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Russell Pearce's Rival Bob Worsley Endorsed by Mesa Mayor Scott Smith

The campaign of Legislative District 25 state Senate hopeful Bob Worsley today announced a major endorsement, that of Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, a GOPer many consider a future contender for Governor of Sand Land.

"I have known Bob Worsley for over 30 years," Smith states in the press release, which you can read in full below. "I have worked with him and been his partner in business. Because of this, I know Bob is the right person to represent Mesa in the Arizona Senate. Rarely do you find a candidate like Bob who has extensive real world business experience and leadership skills."

Worsley, of course, is running against 12-point-loser, ex-state Senate President Russell Pearce, who represents the wackjob wing of the Arizona Republican Party, as exemplified by the Red Mountain Tea Party, where human Kool-Aid-dispenser Randy Hatch holds sway.

Hatch presides over regular, cult-like Pearce-worshippin' soirees at a charter school's auditorium in Legislative District 16. You know, outside of Pearce's district. Pearce was there Monday night to ask for help in soliciting signatures to place his name on the ballot.

During Hatch's slavish intro to Pearce that evening, Hatch dished out standard pro-Pearce propaganda, blaming everything on the godless lefties and hailing Pearce as the Iron Man of the far right. (Though, now that I think of it, "The Thing," aka, Ben Grimm, might be more a more appropriate comic-book comparison.)

But that's among Hatch's fellow crazies. Smith, however, is representative of the non-crazy, pro-business wing of the state GOP, and is generally liked by all, moderates and uber-conservatives alike. His endorsement is huge, and signals the beginning of the end for any hopes Pearce had of making a comeback.

Randy Hatch is remaining in the bunker with Herr Pearce

As I noted in my previous blog about Worsley's latest video, Pearce would have been better off gettin' out while the gettin' was good. At least he could have saved some face. Now he's peeking down the barrel of yet another double-digit loss to a fellow tusker.

Today's Worsley press release:

Mesa Mayor Scott Smith Endorses Bob Worsley for State Senate

Mesa, Ariz. - Mesa Mayor Scott Smith today announced his endorsement of Bob Worsley, Mesa businessman, SkyMall founder, and Republican candidate for the open state senate seat in District 25.

"I have known Bob Worsley for over 30 years. I have worked with him and been his partner in business. Because of this, I know Bob is the right person to represent Mesa in the Arizona Senate. Rarely do you find a candidate like Bob who has extensive real world business experience and leadership skills. That wealth of experience will help Bob to create practical solutions for complicated problems," said Mayor Smith. "I'm looking forward to working with Bob when he's the next senator from Mesa as we focus on creating jobs and making Mesa and Arizona the best places to live and work."

Scott Smith is also an experienced businessman who was a first time political candidate when he was elected as Mayor of Mesa in May 2008. Smith has often been praised for his leadership and the city's accomplishments during his term as mayor. The Arizona Republic named Mayor Smith the city's MVP, stating that, "Smith is restoring Mesa to its rightful place as a regional leader. He has strengthened ties with several cities and has gained the confidence of many skeptical residents. The change is so marked that we shudder to think what shape the city would be in without him at the helm."

"Scott has done a great job as Mayor of Mesa and is proof of how business savvy citizens can give back in civic service to Arizona and our home city of Mesa," says Bob Worsley. "Scott was the smartest kid in my BYU accounting classes and was similarly a star at Price Waterhouse when we were there together. We started a CPA firm together and he was my first sounding board when I founded SkyMall. We find it ironic that we have a chance to work together once more to make Mesa the envy of our great state again."

More about Bob Worsley:

Bob Worsley is a conservative Republican businessman running to represent district 25 in the state senate. District 25 covers the heart of Mesa. Worsley has been an east valley resident for 32 years and has been married to his wife Christi for 35 years. They have 6 children and 16 grandchildren. At age 32, Worsley founded SkyMall, the in-flight magazine.

Worsley will use his business experience to find common sense solutions to the state's problems, to strengthen our local economy and to create an environment that will lead to job creation. He believes Mesa deserves a brighter future. Worsley just released his third web video, "Strong on all the Issues."

To learn more about Bob Worsley, visit www.BobWorsleyforSenate.com or www.facebook.com/BobWorsleyforSenate

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