Gustavo Arellano has some fun with Joe about 29 seconds in
Despite horrendous mismanagement of his department, corruption, a U.S. Department of Justice investigation into his office, and a federal grand jury looking to indict his sorry self, Sheriff Joe remains popular in some quarters outside of Maricopa County. Specifically, in Southern California, where Arpaio was this Friday and Saturday, stumping for Orange County sheriff's candidate Bill Hunt.
The day before Arpaio's appearance in O.C., I did a radio interview on L.A.'s KPFK 90.7 FM with the OC Weekly's Gustavo Arellano, author of the syndicated, and frequently hilarious, Ask a Mexican! column.
Considering Arpaio's $43 million-plus payouts in lawsuit settlements and judgments, and the fact that the feds are looking to indict him on abuse of power charges, Arellano wondered what I would like to convey to Hunt, who has repeatedly sought Arpaio's support.
I suggested that if he wants to emulate his hero Arpaio, Hunt should slap the cuffs on himself and wait to be picked up by FBI agents.
Arellano was referring to the fact that I'm banned from all of Sheriff Joe's press conferences, though I have to admit than when I catch the septuagenarian sheriff on the fly, he will respond if peppered with questions. He can't help himself, particularly if I have a camera in my hand.
Outside of Arizona, most of what people think about Arpaio is guided by the image of the supposedly tough, gruff lawman they see on TV from time to time. Of course, he ain't so tough that he'll let me into his press conferences. Maybe he's afraid I'll swat him on the nose with a preposition.