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The Worst Week Ever for Russell Pearce

Posted: July 24, 2012 at 1:40 pm   /   by

It’s only Tuesday, but it’s already been the worst week ever for Russell Pearce. Well, maybe the second-worst week. But this one ranks pretty high on the list of recent gaffes for senate district 25 candidate Russell Pearce.

Last week Pearce was implicated in a string of 1,000+ emails he forwarded from his official legislative and private email accounts with statements like, “I’m a racist because I don’t want to be taxed to pay for a prison population comprised of mainly Hispanics, Latinos and Mexicans, or whatever else you wish to call them.”

On Friday, Pearce told ABC15: “The words are not [mine].  All part of a smear campaign.  They were not even my emails.  They were emails that I forwarded from a great patriot… and he used metaphors, he never used racist terms, he never called anybody names, he used metaphors.  And you know, yet they’d have you believe that these terrible things have been said.  Simply not true.”

Metaphors such as:

“Can we maintain our social fabric as a nation with Spanish fighting English for dominance?  It’s like injecting yourself with cancer cells to see what will happen.  It’s like importing leper colonies and hope we don’t catch leprosy.  It’s like importing thousands of Islamic jihadists and hope they adapt to the American Dream.”

That’s enough controversy for most individuals to last a lifetime, but then Friday night, Pearce blamed the victims of the Aurora shooting for a lack of courage in a post on his Facebook page.  “Where were the men of flight 93???? Someone should have stopped this man. Someone could have stopped this man. Lives were lost because of a bad man, not because he had a weapon, but because no one was prepared to stop it.  Had they been prepared to save their lives or lives of others, lives would have been saved.”  Pearce later removed these comments from his Facebook page and replaced them with an apology.  The apology was certainly needed, but the damage may already been done.  Will his comments impact voters’ opinions in this August’s highly-contested primary election facing Mesa businessman Bob Worsley?

Then, yesterday, Pat McMahon at KPHO summed up the opinions of many Arizonans when he posted an open letter starting off, “Dear Mr. Pearce: Shut up!”, and ending, “Are you demeaning the courage of those who shielded others or the commitment of the members of the Air Force and Navy, now dead, who were in that theater? Don’t misunderstand me Russell Pearce. I don’t want your guns. I just want you to be quiet for a little while. It’s not polite to talk while America is in mourning.”

Hannah Thoreson

Hannah Thoreson is a science and technology writer based in northern Virginia. She earned a physics degree from Arizona State University in 2012 and has been causing trouble ever since.

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  1. AZDancer says:

    People had better wake up very soon or the country we live in will no longer be the country they recognized as their own. Pearce has a great love for our country, he believes in protecting the citizens and doing what is right for them. He wants to protect us from the invasion taking place over our border from people of unknown origins willing to do harm to the country and citizens. We do not want to have another 9/11, yet TSA is failing to protect us. Did you read where 25 illegals have been permitted to take pilots training from an illegal running the school, some even obtained their license!? Where is our security? How does this happen yet again?
    We have some very evil people working within the country, and some in the state of Arizona to try to destroy the good people attempting to protect us. If they succeed we will become a lawless state where every citizen must then be concerned over their own safety. Protecting yourself will have to become a priority, because as people say, “when seconds counts, police are minutes away.” Will you become the next victim?

    1. Leper Colony says:

      Your points might be valid AZDancer…but you are essentially asking voters to forget the fact that Pearce is a royal jerk and overlook his tactics of the past year (let alone the last 10 years) because you agree with the end outcome or his tactics.Listen to what you are saying…”he wants to protect us.”  That sounds like a liberal perspective, not something that would come from a conservative.  I don’t need my government to protect me, thank you.  Russell Pearce is not going to prevent us from another 9/11.  The 9/11 hijackers were here on legal work visas, BTW. 
      You overlook corruption.  Olivia Cortes. Fiesta Bowl. $260,000.  “Leper” emails.  Aurora comments.  Cactus Towing. Running legislation to benefit his brother Lester when he was a JP.
      Is corruption not evil?  Russell Pearce has abused the law and the spirit of the law time and time again.   

    2. Justright says:

      Obviously, you have failed to read comments made by Pearce in those emails.  His racist words and actions will provoke more people to want to do harm to Americans.  Also, if the TSA, a government entity, has failed, why would you put your trust in Pearce’s supposed enforcement measures?
      And yes there are evil people working in this country, your beloved Pearce has proven that with his remarks and his “forwarding” of racist emails.

  2. Cancer Cell says:

    Pearce often unwittingly hurts the very cause he loves.  I am pro-2nd Ammendment, yet his comments were stupid.  And Pearce routinely exaggerates statistics on illegal aliens in order to amp up the fear people have to hysteria levels.  Everyone wants the illegal alien problem solved.  Not everyone thinks Latino culture is “cancer” or “leprosy.”  A large percentage of Latinos are conservative, and belong in the Republican Party, but feel unwelcome because of Pearce’s over-the-top rhetoric and constant flirtations with racism.  This may blow the minds of Pearcebot cult members, but there are other conservative leaders out there who can carry the banner just as well or better.  Arizona existed before Russell Pearce was in office, and it has been doing just fine without him.

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