Wednesday, April 11, 2012


PRESS RELEASE: Arizona Capital Times
Recently, Senate District 25 candidate and Ban Amnesty Now (B.A.N.) president Russell Pearce called for a boycott of more than 230 Arizona restaurants, hotels, retailers, festivals, concerts, car dealers and community events. Pearce and his supporters have called for a boycott of notable Arizona businesses and events including:
* Harkins Theaters
* Oregano’s
* Valley Chevy Dealers
* Cox Communications* Arizona Renaissance Festival
* Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
* Maricopa County Fair
* Mesa Arts Center (location of February’s GOP presidential debate)
* Rio Salado College
More than 200 other businesses – including 33 in the City of Mesa alone - were targeted for a boycott by Pearce and BAN for advertising in the Phoenix New Times, a free weekly newspaper. Pearce and his staff have accused the paper of being a “leftist”, "pro-lilegal alien" media source.
“Russell Pearce is orchestrating a boycott against Arizona businesses simply because they advertised in a free weekly paper he disagrees with,” said Republican Bob Worsley, who is challenging Russell Pearce in the Mesa Senate Republican primary. "B.A.N.’s founder is on record stating that this business boycott is being implemented because of the New Times’ views on immigration. I have my disagreements with the New Times, but I will not do anything to hurt Arizona businesses."
“Liberal Democratic Congressman Raul Grijalva called for a boycott of Arizona businesses after Senate Bill 1070 passed. It was wrong of Grijalva to penalize Arizona’s businesses then and it’s wrong for Russell Pearce to target them now.”
Sean Noble, a Worsley consultant, commented, “Russell Pearce can tell the voters he cares about jobs and the economy, but he’s proven once again that he’s unable to move beyond divisive rhetoric. These businesses employ thousands of Arizonans. It’s incomprehensible that anyone would call for a boycott that aims to damage Arizona business when our economy is still hurting.”