Pearce seeks campaign
April 28, 2008
Take a look at this picture (link below) in the Phoenix New
state Rep. Russell Pearce with
secure-borders group aids with publicity on Web site
Mary Jo Pitzl
and Scott Wong
Congress, no, wait, for state Senate
. . . Russell
Pearce is turning to a national secure-the-border group for help in raising
the $5 contributions he needs to qualify as a publicly funded candidate on the
November ballot. Nothing too surprising there, though Glenn Spencer,
the Sierra Vista man who runs the American Patrol group, has earned a name for
himself as staunchly anti-Mexican. He has been known to warn that the Mexican
government is trying to "re-colonize" the U.S. through immigration.
But the group is of only limited help in Pearce's bid for the state Senate seat
representing west Mesa. That's because $5 donors must live in the legislative
district Pearce hopes to represent.
In a "gentle request for help," Pearce makes that clear. He also makes clear
that he believes his opponent can outpace him in fundraising"I have been told
that the cheap labor crowd, along with the open border crowd and other
organizations . . . are going to generously fund a candidate to run against me
and in fact will spend whatever it takes to remove me from office," Pearce wrote
on the site,
www.americanpatrol.com. Pearce doesn't name him, but that opponent is Mesa
attorney , brother-in-law of U.S. Rep. .
twist to this online request for help: It's wrongly listed under a banner of
"Russell Pearce for U.S. Congress."
Um, that would be last year's effort. In 2007, Pearce launched an exploratory
bid for Congress, hoping to knock off a GOP incumbent who, Pearce felt, sinned
by pushing for comprehensive immigration reform. That candidate? Jeff Flake.