[Cross-posted at Crooks and Liars.]
Our favorite Nazi-coddling nativist politician, Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce, just can't seem to escape the corruption scandal that's dogging him daily now -- namely, his major role in the distribution of illegal free tickets as part of the Fiesta Bowl's running malfeasance scandal.
Wendy Halloran of Phoenix's Channel 12 News, while reporting on this weekend's ugly Tea Party rally in Phoenix (more about that soon), tried to corner Pearce and ask him about his promised delivery of invoices proving he had paid for his tickets, as he has tried to claim.
What she got was Pearce walking away from her and getting surly:
HALLORAN: Where are your invoices for the Fiesta Bowl?The best part of this report came in the form of a coda from Kelly Townsend, one of the local Tea Party organizers in Phoenix, who had earlier explained to Halloran the whole purpose of that day's rally, what it was about:
PEARCE: You know what, you're not going to come in and ambush me with these kind of games.
HALLORAN: But with all due respect, where are the invoices, and why won't --
PEARCE: I'm going to go do my job.
HALLORAN: Senator Pearce, with all due respect, it's my job to hold you accountable. Where are your invoices?
PEARCE: You know, your job is not to harass.
HALLORAN: I'm not trying to harass you, sir. My job is to hold you accountable. Can you just tell me when we're going to see the invoices, sir?
PEARCE: I don't have to show you anything.
TOWNSEND: We are going to basically shine a light on our politicians so that there's no secret -- as much as we can possibly do that, and help keep them accountable fiscally, you know, ethically, all those issues, and that's what this is about today.You betcha! Mission accomplished!
No wonder the recall campaign against Pearce is gaining steam.
Channel 12 followed up with a report today explaining that, as of today as well, Pearce has produced no documentation that he in fact paid for his pricey sports tickets from Fiesta Bowl lobbyists: