From Stephen Lemons of the Phoenix New Times -
The latest addition to the Pearce foot-in-mouth disease compendium is a remark he made at a recent Legislative breakfast given by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, where Pearce threatens to lock 'em up, should public sector employees and unions representing them ever follow the lead of their brothers and sisters in Wisconsin.His threat brought an immediate response from Rebekah Friend, executive director of the Arizona AFL-CIO.
According to the Yellow Sheet, Pearce made this crack about what he and his buddy Sheriff Joe Arpaio would do if workers stood up for their rights and demonstrated:
"I've spoken with the sheriff, and he has some nice buses that hold a lot of people. We've also got some tents with a view."
Pearce should know. Not only because he used to work for Arpaio, and claims credit for the Tent City idea, but because his 30 year-old son Joshua Pearce has been in and out of stir on probation violations.
"Suggesting a police crackdown before a rally has even occurred is just more of the same intimidation, threats and innuendo we’ve come to expect from Senator Pearce and his crony Arpaio."The Recall Pearce effort is near its goal of gathering enough signatures to force a recall election. A big push is planned for this weekend, and the need for volunteer canvassers over the next couple of weeks is huge. If you have even a couple of hours to spare in the near future, consider volunteering.