Congressmen had full knowledge of Ready’s background last year
The daily is up to it’s conniving ways once again. In a slash and burn duo of news and editorial, (Time to dump Pearce) the newspaper takes on its nemesis, Republican state legislator Russell Pearce.
Pearce the popular District 18 representative is currently running to fill the district’s vacant senate seat. He is being challenged by immigration attorney Kevin Gibbons, the recruited brother-in-law of U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake. In a race that has been marked by the most vicious in campaign tactics, Gibbons has been the beneficiary of an independent expenditure campaign waged by the discredited political operative, Nathan Sproul.
In an article titled, 3 seek to oust GOP official, the trio of Arizona Republican congressmen denounce a precinct committeeman named J.T. Ready.
At the onset, Seeing Red AZ will make our distaste for this man absolutely clear. He stands accused of being a Neo-Nazi, holding views we revile, and which he has not denied.. Having said that, we also question the odd timing and tactics of the congressional trio‘s outrage. J.T. Ready is the latest tool in the arsenal being used against Rep. Russell Pearce and it is more than suspicious. In fact, Ready is not running for reelection as a precinct committeeman and has less than two weeks to serve in the position he currently holds. The attention is focused on him for a single reason which is to discredit Rep. Russell Pearce. The congressmen have long known about J.T. Ready, yet waited until just before the primary election to ask for his ouster — knowing full well that he would no longer be serving in the position after September 2, 2008.
What is even more amazing is that during the 2006 campaign cycle, U.S. Sen. John McCain’s staffers joined his donors and other friends to appear on the Republicans for Janet Napolitano website. (The link was taken down when it posed an embarrassment to a city council candidate, but is available on www.AZConservative.org) The elected precinct committeemen among them actively campaigned for Democrat Napolitano and against the qualified Republican candidate, Len Munsil.
These acts of betrayal to the Republicans who elected them, were greeted with stony silence from the congressional delegation. In fact, Wes Gullet was later rewarded with a promotion by McCain who named Gullet to chair his Arizona campaign.
What under-girds this entire issue is Rep. Russell Pearce’s standing as the legislative leader on bills relating to illegal immigration. He was the sponsor of the Fair and Legal Employment act, better known as Employer Sanctions. It was ultimately signed into law by Gov. Janet Napolitano, much to the chagrin of the open border/amnesty proponents, who later vowed to remove any legislators who supported the measure.