Sen. Steve Gallardo, a Phoenix Democrat and a fierce critic of SB1070, has been invited to testify during a Congressional subcommittee hearing about state-level enforcement of immigration laws. SB1070 architect Russell Pearce, whom Gallardo often clashed with when Pearce served in the Legislature, is also scheduled to testify at the hearing.Read More »
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Mesa businessman Bob Worsley has fired the first shot in the primary race against former Senate President Russell Pearce, calling him out for spearheading a boycott campaign against the advertisers of an alternative newspaper.Read More »
Sen. Rich Crandall, a Republican from Mesa, will be seeking reelection to the Senate after all.Read More »
Campaign teams in the Pearce/Worsley race are already taking shape. Though Pearce opted to have Arpaio consultant Chad Willems run his campaign during the recall last year, he will go with Constantin Querard this year. Querard ran Pearce’s 2010 campaign and was expected to handle the recall, but instead he formed an independent expenditure committee that took shots at Lewis.Read More »
To prevent his family from becoming the target of attacks, Sen. Rich Crandall says he decided not to seek re-election if it meant running against former Senate President Russell Pearce.
Instead, Crandall is backing SkyMall founder Bob Worsley, who announced March 19 that he is seeking the Republican nomination in the Senate race in the new Legislative District 25.
The unusual display of loyalty isn’t surprising, said Pearce backer Constantin Querard. “He’s the real deal. We always talk about these people who are willing to step up no matter what the consequences are, but we speak of them as if they are hypothetical or historical figures. Russell is that guy. I don’t know if he’d be so popular with the base if he wasn’t so hated by the opposition,” he said.Read More »
Russell Pearce, the architect of many of Arizona's anti illegal immigration laws, vowed tonight to return to the state Capitol, months after he was ousted in a recall election.Read More »
Hours after announcing he was running for a legislative seat that pits him against immigration hawk Russell Pearce, a prominent Mesa businessman deleted his comments from a church website that were critical of Arizona’s controversial anti-illegal immigration laws.Read More »
A businessman has emerged to run for a seat in a newly drawn East Valley legislative district, a move that sets up a potential showdown with former Sen. Russell Pearce, the author of Arizona’s SB1070. Bob Worsley, founder of the in-flight catalog company SkyMall, declared today he will be seeking the Senate seat in new Legislative District 25.Read More »
Former state Sen. Russell Pearce is set to end his silence over his political future following his recall defeat. The East Valley Tribune reports that the Mesa Republican and iconic figure in the anti-illegal immigration debate will appear Monday before the Red Mountain Tea Party with other political candidates and his close political ally, Sheriff Joe Arpaio.Read More »