Backpacks donated to homeless kids attending Jerry Lewis’ school diverted to private yard sales
Espresso Pundit has poured out a steaming brew — no cream, no sugar, no fluff — on a shocking scandal that is getting no coverage in the Arizona Republic. The reason? The perp is Jerry Lewis, the newspaper’s beloved state senate candidate whom they hope will beat the pants off conservative Senate President Russell Pearce. A lot is riding on this election. Pearce is the architect of Arizona’s SB 1070, the nationally copied law addressing the costly and crime-laden problem of illegal immigration. If Sen. Pearce is defeated it will make national news and embolden those who support the unlawful invasion.
Arizona is the portal through which the majority of illegals pass as they fan out across the U.S. or decide to put down roots here. But the Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) is adamantly pro-amnesty, so Sen. Pearce rings the bell on the newspaper’s Despise-O-Meter. It’s not unusual for tag-team sucker-punches to brutalize Pearce with manufactured front page stories posing as news and simultaneous, hit-piece columns by Laurie Roberts and EJ Montini. Angry editorials are topped with a blistering Steve Benson offering posing as a cartoon.
But when recruited challenger Jerry Lewis, a charter school principal and former LDS Stake President and Bishop engages in shamefully deceptive practices, nary a word.
In Your News is Carefully Scripted, Espresso Pundit exposes the yearly major charity drive aimed at securing corporate and private donations for the homeless schoolchildren Lewis’ Children First Academy serves. But there’s a stomach-turner of a story behind the actual recipients of the donated backpacks, school supplies and clothing. Rather than needy kids being gifted with the essential items, some of them end up with a friend of Jerry Lewis, who then sells them at a private yard sale, while Lewis keeps the lucrative solicitation machine going, as he claims the youngsters need more supplies.
We are linking to this exposé, which includes the lawsuit filed by a whistle-blowing assistant principal dismissed for exposing Lewis’ treachery. This story has far-reaching implications. We urge you to read the entire post.