is a kiss-ass who thought Pearce was gonna win the recall.
Fischer was wrong about the recall, and he was wrong about Pearce being a racist. Duh. Pearce is a POS bigot. Evidence: JT Ready, 1070, and the racist emails. Case closed.
@TheFurror And what's wrong with Mormons? Mia Love in Utah may take great offense at being called a Nazi.
@MesaMan GO to hell "history boy", we're doing that to the U.S. if you're not allready 1/2 or 3/4 Mexican you or someone in your family will soon be. White, black, oriental doesn't matter. We don't need to rape your women we just look at them and they're pregnant. BOO-YA!
@MesaMan Wow, really? In spite of all the evidence that Pearce is just a lying, racist, extremist, knucklehead, you still are going to come on here, spouting nonsense in defense of him. Seriously, pick someone else. This guy is so toasted, there's nothing that can be done, except throw it out, and grab a new piece of bread.
@MesaMan Off topic, moron. Go kiss your own hand, or something lower on ur person.
@wanumba Actually, most of those Nazi and white supremacist communes have been in western Montana, whose citizens are happy that most people think these kooks live in Idaho. The Nazi's have marched in Coeur d'Alene only because it's the nearest place they can get media attention. Coeur d'Alene is a beautiful area, and much too expensive for the jobless racists. I have vacationed in the Idaho panhandle numerous times. The people who live there, in contrast to a few places here, are friendly and welcoming.
@truthseekeraz What are you talking about: Americans citizens or illegal aliens? The latter NEED to be taken out by any (legal) means.
@KevininPHX Just be careful what you wish for: with Pearce out, his replacement may be more vigorous where cracking down on illegal aliens and La Raza is concerned. Yes; racism is indeed growing against stereotypical Hispanic people (and those who look the part of any race/ethnicity) because of the antics of La Raza. Those demanding amnesty rallies back in 2006 were bone headed at best because they woke up the American people to the scourge of illegal aliens.
They are everywhere between the Cascades in eastern Washington and Oregon to whatever natural barrier in Montana - including Idaho.
@MesaMan What question are you talking about?
@SUTTER77 Answer my question please. Since you have to resort to personal attacks against me, just admit you've lost your case.
@MesaMan OMG!!! Is this statement even real? Go back and read some of your previous racist comments and derogatory names. Do you actually think that everyone on this board is too stupid to see through you? You are as transparent as scotch tape. I have dealt with people like you for over three decades, do you think you are something new or undiscovered?
@SUTTER77 Answer my question please. YOU accuse me of being a racist: I suggest you post up some proof, otherwise, go play elsewhere. I'm starting to think you're a pathological liar or at least one who believe's his own BS.
@MesaMan RIGHT, in my lifetime, I have won no less than a dozen court cases based on my testimony regarding discrimination and racism in the workplace, and some racist troll from Mesa is going to checkmate me during a conversation about what he perceives to be “illegal aliens” LMAO!!! Dream on. Maybe Russell could use one more goof in his camp. it wouldn’t hurt you to check, or are you already there?
“The pigeon is only going to knock over all the pieces, crap on the board and strut around like it’s victorious.”
@SUTTER77 If discussing ILLEGAL aliens: of course I'm a racist assuming that illegals were a race. Well; to spell it out to you--------------there's NO illegal alien race. So; the proof is on YOU to prove I'm a racist.
Just admit it: you're nothing more than an insulting Troll when YOU'VE been checkmated in an argument.
@MesaMan I'm not veiling anything, you have already exposed yourself as a POS racist. Do you think it's a secret?
But in response to the last comment let me see if I understand the logic beyond you’re thinking.
Person # 1 tries to teach something to person # 2
Person # 2 is too dumb to absorb the truth.
Person # 1 has just lost an argument because person # 2 is still dumb.
LMAO!!! Thanks for proving that my pigeon theory is correct.
“The pigeon is only going to knock over all the pieces, crap on the board and strut around like it’s victorious.”
@SUTTER77 It's OK for you to admit you lost this argument since you have to stoop to barely veiled racist insults. It's quite obvious.
@MesaMan There is no argument to win,
People like you are totally insignificant in the scheme of things. The wheels of justice are turning and you’re side is getting crushed a little more every day. That’s where I concentrate all of my energy and effort. Arguing with people who have no say or no power to stop or change anything is futile. I will respond to comments and attempt to let people like you know how ignorant and misinformed they are, but it seldom does any good. You can’t teach a hog to read the Sunday paper. Now go back inside of your trailer and stare at your Joe Arpaio poster and stew in your haltered while I laugh at you a bit more. Have a nice day.
@SUTTER77 LMAO! YOU'RE the one who's frustrated that you can't win this argument.
Arguing with a racist redneck is like playing chess with a pigeon. No matter how good you are at chess, the pigeon is only going to knock over all the pieces, crap on the board and strut around like it’s victorious. As I said, There is a cure for the disease that you have, it's called getting an education.
@SUTTER77 Irrelevant; under US law I'm an American. The ONLY reason there are even any American Indians left is because it was Euros who conquered them; had the victors been other Indians, I can safely say that aside for women of childbearing age and some of their kids; the defeated tribe would have been slaughtered.
@MesaMan If you don't have a tribal card, you are nothing more than the decendent of illegal European alien invaders. Call yourself what you wish. There is a cure for the disease that you have, it's called getting an education.
@SUTTER77 I'm an American: born and raised here to TWO US citizens? Can YOU make that claim or are you either a DREAMie or an Anchor Baby?Don't pull that ' the Indians were here first' because they treated each other quite badly before 1492.
@MesaMan Then pack a suitcase, move out of your trailer and head back to Europe where you belong. It's called self deportation, or in your case 'Hillbilliy exodus'
@chucklereader1 I DON'T hire illegal aliens; do you??
@MesaMan who's going to clean your stooped trailor when they're gone...
nothing missyman says is well.
@truthseekeraz I call BS on that: remember those stupid illegal alien 'rights' marches back in 2006? Well; that pissed off a lot of people, even American Hispanics, to the point that nothing short of mass deportations of illegals will soothe things back down.
@WhiteGuy I DON'T like any illegal alien-----------regardless of race/ethnicity. I want them all deported from the USA.
@WhiteGuy Well White guy ,in Az their 99 % and AZ is what I'm concerned with first, the rest of the country can clean up their own back yards
@jimnbubba The "Scourge of illegal aliens"? Only about 50% of illegal aliens in this country are of Mexican origin. Does anybody believe for a minute these people have a problem with the white ones?
@MesaMan Well said
@pszymeczek Have you seen them?