Within days of former Maricopa County GOP chairman and current District 4 chairman Lyle Tuttle rescinding his support of Jack Harper in the District 4 House race, Sen. Russell Pearce (R-Dist.18) has withdrawn his endorsement of Harper.
Pearce and Tuttle join the respected conservative PAChyderm Coalition in terminating their support of Jack Harper.
“We believe Senator Harper’s irresponsible, indeed, irrational attacks have caused untold collateral damage to the conservative cause across the state. We believe these actions cannot be ignored or condoned, and the Pachyderm Coalition cannot be associated with this type of behavior regardless of Senator Harper’s past outstanding conservative voting record and leadership. Due to all of the aforementioned factors, the Pachyderm Coalition Executive Committee regretfully announces the rescinding of their endorsement of Senator Jack Harper for the House of Representatives in LD 4.”
In his statement Pearce wrote: “In order to endorse someone I must be able to vouch for both their ideological backbone and their personal integrity. While I have appreciated Jack’s [Harper} voting record in the past, his increasingly nasty and personal attacks on his fellow Republicans make it impossible for me to continue to offer my endorsement to him at this time.”
Harper, who is term-limited in the Senate, is seeking the Republican nomination for a seat in the House. He is in a four-way primary race for two seats. Former state senator Scott Bundgaard, is garnering widespread support in the district. He is running in opposition to Nathan Sproul client, Sean Kohner, and the infamous Tony Bouie. Sproul has ventured around the outer edges of ethical behavior for years.
Bouie it will be remembered was a lifelong Democrat who opportunistically registered as a Republican a mere five days before filing his documents to run for a GOP legislative seat in Dist. 6 and lied repeatedly to cover his actions. Now he has carpetbagged across town in an attempt to con the voters in District 4.
Sean Kohner carries the taint of his disreputable association with Sproul’s Lincoln Strategy Group and his increasingly apparent connection with Jack Harper, as seen in his recent mailings.