Joe Arpaio-Wannabe Mike Stauffer Flips Out, Calls Non-Threat "Vaguely Threatening"

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Well, if you were waiting for the race for Maricopa County Sheriff to cross the line into total weirdness, your wait is over.

Scottsdale Police Lieutenant Mike Stauffer, who is running as an Independent against Sheriff Joe Arpaio, has suggested in a recent Facebook post that a supporter of Democratic sheriff candidate Paul Penzone may have threatened Stauffer's campaign manager West Kenyon.

Stauffer also seems to indicate that the alleged "threat" has been reported to a law enforcement agency.

Problem is, it doesn't look like much of a "threat."

In a long, rambling post, Stauffer alleges that the following e-mail from Penzone supporter Devin Fleenor, a well known electronic musician, to Kenyon, is "vaguely threatening" and somehow steps over the line.


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matt
matt

Boy how far you have fallen.  Your blogs in the past 30 days reads like a 3 year old temper tantrum.  How about getting your head out of your ass Lemons and start talking about why your guy is the better candidate, cuz the personnel file you posted sure isn't doing Penzone any favors.  Good police officers go their whole careers without getting suspended and having their gun taken away from them.  You need to start telling us why this guy is better than the independent, otherwise he's just another Arpaio wannabe. Dems should have thought about that before hand picking him.  At this point all you're doing is trying to discredit the other candidate instead of telling us why your guy is better.

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

I was anti-Stauffer when being so wasn't cool.  Now ste(ph)en is regurgitating the same points I made 10 months ago that made stauffer unelectable then. 

 

Funny how this has gone full circle and all you idiots who were railing on me for not settling on stauffer are now parroting what I said all along. 

rickthepr1ck
rickthepr1ck

Fuck Stauffer, he looks like a gay-version of howdy dewey. I look foward to his picture in the cover of OUT magazine

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

Perhaps we should just elect Mike Stauffer as Sheriff of Facebook. Thats his entire campaign anyway.

Marcy
Marcy

Stauffer is making it clear that he is as nutty as a fruitcake.

ptcgaz
ptcgaz

I'm kind of confused here. Where is the threat? Back in the day when I lived in a rough neighborhood, if you were told to not come back it was not a threat per se, it was actually a promise of violence. 

 

Being hated and all would really not lead to any kind of a threat at all, it's possibly a statement of fact, but it's not really a threat.. The police would ignore this if you called that in. I can see it now...

 

9-1-1 what's you emergency?

I got  a letter with death threats.

Ok we will send an officer to check things out.

(a few minutes later)

the police show up. They take a look at the letter. 

"Police officer to dispatcher. This isn't a threat.

 

Back at the station, with a copy of the letter in hand for their report..

all the cops gather and have a laugh fest for 15 minutes...

REALLY where is the fucking threat?

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

I've realized a few laughs from some of the comments on this story. So, I thought maybe I had glossed over some important part of the story and didn't realize it. I read it once again, for probably the fourth time.

 

I still don't get it. Rhetorically speaking, why would either Stauffer or Kenyon really care what Mr. Fleenor had to say in his email asking Stauffer to step aside?

 

Mr. Fleenor, an apparent supporter of Paul Penzone (as am I) simply stated his opinion, including that Stauffer might be hated and villifiied after the election.

 

Again, I don't see the threat, implied or otherwise.

 

This can't speak well for someone who thinks he might want to be sheriff, honestly.

elcapitan332
elcapitan332

Mike "Mr.Olivia Cortez" Stauffer...I'm sure you are a very nice person. However, I'm voting for the Best Man for Maricopa County Sheriff ....Paul Penzone....Viva Penzone!

VoxNoxBox
VoxNoxBox

I realize that Penzone now may have the best political shot at beating Arpaio. But trying to convince Stauffer to quit the race by telling him and his campaign manager that they will be the most villified people in Maricopa county is extraordinarily stupid. That will also make them hunker down more.

 

Justy want to also point out that the New Times mentioned Stauffer positively in about 20+ articles before ever mentioning Penzone and in about 30+ articles before suggesting that Stauffer should consider stepping aside in favor of Penzone. The New Times had a hand in building up the Stauffer campaign and is now cynically dumping him now that Penzone might have a remote chance of beating Arpaio.

 

Way to stay classy...

AZAUH2O
AZAUH2O

Ever read the story about how Stauffer had a woman and three kids run off the road instead of letting MCSO take over a pursuit?  For which he is still being reprimanded by SPD? Public records requests are fun.

stuffThis
stuffThis

Stauffer is a Republican and a cop after all...jumpy, paranoid...

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

As Stauffer is AZ Post, what was the date of his last psych exam?

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

Ok.  It seems that Stauffer has now jumped aboard the high speed train to Crazyland.  Will he next order Penzone arrested in the dead of night and be taken to jail in a black SUV with Mexican plates?

Growup2012
Growup2012

I have an idea.... how about we leave the decision to replace Arpaio with the VOTERS of Maricopa county?  I was on Mike Stauffer's page last night.  Some of my progressive, liberal friends are WAY out of line with what they post on that page.  If you don't like Stauffer or don't intend supporting him then LEAVE HIM ALONE.  Stop harassing him and his campaign manager.  Stop begging him to drop out of the race.  It smacks of desperation!  Steer your energy into getting Paul Penzone elected. 

Naughty_Lisa
Naughty_Lisa

Maybe somebody should start a Facebook page asking Stauffer to step down. I would "Like" it.

RobAZ
RobAZ

Hmm...as an active member of Scottsdale PD, I wonder how Stauffer would react were a private citizen to call alleging a threat and that threat consisted of being told they were "hated and vilified".

I'm pretty sure Stauffer would pack up his stuff and leave.  Then have a lot of laughs with his fellow officers.

 

And calling this guy cowardly...when he signed his name to the letter?

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

Just because a report might have been filed doesn't mean that a crime was committed. I've read the information posted here several times and I don't comprehend any threats of any kind toward either Mr. Kenyon or Mr. Stauffer. I'm not sure why the Stauffer campaign felt the need to respond, honestly.

Marcy
Marcy

 @VoxNoxBox Trying to convince Mike Stauffer of anything is a lost cause.

 

Medication and intensive therapy are called for.

meeble
meeble

 @VoxNoxBox Like all things in life, things change in political races.  Once we all figured out that Stauffer was not actually gaining ANY ground whatsoever - no funding, no volunteers, no social media following, no big name endorsements - we decided to back Paul Penzone who is, like Stauffer, a solid police officer.  The difference?  Penzone is running a real campaign and has a real shot at beating Arpaio in November.

Cozz
Cozz

 @VoxNoxBox

The New Times is getting as bad as the Arizona Republic.

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

 @AZAUH2O

 Instead of letting MCSO take over a dispute? Are you sure about that?

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

 @Growup2012  We are the voters of Maricopa County. We want Aropaio gone and don't need some poor old fool splitting the vote because of his middle age crisis.  Stauffer knows he cant win. Any fool can figure that out. He can help his pal Joe Arpaio win though. 

Marcy
Marcy

 @Growup2012 Do you understand that people DISCUSS and EVALUATE candidates before voting?

 

It's perfectly reasonable and proper to discuss Stauffer and in light of his latest crazy acts it is reasonable to wonder if he's got a screw loose.

meeble
meeble

 @Growup2012 I agree with you that our energy should be focused on unity and getting people to back Penzone.  Although I really wish Stauffer would step out of the race, spending energy on that is most likely pointless - he will likely stay in the race out of pride and stubbornness.  Again, all of us who want Arpaio out of office are on the same side - let's move forward as a united front.  DEFEAT ARPAIO!

AZAUH2O
AZAUH2O

 @Growup2012 I have an idea... how about we convince Stauffer and Grima Wormtongue (West) to give up this ego trip that will only end with Arpaio's re-election.  September 7th is the last day for Mike to get off the ballot.  Do it, Mike, do it now, step aside.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

 @Growup2012 Actaully, is Staffer getting in, more important that Arpaio getting out?

 

What is YOUR primary goal?

Guester
Guester

 @Naughty_Lisa I like the idea, but given that stauffer won't listen to all the community leaders from all parties who have long battled arpaio, i doubt he would listen to it :(

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

 @RobAZ

 I'm honestly surprised that this apparent muck raking has started. I have to wonder how much of West Kenyon's historical ties to the Republican party have influenced this kind of behavior.

ptcgaz
ptcgaz

 @yourproductsucks thought that was pretty original, but then again, I guess that wouldn't know a threat if one came up and bite you on the tit.

GreenHornet
GreenHornet

 @Cozz  @VoxNoxBox Cozz, be real, dude. U've been jacked up by Arpaio for bs before. R u tellin us u agree with Stauffer, a cop, calling this a threat? And what if he reported it to Scottsdale PD? That's fucked up.

 

U supported Saban right? U saw what Saban said. U sayin Dan's full of it too?

Tomato
Tomato

You're backing the wrong horse, Cozz! Stauffer cannot win...that is the point. If he could, we'd all be behind him. You, of all people, should realize that we Joe to go at any costs. It's an Anybody But Joe deal. Get, it dumbo! 

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

 @AZAUH2O

 I mistyped that, sorry. Yes, pursuit. Why was MCSO wanting to take over a pursuit from SPD?

AZAUH2O
AZAUH2O

 @TommyCollins Pursuit.  Traffic pursuit.  It reads like an episode of World's Most Dangerous Chases.

Growup2012
Growup2012

 @Marcy  @Growup2012 This is simply your opinion.  I don't think he has a screw loose.  I do however think he is entitled to run for Sheriff of MC if he so wishes WITHOUT being harassed by the opposition on a daily basis.  Focus your attention on getting Penzone elected IF YOU REALLY BELIEVE THAT PENZONE IS THE BETTER CANDIDATE.  "Me think you doth protest too much" !!  ...

RobAZ
RobAZ

 @TommyCollins Pretty heavily it seems, Tommy.  May well be a desperate act by Stauffer to stir up some publicity since he obviously can't afford to buy any.

ptcgaz
ptcgaz

 @TommyCollins  @AZAUH2O I was going more for the fact that it's not their job, shouldn't they be I don't know fighting fires? 

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

 @AZAUH2O

 I didn't recall that much detail from the earlier story. Thanks for sharing.

AZAUH2O
AZAUH2O

 @TommyCollins SPD thought it was too dangerous, and it was near Carefree.  The officers on the road thought it better to let MSCO track the driver down rather than keep the pursuit going.  Stauffer re-initiated it over the radio and ordered a fire truck and police cars to block the road.  For this, he was formally reprimanded because it was deemed too dangerous a response.  The records show that it was after MCSO was named as the one taking over that Stauffer made the call.

gpscentral
gpscentral

 @Marcy  @Growup2012

 Penzone should drop out of the race. He's nothing more than a tainted piece of meat the local dem party served to us on a garbage can lid. He partnered with the MCDP to defraud us of the primary. No to Penzone.

Marcy
Marcy

 @Growup2012 I'm also entitled to prance around downtown Phoenix in my underwear while singing Polish folk songs.

 

Being entitled and being reasonable are two entirely different things.

 

Getting Penzone elected means removing a fringe vote splitting candidate from the ballot.

 

 

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