Today, one of America’s most important conservative leaders is under brutal assault from the radical left, and he desperately needs conservatives from across America to rally to his defense. His name is Russell Pearce, and he is the president of the Senate in Arizona.
In a replay of Wisconsin, labor unions, radical green movements and left-wing Latino organizations are pouring money into a recall effort against Sen. Pearce. The recall launched by these shadowy groups is spending buckets of cash on paid signature gathers.
While Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer makes headlines around the country for standing up to Obama and the unjustified regulations and lawsuits spewing from Washington, D.C., it is Pearce who is her backbone and the legislative leader shepherding the conservative agenda through the endless labyrinth to make it law.
Because Pearce is so effective, he is despised by the left. He helped vanquish the Janet Napolitano allies that run the Democratic Party in Arizona from power. They see the personal destruction of Russell Pearce as a pathway back to the power they lust.
In many ways, he is an unlikely leader. He spent most of his career in law enforcement. He served at every level rising to become chief deputy for Maricopa County sheriff’s office. It was here that he learned how to make tough choices under the mentorship of America’s most famous sheriff, Joe Arpaio.
Republicans elected him as Senate president, and at that time he promised he “would be vigilant in the promotion of the core values that our Founding Fathers so long ago sacrificed and committed their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor for this republic.”
His legislative record over more than a decade of service is legendary.
In 2006, he authored Proposition 100 to deny bail to illegal aliens who commit serious crimes; he authored Proposition 102 to deny punitive damages to any illegal alien who sues an American citizen; he authored Proposition 103 to make English the official language of Arizona and he authored Proposition 300 to deny daycare and tuition assistance to illegal aliens.
In 2007, he wrote the toughest employer sanctions law in the nation to stop illegal employers from hiring illegal aliens by revocation of their business license. What he calls, “The profits over patriotism crowd.” Arizona won a 5-3 victory in the United States Supreme Court as a result. It is one of the largest states’ rights victories in decades.
In 2010, he wrote and authored S.B.1070, Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhood Act, to eliminate “illegal” sanctuary policies in Arizona. As we all know, this bill allows law enforcement to arrest illegal aliens for immigration violations. As a result, Arizona has seen a reduction in violent crime of over three times that of the national average.
Under Pearce, Arizona is the undisputed national leader in the restoration of the rule of law. As he said recently, “Over 100,000 illegal aliens having left the state since 2007, saving about $500 million in K-12 annually, a huge reduction in violent crimes as high as 30 percent in some cities and the first time in Arizona history a declining population in our prisons, reduction in social services cost and preserving jobs for Americans.”
Arizona has passed legislation to increase school choice, protect mothers and their babies, restore lost Second Amendment rights, implement the Healthcare Freedom Act to protect your choices in health care, eliminate affirmative action and stop the abuse of eminent domain, thereby securing property rights and much more.
We have chosen to help Sen. Pearce, and we encourage conservative across America to do the same. His website is RussellPearce.com. As he wrote to supporters recently, “We are a nation of laws. We must have the courage – the fortitude – to enforce, with compassion but without apology, those laws that protect the integrity of our borders and the rights of our lawful citizens from those who break our laws.”
Conservatives need Russell Pearce.