Saturday, September 1, 2012

An Election Recap: Lies, Lies and More Lies

It seemed a little apropos that an article called "Eight Words That Most Liars Use" was posted on Yahoo today.

Keep a few of these words in the back of your mind.

"Never" The big thing to look out for is when he says "never" when "no" will do. It's a sign he's overcompensating.

"That"  Like never, it depends on how he uses it. If he puts "that" in front of a noun, like "that woman" or "that money," it's a subconscious attempt for him to distance himself from the word. This is a common trick of manipulators.  (Bill Clinton used this when he said, "that woman...Monica Lewinsky")

"By the way…" Liars use phrases like this to try to minimize what they say next-but usually it's what's most important to the story. Pay extra attention to what he says afterward.

"But" Liars usually try to downplay what they say with this word, so pay attention when he says something like, "I know this is going to sound strange, but…" or "I know you think I'm lying, but…"

Remember when those who pushed for the recall of Russell Pearce admitted that they focused their efforts on Mormon Republicans?

'The strategy that we’re using is we believe that in order to have a fully effective recall Russell Pearce effort, the change is going to have to come from within,' Blasé said. 'And that’s from within the Mormon community in Mesa...Key to that is having Mormons convince other members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.' 

Once the recall election was over, Jerry Lewis' campaign manager openly admitted their strategy.
As the final results of the Nov. 8 recall election became clear, Tyler Montague, an integral campaign insider for Lewis, revealed how vital early support was among members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“Yes. I can finally say it. From the beginning, we went to stake presidents and bishops
to get their support,” Montague said of high-ranking Mormon members.
“I heard someone call it the ‘Mormon Fall,’ and I think that totally fits,” he said,
comparing the recall election to the mass protests in North Africa
and the Middle East known as the “Arab Spring.”

Their approach: Offer a simple choice to the most influential Mormons in Mesa.

We said, ‘Here’s what the Mormon Church says about immigration, and here’s what Russell Pearce says about it. Where do you come down?’” Montague said.

Fast forward to the primary election last week.  Bob Worsley's campaign manager, Ryan Anderson, admitted :

Anderson attributes part of the trend to the politically active, close-knit Mormon community in Mesa. Once a candidate has been chosen by community leaders, Anderson said, that decision ripples through the church and social networks.

Bob Worsley spoke at the Red Mountain TEA Party on the eve of the primary election.  One of the questions he was asked was whether he had ever met the leftist agitator, Randy Parraz.

Worsley, with rehearsed confidence, looked the moderator in the eyes and said,

"I have NEVER met Randy Parraz.....I don't associate with those radicals. 
I'm a Conservative."

The follow-up question should have been, "Has anyone from your CAMPAIGN ever met or spoken with Randy Parraz?" 

We know that the Lewis camp was involved with Parraz.

(Parraz seen with Mike Wright who donated $200 to Worsley's campaign and donated to Jerry Lewis.  He was also in strategy meetings with Parraz during the recall effort.)

Lewis:  "First, let me thank the Wright family for their generous support and for allowing us to host this event here."

(Anson Clarkson was Jerry Lewis' campaign manager. 
His mom can be seen in the video above at Parraz's headquarters)

Another question posed to Worsley at the TEA Party meeting was about his ad which painted Russell Pearce as a "One Note" candidate.  Worsley was asked that given Pearce's REAL record on a variety of issues, did he stand by the accusation.  Worsley responded,
I did not say Russell Pearce is a 'one note candidate'.  The commercial is literally a person playing the piano with an overabundance of focus on immigration....I know that Russell Pearce's campaign has said that I was insinuating that, but I do believe that we have spent too much time focusing at the state level on enforcement only when that is NOT a solution that will work.

It seemed odd that Worsley was so quick to focus on the words "one note" from the ad and deny that he ever implied that Pearce was a "one note candidate", especially when his own campaign site on Youtube shows the ad's title as  "One Note/ Bob Worsley: strong on all the issues."  He even Tweeted:

Bob Worsley@bob_worsley
New campaign commercial. Is Mesa ready to move on from "One Note" politics?

We know who gave Worsley's campaign the idea for his ad.

Randy Parraz.

May 18, 2012
" 'It seems they haven't heard the political message', said Randy Parraz, an organizer of a recall effort that led to Pearce's ouster from the Legislature in November, adding that rank-and-file Arizonans are more concerned about jobs and education than illegal immigration.
'They are still playing that one note.' "

Worsley's ad was posted two months later in July.

We know that if anyone was a "one note candidate" it was actually Bob Worsley since immigration is the one issue that he seemed to have a problem with when it came to Russell Pearce.  Even on election night, Worsley still wanted to drive that point home.

....and frankly, it will be easier to solve immigration based on a lot of things he has done because we can now see that a state enforcement only law like SB1070, does NOT work. 

Randy Parraz's strategy was to shift his focus of attacking Pearce over SB1070 which still enjoys a 65% approval rating and instead, pretend that he cared about other issues like education and healthcare. 

At the TEA Party meeting, Worsley went through a list of things that Pearce did that was good for the state, but then admitted that his only reason for challenging him was because he felt that Russell Pearce had been in the legislature too long and we needed a "fresh voice".  (Where have we heard THAT phrase before?) 

Again, it was an attempt to deflect from the real reason why Worsley chose to run.  We know this because if Worsley truly had an issue with the 11 years that Pearce was in the legislature, why is it he didn't have a problem with Stan Turley's 22 years?  Or Jon Kyl's 25 years?  Or John McCain's 29 years and counting?  Or Jeff Flake's 12 years and who is on track to follow the same path as his predecessors should he be elected to the Senate?  After all, Worsley had no problem accepting their endorsements. 

The biggest lie of all?

One of Worsley's campaign mailers stated, "Arizona needs a Conservative."

- Bob Worsley, a deeply Conservative fellow Mormon

- Bob Worsley, a solid Conservative

- Bob Worsley is a solid Conservative (endorsement from Jon Kyl)

It wasn't until AFTER the election that we saw the truth from the media and Worsley's own campaign that he was no Conservative, but rather, a "centrist" or "moderate."

- Worlsey was recruited by more moderate Republicans...Worsley campaigned as a more moderate Republican

- Both Mr. Crandall and Mr. Worsley are seen as moderate conservatives

- Primary Puts Arizona Senate On A More Centrist Path
The Arizona Legislature appears to be continuing its shift away from the "tea party"
Senate that took office following the 2010 election

" America will never be destroyed from outside.
If we falter and lose our freedoms,
it will be because we destroyed ourselves."
Abraham Lincoln