Feathered Bastard

Russell Pearce's "Arizona Teacher's [sic] Association" Scrambles to Show It's No Sham

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Shama-lama-ding-dong. Like those Sea Monkeys sold in the back of old comic books, the so-called "Arizona Teacher's Association" is springing to life before our very eyes.

As with water added to desiccated sea brine, the scrutiny of the press has animated, in record time, this rookie organization, which has lent its "support" to recalled, disgraced pathological liar, ex-state Senate President Russell Pearce.

For instance, the ATA has a new website, arizonateachersassociation.net, its domain registration cloaked, unlike the now defunct azta.us, so that only the host company is revealed.

But at least this new site, which was created July 27, spells the name of the organization correctly, unlike the past site and the signs used by the Pearce campaign touting the support of the "Arizona Teacher's [sic] Association."

I learned of the new website from group "spokesman" Tim Horn, a former AM radio host and author of the self-published tome Ruling the Elite. He called me Monday to answer questions on the ATA's behalf.

The only problem: Mr. Horn had only just become a member two days ago, so his knowledge of the ATA was a little sketchy. Though he was sure, kinda-sorta, of his own lack of teaching experience.

"I've never really been a certified teacher," Horn explained. "I think we're all kind of teachers. But I've always had a strong interest in education."

Seems the ATA PAC is open to everyone. You need not be a teacher, just a believer in conservative principles regarding education. But does the ATA actually have any teachers currently associated with it?

Horn says yes. Very well, can he name any of them?

"Absolutely I can," Horn told me. "But I'm not going to . . . Some of the teachers we've got out there are working teachers. There's too much intimidation by the left and the unions to do that. They could get hurt by exposing who they are."

Despite his best efforts, other simple facts concerning the organization he's shilling for eluded him, such as the exact number of members (though he believes it's under 100), the number of teachers among those members (he estimates about one-third), and so on.

What about John Hedgpeth, the man listed as the "chairman" of the ATA? Is he a teacher?

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