Feathered Bastard

Shame Game: Too Many Republicans Coddle the Crazies, Despite Russell Pearce's Resignation from GOP Leadership

The recent forced resignation of recalled ex-state Senate President Russell Pearce from his position as first vice chair of the Arizona GOP shows the power that public humiliation can have, if the circumstances are right.

When I first reported Pearce's outrageous statements calling for the sterilization of female Medicaid recipients, did I think it would lead to Pearce's ouster?

Not at all. I mean, let's be honest, Pearce's comments were pretty much par for the course for a guy whose career in public life is encrusted with scandal and racism.

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