The cry of “Fire
Pearce” reaches the office of Maricopa County Treasurer Charles Hoskins, who’s
hired the ex State Senator.  It stems
from remarks Russell Pearce made on his radio show suggesting it’s O.K. to
sterilize women who apply for Medicaid.
 
Pearce soon resigned from his job as Vice
Chair of the State Republican party.  
Fred Barlam with Citizens for a Better Arizona, among more than a dozen
protesters assailing  Pearce for his
comments in relation to his job with the Treasurer’s Office.

“The
Republican party just said they didn’t want him because of his ridiculous
statements”, says Barlam.  “Why are we
putting a man like that over one of the areas he’ll be supervising, a program
to support elderly poor?”

Outgoing Senator
Steve Gallardo, who’s running for Maricopa County Supervisor, says if he wins,
he plans to make it a priority to get Pearce ousted from his $85,000 a year
job.  Says Gallardo, “He has proven once
again he’s unfit to serve in this capacity” because of “his disgusting
comments.”

The
protesters wanted to tell Treasurer Hoskins in person to fire Pearce, but a
clerk told them he was not there. State Party officials also have not commented on the resignation.

Pearce
was recalled as State Senator in 2011 and lost a run for a Senate seat in a new
district in the 2012 election.

–Barbara
Villa

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