State lawmaker under fire for citing neo-Nazi article in e-mail – The Business Journal of Phoenix:

State lawmaker under fire for citing neo-Nazi article in e-mail – The Business Journal of Phoenix:

A controversial Republican state lawmaker is under fire for sending out an e-mail containing an article from a white supremist group.

State Rep. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, recently sent out an e-mail that contained an article produced by the National Alliance, a neo-Nazi group known for its anti-Semitic views.

Scottsdale Congressman J.D. Hayworth has withdrawn his backing for the controversial Republican state lawmaker, while Pearce’s Democratic opponent Tammie Pursley is calling for his resignation.

In recent weeks, Pearce has also called for mass deportations of illegal immigrants, specifically referring to a 1950s era program called ‘Operation Wetback.’

Hayworth, a Republican in a tough reelection battle in a Scottsdale/Tempe congressional district, put out a statement Tuesday on the Pearce matter.

“Given the regrettable and disturbing nature of the e-mail Russell Pearce circulated earlier today, I cannot in good conscience lend my endorsement to his candidacy for state representative. While Russell has issued an apology for his e-mail, I nonetheless will not be associated with any communication that contains anti-Semetic remarks,” stated Hayworth.

Pearce apologized for the email, telling other Phoenix area media outlets it was mistake and he did not read the entire article before sending it to supporters.

The Mesa Republican is a leading advocate of get-tough policies on immigration.

Pearce could not be reached for comment on the matter.

Tammie Pursley, a Democrat challenging Pearce in the state Legislature, wants him to resign and said his statements on immigration and the e-mail incident our out of the mainstream.

The article Pearce sent out and then apologized for talks about Jewish control of the news media and the media’s bias against whites, while favoring minorities and Israel.

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