Big Time Bigots Come Out to Defend AZ Senator

Jill Garvey • Aug 12, 2011

With a vote to recall Arizona State Russell Pearce just around the corner, Pearce’s powerful friends are coming out of the woodwork to try to keep him in office.

Pearce became a polarizing and influential figure when he introduced racist law SB 1070 in 2010. When the law was passed, the ensuing firestorm catapulted him into the national spotlight and he became an inspiration for bigoted politicians everywhere. With the support of powerful anti-immigrant groups, Pearce certainly didn’t get there on his own.

All the while, his constituents back in Arizona simmered with discontent. And earlier this year they decided to do something about it.

On January 10, 2011, Citizens for a Better Arizona filed a petition to recall Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce. The group collected 18,310 signatures from local residents—more than the total number of votes (17,552) Pearce received in the last election.

Now Pearce’s friends are trying to save him. According to a July 25 blog post from the Phoenix New Times:

“…the “Committee To Oppose Recall of Russell Pearce” filed paperwork with the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office, allowing it to raise money to save Pearce’s hide.

It’s headquarters? Vienna, Virginia, 12 miles away from Washington, D.C.

Both its treasurer and its chairman are non-Arizonans: The latter is ex-Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo, and the former is Angela “Bay” Buchanan, sister of wingnut Republican Pat Buchanan.

Tancredo and Buchanan are co-chairs of the Team America PAC, a rabidly nativist organization that just loves bashing Mexicans and supports any politician doing likewise.

(Note: The Web site for Team America openly links to hate sites such as, named for the first white baby born in the New World, and the vicious, bigoted Social Contract Press, among others of this ilk.)”

That’s just the tip of the iceberg. All of the recommended links on Team America’s website -  Center for Immigration Studies, Eagle Forum, Federation for American Immigration Reform, NumbersUSA, Pro-English, Social Contract Press, VDARE, and Youth for Western Civilization - are organizations with ties to white nationals.


And get this, while the folks coordinating the recall effort have spent months meeting every legal criteria, the bigwig bigots backing Pearce have been shilling for corporate dollars to support Pearce’s campaign. Which isn’t quite legal under Arizona state law.

According to the Arizona Republic, “state elections officials say Arizona law bans corporate and union donations to influence an election, and that includes opposing a recall effort.”

Those laws were put in place to prevent outside interests like Team America from meddling in local elections that should be decided by voters.

Not surprising, however, considering Pearce has never acted in the interests of those who actually live in the community he represents.

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