Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Why does Russell Pearce still have a taxpayer-funded job?

By now, most people have heard of the rants of Russell Pearce, former president of the Arizona State Senate - he wants to sterilize poor women.

By now, most people have heard of the firestorm of criticism of Pearce, from all over the political spectrum.

Note: Reagan is the AZGOP nominee for Arizona Secretary of State.  What a difference four years makes:  

In 2010, she was an ardent supporter of Pearce and his infamous SB1070, both co-sponsoring and voting for the anti-immigrant measure.

In 2014, not so much.

Of course, in 2010, Pearce's targets were people with skin that is darker than a golfer's tan (a group which doesn't include Reagan); in 2014, Pearce's targets are women (which *does* include Reagan).

By now, most people have heard of Pearce's resignation from his post as 1st Vice Chair of the Arizona Republican Party.

What people have not heard of is Pearce's ouster from his high-paying job ($85K/year) with the Maricopa County Treasurer's office.

They haven't heard of it, because it hasn't happened.
From the twitter feed of Dennis Welch, political reporter on KTVK, posted at approximately 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday and screen captured at approximately 8:38 p.m.

In addition to his advocating the sterilization of poor women, Pearce has used his county email account to spew much more bile targeting immigrants, poor people, and racial and ethnic minorities.

In the private sector that's so revered by GOPers, Pearce would have been shown the door long ago.

Instead, Hoskins is protecting Pearce and keeping him on the public payroll, in spite of Pearce's vile and offensive comments toward the bulk of the public that he is supposed to serve, not insult.

Personal take on this:

Pearce should not have resigned his party post, if only because that was a position that didn't receive any taxpayer support.  It was a partisan advocacy position, and Pearce was guilty of nothing more than "truth in advertising" - contempt for women, the poor, and poor women is a staple of GOP campaign platforms across the country.

On the other hand, the taxpayers are under no obligation to pay him to spew his filth.

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