Feathered Bastard

Russell Pearce Scores Wife LuAnne's Endorsement

See also: Russell Pearce Can't Shake His Ties to Neo-Nazi J.T. Ready See also: Russell Pearce's "Friends of Russell," and Brent Ellsworth's Vivisection of RP See also: Did state Representative Russell Pearce ever beat his wife LuAnne? See also: Anger in need of management: Russell Pearce's "violent temper" flared with his first wife, too See also: Russell Pearce's Son Joshua Pearce: The Mesa Police Report How bad has it gotten for poor ol' Russell Pearce, neo-Nazi hugger, and recalled, disgraced former state Senate President?

So bad that he's touting the endorsement of his wife LuAnne in campaign mailers.

One side of the pictured mailer features a note, "From the desk of LuAnne Pearce," next to the image of a smiling, genial Pearce feeding a bambino.

LuAnne praises her hubby as "a kind and wonderful man," who's an all around swell "husband, father, and grandfather."

She's proud of his record of public service, though why anyone would be is a mystery. LuAnne claims we need more nativist hatemongers like Pearce in office, and she urges the reader to "re-elect this good and decent man."

Okay, I added the nativist hatemonger part, but then, I doubt LuAnne wrote this ditty. Smells more like a Constantin Querard production to me. And that "LuAnne" signature is just a font, of course.

It certainly doesn't resemble the signature from her I've seen, the one on her divorce paperwork, dated 1980.

LuAnne's petition for the dissolution of marriage states that the Pearce union is "irretrievably broken," and that Pearce has not been the spouse this new flier says he is.

"Further, the husband, RUSSELL KEITH PEARCE, is possessed of a violent temper," it says, "and has from time to time hit and shoved the wife, the last time being on February 3rd [1980], when he grabbed the wife by the throat and threw her down."

The document is signed by LuAnne and notarized.

In 2008, when I wrote about the legal filing, I spoke with LuAnne and she denied that her husband had ever hit or shoved her, though she did admit that they were going to get divorced at one time. She claimed the document was inaccurate.

LuAnne and Russell are still married. So I reckon that says something.

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