Political novice Bob Worsley ended the career of a conservative legislative legend in Tuesday’s Republican primary election, and said “It’s time for the vitriol to end.”
But Worsley hasn’t seen vitriol yet. He hasn’t faced any angry Democrats pushing extremist agendas yet.
Worsley upset former Senator Russell Pearce in the GOP race for an Arizona Senate seat in Mesa (Legislative District 25). Pearce has been a state leader in protecting life, marriage, and the family, and he’s led the fight to protect our border from drug smugglers, he’s strongly opposed out-of-control spending, eminent domain abuse by the City of Mesa, and radical left-wing politics. But Pearce’s political career is most likely over.
Worsley is a multi-millionaire who will be elected to the Arizona Senate in November with little opposition. He’s bought into left-wing distortions about Pearce, a true patriot who is as reasoned and thoughtful as one can be. There is not a vindictive bone in Pearce’s body.
Last year, Obama supporters forced a recall vote to get Pearce out of the legislature and out of the way of their open borders/amnesty agenda. Since then, the damage done by two years of extremely bitter and negative advertising against Pearce split the Mormon Church and severely eroded the long-time support Pearce had enjoyed.
Recruited by moderate Republicans and some of the same Obama open-borders people to run against Pearce, Worsley won nearly 56 percent of the vote. When the decision was settled, he told Channel 3 TV “It’s time for the vitriol to end.” He needs to tell that to the Democrats. And he needs to fight the leftists hard, starting in January.
No, Bob Worsley hasn’t seen vitriol. But Russell Pearce has faced it daily for the last two years.
A couple statements in today’s East Valley Tribune report demand a response:
Worsley said even if people don’t like it, they need to acknowledge that Arizona must have a relationship with the federal government to improve immigration policies and enforcement without a state-focused enforcement-only approach.
Worsley touted his work on social issues. He’s campaigned against same-sex marriage, and had supported a group that fought abortion and sex before marriage.
The statement about the federal government and the border invasion displays Worsley’s naivete. The reason legislative conservatives, with the governor’s support, have worked so hard to discourage illegal entry into the country is because the government has refused to enforce immigration laws. Republican and Democrat administrations have openly advocated for amnesty, and the impact on Arizona has been adverse, to say the least.
If Obama is re-elected, and if Worsley expects cooperation between the state and the administration, he is seriously out of touch with the political realities of Washington, D.C, and Arizona.
As a former board member with United Families International, Worsley was soft on marriage as the union of one man and one woman. He questioned UFI’s work to inform citizens on the truth about abortion, cohabitation, abstinence education, sexual orientation, and other critical issues, and instead encouraged publications on thrift.