Disgraced, recalled ex-state Senate President Russell Pearce's doomed comeback campaign wants voters to buy the line that he's all goodness and light these days, as if an entire career built on lies and hate never occurred.

One of the latest flyers to hit the mailboxes of Republican voters in Legislative District 25, where Pearce desperately is trying to claw his way back into the state Senate, features a huge image of a sleeping baby and an inset of a smiling Pearce feeding an infant.

What's next, a basket of puppies?

"Tired of the negative campaigning?" it reads. "We are, too."

Never mind that all the negativity in the LD 25 primary has emanated from Pearce. His foe, entrepreneur-turned-politician Bob Worsley, has commented little about Pearce, and then only reluctantly.

Pearce, on the other hand, has attacked Worsley in his candidate statement for the Clean Elections voter guide, as well as in mailers. The former is considered a cheap shot, because those statements usually are about the positive attributes of the candidate.

But when there's nothing positive to convey, what's a politico to do?

This year, there have been sham "endorsements" for Pearce from questionable groups such as the "Arizona Teacher's [sic] Association," and people on his online list of "Friends of Russell" who actually are deceased.

Though Governor Jan Brewer refuses to endorse him, Pearce lists her on his website under "Past Endorsements."

Plus, Pearce caused a kerfuffle when he claimed he had the endorsement of GOP Congressman David Schweikert. Only when I reported that the Schweikert camp was saying they'd never been asked for the nod did Pearce finally bother to ask for it.

Schweikert acquiesced, scoring Pearce one of his few current endorsements of any weight.

Pearce's blame-the-victims Facebook posts about the recent movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colorado, should be ample reminder of who the real Russell Pearce is.

Similarly, a mountain of vile anti-Mexican rants e-mailed by Pearce while a legislator — released last month as part of an ACLU motion seeking a new injunction on the "papers please" section of Pearce's Senate Bill 1070 — drove home the point that Pearce long has been a tireless agent of division and fear in this state.

Who can forget his response to the tragedy on May 2, when Pearce's erstwhile friend and protege, neo-Nazi J.T. Ready, murdered four innocents in Gilbert, including a baby girl, before committing suicide?

(No wonder Pearce's holding a newborn in that ad.)

Considering that Ready's home arsenal found after the shooting contained six military-issue grenades, the loss of life from this paranoid, right-wing nutcase could have been massive.

Pearce's concern, however, was for himself, and he spent the majority of a press release on the tragedy kvetching about how reporters were pestering him for a comment, which — considering his former ties to Ready — was entirely understandable.

Ready was a man Pearce mentored for years, supported in a race for the Mesa City Council, groomed for higher political office, and inducted into his faith — the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Pearce was well aware of Ready's nefarious extremist activities when he palled around with him at a 2007 anti-immigrant rally at the state Capitol, where an infamous picture of the pair, arm-in-arm and grinning, was taken.

In video of this event, Pearce is seen smiling and applauding his pupil, Ready, as the Ernst Rohm of the East Valley lays out a blueprint for a military takeover of the United States, one in which judges would be jerked out of office by their collars.

Despite all the evidence to the contrary that I've published over the years, Pearce and his loyalists have attempted to portray the photo as a fluke.

But as seen in the e-mails released by the ACLU (some dating as far back as 2006), Pearce's views on race, ethnicity, and immigration dovetailed nicely with those of Ready, who once called for land mines on the U.S. border with Mexico and who spent his last years on this Earth as a vigilante rounding up migrants at gunpoint in the desert.

As revealved in this eletronic cache, one of Pearce's favorite writers is nativist extremist Frosty Wooldridge, who likened illegal immigration to the importation of leper colonies in a 2006 column.

Pearce mass e-mailed this screed without Wooldridge's byline, giving the impression that Pearce had written it. The e-mail's sentiment was one with which Ready heartily agreed, to judge by Ready's own racist ramblings.

Which helps explain why Pearce's lawyers, in a complaint brought against him in federal court, moved to block as inflammatory any questioning of Pearce on his relationship with Ready.

This occurred recently in Reza v. Pearce, in which Phoenix civil rights activist Salvador Reza is suing Pearce for causing his false arrest and imprisonment after Pearce, then Senate president, banned Reza from entering the state Senate building in 2011.

As a result of Pearce's move, Reza was collared and booked into jail after he showed up one day to talk with Steve Gallardo, his state senator.

Pearce's attorneys from the right-wing Rose Law Group, known for defending such rogues as amateur jockey-shorts model Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, argued that Pearce's relationship with Ready was "irrelevant."

Only a protective order could shield Pearce from the "harm . . . to his reputation and political career," if Pearce was questioned about Ready, accurately described by Rose Law Group in its court filing as "a neo-Nazi white supremacist mass murderer of women and children."

Surprisingly, federal Judge Frederick Martone granted the request, barring Reza's attorney, Stephen Montoya, from asking Pearce about Ready during a recent deposition.

Martone agreed that information about the relationship might "inflame" a jury, but he also suggested that such questioning could be "duplicative," in that Montoya "had already discovered evidence showing the defendant was a 'friend, sponsor, and mentor' to Ready."

In other words, the connection between the two men already had been firmly established. An achievement for which I'd like to take full credit, but really is due to Pearce's own racism and stupidity.

That Pearce would be so reluctant to discuss his ties to Ready under oath is telling. A veritable maestro of mendacity, Pearce has lied so many times and for so long about his father-son-like relationship with Ready that he no doubt was petrified by the thought of having to come up with a version that jibed with all the facts, which I've laid out in innumerable blog posts and columns.

Ready was not the only extremist drawn to Pearce: Neo-Nazis have praised Pearce's legislative efforts online, old-school Phoenix storm trooper Elton Hall donated money to Pearce's failed attempt to beat back the recall last year, Mexican-haters such as convicted public urinator "Buffalo" Rick Galeener have endorsed him heretofore, and, in general, the nativist crowd considers him a deity.

What about that anti-Semitic rant from the neo-Nazi National Alliance he e-mailed in 2006? To this day, Pearce claims he simply had not read the Jew-bashing tirade in full.

And those racist e-mails made public by the ACLU, particularly ones quoted above by Frosty Wooldridge, a fave scribe of onetime Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke?

Well, when it comes to Wooldridge's contention that Mexicans "spawn . . . corruption wherever they go," Pearce defended the concept if not the phrasing.

"I don't think it's racist," Pearce stated in the deposition. "I think [Wooldridge's] trying to use metaphors about the corruption that's coming across that border with all those bad guys."

Pearce's old pal Ready would have concurred. And all the pics of sleeping babies and puppy dogs in the world won't change that.

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ritarabbit01
ritarabbit01

No one is flooding Africa with non-Africans, giving them free schooling, affirmative action, free healthcare.  No one is flooding Mexico with non-Mexicans givingl them free schooling, affirmative action, free healthcare.  This massive immigration is only happening in White countries.  And if I don't like it I'm a Nazi right? 

Ge Te
Ge Te

Stop the racism...

jeanjb
jeanjb

karl rove's retarded cousin!

papahutch2000
papahutch2000

Has ANYONE looked into the possibility of a connection between Ready and the murder of Rob Krentz?  ANYONE?  Or is it too close to the truth?  

Arizona Luke
Arizona Luke

1-JT Ready is dead. so that kinda ends that whole thing. and 2- I'm just SUUURE you reported that Ready was a member of the National SOCIALISTS and had close ties to Occupy too, right?

minute_man_pete
minute_man_pete

Pearce loves babies. Pearce is feeding the baby to fatten it up for Thanksgiving.

gerry_c
gerry_c

I hear that Russell was formally endorsed and given the Golden Dong Award by the Arizona Masturbtion Society.  He also talked with Salt Lake to see if the award was proper and they said the church now supports Masturbtion and arresting illegals.

justme
justme

"Tired of the negative campaigning?" it reads. "We are, too."  ANOTHER lie from Pearce!

 

It doesn't get any more negative than Pearce's dirty campaign to put his sham candidate Olivia Cortez on the ballot to attempt to dilute the value of his constituents' votes and undermine the election.

 

Again Pearce shows he just isn't getting the message.  We're not only tired of dirty campaigning, WE'RE TIRED OF HIM!!!

TellTheTruth
TellTheTruth

Mr. Lemons is warming up for discussing the nice bond Paul Babeu has with two bogus vigilante groups: Southwest Border Sheriffs and Bordor Narcotics Intelligence. Both are knockoffs of real law enforcement groups. Sheriff Larry Dever recently opined that both were fraudulent.  So is Babeu.

 

The only two desparados in the groups so far (Director Presnell and Deputy Director Studrick) are continually in the company of Babeu and his media lackeys, especially in this campaign season.

 

The point is, Babeu has his dark connections, far closer than Pearce had, to some real losers that brag that they are out nightly bringing down drug smugglers. JT Ready lives on in the minds of SBS, BNI and Paul Babeu.  Brace yourself for some corruption.

 

Now back to the Ready-Pearce connection.  Babeu and his playmates can wait until later.

VIMIIS
VIMIIS

He's still using that picture with the baby?  That's getting old and no one in their right mind would remotely believe that Pearce likes babies.  Pearce doesn't even like himself.  He needs to go away.  Leave us alone.  The sight of him makes me barf................

 

ernie13x
ernie13x

 @papahutch2000

 While living in LD 18 and during the recall of Pearce I did a lot of research which resulted in tying Pearce with several white supremist groups-the Nat'l Socialist Movement, V-Dare, Minutemen, FAIR just to name half of them. I allege and there is no doubt in my mind that the death of rancher Mr. Krentz was committed by the Minutemen who were responsible for the death or should I say massacre of the American hispanic family where both father and daughter were heinously murdered at the hands of these extremists. The M.O. was identical, shot dead with attempts to plant marijuana at the scenes of these crimes with the express purpose of slaughtering Americans with brown skin and those who support them as Mr. Krentz did. Identical M.O's that gained F.A.I.R.'s SB 1070 approval winning GED Jan Brewer the gubernatorial election she so clearly did not deserve. Bottom line-hell yes I allege a direct tie between JT Ready, Russell, Lester Pearce and Jan Brewer. Let's not forget the influence of ALEC and the CCA. No wonder Jan's so pissed at Obama, he cost them a personal, not state but personal loss when they lost the ability to fill up those private prisons with brown people that so many of them were stockholders in. When you have this type of crime occur, it's exactly as Conan-Doyle wrote when he authored the Sherlock Holmes series-"Motive, my dear Watson" Exactly. Motive-who had the most to gain from killing Mr. Krentz? Not the illegals he fed, gave water & shelter to. It was all about pushing SB 1070. Think about the criminals who had so much to gain from these murders. They ALMOST got away with it. They didn't make their millions but still they should all be hanging from a tree. You're on the right track, papahutch!

justme
justme

 @VIMIIS

 Pearce's video with him holding a baby and cooing to potential voters was just plain GROSS!

 
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