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Brewer: ‘I’m not inclined’ to endorse Pearce

A year ago, Gov. Jan Brewer was the most high-profile defender of Russell Pearce during his recall.

But today, as Pearce faces a tough GOP primary battle with Bob Worsley, the governor appears to be backing away from the ousted Senate president, and said she has no plans to endorse him.

“I’m not inclined to,” Brewer said today when asked if she would endorse Pearce.

Brewer did not say whether she would endorse Worsley or simply not endorse in the Mesa-based Legislative District 25 primary.

“I haven’t given it any thought,” she said.

Brewer’s lack of support for Pearce is a sharp departure from her position during the 2011 recall campaign against the former Senate president, when she urged support for her “friend and colleague.”

“Once again, it is time to take a stand against those who boycott and hurt our state! We need leaders who believe in securing our border and protecting our citizens. Russell Pearce is that man, and we need keep him on our team,” Brewer wrote in a July 2011 fundraising plea for Pearce that touted his work on SB1070, the landmark illegal immigration law that Pearce sponsored and shepherded through the Legislature.

Brewer was mired in a tough GOP primary when SB1070 landed on her desk in April 2010, but her popularity soared after signing the bill and her three primary opponents dropped out of the race before election day. Many credited the bill, and Pearce, with significantly helping Brewer to victory, and Pearce said after the election that she wouldn’t have been elected if not for SB1070.

But Brewer appears to have parted with Pearce since he lost his November recall election to Jerry Lewis. The governor did not give Pearce one of her tickets to the U.S. Supreme Court hearing on SB1070 in April.

Pearce could not immediately be reached for comment.


  1. Gov. Brewer is not only the stupidest politician I know, but the luckiest. She owes her election to Sen. Pearce. Sen. Pearce is an honorable man, a mn of principle and integrity.

  2. Russell lost all power in the recall. Now, politically speaking, he is penniless and without a friend. That sound you hear is chickens roosting.

  3. I might agree with Colleen’s evaluation of Gov. Brewer, but she misses on Russell Pearce. He is through. Brian is right, all the chickens are flying in to roost and it does not bode well for Mr. Pearce. He and Arpaio represent an Arizona of another era-not a good era. It is time for both of them to enjoy retirement.

  4. Concerned Citizen

    Lew Craig, Well said. They represent another era, a back-water one, I might add. It’s time for the next generation, those who respect the U.S. Constitution and fair justice. It’s time to end this strangle hold on the people, Arizona’s future and end the self-destruction of the state and its people.

  5. The only person I agree with is Colleen. I am amazed that you cannot see the forest from the trees. All of you who are making disparaging remarks about Senator Russell Pearce should be ashamed of yourselves. Senator Russell Pearce gave his all to work on SB 1070. Even Jan Brewer admitted this when she knew that by just signing this bill it would assure her of being the governor of AZ. Now that Senator Russell Pearce has lost, she has turned her back on him. As far as I’m concerned, this governor ‘uses’ people to either get into office & she has already started her little ploy again…although she is not up for election until next year, she has signed an executive order saying that none of these illegal aliens will receive any state aide. People are applauding her & saying how great she is. Just wait, she will most likely pull another ploy like this before the next election. She’s a manipulator. Can’t you people who are making all these comments about Senator Russell Pearce see this?? You people are talking about Senator Russell Pearce as though they should be let out to pasture..like they do when a cow or other animal when it gets old. Senator Russell Pearce still has so much to offer this state. Listen to what he has to say with open ears. Oh, and while you are about it, think about all the things that Jerry Lewis has accomplished while he has been in office since he beat Pearce. I would like to hear about what he has accomplished. You might as well forget Sheriff Joe, b/c he is not about to take the beating from anyone..especially the likes of Randy or Chad. This state is just fine the way it is & it’s about time that those who want all this change go elsewhere where you think you can push people around for one reason or another. You are not welcome here as far as I’m concerned. I don’t live in Maricopa County & yet I feel I have come to know & have great respect for Senator Russell Pearce as well as Sheriff Joe. Right now I wish I knew my Bible better b/c I do remember people treating Jesus just like you are Senator Russell Pearce & I just cannot remember what chapter & Bible verse I read it in. I am totally appalled & amazed that any of you could say such a thing about a man who has attempted to make this state better for all of us. I certainly hope that God has mercy on you for the things that you have said.

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