Sonoran News’ Becky Fenger writes a very readable weekly column known as Fenger Pointing. That title is especially apt this week, since “The rest of the story” her most recent report, points a finger directly at Jerry Lewis — running for the District 18 senate seat held by Sen. Russell Pearce.
Unless they are living under a rock, Arizonans are all too aware of Lewis, the candidate recruited to mount a recall challenge to Arizona’s Senate President Pearce. Lewis was promoted as a squeaky clean LDS Bishop and superintendent of Sequoia Schools — a publicly-funded charter school chain. Fenger’s finger points directly at his less than squeaky dealings.
Earlier this month, we exposed some other less than savory actions of the man who carries the same moniker as an over-the-hill, once zany comic. “Jerry Lewis fingered in Backpackgate” bared the exceptional arrogance exhibited by this man who would, given his background, be expected to be a straight arrow. Espresso Pundit blog did an in-depth report on Lewis’ circuitous path regarding a yearly major charity drive aimed at securing corporate and private donations for the homeless schoolchildren Lewis’ Children First Academy serves. That report is included in the link above.
Make no mistake. This recall, scheduled in advance of a regularly planned election, is primarily intended to send a message to anyone who has the temerity to craft legislation curtailing illegal immigration. Pearce is the architect of the nationally copied Arizona law known as SB 1070. This is not the first time Republican Pearce has been challenged by the open borders crowd. In 2008, Jeff Flake recruited his own immigration lawyer brother-in-law, Kevin Gibbons, to challenge Pearce. It was a fool’s errand.
In what amounted to political suicide for Gibbons, Pearce trounced him by a wide margin — as Pearce won 5,717 votes to Gibbons 2,587 in the GOP primary. Since the upcoming election is a recall and not a primary, it is not limited to Republican voters, making it far less certain.
If you live in legislative District 18, be sure to vote. If you know others who reside there, get them energized to vote for Senate President Russell Pearce. Early balloting is already underway. This race will have far reaching consequences. Election Day is November 8.