Feathered Bastard

Russell Pearce's Nephew Talmage Pearce Appointed to Mesa's Human Relations Advisory Board

Here's an oddity: Talmage Pearce, nephew of recalled ex-state Senate President Russell Pearce and a stalwart defender of the Pearce clan, has been appointed to sit on the City of Mesa's Human Relations Advisory Board.

On April 1, the Mesa City Council unanimously approved Mayor Scott Smith's memo recommending Talmage, 27, to the board, which, as part of its mission, suggests "policies to eliminate discrimination and prejudice and to promote mutual understanding and harmony."

Since Talmage was unwavering in his support for Uncle Russell (a man whose bigotry has been well documented over the years) both during the 2011 recall and the 2012 Republican Primary for Legislative District 25, you can see why his appointment to the 11-member HRAB would be an eyebrow-raiser.

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