Arizona Republican Official Resigns After Remarks About Medicaid Recipients

Jennifer Madina, New York Times, September 16, 2014

The former Arizona lawmaker who sponsored the state’s stringent anti-immigration law resigned as a top state Republican official late Sunday amid criticism for remarks he made supporting mandatory birth control or sterilization for Medicaid recipients.

Russell Pearce, a former state senator, stepped down as the party’s first vice chairman late Sunday, after several fellow Republicans running for statewide office denounced his comments and a Republican congressional candidate called for his resignation.

During a discussion on Sept. 6 on his radio show about the state’s public assistance programs, Mr. Pearce said: “You put me in charge of Medicaid, the first thing I’d do is get Norplant, birth-control implants or tubal ligations.”

He continued, “Then we’ll test for drugs and alcohol,” before adding that those who want more children should “then get a job.”

In a statement released by the Arizona Republican Party, Mr. Pearce said the comments were written by someone else and that he had “failed to attribute them to the author.” He said that he was stepping down to avoid a distraction before the November elections, when Arizona voters will elect a new governor.


On Sunday, Republican candidates stepped forward one after another to denounce Mr. Pearce. Doug Ducey, Arizona’s state treasurer and Republican candidate for governor, said on Twitter: “I couldn’t disagree more with Russell Pearce’s deplorable comments. They have no place in our discourse.” Mark Brnovich, a Republican running for attorney general, released a statement saying the comments were “cruel” and “unrepresentative of the Republican Party I know.”

Michele Reagan, a Republican state senator running for Arizona secretary of state, posted a message on Twitter on Sunday night calling for Mr. Pearce to resign, saying that his “obnoxious comments” were “both disgusting and offensive” and adding, “Let it be known, he is NOT the voice of my G.O.P.”


Although Mr. Pearce was not a candidate for office this November, in 2010, as the president of the State Senate, he was the lead sponsor of Arizona’s “show me your papers” law that demanded that immigrants carry documentation at all times. He lost a recall election in 2011 and another bid for office in 2012, before being appointed as the state party’s second in command.


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  • Anglokraut

    Mark Brnovich, a Republican running for attorney general, released a
    statement saying the comments were “cruel” and “unrepresentative of the
    Republican Party I know.”

    Perhaps that is why I am no longer a member of the Republican Party in Arizona. I don’t recognize this GOP, and it is surely unrepresentative of the Republican Party I want.

  • WR_the_realist

    A Republican with good sense was forced to resign. No surprise. All proper Republicans must favor welfare recipients popping out as many babies as possible.

    • anony

      As long as those babies are not White.

      • Anglokraut

        Now that DOES sound like part of the Republican Party’s platform.

      • propagandaoftruth

        Some would be, but statistically speaking…

        A) Some would be precious angels I’m sure and life is tragic, but… three words – fetal alcohol syndrome. Also – low end of pool. It happens.

        B) The vast majority would be not White.

        It’s very simple. An advanced society cannot allow irresponsible people to procreate since it simply cannot just allow them to fester in the streets and die. I know, I’m a BIG fan of Dr. Malthus and his methods, but not in my backyard, my little slice of heaven, built on the backs and in the minds of my people, who suffered and sacrificed heroically to carve out a place in this world where Dr. Malthus is not so obvious, hardly to be seen, in fact.

        So…three options present themselves to me, if we really want to save something resembling civilization vis-à-vis low ender irresponsible breeders and their products.

        1. Something Nazi-like.

        2. Let them fester and rot and riot, then do something Nazi-like. Or Judge Dredd-like.

        3. Offer humane alternative to soaking the system – tie them tubes. Truly recalcitrant breeder types should ultimately be diagnosed with some form of legitimate mental illness and then kindly fixed.

        That third one is about as good and non-Nazi as it gets with me, if we have any hope. Anything less is to tolerate the slow rot of everything we have built.

        • DonReynolds

          Fetal alcohol is a serious problem, but I have spent some time around the crack babies, who you did not mention. They are like a five pound sack of potatoes with eyes, that do not follow anything that comes into their field of vision. These are generally abandoned by the crack addicted Mommy Dearest when they slip out of the county hospital.

          • Nancy

            This is so true, Don. The crack babies I used to teach (I know I’ve mentioned this on threads in the past) were like little soulless Chuckie dolls, just as stupid and just as violent. One kid I remember vividly had a “lazy eye”, so you could never see exactly where he was looking. This made him twice as dangerous, actually, because an unsuspecting peer wouldn’t realize he was sending them the “stink-eye” right before picking up a chair and whomping the kid right upside the head. Then he’d sit back down, smiling and serene. It was like he was possessed.

          • DonReynolds

            Thanks Nancy. Nobody wants to hear it. The Liberals insist there are no crack babies….that is only an urban myth or a scary story told to keep people from using drugs. The crack babies are very real and there are many of them.

        • none of your business

          Cut, not tie. They can always be untied in another free clinic on the White taxpayer’s dime. Cut Cut Cut

          • propagandaoftruth

            Oh sure, in a perfect world, but…’
            Baby steps first.
            First it has to be pushed and marketed as a-racial, which it actually is. I’m not as miffed at being expected to pay degenerate Whites’ procreational expenses as I am regarding degenerate others’. But sans the presence of degenerate others, I’d still recommend something like it. Humane, minimal force, maybe some lollipops or something, you know?
            But realistically it would involve some gibsmed

    • DonReynolds

      No… just means they prefer abortion as a form of birth control.

  • Oil Can Harry

    hey, RINOS, if a ballot initiative was drafting requiring every female welfare recipient between the ages of 14 and 50

  • MekongDelta69

    And once again – in a never ending parade – more groveling and caving. It never ceases.

    • LHathaway

      It’s been a steady one track spiral down of firings, silencing and purges since the day Joe McCarthy was first silenced. They had to defeat him, first. It’s been clear sailing for them every since. That’s my take on it, anyway.

      • Old Soldier

        I was thinking about Tailgunner Joe just yesterday. He probably set back the Marxist conquest by about 25 years, and allowed my generation to grow up in the old USA. I will always be grateful.

      • none of your business

        Smithsonian channel has an entire show about the evil Joe McCarthy. He, like Generals Franco and Pinochet are my heroes. How I enjoyed telling my kids the truth about Joe McCarthy when they were exposed to the commie propaganda in high school.

        • LHathaway

          I thought the recent George Clooney directed ‘Good Night and Good Luck’ film about McCarthy was quite good. Or as I like to say it, “Goodnight, and Good Luck”.

          The film comes out against McCarthy, by the end, never-the-less it was quite thought provoking.

  • Truthseeker

    This is the current state of the West. Consequences have been divorced from actions. Obligations no longer matter. The big picture is less important than each individual’s desires. We’re nothing but atoms fighting over a pie. Those few of us who can see it can only weep at the decline of our people.

    • DonReynolds

      Some are digging their own graves. Some are busy digging trenches to throw up a trembling defense to the enemy, sure to arrive soon. But everyone seems to know, things will only get more exciting.

      • Malgus

        Digging trenches? No.

        Every group in history that has adopted a siege mentality has lost. Build a big fort? Yeah, you might make it… for awhile. But, even the walls of Constantinople fell. Stood strong for 1000 years, then some arab built a big siege cannon, blew a hole in them and the Ottomans swarmed the breach… adios, Byzantines.

        White farmers in Rhodesia lasted almost 10 years. 70-79. Renowned for being incredibly tough, resourceful, heavily armed and inventive, their defense of their farms was legendary. But, in the end, even those tough old b-stards went down.

        Best defense is a good offense… when things get ‘exiting’, we’re going to have to adopt methods that lots of ‘regular’ folks will find distasteful… ex-military will know what I’m talking about.

        • Timothy Adams

          Actually, following a plague, financial disaster, and depopulation, a group of folks inside the walls of Constantinople opened gates and let the invaders in, mainly because they opposed submitting to Papal rule, as the armies of Rome were reinforcing the Orthodox Greek State’s defenses.

          • Malgus

            Not sure where you’re getting your information… I’ve read about the final assault on Constantinople, and I don’t remember reading anywhere about anyone voluntarily opening the gates. Rome, yes.. Constantinople, no.

            The Ottoman Turks had about 80,000 guys, including Janissaries and Serb cavalry, plus Christian troops. That Hungarian dude who made the siege cannon first tried to sell his services to Constantine, and when they couldn’t come up with the coin, sold his services to the Turks. The biggest gun had to be dragged by something like 50 or 60 oxen and crewed by about 400 or so guys. Took a couple hours to reload…

            The final assault was awful. After whoever it was that was leading the ground forces for the good guys got killed, the defense collapsed. The Venetians ran for their ships. Guys were committing suicide by chucking themselves off the walls instead of surrendering.

            The Turks broke through, and Constantine himself died in the streets next to his troops while leading one last charge against the Ottomans.. The Turks were so pi$$ed off at losing so many guys in the siege, fanned out and slaughtered people wholesale. Those they didn’t kill, they raped and/or took as slaves…

            By my count, Constantinople was sieged no less than 20 times. But eventually, it fell.

            Which is my whole point.

        • DonReynolds

          You are well informed.
          Regular folks are the ones who need protecting, but I am not completely certain they are deserving of what it takes.

          But you are completely correct, as you know, defense ultimately fails….even Edinburg castle fell to the English after five years, and they slaughtered those who surrendered. (Rule #3….anyone who suggests surrender in a defense gets tossed over the wall, no exceptions. There are no non-combatants in a defense.)

          Regular folks just need to stay out of the way and keep their mouth shut. If they are lucky, they can avoid being drafted by one side or the other.

          • Malgus

            Heh… Your Rule No. 3 is different from my Rule No. 3… but it’s no less true.

            I’m not entirely sure there will be “regular folks” in such a situation. Folks will have to tribe up – one side or the other – because there’s safety, and survival, in numbers. That “Lone Strong Man vs The World” bilge makes for a halfway decent movie or book, but in real life, it will get you killed. If you can’t pull a trigger or make devious things, then you’ll have to contribute in some meaningful way.

            If things get desperate enough, drafting will happen whether folks like it or not. Anyone capable of bearing arms gets a short block of instruction and pointed in the right direction… if they’re lucky, they’ll have a seasoned vet with them…

            By the way, my personal rules… not done yet, but the first 3 are:

            1. The Government Always Lies.
            2. Never Trust the Government.
            3. When in doubt, see Rule 1.

            There’s more… someday I will have to organize them and write them down… 🙂

          • DonReynolds

            You are a good man and we will always need good men, so we can have good women. Otherwise, we will have neither.

            Good rules and you are entirely correct. There is no John Wayne and like it or not, both sides will need as many warm bodies as they can find. There are no difficult choices when there are no choices.

            Lee said…..”We are prepared for the empty place at the table but we are not prepared to lose them all.”

  • An ounce of Depo-Provera is worth a pound of cure.

  • DaveMed

    This isn’t a question of eugenics. He’s talking about temporary measures that are just plain old common sense.

    Cain’t be havin’ none o’ that!

    • Jack Burton

      If you can’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of yourself + children. That’s common sense.

      • anony

        What’s common sense got to do with it? Nothing. It’s all about maintaining the narrative.

  • Jack Burton

    Sterilization does sound cruel and permanent, not that it wouldn’t be a positive for most of the recipients, but not all. Norplant is reasonable, non-invasive, cheap, effective and non-permanent, and welcomed by the vast majority of the recipients, it should be implemented.

    • White Mom in WDC

      Black women are such a pain in the arce. It is alright for them to drop kids with no forethought, but heaven forbid white women procreate without a thought- really that is what Whites need to do. Get busy making white babies. Why the hell should anyone’s tax dollars go to support the womb turds of the Sharondas.

  • Shadow

    What is controversial about what he said?

    • anony

      It conflicts with the narrative.

    • TruthBeTold

      He spoke what must not be spoken.

  • Zolicon

    Well if that is what it takes to make those Republicans quit well You now know what to do SO DO IT.

  • A Freespeechzone

    So, to get this right, objecting to irresponsible women on the public door who have no problem with ongoing breeding at taxpayers expense is wrong?

    Why is it that the chronic welfare takers in life tend to have more rights than those who continually get stuck with the bill?

    RINOs and liberals never give a damned about Americans who continually saddled with the bill–and not even a thanks.

  • Shadow


    For those of you here who are Christians,and you’re concerned that sterilization is somehow “cruel” and “unethical”,how many of you realize that Jesus Christ Himself condoned the practice of castration (I.e.,turning men into eunuchs),which is,obviously,a form of sterilization?

    From Matthew 19:12–“For there are eunuchs who were born that way from their mother’s womb;and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men;and there are also eunuchs who made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven.He who is able to accept this,let him accept it.”

    Sounds rather open-ended,doesn’t it?

    If Christ Himself can endorse a particular form of surgical sterilization,then how can anyone possibly become outraged by Mr.Pearce’s own truly innocuous comments?

    And,by the way,just how many biological children did Jesus Himself have,anyway?

    He had ZERO.

    • I think there’s an even simpler argument.

      It’s either sterilization slash Depo-Provera slash Norplant slash non-abortifacient contraception, or aborticide itself.

      An easy moral choice.

    • Alexandra1973

      Not all sterilization entails castration, but castration always makes the guy sterile.

      Castration just makes it so you don’t have any kind of drive.

      Jesus had no children because His sole purpose was to come here and be a sacrifice for our sins, so having a family wasn’t exactly on the itinerary.

      • Shadow

        You’re right,of course.My comment was primarily directed towards a particular kind of overzealous Christian (the Rick Santorum types come to mind),who believes it is a “grievous sin” to even suggest the idea of limiting the number of children a woman gives birth to.

        I readily admit my attempt to use the fact Jesus didn’t have any biological children Himself was both cynical and excessive,so I edited out the last two sentences of the comment you responded to.Thank you for your honest and much-needed critique.

  • White Mom in WDC

    If it is about sterilizing White Women or asking them to go on birth control, hey, that’s okay, but don’t dare comment about the fruits of the black and Latina wombs.

    • Shadow

      “…fruits of the black and Latina wombs.”

      Fruits of the black womb = completely rotten.

      Fruits of the Latina womb = mostly rotten.

    • Samuel Hathaway

      Note all birth control pill commercials. All very attractive, young white women who appear to be in their late 20s/early 30s. White women are being pitted against each other over birth control and promoting a bias against motherhood. Women who willingly flaunt promoting birth control for their own race are traitors, evil, and are not even as respectable as Hispanic women who seem to genuinely care more about the role of motherhood than these white women traitors.

  • Luca

    What he said makes perfect common sense. No wonder he has been vilified.

  • Ronald

    So can we take it that common sense solutions to long neglected problems are no longer politically correct?

    • DonReynolds

      Jerry Rivers (Geraldo Rivera) was on FoxNews tonight arguing in favor of FREE pot for welfare recipients… public expense.
      This country is sick and twisted with politically correct demands.
      This won’t last long.

      • mobilebay

        He was also on Fox and Friends Friday morning and when Steve Doocy said “illegal aliens,” Geraldo said “I prefer the term “undocumented.” Steve should have said, “Since you’re on our program we’ll go with ‘Illegal.’ You can use the PC term on your own show.” Instead, Doocy caved. Too bad. Geraldo is a real open borders fanatic.

        • DonReynolds

          Yes, ….. they missed another “teaching moment”.
          When Jerry Rivers said “I prefer the term ‘undocumented'”, Steve should have said……
          FINE….. you can use whatever term you prefer…..and so will we…. (and we know them by the same term used in US law, which is “illegal aliens”).

  • LHathaway

    When I lived in Cincinnati, Ohio around the year 2000 I knew a 15 year old girl who had Norplant sticks buried in her arm. It was designed to last 5 years. Maybe it took 5 sticks. I’d assumed it was the product of planned parenthood or her liberal school system. I kind of objected to it because of body mutilation.

    How many other girls have gotten Norplant and who recommends it to them?

    As in this case, the definition of bigotry seems to change every day, making more and more of us bigots. Nazi-like, perhaps. Maybe it can work forever, but maybe the day is coming when whites will vote for out and out Nazi’s as an unintended side affect of their continuing efforts to paint whites into a smaller and smaller corner. One day, we may nearly all be there. In some white countries, no one but no one but no one is saying anything about immigration, except perhaps 1 party. I don’t feel I’m a Nazi in any way, but I’m not sure I would be sad if Nazi’s get 80 or 90% of the white votes. That is to say, take power in this, or another white country. It would be a kind of revenge. They want to stick it to us, and they show us time after time. That would be a way to stick it to them. In the UK the left openly bragged about importing more people of color in order to rub it in the rights face (they’ve even been accused of doing so in order to get more votes).

    They revel in their political correctness and their power now. . . It might not last forever. It would almost seem like a conservative backlash IS what the powers-that-be want. The way things are going, there’s a chance they will get it. It almost seems a mathematical formula, accept the far-right, and all the crazy things they stand for, or die. There’s a very good chance it will come to that.

    • DonReynolds

      A reasonable question……Who are the real racist bigots in this case?

      The ones who want young black girls to have several abortions and/or needy children before they ever manage to get married?

      Or the ones who want her to have any chance at all of rising above the lowest rung in the social ladder by keeping her on a method of birth control that would actually be effective for five years at a time, so she can finish school and get a decent job?

  • Chris R

    In a rational world Mr. Pierce’s idea would make perfect sense.

    • superlloyd

      William Shockley proposed this over 40 years ago to prevent the dysgenic effect of low IQ blacks overbreeding. He was roundly pilloried by the usual, useful idiots for being correct. Fast forward to today and we see the effects of incentivising the undertow to overbreed in every black ghetto in the US, not to mention the huge 17 trillion budget deficit cost that finances this and other liberal lunacy.

  • DonReynolds

    It seems no one remembers when the health department was routinely providing FREE Norplant contraceptive implants for any medicaid recipient who would have one. Social workers used to make a big effort to get Norplants (especially) for female minors (especially minorities). This is neither a new idea or an offensive idea. It was at one time the normal practice in the states. I remember it well… wife at the time was one of the social workers.

  • Alexandra1973

    I have Medicaid (so does my son) but I see no need for birth control. I’m waiting for my husband to get with the program and reconcile. I’m certainly not on the market, so to speak.

    I guess you could say I’m practicing abstinence….LOL

    Besides, I’m in my 40s.

    • DonReynolds

      Abstinence is probably the most effective form of birth control and has fewer health side-effects than the pills. (I always thought the best form of birth control was children.)
      But being in your 40s does not help you. I know a woman who got pregnant four times in four years……when she was 41, 42, 43, and 44. So unless you have had surgery, you are probably not immune yet.

      • Ella

        Only 6-35% of women are fertile and can carry to live birth. My grandparents had no problems having kids up to 45 naturally. The elderly lady across the street had a healthy birth at 48 w/o ART.

  • Yancy Derringer

    A single mother of one child has a shot at making something of herself if she cared to – day care options remain fairly affordable for one child. Three, four, five, six, seven? Forget it. Each one means a raise from Uncle Sam. Have enough of them, she gets a free house. Raising kids is hard work, so she doesn’t, and her kids are those 10-year-olds out on the streets at 2am, learning from others like themselves how to guarantee they’ll be as much of a burden on the rest of us as their mothers are.

  • propagandaoftruth

    Wow. I’d forgotten about that. The great grand old party, last bastion of dignity and sacred family values…

    And the best veep they could come up with is some hot psycho dingbat with a knocked up daughter. The damage control – he’s moving into the basement and gonna be involved in the baby’s life – reality show hilarious.

    This is as good as it gets. Please let us not expect them to find one person who represents something akin to quiet dignity and has a better than normal family. Maybe even exemplary?

    An exemplary family suggests an exemplary individual. So yesterday to expect, I guess.

  • Paleoconn

    Felons should be sterilized. A baby momma should be sterilized at two kids.

  • Douglas Quaid

    If we are going to be socialist/communist then it makes perfect sense for the state to regulate breeding. I reject all forms of collectivism though, calling for sterilization is simply adding another layer of socialism to an inherently dysfunctional socialist system.

  • IA_Adam

    How choked with useless morons demanding free stuff and never giving back, because they’re too stupid or low brow, to give back do we plan to have in this world before we say enough is enough?… People need to earn the right to breed; so the human race will evolve in a upward way instead of what we’re doing now, which is devolving into an idiocracy.

  • none of your business

    The implants sometimes don’t work, especially if installed by some affirmative action medic.
    Better tubal ligations, cut, not tied because they can always be untied in a free clinic.

  • swg2014b

    Hold on. Sarah Palin described her daughter on TV as a proud Eskimo woman.

  • none of your business

    Sometimes when accused of racism my answer is; if the truth offends you, too bad. That is when I am feeling ladylike and polite.

    • TXCriollo

      I usually say when did i say my race was superior to all other races. That sends libs up a wall