State Lawmaker Under Fire For Citing Neo-Nazi Article In E-Mail

The Business Journal of Phoenix, Mike Sunnucks, Oct. 10, 2006

A controversial Republican state lawmaker is under fire for sending out an e-mail containing an article from a white supremist group.

State Rep. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, recently sent out an e-mail that contained an article produced by the National Alliance, a neo-Nazi group known for its anti-Semitic views.

Scottsdale Congressman J.D. Hayworth has withdrawn his backing for the controversial Republican state lawmaker, while Pearce’s Democratic opponent Tammie Pursley is calling for his resignation.

In recent weeks, Pearce has also called for mass deportations of illegal immigrants, specifically referring to a 1950s era program called ‘Operation Wetback.’

Hayworth, a Republican in a tough reelection battle in a Scottsdale/Tempe congressional district, put out a statement Tuesday on the Pearce matter.

“Given the regrettable and disturbing nature of the e-mail Russell Pearce circulated earlier today, I cannot in good conscience lend my endorsement to his candidacy for state representative. While Russell has issued an apology for his e-mail, I nonetheless will not be associated with any communication that contains anti-Semetic remarks,” stated Hayworth.

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The article Pearce sent out and then apologized for talks about Jewish control of the news media and the media’s bias against whites, while favoring minorities and Israel.

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