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How I would love, absolutely love, to spend 30-40 minutes each morning reading a newspaper. An actual hard copy of the news in my hands, with the ads, scores, editorials, etc. But I can't. I just can't. I just can't bring myself to exchange money for what passes for a newspaper. As sad as it is, the daily paper here will die eventually. And what you've described is one of the main contributors to the drop. Thanks for saying it.

Oh wonderful, another biased article (media) about media bias.

Brilliant. Anyone that would ever read this already is aware of the prevalent 'liberal media bias.'

I don't disagree that the story should get attention, but is Jerry even a defendant in the case?

The irony of media with an agenda calling out other media for also having an agenda is lost on you, Greg?

I have to run... another story about Sarah Palin just came across my rss feed.

All the media cares about is ratings, and you all cater to your 'fan base,' just like you are doing here Greg.

Greg, thanks for doing the job the media won't, yet again...

And Poosee, clearly the media DO care about ratings, but just as clearly their liberal bias often plays a large role too.

Ratings aren't EVERYTHING for the media, let's remember these J-School people went into the business to "change the world"...That's why they are ignoring the story.

Poosee: Greg freely admits to his biases and his agenda. Most bloggers do. The Republic doesn't; in fact, it claims to be free from bias and agenda, apart from "comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable." That's the difference between bloggers and newspapers, between Greg and the Republic...and it's a BIG one.

"poosee" is an example of what's wrong with the left. They are completely morally bankrupt and hypocritical to their core. Their only objective is to take control of our lives via government. They don't care who they destroy; they certainly don't care about the truth. They are willing to make pacts with the devil to get their way. Lewis is a true "sham" candidate. He's a patsy being propped up by the open borders crowd, the local and national left, the media, the Democrat Party, and soft-headed moderate Republicans. And if what Greg reports is true, his backers certainly didn't do their due diligence. They were in such a hurry to get a "name" to run against Pearce (honestly, does anyone beleive that if his name was Jerry Davis he would be running?), it appears they may have outsmarted themselves. (I love when that happens.)
Are those who "recruited" Olivia Cortes to run culpable? Yes, but closer to the truth they are bunglers. Both sides have been doing some form of this for many decades; usually with much more finesse All of sudden the naive press just discoverd this? Give me a break.

Poosee, if you actually took the time to read the lawsuit, you would see that Jerry Lewis specifically is the one being accused. He was the "principal" at the Children First Academy.

"I truly feel that it has to do with Jerry wanting full control without anyone to check what he's doing. These people have no integrity or ethics."

yeah, you're right RonJ only liberals are hypocrites. sheesh.

y'all act like The Republic is one person. I'm sure they employ journalists from a full spectrum of ideologies. How do you feel about Fox New's claims of 'fair and balanced' journalism?

@four4me,

can you help show me where Lewis is the actual Defendant in the lawsuit?

Greg, this is crushing, just a devastating blow.

Basically your saying that those regular Horizons' coffee klatch's are more Wallace 'N Laddymo than 60 minutes?

You are undoubtably the gold standard for political blogging locally, but I have just one tiny request.

Can't you find some way to deliver the hard cold truth a bit more gently?

In any event;

Now that Chris 'Big Bossypants Man' has given his definative neyt following the big tease at the Reagan 'brary, I guess I'll have to get a new quixotic conservaitive mission....

...like convincing the Wall Street Journal to set up a Desk in the valley to cover the southwest...so actual journalism can break out.

[and they can test Expresso's theory about making money in the newspaper biz - after all everyone told Murdoch the same thing about cable twenty some years ago]

@RonJ,

Thanks for the paranoid non sequitur laden rant buddy. By your logic, ALL politicians are 'shams.'

Glenn Beck values your patronage.

Thanks, poosee. We love having you on the left. It makes for a fun day. You fit nicely into one of T.S. Eliot's great quotes: "Mankind cannot bear much reality." Your refusal to admit the bias of the Republic and much of the mainstream media and their efforts to drag us into socialism; and your visceral hatred for Russell Pearce, speaks volumes about you, non sequiturs notwithstanding.

I was a teacher at the school when this happened, and I can confirm the facts as were written. Jerry Lewis made himself principal of the school (even though he did not have the training or state certificate to be one) while he was also the assistant superintendent. The morale and academics plummeted under him. All the years the Tempe school was Thomas J. Pappas we always earned a Performing label from the state, but when Jerry took over it became an Underperforming school... even though his focus was on teaching to the test.

The assistant principal (who was the principal for many years until Jerry decided he wanted to be principal) spent the whole summer organizing and working at a Stuff-the-Bus back to school drive at the Chandler Fashion Square, and as soon as it was over they terminated her. Crazy thing is that through her contacts she brought in more funds for the school than what they paid her. Jerry did not like her constantly catching him spending donated funds incorrectly.

One of the teachers who Jerry hired from his church decided to have a garage sale to raise money for a personal matter. She asked Jerry, and he instructed the woman in charge of donations to allow this teacher to take whatever she wanted. Later she posted on her Facebook page that she made over $1000 at the sale. When I asked Jerry about this later he said that it was the woman in charge of donations who authorized it, but everyone knows she wouldn't do so because we had never done so before. She also did not have the authority to allow teachers or staff to take donations. Jerry also told me that he had this teacher return the items, but the truth is she returned whatever did not sell. Jerry also said that allowing teachers and staff to take home items for their personal use was done long before he or Sequoia took over the Pappas schools. This is false, and nobody has ever at any of the Pappas schools taken donated items home to sell for their personal use. There have been a few occasions where a teacher needed help feeding her family between paychecks, and she was allowed to take a food box home.

I was back east at an educational conference when this happened. I heard about it and sent an email to the superintendent of Sequoia concerning this and other issues related to Jerry Lewis. When I returned I found out that the superintendent sent my email to Jerry and told him that he wanted me terminated. I had a meeting with Jerry, and a few days later I resigned in disgust.

In the two years I worked while Jerry was principal I saw favoritism, heavy-handed tactics, and a decline in academics. The behavior of Jerry is far worse than Dr. Dowling was accused of.

Aw, c'mon, Azeducator, none of that could be true. The Republic hasn't reported it and Lewis's supporters don't beleive it so it couldn't have happened. Besides, Jerry Lewis is gonna win and save the state of Arizona from all the evil that Russell Pearce has perpetrated on the world. You know; things like SB1070. . . oh, wait, more than 70% of Arizonans like SB1070. Never mind.

@RonJ,

i don't hate Russell Pearce. i just think he is too politically 'polarizing,' at this point, to effectively represent his constituents. and I'm one of those that believe he hurts the image of AZ.

i already acknowledged the main-stream media's liberal bias.

try comprehend.

also, i never said Lewis didn't act inappropriately (possibly criminally) in Diane Frenichio vs. edkey Inc. et al

maybe he did, i guess we'll have to wait for a ruling, huh?

Azeducator, the best thing to do is please call the media people listed above and speak on the record to them about Jerry. You can reach all the Republic people at 602-444-8000. Alia Rau is covering the race directly for the Republic also.

Dennis Welsh can be reached at 602-368-1765.

Doing more legwork for Pearce?

LOL

Greg, you are transparent, keep backing horrible people, eventually you won't have one of them consciences to worry about....

Let me guess poosee....you don't even live in LD18? Last I checked, the people VOTED for Pearce to represent them in 2010. The majority obviously didn't think he was too "polarizing". Or is it just your own (Democrat or is it Libertarian) opinion?

Also last I checked, 25 States looked to propose legislation to mirror SB1070. 16 have already done so.
http://www.americanindependent.com/162997/many-states-look-to-arizonas-sb-1070-as-a-model-for-new-immigration-legislation


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpocEUhM5no
81% of Arizona voters support SB1070-New Poll reveals over 50% of SB1070 supporters are Democrats.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20010460-503544.html
Poll: Support for Arizona Immigration Law Hits 57 Percent (another 17% think it doesn’t go far enough)


Doesn't look "polarizing" to me.

As I recall, the takeover of Pappas was all based on trumped up charges. Perhaps the independent Pappas School was just too successfu? The whole incident was shameful.

As for the goofy Ms. Poosee, i can name more liberals on Fox, starting with Juan Williams, than she could ever find in the bowels of the "broad spectrum" of the Republic.

Statement from Ron Neil regarding the pending lawsuit:

“Choice Education and Development Corporation and Edkey, Inc., have been named defendants in a lawsuit in which the plaintiff's main arguments are that she was wrongfully terminated. While the case will be debated in the legal realm, where we will assert the merits of what we believe to be a sound position, it appears that a tangent to the case is the plaintiff’s inclusion of Jerry Lewis’s name. At the time the events described in the suit occurred, Jerry Lewis was employed by Choice Education and Development Corporation. Jerry Lewis is NOT a named defendant in the lawsuit. He had nothing to do with her termination and in fact offered some creative options to save her job. It was my sole decision to terminate the plaintiff and eliminate her position due to budgetary issues. The plaintiff’s claims that Jerry Lewis misappropriated donated items are absolutely not true. In the process of collecting donations for the school, we routinely receive a large number of unusable items of little or no value, which are normally discarded or donated to other charitable organizations such as Goodwill, St. Vincent de Paul, etc. In the instance the plaintiff cites in her lawsuit, the items in question were not sold at any yard sale and most were donated to a local thrift store. Contrary to the plaintiff's assertion, not even 1 cent was raised from any yard sale of items donated to our school. We find it disingenuous that someone would try to use this incident to harm Jerry Lewis’s reputation. We feel the need to set the record straight. In our experience, Jerry Lewis displays the highest degree of integrity in carrying out his duties and we have faith and confidence in his character.
Choice Education and Development Corporation is quite concerned that untrue, irresponsible, and vengeful comments directed at Jerry Lewis could harm the wonderful students at our schools. The majority of the students at the school in question are homeless. They depend greatly on the generous donations of food, clothing and school supplies from a number of individuals. It is sad that people who make such irresponsible comments do not think how their words and accusations could harm children who are most in need.”
Ron Neil
Superintendent,
Choice Education & Development Corporation

Lewis IS a liberal plant. Progressive Dem of America, moveon.org operatives signatures are right there as sig gatherers on the petitions to put Lewis on the ballot!

In addition, the woman who brought suit against Olivia Cortes, Mary Lou Boettchner, a "republican" - works for progressive Democrats of America and was in charge of the Pearce recall effort! She now works as a volunteer on the Lewis campaign!

Ron Neil, who is Jerry Lewis's boss, stated that not once cent was made at the teacher's garage sale from items donated to the school... yet the teacher boasted on her Facebook page that she made almost $1000.

That is nice coming from Anason Clarkson campaign manager for Lewis. Why didn't Ron Neil post it himself? Is it because Anason wrote it? What documentation do you have to back up the claim that it didn't happen that way.

I think that this and joy Christian school and the double dipping that went on there, and other mis-steps go to showing a lack moral judgement.

Steve Benson from the Arizona Republic stated on Facebook that Jerry Lewis is the candidate the Democrats put up in the recall.

Steve Benson knows nothing. The bottom line is this ... Pearce and his supports continue to show that they will say and do anything to retain power, even releasing smears as if they are facts, accusing Anson Clarkson of making up a Press Release???? As if! Apparently only Pearce supporters invent press releases and then put peoples names on them (see Cortes, Olivia).

Get a life, folks. You are really desperate. LD18 recalled Pearce. He gets to run for his seat again. Now there's a real choice on the ballot. A candidate with civility, humility and LD18 focus, or a candidate bathed in incivility, dirty tricks, ego and career advancement, and a focus on things other than LD18's betterment. Again, it bears reposting:


For Immediate Release: October 5, 2011
Contact: John Giles

In response, to accusation made by anonymous bloggers and by Sunday Square Off contributor Greg Patterson, the Lewis campaign is releasing a statement by Ron Neil the superintendent named in a lawsuit. Mr. Neil sets the record straight on the false claims being made about Jerry Lewis.

“Choice Education and Development Corporation and Edkey, Inc., have been named defendants in a lawsuit in which the plaintiff's main arguments are that she was wrongfully terminated. While the case will be debated in the legal realm, where we will assert the merits of what we believe to be a sound position, it appears that a tangent to the case is the plaintiff’s inclusion of Jerry Lewis’s name. At the time the events described in the suit occurred, Jerry Lewis was employed by Choice Education and Development Corporation. Jerry Lewis is NOT a named defendant in the lawsuit. He had nothing to do with her termination and in fact offered some creative options to save her job. It was my sole decision to terminate the plaintiff and eliminate her position due to budgetary issues. The plaintiff’s claims that Jerry Lewis misappropriated donated items are absolutely not true. In the process of collecting donations for the school, we routinely receive a large number of unusable items of little or no value, which are normally discarded or donated to other charitable organizations such as Goodwill, St. Vincent de Paul, etc. In the instance the plaintiff cites in her lawsuit, the items in question were not sold at any yard sale and most were donated to a local thrift store. Contrary to the plaintiff's assertion, not even 1 cent was raised from any yard sale of items donated to our school. We find it disingenuous that someone would try to use this incident to harm Jerry Lewis’s reputation. We feel the need to set the record straight. In our experience, Jerry Lewis displays the highest degree of integrity in carrying out his duties and we have faith and confidence in his character.

"Choice Education and Development Corporation is quite concerned that untrue, irresponsible, and vengeful comments directed at Jerry Lewis could harm the wonderful students at our schools. The majority of the students at the school in question are homeless. They depend greatly on the generous donations of food, clothing and school supplies from a number of individuals. It is sad that people who make such irresponsible comments do not think how their words and accusations could harm children who are most in need.”

Ron Neil
Superintendent,
Choice Education & Development Corporation

Me thinks the Lewis supporters doth protest too much.
And we're still waiting to see the Republic and other news outlets report on this lawsuit. Oh, maybe they'll get to it Wednesday, November 9th.
Sorry, Ron Neil, your "press release" doesn't dismiss the case. There's this annoying little matter of the plaintiff having her day in court. Nice try, though.

Mr. Patterson reaches a new low here. He utterly refuses to address the issue of Mr. Pearce's behavior in the Olivia Cortes affair. That behavior is rather unfortunately typical of Russell Pearce: dishonest, arrogant, cowardly, stupid, and racist.

Instead, Patterson takes on the job of hatchet man for the Pearce campaign. "Charter school principal misappropriates funds, fires whistle blower."

Donated items are not funds. Donated items very frequently include useless junk with no cash value. They take up space and create clutter. I find it perfectly reasonable that a school bus full of donated items included junk that was of no use to the school. I volunteer my time with an organization that runs a food bank, a free health clinic, and a clothing bank. You should see some of the things we receive in "donations." Next stop for many of them is the dumpster. Whether it's given to the Salvation Army or the Goodwill or given to someone who wants to try to sell it at a yardsale, or just plain thrown out, it has to be disposed of somehow. Elevated this to a charge of stealing money is total crap.

As usual, Mr. Patterson doesn't bother to check his facts, either. Jerry Lewis did not fire the teacher/assistant principal in question.

The cowardly Mr. Pearce ran to the State Supreme Court for the second time in a month, this time trying to stop the hearing scheduled for tomorrow in the Olivia Cortes affair. Pearce is 0 for 2 with the Supremes at this point. The hearing will take place. And no doubt more embarrassing and disgraceful information will come out.

Calling Mr. Lewis a thief, with the thinnest of thin stories, a disgruntled former employee at its source, will not alter the outcome. Pearce is toast. Good riddance.

Yeah, the Lewis supporters protest too much. We should just sit back and let you have your fake candidate and spin up a fake scandal about Jerry Lewis and not say anything about it. That would be "whining". You have absolutely zero proof of any wrong-doing, and you are perfectly willing to be out there slandering Lewis. None of the money earned at their yard sale came from items from the school. Greg Patterson is a hack. On Sunday Morning Showdown, he tried to act like Olivia Cortes was a real candidate who threatened to peel off Tea Party votes from Pearce. Who can take someone like Patterson seriously when he reveals himself to be such a dishonest hack like that? Let me quote some wonderful reading from the court ruling: "The court finds that Pearce supporters recruited Cortes, a political neophyte, to run in the recall election to siphon Hispanic votes from Lewis to advance Pearce’s recall election bid. The court finds that without the support Cortes has received from Pearce supporters, particularly Western, the chair of the East Valley Tea Party, she would have had no chance of qualifying as a candidate in the recall election or organizing and running any kind of a political campaign." Ah. Now that's a scandal.

Greg, out of curiosity, do you accept any money from the Republican party, in any of its incarnations? Do you accept money from political consultants or politicians? Just curious.

It's easy to post a lawsuit and do no other work. But I will look into it, and will post something when I have all the facts, not just the ones you put out there.

BTW, you were wrong, as usual, about Cortes.

Read 'em and weep:

http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/bastard/2011/10/russell_pearces_sham_candidate_4.php

Speaking of slandering. Tyler, you and your soft-headed moderate Republicans have done nothing but slander Russell Pearce. There is no evidence that he had anything to do with Olivia Cortes. Pearce supporters? No doubt ("The court finds that Pearce supporters recruited Cortes. . ."). And please don't believe that the rest of us are so naive that you and your buddies didn't pick Jerry Lewis for anything other than his name. A Jerry Smith or a Jerry Davis just wouldn't do. So you picked a guy with a well-known name as your patsy. And now you have coupled yourselves with Democrats and the rest of the far left, open borders crowd, who hate anything conservative. I hope you're all happy that we're spending thousands of tax-payer dollars for an unnecessary recall election. What? You couldn't wait till next year's regularly scheduled election? Give us a break with your fake indignation.

Whoops, here's the link I meant to post:

http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/bastard/2011/10/russell_pearces_sham_candidate_5.php

Will be awaiting your answers to those questions, Greg. The New Times pays me. Does anyone "donate" to you? If so, who?

Ron J tells us "there is no evidence that he (Pearce) had anything to do with Olivia Cortes."

Really? Mr. Pearce's nieces collected signatures to put Cortes on the ballot. Their names appear on the nominating petitions that were turned in to the Secretary of State's office.

Can you explain this, Ron? Pearce knew nothing? Nothing?

Does Pearce pay you by the word, by the hour, or are you full time staff?

You believe the accusation of a disgruntled former employee suing her old employer in regards to Mr. Lewis. Do you believe the accusation of a wife filing for divorce who accuses her husband of physical abuse? As in the case of Mr. Pearce.

Explain why you choose to believe one, but not the other. Mr. Lewis is a thief. Mr. Pearce is not a wife beater. By a preponderance of the evidence. What evidence, Ron?

Robert Woodman, Tyler Montague, Jerry Lewis has never been vetted in a primary election as Russell Pearce has. If he had of, in a real election, not a sham election with the likes of Randy Parraz, PDA and other liberal organizations supporting him. Just then maybe he would have a little more credibility in this election.

The script to our "carefully scripted" story just took yet another unscripted twist this afternoon. Barely ten days after taking the witness stand and attempting to assert herself as a legitimate candidate, Olivia Cortes has withdrawn from the race.

The reason is obvious: pull the plug on the hearing scheduled for tomorrow afternoon, in which additional evidence linking Cortes to Pearce was to have been presented. The witness list included the Honorable Lester Pearce, Mr. Pearce's nieces, and the owner of Petition Pro, the company that was paid by some "unknown" person to collect signatures.

The hearing would have been somewhere between grossly embarrassing and totally devastating to the Pearce campaign. Pearce's family members would have been put in a truth or perjury charges situation. Pull the plug and pull it now, Russell bellowed. Pull it now!

I love these carefully scripted stories. If you took the best scriptwriters in Hollywood, sat them down and told them to write a script that would slowly but surely destroy Russell Pearce by revealing him as a lying arrogant racist buffoon, they couldn't have come up with a script this good.

My hunch is it will just keep getting better. With a big happy ending, too. Russell Pearce, collecting 200 bucks a week in unemployment checks. Getting paid to sit at home. Don't worry. He'll be all right.

Robert Woodman: You are just hysterical, as usual. Do you know everything your nieces do? Anyone who has been involved in a campaign knows it's against the law to coordinate with another campaign such as the one we're discussing. Russell Pearce certainly wouldn't be involved, and his true supporters wouldn't tell him if they were. They would keep him out of the loop. It's really not that difficult to understand--if you have any common sense whatsoever.
I don't know if the accusations against Lewis are true--that's why the plaintiff needs to have her day in court. If she is falsely accusing Lewis, then he should countersue her. It's the American way! What a country!
Greg Patterson's point is the local press, in their effort and glee to oust Pearce, are not reporting a serious case involving a candidate for state office. The rest of the pontificating--from all sides--is just political rhetoric.
Thanks for playing. You're always fun.

Pearce's nieces were subpoenaed to testify tomorrow.

It's very obvious why it was absolutely necessary, at all costs, to stop the hearing. Truth or perjury charges.

Truth hurts, doesn't it Ron?

Ah, yes, Robert Woodman: knows all, sees all. If you know everything, why aren't you testifying? I'm certain you have much to add to the discussion.
The judge could still hear the evidence regardless of whether Cortes is on the ballot or not. The alleged actions of Pearce supporters doesn't go away simply because Cortes quit. If there is wrong-doing (i.e. coordination between officials of the two campaigns) then those persons should be held accountable. Sorry, Robert, if that answer doesn't match your know-it-all preconceived notions of all Pearce supporters. Again, thanks for playing.

"The alleged actions of Pearce supporters doesn't go away simply because Cortes quit."

Ron, your grammar sucks. "Actions" is plural. "Does" is used with the singular, not with the plural. Donde aprede usted ingles? Je crois que vos arguments si vous avez utilisé un meilleur anglais.

The basis of the lawsuit brought by a voter in Pearce's district is that Cortes should be removed from the ballot because she was (note the past tense, Ron) a sham candidate placed on the ballot by the Pearce campaign to trick voters and divert votes from Pearce's opponent. Cortes is off the ballot. The basis of the lawsuit is gone. No more hearings.

Perjury charges can and, I believe, will still be filed against Mr. Western, who obviously lied during his testimony. I'm more disappointed than anyone in the world that the hearing is off. It would have been great fun watching Brother Lester, Constantin Querard, and the Pearce nieces squirm on the witness stand. Truth or perjury would have been a blast.

Why does Robert W know everything? Tell me Robert, were you part of the LDS church effort in LD18, during the recall, during the summer, holding the "fireside chats" instructing the church members in LD18 about the Church position on illegal immigration and how Russel Pearce didn't follow lockstep? (Church doesn't want to "insult" it's fastest growing population, Hispanics) I'm disgusted with the LDS interference in this and the silence on perversions within the Church. Shameful.

Feathered Bastard, How much is the recall campaign paying or paid Randy Parraz. I'd like to know. Why isn't this being released?

Robert Woodman,

Try "aprende" or, more probably "aprendió". Again, poor grammar and/or poor spelling do not give your arguments more credibility.

I don't claim to know French but I suspect that you should have used "ayez eu" rather than "avez". And for "believe" (croire) you probably want a conditional (perhaps "croirais") instead of the present indicative. But what do I know? I'm just a knuckle-dragging conservative.

It's clear all these Jerry Lewis supporters are desperately trying to turn the attention away from Jerry and these very serious allegations of wrongdoing and retaliation that remain unaddressed by Jerry.

They seem to be grasping at straws, wanting to talk about ANYTHING but Jerry and his actions...

Uh, gee, Professor Woodman, I are sorry. I'm musta turn meself in to the grammer poleece.

RonJ, stop feeding the trolls.

So, based on a lawsuit, in which one side makes unvarnished accusations, but there is reasonable evidence to suggest the accusations are without merit -- bloggers go with it, MSM does not, because they recognize the damage such an attack would have on an individual. On the other hand, in the Cortes case, someone paid for signs, petition signatures, and a website, in order to effect an election outcome, without any campaign committee or disclosure. Someone is doing time for this. Nice try. The Republic got it right.

Really!? This is all they can come up with? A lawsuit filed by a disgruntled worker?

Oh man, I was questioning Jerry Lewis before because I didn't know much about him... but frankly, if Pearce's people have vetted him and this is all they have? Seems okay with me...

I am voting Lewis all the way...

Why are all of you Lefties not on the Kapitalist protest lines run by SOROS?

You waste time bashing Greg!

A.I.: You're probably right; but it's fun to poke the trolls once in awhile. They make me giggle.

I'm going to jump in here for a bit and not bash either candidate, I know both of them rather well.

Someone pointed out to me a very true point the other day. In most recalls, the vote done by the public is ONLY to vote on whether to keep or can the candidate in question, not replace them immediately. That has always been done on the following election time frame. So yes, this makes me wonder what it is about this that makes it OK for everyone on both sides to break precedence? That question in itself raises a lot of others for me but I hope you think about it again. Why are do we HAVE to vote another candidate in right away when really we should just be voting on if we want to keep the current elected official in or not. Food for thought.

Any doubt that Jerry Lewis is a tool of the extreme left was put to doubt last night when he compared Arizona to Alabama in the 1960's. What a nut job!

I know the discussion has moved on from this, but I feel the need to defend myself. I am the teacher who had the Yard Sale. There were a lot of items donated to our school last summer which could not be stored or used. My sister-in-law, who was hired by Dianne Fernichio, was working at the school at the time. She asked the Donations Coordinator if my husband and I could have the items (that were going to be taken to a thrift store) for a Yard Sale (to help with expenses of our adoption). The Donations Coordinator asked Jerry if that was alright and he said yes. We took boxes of women's clothing and an entertainment center. We were actually lucky to have a lot of things donated to us by our friends and family. So, we took things that we didn't think could sell to a thrift store the night before the Yard Sale. The boxes of clothes that Jerry told me I could have were part of the load that was taken to a thrift store. The entertainment center was returned to the school. That is why the statement that we did not make 1 cent in our Yard Sale from the items donated to my school is accurate. I did not "boast" that I made $1000 at our Yard Sale on facebook. I thanked everyone who helped us with it afterwards and someone asked my how much we made. I commented that we made almost $1,000, which we split with another couple (our friends who also were adopting). I do not know how Azzeducator (Tim) knew that, because I am not friends with him, Dianne, or anyone else involved with this on facebook.

Furthermore, this "scandal" is called backpack gate and has nothing to do with backpacks or any items that were donated through the Stuff the Bus campaign that Dianne helped organize for our school. That just shows that the prevarications of this "scandal" have gone way out of hand.

I am sorry that this has been used in a negative way against Jerry. I respect all of your opinions and your right to your political views. I think that the name calling and meanness has gone to the extreme in this case. I understand that you are frustrated, I am too. Please know that I do not want to start another argument, I just want to defend myself and make sure the facts are known.

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