By Amy Silverman
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By Michael Lacey
By Weston Phippen
If you need a lesson in hysterics, look no further than a new press release from the Arizona Latino Republican Association, which targeted Republican state Senate candidate Bob Worsley over comments he made in an interview with KFYI 550 AM radio host Barry Markson.
Worsley is the rival of disgraced, recalled state Senate President Russell Pearce in the GOP Legislative District 25 primary, and the ALRA has endorsed Pearce, despite Pearce's having sworn to drive as may Latinos from Sand Land as possible.
Markson was discussing the endorsement Pearce had received from a different group, the Arizona Teacher's [sic] Association, which I exposed in my Feathered Bastard blog as probably a sham organization with not one identifiable teacher in it, and he asked Worsley to comment.
"You look at two of his endorsements," Worsley said, "the Arizona Latino Republicans and the Arizona Teacher's Association, two [organizations] you would not naturally think. . . he could claim that he has endorsements from."
That's a fairly tame and accurate statement, as Pearce helped slice the state's education budget to the bone when he was in power and as he was the primary legislative pimp of Senate Bill 1070, Arizona's Latino-targeting ethnic-cleansing law.
Apparently, the ATA's reputation is such that the ALRA took offense at getting mentioned in the same breath, slamming Worsley in a release for having "mis-characterized" the ALRA as "having been formed for the sole purpose of endorsing Russell Pearce."
In other words, the ALRA claims Worsley was calling it a sham — which the ATA certainly seems to be and diversionary candidate Olivia Cortes certainly was during last year's recall election.
You'll remember that Cortes withdrew her candidacy after she and various pro-Pearce folks were dragged into Maricopa County Superior Court by Chandler attorney and verbal pugilist extraordinaire Tom Ryan.
Based on Worsley's statement, I don't think he was implying that the ALRA, which has been around for a few years, was a sham organization.
But I now come to find out that a couple of its current board members apparently were involved in some shammy activities during the recall.
According to various sources, the ALRA's current vice president, Constantinos "Dino" Eliades, helped solicit signatures to place Cortes' name on the ballot. Indeed, Eliades' name, address, and signature appear on three petition sheets as a circulator for Cortes.
However, I was able to get group treasurer Haydee Dawson on the phone, where she admitted that Eliades had assisted Cortes' sham-wow candidacy.
"Dino Eliades was not a member of the board [of the ALRA] at the time," she told me. "As a [Republican] precinct committeeman, he has an obligation to help any candidate get on the ballot, regardless of who it is."
Still, Eliades was an ALRA member and a regular on Radio ALRA, the group's now-defunct Saturday-evening talk-radio program on KKNT 960 AM.
Eliades, supposedly of Greek descent, may not have been acting on the ALRA's behalf, but according to more than one former ALRA member, the group was so concerned about the situation that it discussed pulling Eliades from the show, at least until the Cortes scandal passed.
Ruben Sanchez, who once produced the radio show and who now accuses the ALRA of stealing the show from him and of owing him tens of thousands of dollars for services rendered, remembers such discussions.
"Rey and Haydee wanted to put some distance between themselves and Dino," Sanchez recalled during a recent interview. "Rey told me, 'Look, he can't be on the radio. He can't be assisting on [the show's website],' — 'til the whole thing blew over."
Former ALRA vice president George Ortiz also confirmed that the ALRA knew what Eliades had done and that there was talk about keeping him off the air, but he remembered that Eliades remained on the show anyway.
The anti-Pearce GOP Latino group Somos Republicans had exposed Eliades' involvement with the Cortes affair in September 2011, but the media never picked up on it.
No doubt any connection to the Cortes scandal would have been an embarrassment for the ALRA, which was supporting Pearce in the recall, with Torres actually speaking on Pearce's behalf at a poorly attended rally at Mesa's Hohokam Stadium in October.
Along these lines, before I spoke with Dawson, ALRA communications secretary Jose Borrajero claimed no knowledge of Eliades' work for Cortes.
But Borrajero's recollection of events seems shaky, considering his nervous, angry responses to my questions about him providing the voice in a strange round of robo-calls to constituents of the old Legislative District 18, where the Pearce-Lewis battle took place.
I blogged about the robo-calls just days before the election, noting that the unidentified voice and its robust Spanish accent sounded a lot like Dos Equis' "Most Interesting Man in the World." Or the late Ricardo Montalban.
The recorded calls to Democratic voters encouraged listeners to cast a "protest" write-in vote because Cortes had been forced to withdraw and the other two candidates also were Republicans.
Essentially, it was a form of voter suppression, as a write-in candidate has to be registered with the Secretary of State. And there were no write-in candidates registered.
The robo-calls were paid for by the conservative Safeguard Arizona Future PAC, chaired by Teabagger and Pearce loyalist Ron Ludders.
Back then, Ludders did not want to identify the velvety baritone in the robo-call, but I remember him hinting that I could hear the individual on the radio the evening I called him, as Radio ALRA was about to begin.
I didn't make the link at the time, but Borrajero was helping with the show, though, like Eliades, he was not yet an ALRA officer.
Recently, both Sanchez and Ortiz confirmed that Borrajero was the Montalban-esque voice in question.
Borrajero flipped out when I complimented him for being the owner of that robo-call voice.
At one point, he said he couldn't recall whether he had done the robo-call. Later he denied it. And almost immediately thereafter, he said he would neither confirm nor deny that he was the voice.
"I've done several [robo-calls]," he said at one point. "I don't know which one you are talking about specifically, but I'm not going to get into that either. I don't see how that has to do with anything."
I said his voice sounded exactly like the one on the recording. I even offered to play it for him. That's when the line went dead.
When I called Borrajero back, he threatened to accuse me of harassing him. I replied that it was difficult to harass an official spokesman whose name and phone number are on a press release for his organization.
Dawson claimed that she'd never heard the robo-calls, though Sanchez told me that everyone at the ALRA knew of them and that Borrajero had even joked about it off-air.
Asked about Sanchez's statements, Dawson chalked it up to their legal tiff. She said the ALRA was suing Sanchez for $1,800, and she laughed at Sanchez's claim that the ALRA owed him much more.
She also offered a strange defense of Olivia Cortes, whom she said she had never met.
"Olivia did get on the ballot, so she's not a sham candidate," Dawson lectured me, adding, "I'm getting tired of hearing that phrase . . . To me, as a fellow female Latino, it's an insult to hear it described that way."
Which, considering that Cortes' name is now a local synonym for the word "sham," must mean that Dawson and her crew are insulted a lot.
JoeArpaioFan, Electoral Rigging/Manipulating is not a "Scandal" it is a Class Five Felony that everyone in Arizona knows occured, but the Crooked Law Enforcement in Arizona is turning a "Blind Eye" to!
If we are "A Land of Laws, all Laws" as Governor Brewer said when she signed the Racist SB1070, then we should "Enforce All Laws"!
Democrat or Republican has nothing to do with Breaking the Law.
Crooks, are Crooks!
Quit being a "Spin Doctor".
To: True Justice?
How do these clowns reconcile the the inconsistency between them saying that an inarticulate, inexperienced, dodgy Olivia Cortes was a preferable alternative to Pearce last year, but that they now support him? The ALRA is a sham organization, and whose members supported a sham candidate, Olivia Cortes.
@imkarat .@stephenlemons Just confirms, #AZGOP & #Mesa #LD25 #Republican #politicians are ruthless in their quest for power. #NoTrust (3/3)
@imkarat .@stephenlemons Now know identity of #AZ #Hispanic sleaze on other end of Cortez WriteIn robocall during #RussellPearce Recall(2/3)
@imkarat .@stephenlemons Great #AZ investigative reporting, Stephen! TY 4 posting #ALRA Comm Secy, Jose #Borrajero 's voice recordings.(1/3)
But then again, Latino Democrat groups are fine though, right? ENOUGH!!!!! A new group will be started for "White Republicans".
The Mrs. Cortes "Sham" was actaully Class Five Felony Rigging/Manipulating an Election.
All involved should be Prosecuted!
As Governor Brewer said: "We are a Land of Laws, all Laws."
Electoral Rigging, and Manipulating should be Punished!
All involved should be running for "Inmate of the Month."
They should as Felons lose their right to Vot6e, or run for any Public Office!
To: Justice, even in Crooked Arizona Politics?
Very biased article, Pearce never promised to drive all latinos out of AZ. , he wanted "illegal" aliens deported or to move to other states.
The ALRA....the anti-Latino, Latino group. Puts up sham candidates, endorses Russell Pearce. It reminds me of the eye-opening experience I had when I learned in grade school that many freed slaves owned slaves themselves in early America. This is analogous, no?
They must have been doing that Horney Goat Weed - these so-called "Latinos" got more hispanic in em than Little Richard
@Dnichols Your absoluty Right, Enforce the Laws On the Books, If your In Arizona ILLEGALLY You Are a Crimminal,A Class One Felony,& they Should All BE Rounded Up Like The Cattle They are And Taken The Fudge Out, & to The Dumb Butt Who Implied 1070 wasEthnic Cleansing,THat Can Be Arranged,IT Invovles Killing On A Massive Scale ,Like The Nazis Did! So Check your Mouth Before you Spew Out Shit Dumb ASS!!!!!
@JoeArpaioFan lol thought there already was...KKK
@JoeArpaioFan A new group has been started. It's called the "Tea Party," direct successor to the White Citizens Councils.
JoeArpaioFan Forget your Biparisan whining, and your Racism, but don't you think Electoral Rigging, and Manipulating is a Crime?
And we all know you think "Criminals" should be punished to the full extent of the Law.
Shouldn't Russell Pearce, his Brother, his two Nieces, the Tea Party Official, this Dino guy, and of course the Wonderful Mrs. Cortez along with all Felons involved in Pearce's Campaign staff Recall Election Felony Rigging/Manipulating be Punished?
Thats right you only want to enforce Anti-Immigrant Laws.
@JoeArpaioFan Will they let you in, bub? You look kinda swarthy to me.
@Dnichols You Sure Talk a Lot of BS I Bet Your An ILLEGAL,Round Him & His Family,& Cousins, Etc Etc Go JOe YEE HAA!!!
Most un-documented Immigrants, have legal Citizen Children, and or Family members.
It is Anti American to rip apart good Christian Families, and to Deport Parents from their Children!
For the Record, January 2008 began The Anti-Immigrant Rant, the E-verify Law, the I.C.E. Deportation/Incarceration Programs, Attrition that would make Adolph Hitler proud.
January 2008 also began "The Great Recession".
This is No Co-incidence!
This is our I.C.E.'d Economy.
I.C.E. "Put the Car in the Ditch."
Most of the Twelve Million Un-documented Hard Working Immigrants had been in America for twenty-five years prior to January 2008 which was "The Most Prosperous Period in Total U.S. History!
The Hard Labor Immigrants gladly did for America was the very Foundation of our once Strong Economy, and this Hard Labor supported all other American Jobs!
Fact: For every Immigrant Deported or starved away by Attrition since January 2008 America has lost over four times as many American Jobs, and Tens of Thousands of Vacated Homes triggered the "Forclosure Crisis."
@willisforster and if some of those"illegals" had legal family members? or if "legal" Hispanics get harassed along with the "illegal" ones? yeah, that's OK w/Pearce, proponent of "attrition through enforcement."
Biased? truthful is more like it
@Susurro_Perforado It's a fact that all LATINO DEMOCRAT candidates are sham candidates.
@longdistancerunner YOUr Probably Smoking THEM!!!
@longdistancerunnerYou just passed through the north of Oahu. You are a runner, aren't you?
@kc.schrod@Dnichols Arizona Revised Statutes 13-1509 Willful failure to complete or carry an alien registration document; exception; authenticated records; classification, H: "A violation of this section is a class 1 misdemeanor, except that the maximum fine is one hundred dollars and for a first violation of this section the court shall not sentence the person to more than twenty days in jail and for a second or subsequent violation the court shall not sentence the person to more than thirty days in jail."
Let us also not forget that there is no standing statute that makes a non citizen alien a criminal in the sense of committing a Felony or Misdemeanor on a Federal level, illegal entry is a civil crime, much like a traffic violation of speeding (something most everyone in this State seems to do). However illegal entry is an aggravating factor for other crimes committed and reentry after deportation is a crime (see 8 USC § 1325 and 1326) and there are many crimes involving the actual entry of an unauthorized alien. The civil penalty for illegal presence is deportation.
Arizona Class 1 Felonies are reserved for only the most egregious crimes such as premeditated murder (1st Degree). Each jurisdiction has its own classification scheme.
Enjoy your constitutional rights to free speech just as every person may, undocumented presence or not, for we are all people, equal. (see: Wong Wing v. United States, 163 US 228 - Supreme Court 1896, and Plyler v. Doe, 457 US 202 - Supreme Court 1982)
@Dnichols WEll Lets Start With the One's Who Broke The Law First And Then THe Rest Wouldn't Be Necsary Now Would It!
@GreenHornet I wouldn't join because I'm not white but I would support them.
@Dnichols Bull Shit! IF THey HAd They would be Speaking English & Obeying UNITED STATES LAWS!! & THEy Are NOt IMMIGRANTS, your just trying to Fluff IT !!! THey ARe TRESSPASSERS & ALIEN & IN ANy OTHER COUNTRY THey Would BE DEAd ALREADy OR IN JAil For Being SPIES!!
@Dnichols I didn't hear The racists complaining when the illegals built thier houses , picked thier fruit or onion. Did thier landscaping. Worked in thier Slaughter houses.
@Dnichols And so do American Citizen murders have family members, and so do American Citizen bank robbers have family members, and so do American Citizen drug pushers have family members, and so do American Citizen rapists have family members, and so do American Citizen drunk drivers have family members and so do American Citizen shoplifters have family members... but nothing is ever said in support them when they are arrested and separated from their families. Why?
E-Verify has been proven to be a valuable tool in the fight to stop illegal workers from entering the American workplace just like drivers licences stop forgers from cashing other peoples checks. To oppose E-Verify only means you support illegal workers. E-Verify MUST be mandatory for all employers.
And it is a fact that for every illegal alien who is taken out of the American workplace jobs are added for legitimate workers.
@GreenHornet WEll Maybee IF THEY SPoke ENGLISH IT Wouldn't BE A Problem,Come To Our County LEarn OUr Lang, & OBEY OUR LAWS,!!!!
@kc.schrod @diggerdan Google Arizona Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for cities, counties, and state and see how broke we are. Arizona is not broke at all, there is plenty of money, oh but we can't transfer it from one coffer to the other, so things like education funds suffer while things like golf course funds flourish! It's all about budgeting properly, and that doesn't seem to occur in favor of the commoner.
@diggerdan THe Real Racist Is Paraz, & HIs Group, Trying To SUe the State for Civil Right Violations THat ILLEGALS DON"T HAVE!!! THe U.S Constitution ONLY COVERS LEGAL CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES!!!!!!!!
@diggerdan I Think Your Talking about MIgraint Workers & At One Time They were Authorized to Be here ,Ie Green Cards, But they Do expire & they could Have Re-Applied, But Na they just stayed got Forged Documents & SS Numbers And are Still ABUSING THe WELFARE SYSTEM & NOW ARIZONA IS BROke
@free2_syn @Dnichols So, by your analysis "illegals" aren't paying taxes and are only sucking benefits? They pay the same 9.3% sales tax (to state, county, and city) everyone else does on goods taxable, they pay the same duties on cigarettes, alcohol, gas, etc, and most of them pay income tax though they do not file for tax returns, utility's taxes, cellular phone taxes and more. I didn't realize being "illegal" was a shield against taxes... oh wait it isn't and they pay a share too!
Also minimum wage was decided by SCOTUS to be constitutional in United States v. FW Darby Lumber Co., 32 F. Supp. 734 - Dist. Court, SD Georgia 1940.
Perhaps if our culture wasn't so exploitative of others we wouldn't need such measures, but we are capitalist and competition is fierce, therefore if someone cannot find a job they may undercut the competition to get a % of something rather than 100% of nothing. Those willing to pay less than minimum wage are committing a civil violation though and will be liable to the employee! Check out A.R.S. 23-363, 364
I think I know your problem: creating data on the spot to bolster your own sentimental arguments. Please cite your statistical source for "millions of illegals are working for less than minimum wage". Your own arse?
@US_War_Veteran You are Partly Right, THe U.S Gov Did STeal Land from the Indians, But MOre Of Them Died Of SmallPox,& Other Diseases, THan In War! & for Mexico THat WAs Conquerd & Raped & Piliged BY SPain long before we got Out THis Far IE West of the MISSISSIPPI!!
@free2_syn " The country was built on immigrants NOT illegal aliens receiving hand-outs and benefits that the LEGAL citizens have to pick up the bill for! "
Your hypocrisy is beyond belief, I do not remember EVER reading a book on the topic of the Pilgrims and the rest of "European Whites" EVER showing up on American shores with "papers", I do remember they arriving and MASSACRING the native Americans to STEAL THEIR LAND and THEIR RESOURCES, and even in modern times all of those UNVITED and UNDOCUMENTED immigrants showing up at Ellis Island PENNYLESS and looking for a hand out, like the MILLIONS of immigrants from Europe like Sheriff Joke arPayaso's parents, who do you think picked up the bill for that? Yeah, this country was built by immigrants, but before that the land WAS STOLEN from the Native Americans AND MEXICO.
Your HYPOCRISY is as good as those people that believed that if the Native American "savages" killed 4 European settlers it was a "massacre", but if the European settlers or the US Army killed hundreds of "savages" and entire villages of women and children it was "war", even when they wiped out entire nations, they said the "savages" had it coming for not wanting to "conform" to the white mans rule.
@JoeArpaioFan you are probably too young to remember not too long ago, NO ONE CARED! Only when the economy started to tank did anyone pay attention. ps E verify IS mandatory for all employers
@Dnichols Correct! The country was built on immigrants NOT illegal aliens receiving hand-outs and benefits that the LEGAL citizens have to pick up the bill for! We live in a nation that has a "minimum wage" that is FAR too low to support ANYONE but it wont be raised because of all of the illegals that are MORE than happy to work for EVEN LESS!! Millions of illegals here that are working for LESS than minimum wage...there's your problem...
America was Built of Immigrants on Far Better Principles, and Values than to Rip Good, hard working Christian Non-Criminal
Parents from their legal Citizen Children, and Families, documented or not.
All criminals should be jailed, and tried for their Violent or Felony Crimes.
We can control our Borders yet still treat those amoung us already as Human Beings.
Should we Deport all Americans that commit a Mideamenor?
Remember the Strong America just prior to E-verify, and the Hitleresque I.C.E. Deportation/Incarceration Programs?
Since Arpaios Anti Immigrant Rant began Maricopa County now has approx: Half a Million Vacated Homes, our Economy has Crashed, Racist like you have come out of the wood work, our Governor has raised Taxes, fired Teachers, gutted Social Programs, and is closing State parks to keep the approx: twenty percent of now excess Government employed to pick up blown down Real Estate signs.
The Fact is America's workplace was just fine before this Anti-Immigrant Rant attacked our Hardest, and most devoted workers!
To: Restore America we must stop the Racism, and Hate like yours.
True Americans must remember what made our Nation Great, and why people would risk all, including their lives in hopes of someday being one of us.
The System is Broken, and there is No Legal Line for the poor.
@chadsnow Go JOE!!!! DUh! I would Vote for HIm Again & Again He Is Doing His Job asPrescibed by the Letter of the Law,ANd One Of a FEw STate Employees That Acually DOES HIS JOB!!!
@chadsnow lol chad, this kid fanboi is a moron of the first order...just ignore him.