The following written statement provided by the Associated Presswas distributed late Wednesday to some Arizona media outlets by arepresentative of former Arizona Sen. Russell Pearce. Our prayers and thoughts are with the surviving family members andfriends of the victims of today's horrific and evil act. There areno words to adequately express the sadness we share, as acommunity, with those affected. |
I spent much of my day resisting efforts by those in the media toget me to make a statement. Today's events have nothing to do withme and no connection to me. Yet TV news crews started coming to myhome seeking comments and my telephone rang nonstop with calls fromthose who were desperate to score the ugliest of political pointsoff of this tragedy. Now my name is being mentioned in coverage andI have no choice but to respond.
Regarding whether I knew JT Ready, I did, as did many of us whohave been involved in Mesa politics for a long time. When we firstmet JT he was fresh out of the Marine Corp and seemed like a decentperson. He worked as a telephone fundraiser for Christian andpro-life groups, he dated the daughter of one of our District 18members, and his attitudes and spoken opinions were good anddecent. At some point in time darkness took his life over, hisheart changed, and he began to associate with the more despicablegroups in society. They were intolerant and hateful and like somany who knew him from before, I was upset and disappointed at thechoices he was making.
I worked with others to have him removedfrom his local position within our Republican Party because therehas never been and will never be any room in our Party or our livesfor those preaching hatred. He was angry with me and stayed angrywith me, and it has been several years since I have had reason tospeak with JT. In the past several years the local media has worked hard to try totie me to the JT Ready that preached hate, and that is nothing morethan a lie. When I learned the truth about him, I made it clear how wrong Ithought it was and I worked to remove him from our Party. Yet thelie is told and retold over and over again.
It is the ugliest formof politics. The most radical groups I have ever belonged to arethe Boy Scouts of America and the Fraternal Order of Police, and inmy 65 years in Mesa, as a law enforcement deputy, as a judge and asthe head of state agencies, I have never been accused ofmistreating anyone or of unfair conduct toward anyone I haveassociated with, hired or supervised. Finally, while I am frequently critical of the job the mainstreammedia does in pursuing a political agenda instead of the truth,today's behavior is the most reprehensible that I have everwitnessed. On the very day that these unspeakable crimes takeplace, editors and producers all over town are making a concertedeffort to make the story about a politician whose conservativepolitics they disagree with.
Today, the Devil won and claimed the soul of one young man and thelives of others, including the most innocent of all, a child. Ourthoughts and prayers are with the four beautiful souls that are nowin God's hands. We pray that He accepts them into his kingdom andthat He grants comfort and solace to the friends and survivingfamily.
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