Feathered Bastard

Russell Pearce's Ban Amnesty Now Shills Old Canards for Cash

Twelve-point loser, radio lip-flapper and second vice chair of the Arizona GOP Russell Pearce owes his entire political existence, such as it is, to illegal immigrants and the racist lies he spews about them on a regular basis.

Former Arizona GOP executive director Sean McCaffrey has given the marble-mouthed Mesa pol a gig as "president" of McCaffrey's nativist shill organization Ban Amnesty Now, and with it, double duty as a blowhard on KFNX 1100 AM, where Pearce now pollutes the airwaves with hateful rhetoric.

This gives Arizona's biggest bigot a bullhorn with which he can prevaricate incessantly about the undocumented while he plots his return to the state Legislature. The shameless pol, who was removed from office last year in a historic recall election, will likely be running for state Senate in the newly-formed Legislative District 25, though he has yet to formally announce.

Part of his duties for BAN apparently include lending his name to its shrill, incessant appeals for moolah, like this recent one, which repeats the oft-debunked statistic that "9,000 Americans annually are killed by illegal aliens."

That tres-musty stat is in fact a pernicious falsehood, first promulgated by Hispanic-hatin' Iowa Congressman Steve King, who supposedly "extrapolated" it from a 2005 report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

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