Congratulations Senate President Steve Pierce

Today, State Senate Republicans, by secret ballot, elected Senator Steve Pierce as Senate President.

Prior to the election, three names had emerged as possible replacements should Senator Pearce be recalled: Steve Yarbrough, Steve Pierce and Andy Biggs. Biggs was presumed the favorite.

Biggs had also unwaveringly stood by Senator Pearce throughout the recall election.

Earlier during the session, Steve Pierce had voted against five immigration bill Russell Pearce had advocated.

When the vote went down today, the numbers were 11-10 in favor of Senator Steve Pierce. Yarbrough had bowed out of the race leaving it a Pierce vs. Biggs contest.

It’s not hard to see that the State’s newest senator, did not vote for Senator Andy Biggs and speculation abounds that Senator Gould traded his vote for an endorsement for his congressional bid against House Speaker, Andy Tobin, also from Prescott which Pierce represents.

Senator Frank Antenori from southern Arizona, replaced Pierce as Majority Whip – the likely result of another vote for endorsment arrangement. Antenori has already formed an exploratory committee for congress in southern Arizona.

Based on pure speculation, the vote tally probably went along the lines of the following:

Voting for Steve Pierce:
Jerry Lewis
Rich Crandall
Adam Driggs
Frank Antenori
Michele Reagan
John Nelson
John McComish
Nancy Barto
Linda Gray
Ron Gould

Voting for Andy Biggs:
Scott Bundgaard
Sylvia Allen
Lori Klein
Rick Murphy
Steve Yarbrough
Steve Smith
Gail Griffin
Al Melvin
Don Shooter

Congratulations Senator Pierce. You certainly have your work cut out for you.


Comments

  1. Wasn’t Al Melvin running too?

  2. Conservative American says

    The article sounds like it’s saying that we’ve been sold out by RINOs. If that is the case, we need a third party.

    Pundits like Karl Rove keep saying that conservative candidates can’t win but every time they run a “moderate” RINO, like McCain or Gullet, it’s the RINO who loses. That can’t be an accident.

    • I thought we had a solid conservative majority in the Senate.
      Private meeting, secret ballots and everybody is cutting deals for their vote.

      Am I just stupid to think that being a conservative would include standing up like a man and voting for leadership in public, without the secret deals of what do i get if i vote for you?

      The regular voters like me just get to go to a voting booth and make our selections based on what we know about the candidate, or what we believe. I am very disappointed to see that the elected royalty get special deals to vote. And before you tell me that i am naive and just dont understand politics, remeber, some of us still believe in naive concepts like the rule of law, transparency and honesty.

      • Fred, you asked so I’ll answer. Yes, you are being naive and stupid.

        Honesty, rule of law and transparency are sometimes in conflict.

        These people were elected to represent their district, and also keep an eye on the well being of the state. They, as a body, have rules and procedures that may seem quaint or unheroic but they are part of longstanding tradition. Another example is the courtroom.

        If you were on a criminal jury, it would be a little weird halfway through the trial to shout out GUILTY, no matter how strongly or heroic you felt. Transparent, sure. Honest, of course. Rule of Law, no way.

  3. Why was Jerry Lewis voting? His election has not been verified yet by the Secretary of State. What is the precedence?

  4. B Ellsworth says

    Okay, let me get this straight. Much of the pre-election bluster was that if elected, Jerry Lewis would have no influence in the state senate and he would be persona non grata with a broom closet for an office and a tin can with a string on it for a telephone. He hasn’t even been sworn in yet and now your telling me he was one of the key swing votes in determining the new senate president? How quickly things can change. . .

    • Lewis was the deciding vote in choosing leadership. Pierce was elected, an ultra-conservative who voted against all 5 of Pearce’s immigration bills. Pierce said that the focus will be on jobs and the economy (which was Lewis’s primary plank) and said ex-senator Pearce had gotten “distracted” by immigration issues and that he (Pierce) was not going to take the senate down that road.

      Huge win for common sense conservatives. Thank you Jerry Lewis, and thank you to all who worked to get him elected. Senate was off the rails, now it’s heading back to the track.

      We’ll now get the “conservative” policies without the “crazy” thrown in.

      • Conservative American says

        No, we’ll get a liberal, progressive Democrat agenda from RINOs with all of the liberal “crazy” thrown in.

      • Yeah, but Pierce voted for the incredibly stupid “Birther Bill”, wonder if he put in the part about circumcised penises?

  5. You’re right about Gould, but WAY OFF on some of the rest! Antenori replaced PIERCE as Whip (on a 12-9 vote) and was SOLID for Biggs all along. Melvin dropped out at the start. Allen was with Pierce all along. It isn’t 100% certain which way Bundgaard & Yarbrough went, but most likely you have them reversed.

    The only reason Pierce ever had a chance to win was Gould’s betrayal of Biggs, breaking an unequivocal commitment that he never retracted. When asked point-blank about the “deal” (which was well known on the street Wed), Gould refused to confirm or deny it. Gould’s treachery made it possible for Crandall’s “Gang of Six” to forge an anti-Biggs majority. They abandoned Yarbrough like rats off a sinking ship and went to Pierce, which is why Yarbrough wasn’t nominated.

    Gould should enjoy his “30 pieces of silver” while he can. He just threw away his “Mr. Ethics/Integrity” reputation for the promise of an endorsement that will gain him fewer votes than this episode will cost him.

    • Awesome.

      My favorite vote was Scott Bundgaards. If I were Biggs I’d have asked him to vote for the other guy!

      • Can almost guarantee, now that his buddy Russ is gone, Bundgaard would have voted for Biggs, since Biggs is the only Republican who voted NOT to investigate Scotty’s behavior on the 51 a few months back.

        And what’s going on with that investigation? Big stall until after the holidays? After the next session? After the next election? Still looking for a definition of ethics?

  6. That’s the nice thing about a secret ballot you never can be sure how the votes went down. Ultimately, the only thing that counts is the final vote.

    If my State Senator Michele Reagan was in fact a vote for President Pierce, I couldn’t be more pleased with her vote. It was apparent from Tuesday night’s vote that people want the tone at the Capitol to change. We don’t need Pearce Lite when we can have Pierce.

  7. My apologies, I didn’t sufficiently proofread before I hit “Submit”.

    Allen WAS with Pierce all along, but did switch to Biggs at the end. Antenori was with Biggs throughout. Either Bundgaard or Yarbrough went to Pierce, but not sure which.

    Regardless, Gould straight-up lied to Biggs and “sold” his vote to Pierce for an endorsement.

  8. Did I waste half an hour yesterday setting up and testing (all failures) a WordPress account because this site demanded it, and now…comments are back to open?

    If you are having problems with people stealing ID’s, why not just abolish the ID’s?

    Anyway, the speculation about the names is almost as bad as the “reason” given for voting one way or the other. Senate leadership has importance, but trading one’s vote for future endorsements by politicians no one in the district has ever heard of is just dumb. So not only is your list all wrong, your “pure speculation” is no better than a random list.

  9. @ Ugly Facts – First of all, my list is not “pure speculation.” Ask anyone in-the-know and you’ll find this list is on-the-money. As for the value of the after-action analysis, it helps us know the character of the people representing us. Some come out looking very honorably while others show their true colors. We need this information when they run for higher office later on. Who they voted for isn’t necessarily as important as how they conducted themselves and whether they kept their word.

    You are right that Gould’s “deal” was dumb. But if the current lines hold, Pierce and Gould would share a congressional district with Speaker Tobin, another possible candidate. So the endorsement might not be valueless, but most people will view the way it was obtained as disgraceful.

  10. Copper Dome says

    @ Wish – Sorry, but you’re wrong. Antenori was solid for Biggs and was quite unhappy with how this played out.

    Since the vote was 11-10, each of Pierce’s votes could technically be called the deciding vote. That said, Lewis was always going to vote for anyone but Biggs, so he wasn’t really the deciding vote. Gould was the only “reliable Biggs vote” who switched for his own perceived benefit. That makes him the actual deciding vote, in rather dishonorable fashion.

    It’s gonna be an interesting session.

  11. Nordine Crub says

    Beverly, was Scooty B at the KFYI Smack Down?I just caught the last ten minutes when Senator-elect Jerry Lewis walked in to thank Barry and Michelle and their KFYI listeners. That man has great political instincts. I was talking with a lady in the florist shop the other day who said she had seen him on TV that morning and was very impressed. We both agreed that he would be a perfect candidate for Governor.

  12. Sonoran Alliance should be requiring email verification before approval. Is that not working?

  13. SW: No it’s not. Yesterday I set up an account and could log into it, but could not use it to enter comments here. Now the comments are just back open.

  14. I thought we had a solid conservative majority in the Senate.
    Private meeting, secret ballots and everybody is cutting deals for their vote.

    Am I just stupid to think that being a conservative would include standing up like a man and voting for leadership in public, without the secret deals of what do i get if i vote for you?

    The regular voters like me just get to go to a voting booth and make our selections based on what we know about the candidate, or what we believe. I am very disappointed to see that the elected royalty get special deals to vote. And before you tell me that i am naive and just dont understand politics, remeber, some of us still believe in naive concepts like the rule of law, transparency and honesty.

  15. McComish voted for him, that makes me suspicious.

  16. My sources tell me Sylvia Allen vote for Pierce.

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