Family and Arizona issues take priority
Rep. Russell Pearce (R-Dist. 18) has taken this means to advise his many loyal supporters that he will not be running for the CD 6 seat:
MESA, AZ. Jan. 1st, 2008 — State Representative Russell Pearce (R-Mesa) today announced that he will seek the District 18 State Senate seat in 2008. He also announced that he will not be a candidate for Congress in 2008.
“Luanne and I have been overwhelmed by the support of so many people who have encouraged me to run for Congress in District 6,” Pearce said. “But now is not the time for me or my family.”
“It is my continued honor to serve my constituents as a State Legislator because I feel I represent their views. It is clear that they do not get the same representation from their current Congressman, especially on issues relating to illegal immigration, and that has made this decision so very difficult. Ultimately it came down to this: I know that I will be more effective and have a greater influence on public policy issues important to Arizona as 1 of 30 in the State Senate rather than 1 of 435 in Washington, D.C.”
Pearce, who will be serving his eighth year in the Arizona House of Representatives and is Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, said that the lack of action by the federal government on illegal immigration is “unconscionable” and was a key factor in his consideration of a congressional bid.
“Perhaps someone else will step up to challenge the incumbent congressman to make clear that we are tired of his refusal to secure our borders and enforce our nation’s laws and his push for Amnesty to those who have violated our laws. In the meantime, I will continue to fight for what’s right at the State Capitol and represent my constituents to the best of my ability.” “I recognize my duty to a Constitutional Government and the Founding Principles of a Constitutional Republic, liberty and freedom established by our Founding Fathers.”
Pearce also announced that the current State Senator, Karen Johnson, was endorsing his campaign and that she would be deciding in the near future whether to return to the House of Representatives and continue her efforts to be the “Voice for the Family” or retire from public office.