by Floyd and Mary Beth Brown
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.
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In a replay of Wisconsin, labor unions, radical Green movements, and left-wing Latino organizations are pouring money into a recall effort against Senator Pearce. The recall launched by these shadowy groups spending buckets of cash for paid signature gatherers.
While Arizona Governor 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 Senator Pearce that is her backbone and the legislative leader that has shepherded the conservative agenda thorough the endless labyrinth to make it law.
Because Senator Pearce is so effective, he is despised by the Left. He helped vanquish the Janet Napolitano allies who 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 after.
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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 alone, 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 day care 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 revoking their business license. This hit 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, the 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 more than three-times the national average.
Under Senator 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. [We have seen] 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 costs, and preserving jobs for Americans.
Arizona has passed legislation to increase school choice, protect mothers and their babies, restore lost Second Amendment rights, the Healthcare Freedom Act to protect your choices in healthcare, eliminated Affirmative Action, and stopped the abuse of eminent domain, thereby securing property rights — and much more.
We have chosen to help Senator Pearce, and we encourage conservative across America to do the same. His website is http://www.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.