Ah, sweet irony.
State Senate President Russell Pearce's supporters love to prevaricate about Citizens for a Better Arizona, the committee that's collected enough signatures in Legislative District 18 to force a recall of Pearce, alleging that the recall has been organized by unnamed "outside interests."
Which is total bull, as I've pointed out in previous blogs. But now who's coming to Pearce's rescue in the November 8 recall election? An anti-recall group formed by, you guessed it, outside interests.
Thursday, the "Committee To Oppose Recall of Russell Pearce" filed paperwork with the Arizona Secretary of State's Office, allowing it to raise money to save Pearce's hide.
It's headquarters? Vienna, Virginia, 12 miles away from Washington, D.C.
Both its treasurer and its chairman are non-Arizonans: The latter is ex-Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo, and the former is Angela "Bay" Buchanan, sister of wingnut Republican Pat Buchanan.
Tancredo and Buchanan are co-chairs of the Team America PAC, a rabidly nativist organization that just loves bashing Mexicans and supports any politician doing likewise.
(Note: The Web site for Team America openly links to hate sites such as VDARE.com,named for the first white baby born in the New World, and the vicious, bigoted Social Contract Press, among others of this ilk.)
Team America PAC is the "parent" organization of its Pearce-bolstering offspring. So if you want to talk with some Pearce supporters, you'll have to call long distance to the PAC's Virginia number at (703) 255-9119.
Thing is, Team America PAC has reportedly been raising money to support Pearce via e-mail blasts at least since the beginning of June. But SOS spokesman Matt Roberts told me that a committee can only begin taking donations once it has filed paperwork with the Arizona SOS.
That means there can be no backdated checks. Team America could return the contributions it's received thus far and have them resubmitted. Anything before July 21 will not be kosher under state statute.
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By contrast, the members and co-founders of Citizens for a Better Arizona are from Arizona. The more than 10,000 valid signatures making the recall a reality? From Pearce's Legislative District 18.
Pearce cannot survive without outside help, and most donations to his legislative campaigns have come from outside his district. The people who know ol' Russ the best -- his neighbors -- won't give him dime one.
So next time you see Pearce, or Pearce shills such as political operatives Stan Barnes or Chuck Coughlin on the boob tube denouncing the fictional "outside interests" who're supposedly cramming this recall down Pearce's gullet, you have my official permission to picture Pearce, Buchanan and Tancredo in a D.C. bar swilling martinis and laugh till your ribs explode.