Feathered Bastard

Russell Pearce's Revenge Candidate? Ralph Heap's Consultant Chris Baker Says No

In Legislative District 25, where the Republican primary is what primarily matters, the word on the street has been that orthopedic surgeon Dr. Ralph Heap, GOP primary challenger to state Senator Bob Worsley, is the cat's paw of Mesa's Pearce clan.

Back in 2012, Worsley bested recalled, disgraced former state Senate President Russell Pearce by 12 points, effectively putting a stake through Pearce's desire to return to the state Senate after being defeated in the 2011 recall election by fellow Republican Jerry Lewis.

Unlike Pearce, who comes with baggage galore, Heap is a relative unknown, save for his being a well-off doctor, a factor that no doubt increases his appeal to country club Republicans, who regard Pearce as a caged gorilla.

So is Heap really Pearce's "revenge candidate"?

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