Russell Pearce, Wanna-Be First Vice Chair of the State GOP?
Neo-Nazi-hugger Russell Pearce (here, with ex-protege J.T. Ready) is now vying for a top post in the state GOP
File this one under, "Something wicked this way comes."
The non-crazy GOP blog Politico Mafioso is reporting that disgraced nativist standard bearer, recalled ex-state Senate President Russell Pearce is seeking the position of First Vice Chair of the Arizona Republican Party, where he'd be carrying water for AZ GOP chair Tom Morrissey.
Morrissey backed Pearce's ill-fated attempt to stave of his recall last year, even speaking at a Pearce rally in Mesa that, embarrassingly, only drew around 300 people, most of them from outside Pearce's district.
Politico Mafioso marvels at Pearce's seeking a position as Morrissey's errand boy, mainly because Morrissey has enough lackeys at his beck and call already and doesn't need another one.
"From State Senate President to Tom Morrissey's assistant in charge of rearranging the chairs on the deck of the Titanic?" wonders PM. "That's a rapid fall from grace if ever there was one."
Still, any attempt by Pearce to keep his mud-stained name politically-current should be of concern, no matter how seemingly insignificant.
During the recall campaign, Pearce's embrace of outside money and the dirty politics of his advisers, friends and relatives -- which included lying about fellow Republican and ultimately victorious opponent Jerry Lewis and the illegal fielding of sham candidate Olivia Cortes -- should be enough to bar him from politics for life.
But a party that is led by the sleazy likes of Morrissey, a party that remembers fondly the extra-legal shenanigans of ex-County Attorney Andy Thomas, cannot yet be expected to demonstrate shame.
Sadly, a neo-Nazi-hugger like Pearce is still welcome with open arms in the Arizona GOP.
That's not to knock all Republicans. It's just that the non-crazies and non-nativists in the state GOP are still on the outs.
If wiser heads were in power, Pearce would still be sucking his thumb back in Mesa and rightfully reluctant to show his mug in public.
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