In the race for the District 18 senate seat, the undercurrents have taken on a decidedly vicious tone.
Here is an overview of the scenario:
Longtime state senator, Karen Johnson’s retirement provided a move-up for popular Rep. Russell Pearce.
But, Pearce, who gave brief consideration to a congressional challenge to U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake, apparently did the unthinkable in even giving momentary thought to such a venture. Flake, living up to his name, was so enflamed that he encouraged his immigration lawyer brother-in-law, Kevin Gibbons* to jump into the fray and take on Pearce.
The underlying issue, of course, is illegal immigration.
Rep. Pearce has successfully crafted laws to curtail the flow of illegal aliens across our border. He was instrumental in the employer sanctions victory, which held employers, desirous of an exploitable low-wage labor force, accountable. The deceptively named Stop Illegal Hiring ballot initiative being run by lawyer Andrew Pacheco, actually supports normalizing illegal laborers. Pacheco was supported in his own failed county attorney race by the same pro-illegal cohorts. He now opposes the current county attorney, Andrew Thomas, who is enforcing the law these folks disdain.
Some members of the business community, arm-in-arm with the Chamber of Commerce, and various nefarious partners, have targeted Rep. Russell Pearce for having the temerity to want to protect American jobs and national sovereignty. Gibbons’ campaign has been bankrolled by supporters of the illegal workforce. Many of the donors are out-of-towners, fast-food franchisers, liquor industry honchos, home builders and prominent Democrats such as former Democrat party boss and U.S. Senate candidate, developer Jim Pederson. Even the princpal officers of Hensley & Co., Cindy McCain’s beer distributorship — one of the nation’s largest, have joined with lawyers filing unsuccessful suits to curtail the current law, all out to crush Rep. Pearce.
Last year, a contingent of business owners, putting personal profits above our national security and rule of law, threatened to oust solid conservatives who didn’t dance to their tune. We are now witnessing the shameful execution of that intimidation. They have found their willing toady in the form of Kevin Gibbons and are now carrying out their coercion.
Gibbons, the challenger, is waging an 11th hour assault. Sending out desperate pleas for cash to hammer Pearce. He wants to represent the people of Mesa, the city in which he missed several important taxing authority elections. Participation in those elections weren’t important to him, but allowing himself to be used as a battering ram against a patriotic and proven representative of the people, is.
In a rare move, the Maricopa County Republican Executive Guidance Committee has overwhelmingly endorsed current State Representative Russell Pearce in this primary contest for the vacant State Senate seat in Legislative District 18.
Their lead is a good one for the District 18 voters to follow.
*UPDATE on Kevin Gibbons: Arizona Bar Regulation/Discipline
February 2012 issue, Pages 61 and 62 of the Arizona Attorney magazine notes Kevin Gibbons “suspension from the practice of law for a period of two years for multiple serious infractions. Aggravating factors included a prior disciplinary history, dishonest or selfish motive, multiple offenses failure to comply with the State Bar’s investigation, vulnerable victim, and substantial experience in the practice of law.” Read the disciplinary summary regarding his suspension here.