As whacked out as the conservative movement has been as of late, they usually are careful about aligning themselves with those who play with neo-Nazis.
Looks like this isn’t the case with conservative legal group Judicial Watch who in the past have had a pretty good reputation for judicial activism and even have gone after their own side for the sake of honesty.
They sold out to the big money funders of the anti-immigration movement and now they are standing in legal support of the author of the AZ “papers please” law Russell Pearce, who also happens to be bosom buddies with known AZ neo-Nazi J.T. Ready.
About Pearce and his Nazi connections from the Phoenix New Times
One thing that toupee will not hide is Pearce’s bigotry towards Mexicans and his unsavory connections to outright neo-fascists, such as Mesa’s J.T. Ready, who recently took part in a neo-Nazi demonstration in downtown Omaha, Nebraska. After the demo, members of the swastika-wearing National Socialist Movement and fellow travelers retired to a local farm where they lit giant swastikas afire, listened to hate-core music, slam-danced, and barbecued a Mexican and an Israeli flag. Ready also keeps a page on the NSM’s NewSaxon.org, a racist MySpace, “for Whites, by Whites.” And he’s attended the local neo-Nazi National Vanguard’s Winterfest event. Reportedly in his Scottish kilt. Ooh-la-la.
Ready’s a supporter of Pearce, and at a June anti-immigration rally at the State Capitol, the prejudiced pair spent almost all of their time with each other. They even appeared smiling and arm-in-arm in photos. In any other state, such damning pics would signal the end of a politician’s career. Here in AZ, they’re shrugged at by those in the nativist movement. That’s because so many nativists see nothing wrong with neo-Nazis or their beliefs, beliefs which dovetail with their own.
But in 2006, when Pearce was caught forwarding an anti-Semitic e-mail to his supporters — an e-mail from the neo-Nazi National Alliance, even Republicans bagged on him. None other than ultra-right Congressman J.D. Hayworth withdrew his support for Pearce’s reelection to the State House. Hayworth lost to Democrat Harry Mitchell, and Pearce was reelected, despite the e-mail eff-up and despite his previous endorsement of the Eisenhower administration’s “Operation Wetback,” a 1954 INS deportation program. The voters in Pearce’s State House district apparently had no problem with his views.
Does this phase the Washington DC based conservative group?
by Associated Press (July 14th, 2010 @ 4:59pm) 5
PHOENIX – The lawmaker who wrote Arizona’s new immigration law wants to have a say in a legal challenge to the law.
State Sen. Russell Pearce and other supporters of the law asked U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton on Wednesday for permission to file a “friend of the court” brief in a lawsuit by civil rights groups that are seeking to overturn the law.
Pearce was joined in the request by the union representing 17,000 Border Patrol agents and 18 congressmen from states such as California, Colorado, Indiana, Wyoming, Texas and North Carolina.
The watchdog group Judicial Watch also says it planned to make a filing on Pearce’s behalf to become part of a lawsuit that the U.S. Department of Justice filed in a bid to invalidate the law.