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Pearce lost because he pissed off somebody in the Mormon "church".
Pearce lost for several reasons. 1. He ignored the voices of many of his constituent supporters. 2. He did not support the Mormon Church "Utah Compact", a document drummed up by the Mormon Bishop's, Church Leaders, the chamber of commerce and the business leaders and politicians of Salt lake city and Utah....also supported by Mayor Scott Smith, a Mormon and several Mesa City Council members - also Mormons. The Utah Compact is, by definition, the continuation of the Mormon churches attempt to subvert the Rule of Law for the purpose of amnetizing illegal aliens. Such a document is not an extra-ordinary event for the Mormon Church, as its history is replete with such "side" agreements that have and still do....divert Mormon Loyalty from allegiance and loyalty to our constitutional Republic. 3. The recall election was akin to an OPEN PRIMARY where political considerations were cast aside and anyone and everyone was allowed to vote. LEWIS, a more than moderate RINO, won because of the influence of the democrat voters in the District. Had this been a Primary type election, Pearce would have won easily.
Likewise, the money being poured into the election by outside groups, RINO politicians and pro-illegal alien organizations, either directly or indirectly, i.e. LA RAZA, et al....against Pearce, cannot be discounted as a force to be dealt with.
Should Pearce decide to run in 2012, he will be a lot more wiser when evaluating the support of his base and should easily win in a political "fair fight.
Every day since the election those who worked against Pearce have continued to deride and disparage him. What's the matter? Now that he has national attention and can run for an office that includes voters outside of Mesa are you afraid that he will gain a larger stage and get elected to a level beyond what the Pearce haters can run a recall for? You supporters of illegals can't even be gracious winners. You need to continue your attack. This reaction on your part shows that you are frightened. You now realize that you only won a small battle but not the war. The Utah Compact is an attack on American workers because the acceptance of illegals who work for lower wages depresses wages for legal workers. Make up your minds that you are either a patriot or a traitor. There is no middle ground.
WASHINGTON - Service Employees Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina, a skilled organizer and one of the most influential Hispanic Americans in the labor movement, predicts Latino voters will have heightened activism in next year's election.
Medina's forecast was in a telephone press conference after a key win for Latinos on Nov. 8: Recall election ouster of Arizona State Senate President Russell Pearce (R), author and instigator of that state's infamous anti-immigrant, anti-Hispanic SB1070.
Pearce's law, now held up in federal courts, lets local law enforcement officials stop anyone they suspect of not being a legal resident and demand on-the-spot proof of residency. If it's not forthcoming, immediate arrest, detention and deportation follow.
But Pearce lost his seat to a moderate Republican, who campaigned against SB1070 and the racist image it gave to Arizona as part of his effort. SEIU, the Communications Workers, and the state AFL-CIO all aided the moderate, who beat Pearce in a strongly conservative suburban Phoenix district, 53-45 percent.
"It's important that Latinos turned out and made the critical difference" in a state senate district that is now 30 percent+ Latino, Medina said. "But their message is that [Pearce] has been recalled by all voters, including non-Latinos.
"And that's a big, big message to candidates in 2012," he said. It also applies to both the Republicans - who have adopted anti-Hispanic legislation - and to Democrats, who have not fought hard for immigration reform, Medina warned.
"If they believe an anti-immigrant message would lead them to victory, they need to heed the message of Mesa," where Pearce lost, Medina said.
We know by who and why Pearce lost the recall election
THANK YOU JIM RIPLEY. You hit the nail right on the head.
Jim Ripley, his bio says it all = "former executive editor of the East Valley Tribune".
What's that old saying that I am thinking of....has to do with a ...."grain of salt".
@ Jim: I've live in Mesa for over 20 years, and I've seen first hand how Mesa has DECLINED from the city it once was. Most of it has to do with the ILLEGAL ALIEN FLOOD that has been going on for decades. Why do government papers need to be in English and Spanish? LEGAL IMMIGRANTS are required to READ, WRITE, AND SPEAK English. Why should we foot the bill? ENTITLEMENT MINDED ILLEGAL ALIENS take much more than they give...
Pearce is a STATE Senator, not a Mesa City Council member. He lost for one reason: the efforts of Randy Parraz, a Progressive Democrat/Activist/Community Organizer/AFL-CIO leader from California who hates SB1070. Also, hundreds of thousands of dollars from Leftist organizations all over the country were spent on hit mailers and tv ads distorting Pearce's record.
SB1070 allows police officers to verify the immigration status of any person after a valid stop or arrest if there “is a reasonable suspicion that the person is unlawfully present in the United States.”
“Reasonable suspicion” has been a part of our due process jurisprudence for many years. It means that a police officer can question on suspicion that is less than probable cause; reasonable suspicion, of course, must be something more than a hunch or a guess or an intuition—it must be based on articulable facts. In addition, the Supreme Court in 1975 ruled that ethnicity could be one of the factors determining reasonable suspicion. SB1070, in contrast, disallows any use of ethnicity in determining whether a person can be asked about his immigration status.
The law is going to the Supreme Court to determine if it conflicts with the federal government’s exclusive power to regulate immigration. Basically, does Arizona have the right to defend itself from illegal immigration if the federal government fails to enforce its own law?
Russell Pearce is correct that Leftists played a big role in the election. The Left knows that if you tell a lie often enough, people will believe it.
Campaign Money Watch spent about $40,000 on mailers that distorted Pearce's record. Campaign Money Watch receives money from the Public Campaign Action Fund. This group is bankrolled by SEIU, NEA, moveon.org, Working Assets (this group supports Planned Parenthood, Media Matters, etc.), and many other Leftist groups. A major benefactor of Media Matters, moveon.org, Planned Parenthood and others is George Soros.
Here's a link to the Campaign Finance Report for Campaign Money Watch;
http://www.azsos.gov/cfs/FilerDetail.aspx?id=201200232 Here's information about the Public Campaign Action Fund. http://www.campaignmoney.org/about/funders
There were plenty of other Leftist groups that poured money into Pearce's deafeat.
Another one is PAZ en accion! You might have seen them around town registering voters, and then going back to pick up their ballots. This group is headed by Raquel Teran. She's a Leftist, open borders activist who has joined Randy Parraz many times in trying to defeat SB1070, or any legislation that targets ILLEGAL immigration.
ILLEGAL immigrants drain our economy in many ways. It isn't an issue that exists in a vacuum. It affects jobs, healthcare, the prison population, education....
Wouldn't you folks like to see who is writing these "comments" ?
Wouldn't you folks like to see the person hiding behind the cutesy..."computer nic-name" ?
I guess I was brought up with "old time values"..that if a man or woman has an opinion that they want to express in public that they have the "intestinal fortitude" to put their name and reputation to their remarks.
But, sadly, times of personal responsibility are a thing of the past. Just look at the Penn State Child Abuse Scandal and Coverup. A 6'2" ex-Penn State football player who sees his ex-coach attacking a 10 year old boy and doesn't beat the u-know-what out of the coach and take the 10 year old boy to the hospital......instead....he tells the ex-coach to "stop" raping the 10 year old boy then leaves the 10 year old boy with his attacker and goes crying to his daddy and tells Paterno, his icon, the next day. How many of you out there man or woman would have done the same as this 6'2" ex-football player..........leave a 10 year old boy alone, naked, raped, in the clutches of a 56yo ex-coach.Well, this just shows along with "anonymous comments" what pesonal responsibility has come to in America today.
Pearce lost because subversive elements and supporters of open borders have found a sneaky way around Democratic elections. Now they're trying to recall the governor of Wisconsin.
The threshold for pulling off a recall election needs to be raised. It's in the toilet now.
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