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Russell Pearce Just Like Raul Grijalva, Says Pearce Opponent Bob Worsley

Republican candidate for state Senate Robert Worsley, a conservative Mesa entrepreneur with a track record of success in the private sector (unlike his government-mooching opponent in Legislative District 25, ex-state Senate President Russell Pearce, natch) is speaking out in opposition to Pearce's boycott against local businesses that advertise with New Times.

In a statement recently posted to his Facebook page and sent out as a press release, Worsley slammed Pearce for attempting to hurt Arizona businesses, comparing him to, of all people, way-lefty Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva.

"Russell Pearce is orchestrating a boycott against Arizona businesses simply because they advertised in a free weekly paper he disagrees with," says Worsley in the release. "B.A.N.'s founder is on record stating that this business boycott is being implemented because of the New Times' views on immigration. I have my disagreements with the New Times, but I will not do anything to hurt Arizona businesses."

Worsley continues: "Liberal Democratic Congressman Raul Grijalva called for a boycott of Arizona businesses after Senate Bill 1070 passed. It was wrong of Grijalva to penalize Arizona's businesses then and it's wrong for Russell Pearce to target them now."

Personally, I think the lefty politician Pearce most resembles is Venezuelan strong-man Hugo Chavez, both being bullies, one from the left, the other from the right. But Chavez still has power, unlike recalled 12-point loser Pearce, who is struggling to stay relevant as the head of the anti-immigrant organization Ban Amnesty Now.

As Worsley points out, it's not as if he and New Times agree on much, other than the fact Pearce is bad for Mesa, bad for Arizona's image and bad for the state's economy. Worsley, founder of the lucrative SkyMall catalogue, is a pro-business GOPer, and he's against hurting local job-creators, no matter what the cause.

(See Worsley's first campaign video after the jump.)

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
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