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Prancing with the Stars: Steve King to Host Pearce and Beck in Iowa

Rev. David L. Ostendorf • Mar 03, 2011

Roy Beck

Russell Pearce

In just a few weeks Arizona’s stalwart bigot, state senator Russell Pearce and NumbersUSA’s Roy Beck will journey to springtime Iowa to lend their support for Steve King’s ever-rising anti-immigrant credentials.

King, Iowa’s Fifth District Congressman, is hosting his “Conservative Principles Political Action Committee (CPPAC) gathering on March 26 in Des Moines, where anti-immigrant stars Pearce and Beck will laud him for his own aggressive efforts to curb immigration by gutting the Fourteenth Amendment’s provision for birthright citizenship.

That King is so publicly aligning with Russell Pearce is yet another indication of his deep-rooted, anti-immigrant views. Pearce is a bigot, pure and simple.

He has openly associated with white supremacists and in 2006 endorsed white supremacist candidate, J.T. Ready, for the Mesa city council. Pearce was the primary force behind Arizona’s draconian SB1070 and other more recent proposals to further limit immigration and punish undocumented immigrants.

Roy Beck and his notorious “immigration reduction organization,” NumbersUSA, is at the forefront of anti-immigrant politics in the nation’s capitol.  Part of the John Tanton Network, Numbers and Beck have led the grassroots effort to advance anti-immigrant policy in Congress. That this duo should appear at King’s gala in Des Moines transcends conservative politics, and positions King to wear the mantle he seems to covet—that of the most extreme anti-immigrant Member of Congress.

The people of King’s District need to realize how much he wants that mantle, how much he covets it and his growing reputation as an anti-immigrant zealot. They also need to realize how he is isolating himself and them from the political mainstream, and even from fellow conservatives—it was no fluke that he was not appointed Chair of the House immigration subcommittee by Majority Leader Boehner. 

King then had the audacity to publicly express his anger at his own party leader for passing him over for the appointment—not a smart move, but certainly one that prepares him for wearing the mantle, even at the expense of the needs of the Fifth District.  Sometimes prancing with the stars on the big stage can be meaningless and costly entertainment back home.

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