Russell Pearce’s brother supports…Olivia Cortez?

One of my coworkers mentioned that Russell Pearce’s brother, Lester Pearce, came by his house to collect signatures for Olivia Cortez, a candidate running against Russell Pearce in the upcoming recall election.

Why would he do that? Pearce (Lester) explained that the more people that run against Russell Pearce, the more the “anti-Pearce” vote will be split, making a victory more likely for Russell.

This is just one more evidence that the Olivia Cortez candidacy is a sham.

Is it smart politics or dirty politics?

I find it ironic that the same Pearce people who want so much to “respect the rule of law” would put up fake candidates, create a fake twitter account, and tie up the judicial system opposing a recall election that seems very legitimate to everyone except Russell Pearce.

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The conservative case for Jerry Lewis

http://azcapitoltimes.com/news/2011/08/30/lewis-has-right-priorities-for-arizona/

“Long-term strategy”

I just about lost it laughing when I heard JT Ready saying that Pearce was like a surrogate father. This video is gold.

Watch the video here (after you click on the link, click on the second video. You want the 10 min news story, not the 30 min Pearce interview)

Pearce looks for fake candidates to dilute the anti-Pearce vote?

Who would be the perfect candidate to divide up votes against Russell Pearce? How about a Hispanic woman? Better yet, her signs should say “si se puede”. Other than that, she should have no money or agenda that would help her actually win.

See the azcentral.com article about the subject here.

Middlebrook’s Blogging Strategy Doesn’t Pan Out

It appears that Ron Middlebrook needs some new help.  The advice he seemed to take in his latest state house run was to agree with Russell Pearce in everything he says, and try to have your name associated with Pearce whenever possible.

According to his public record, Middlebrook hired Shane Wikfors, who is CEO of Red Mountain Consulting and Development, a political consulting group, to the tune of $1500, to consult him on his campaign.

Wildfors is also behind a local conservative blog, Sonoran Alliance.  The blog didn’t mention that one of there own was consulting for Middlebrook, but it did have a decent number of pro-Middlebrook references.  But alas, the behind-the-scenes support wasn’t enough to get Middlebrook into office.

Maybe Mesa Issues or Thoughts on Mesa might care to help?

Behind the Scenes in District 18 (spoiler alert: It’s JT Ready!)

I was reading a post over at “thoughts on mesa” where the author devises conspirosy theories based on who has donated to Steve Court’s campaign.

Since “thoughts” already looked into Steve Court’s campaign, I looked into the other candidate’s donations.  And (gasp!) what do we find here…

You can see here, Ron Middlebrook is keeping with his slogan “I’ll do whatever Russell Pearce tells me to”, by associating with the infamous JT Ready (see more about Ready here).  Cecil Ash also shows Ready on his list.

In order to get clean elections campaign funding, you need over 200 five-dollar donations.  All of the people who donate have to fill out a form to be recorded with the state.

I’m sure that the canditates will try to distance themselves from Ready, but really, you have to know someone in order to get a donation from them.

Here’s the thing–I’m sure the people that are donating are worried about who their name will be associated with–so do these candidates not care who is donating to them, or do they know these shady people and have similar beliefs?  You are who you associate with, you know.

In either case, it shows a judgment issue for the candidate.

Also noteworthy is a donation from the liquor industry to Kanani Henderson, who did not seek clean elections funding.

Pearce Gets Scared, Has to Back off from Racist Supporters

Interesting article from the New Times:
Et tu, Russ? Pearce throws J.T. Ready under the bus, quietly stabs Buffalo Rick Galeener in the back.
It tells how Russell Pearce is now taking people off his list of endorsements so he doesn’t get charged with being a racist.  Some of the people on the list are pretty bad, as you can read from the article, and see on the YouTube video on the same page.

This isn’t to say that Pearce is a racist like the people that support him, but it sure doesn’t give me complete confidence that he’s not.