As conservatives observe the brazen efforts by the left to unseat Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce (R-Dist.18), it becomes abundantly clear that this is but the latest chapter in the vicious smear campaign that was waged against him during his past election.
As far as the left is concerned, Sen. Pearce has one problem: He’s effective. The best way to undermine this conservative patriot and Constitutional scholar is by attempting to embarrass him with a costly recall. Make no mistake; the underlying issue is illegal immigration.
But facts are impossible to refute. The reality is that any Republican challenge mounted against Pearce would signal a swift end to future political aspirations for such a naive recruit. Ask Kevin Gibbons. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, Gibbons, U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake’s immigration lawyer brother-in-law, saw the result of that clearly when voters trounced him by a nearly 69 percent margin — as Pearce won 5,717 votes to Gibbons 2,587 votes in the 2008 GOP primary. Rack up another loss for belly-crawler Nathan Sproul.
Pearce has been the prime sponsor and author of some of the nation’s strongest legislation in dealing with welfare and voter fraud perpetrated by foreign nationals in our state illegally. His efforts denied bail to illegal aliens who commit serious crimes, and punitive damages to illegal aliens attempting to sue American citizens.
Among other successes, Pearce authored the toughest employer sanctions law in the nation to stop employers from knowingly hiring illegal aliens by revoking their business licenses – a law recently upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. Arizona’s SB1070 (Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhood Act). has been emulated around the nation.
Pearce knows the law. Prior to his legislative service, Pearce was a Justice of the Peace and Chief Deputy for Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. Throughout his career, he has been an unrelenting supporter of Arizona’s citizens. The Executive Guidance Committee of the Maricopa County Republican Committee recently gave Pearce a unanimous vote of confidence against this recall effort.
His level of support is best summed up by the statement Maricopa County GOP chairman, Rob Haney made after the resolution of support was passed: “It would be an imprudent decision for any pretender to mount a challenge to someone with the level of support and respect enjoyed by Senate President Russell Pearce,“ said Haney.