Joe Arpaio Avoids Getting "Leid" by Anti-Birther Activists Ticked that He Sent a Deputy to Hawaii
As we waited, Parraz fielded questions from the reporters who'd followed the demonstrators up from the ground floor.. Weren't such expenses commonplace for a sheriff's office, asked one?
"Sheriff Arpaio should be focused on public safety," said Parraz. "That whole birther thing, that's not in his jurisdiction. If he was pursuing a child molester [to Hawaii], right on. If he was pursuing a [murderer], right on. If he was pursuing smugglers, right on. But this is not the case."
|Why should MCSO deputies have all the fun?|
And Arpaio's blather about the posse picking up the tab, and therefore it's no big deal?
"Arpaio works for us," Parraz replied. "Every time he speaks about this, every time he convenes a press conference on this issue, we're paying for it."
About that time a couple of plainclothes deputies emerged. An older one identified himself as Angelo Calderone, the vice-chair of Arpaio's security. He told Parraz that the sheriff would meet with him, but alone and with no cameras.
Parraz responded that he wanted Arpaio to come out and talk to everyone. Calderone said Arpaio wasn't going to do that.
|Party pooper Angelo Calderone of Joe's security detail|
"This is America's toughest sheriff?" Parraz exclaimed.
Calderone and his deputies amscrayed, but not before Calderone warned everyone to leave because the demonstrators were supposedly blocking the entrances to the elevators, though this did not seem to be the case.
Parraz and the other Jeff Spicoli-wannabes hung around for a while, with Parraz buzzing the receptionist periodically to demand that Arpaio appear. When it became clear this was not going to happen, Parraz and his surfer dudes and dudettes called it a day.
Back on the ground floor, I asked Parraz what he would say to folks who insist this was just a stunt and that he and his fellow CBAers were merely looking for publicity.
|Vacation's over. No more birther madness for y'all...|
"I would say the stunt was sending a deputy to Hawaii," he replied. "That's the stunt. What you have here are people who paid for that stunt. We have a right to come here and air these grievances. [Arpaio] has chosen not to come out and deal with them."
And the surf boards and the leis?
"These are the tactics we've used to expose how crazy this is, how ridiculous it is," he told me. "Our taxpayer dollars are sending someone to Hawaii when we have real criminals here, crime being committed here. He's supposed to be doing his job and he's not. That's why we're here."
|"Surfing...it's a way of looking at that wave and saying, `Hey bud, let's party!'"|
Sounds good to me. Arpaio needs all the mockery we can lay on him, especially in an election year, and especially when he's pulling shenanigans like this moronic birther investigation.