Or, “Don’t Go Away Angry, Just Go Away.”
Former AZ state senator Russell Pearce, notorious for writing the anti-immigrant bill SB 1070, was forced to cancel a Flag Day fundraiser after three sites turned him down:
The fundraising event was originally planned to be held at Macayo’s restaurant in Phoenix, but the plan was scuttled by activist Dee Dee Garcia Blase of Arizona’s Tequila Party, a conservative Latino group formed in reaction to the deportation-happy Tea Party. Garcia Blase organized a protest to be held outside the restaurant during the event and contacted Macayo’s corporate offices, which led the restaurant to cancel the event on Thursday morning.
By midday Thursday, Pearce’s campaign had emailed supporters announcing a second location, Oaxaca Restorante Y Cantina in downtown Phoenix. However, when Garcia Blase contacted Oaxaca’s management, the event was canceled within hours.
Oaxaca manager Joseph Aguayo told the Capital Times that Pearce’s campaign had booked the event under a false name. When Garcia Blase told him who the event was for, Aguayo barred the group from the restaurant. “We don’t need that,” he said, “We want to keep the support of our Latino community.”
Finally, Pearce attempted to gain access to the library of Phoenix’s Central High School, a request that was denied 30 minutes before Pearce’s guests and supporters were due to arrive. Phoenix Union High School District Superintendent Kent Scribner said that the event, with the added concerns of protesters and security, posed a logistical nightmare for school officials.
Needless to say, Field Marshal Pearce was less than pleased:
Late Thursday, Pearce issued an angrily worded statement decrying the situation and those people “who would like to stifle my candidacy.”
“Make no mistake,” he wrote, “I am undeterred by a few individuals who are motivated by hatred in lieu of discussing the issues.”
My guess is it’s going to be a long summer.