Joe Arpaio Foe Paul Penzone Adds Greg Stanton's Endorsement to a Ton of Others

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Penzone receiving Mayor Stanton's endorsement, within eyeshot of Arpaio's offices

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Democratic candidate for sheriff Paul Penzone stood in the shadow of Mordor today, so to speak, to accept the endorsement of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, and add it to his already impressive list of prominent backers.

"I know there are four candidates in this race," said Stanton at one point during a press conference in downtown Phoenix to announce his support for Penzone. "But...based upon my personal experience working with Paul Penzone as a Phoenix Police officer, based upon his leadership of Silent Witness, I know he is the best candidate to bring the highest level of professionalism to the sheriff's office."

Stanton's announcement was made in front of the Orpheum Theatre, almost within spitting distance of the Wells Fargo Tower, where Sheriff Joe Arpaio keeps his pricey, executive offices, offices from which Penzone wants to boot the octogenarian and his sleazy staff come this November.

That's a tall order for a newbie taking on the local, political equivalent of Godzilla: a 20 year incumbent with millions in the bank, who can boast, despite a slew of negatives, a 53 percent approval rating and name recognition approaching 100 percent, according to a recent poll commissioned by the anti-Arpaio group Citizens for a Better Arizona.

Asked about this uphill slog, Penzone acknowledged that the road to Wells Fargo Tower's 19th Floor would not be an easy one. Yet, in ticking off his campaign's accomplishments so far, it's clear Penzone has a shot.

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chadsnow
chadsnow

Brings up another interesting question:  Dee Dee bragged about having raised $20,000 in the Pearce recall - yet her "organization" (herself) Arizonans for Better Government to my knowledge never filed finanacial disclosures with the Secretary of State's office, as required by law.  So did she fib or break the law? 

bdickus2001
bdickus2001

Greg Stanton is backing Penzone? Wow! That is a powerful endorsement, just like Phil Gordon endorsing Dan Saban for sheriff in 2008...oh, wait...that's right.

OnlyInArizona
OnlyInArizona

I can't even believe that Lester Pearce is on the ballot for County Supervisor.  Steve Chucri is clearly the better choice.  Pearce is a used up, dried up fake just like his brother.  One only has to see what he did "campaigning" for the sham candidate Olivia Cortez to know that there aren't any rules he chooses not to break...and we need no more Pearce family members in any sort of elected office.  I'm sorry, for once, that I don't live in Supervisorial District 2 and could vote for Chucri.  I certainly hope Pearce gets his walking papers by the time the polls close.

OnlyInArizona
OnlyInArizona

Although I think Mike Stauffer is actually a talented individual with good intentions and some good ideas, he cannot possibly beat Arpaio - given his extremely limited funding, his limited list of endorsements, sagging numbers of volunteers and a series of missteps campaign-wise, it would be my hope that Mr. Stauffer would take his name off the ballot and throw any support he has to Penzone.  Penzone CAN beat Arpaio....and that's what is important here.  Maricopa County residents deserve a decent, professional and experienced law enforcement individual who doesn't come with the baggage that Arpaio has littered this County with.  With Penzone, I believe we will see minimum baggage and a turn-around that is so desperately needed.

I join some of the others who ask Mike Stauffer to do what is right for Maricopa County...don't split the vote.  Consider the goal. 

Michael
Michael

Acorg is clearly Dee Dee Blase - or one of the same 4 people who go around bashing Penzone and playing dirty politics.  Mike Stauffer is a good guy - no one is saying otherwise.  But anyone who takes a good objective look at the facts will see that Penzone is CLEARLY the only one of the two who can defeat Arpaio.  Guess why Dan Saban, Mayor Greg Stanton, Randy Parraz, Phil Gordon, and basically everyone else who's been fighting for justice in Arizona for the past 5 years is endorsing Paul Penzone.  Don't listen to Acorg / Dee Dee.  It's not a conspiracy.  The momentum is in Penzone's campaign because he is the better candidate.

wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

I sure wish David Gonzalez had decided to throw his hat in the ring.  I think Gonzalez could have taken Arpaio out in a landslide, regardless of how many candidates were on the ballot.  In fact, he would have taken the (R) primary in a sweep.  I would bet he would have scored 75% of the vote.   Arpaio doesn't like to admit it, but he's losing ground across the board, including his former staunch Republican backing.  Even those who vote their party line regardless of how unfit the candidate is would have voted for Gonzalez over Arpaio.

 

David - why did you forsake us?!?!

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

It appears, once again, the Arizona Democratic Party have once again set themselves up to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory.

joesgottogetnow
joesgottogetnow

I'm just tickled pink that someone is running against the big slug.

sick of watching the tent city anniversary like it is a legend.

spreading rumors , they dont want to come back and morons repeating that.

when the stats prove other wise. The current share RUFF , is being told what to say, and using the cameras .

Why wasnt this trial he is in ON CAMERA???  PUt black and white stipes, on him and put him on camera. clean house at MCSO!!

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

So far, I've agreed with Stauffer about what needs to be done at MCSO.

 

Penzone seems to have no idea what it takes to be a sheriff. I like him as a person and as a candidate, but I would prefer someone who actually has a clue about what's going on.

 

And if we review recent history, disgraced, corrupt, narcissistic and mentally sick Pearce had the endorsements of GED Jan, the MCSO shurf, and a few others, and outspent Jerry Lewis 3-1, and still Pearce lost. So Stauffer may have a chance (and it's better than Lester Pearce's chances at being elected Maricopa County Supervisor.)

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

What I found extremely depressing is watching Penzone and Stauffer on Ch 12 the other night.  Both claimed they would win in a 3 way race.  What the HELL are they smoking??  If a candidate beats Joke, it will NOT be in a 3-way.  It will be a fight, one-on-one

 

While I think Stauffer is as, if not more qualified, Penzone clearly has the "push" behind him.

 

One of the two MUST drop out if there is any chance of sending our Clown Sheriff packing.

 

Mike, dropping out seems to be the proper thing to do, if you REALLY want to get Arpaio out of office, as your #1 goal.

Acorg
Acorg

Wow, your arrogance and ignorance in asking Stauffer to step aside is pathetic.  Here we have a TRUE candidate capable and qualified to do the job and you want HIM to step aside for someone who, according to his questionnaire in the AZ Republic, is a high HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE, has an accusation of domestic violence against him, has NO command level experience, NO strategic planning experience and can't answer a question without a script to be the man to topple Arpaio? Seriously?

 

So just because he has a D behind his name and a boat load of money we should trust that he can do the job? And HE doesn't have 400 volunteers, the democratic party does. After all, it took the dems a month to wine and dine Penzone before he would agree to switch parties and run for Sheriff - and that was only after the 'exploratory' committee deposited enough money in his bank account.  He is FAR from the right candidate - he is the puppet for the democratic party.  I am seriously starting to think that YOU, Mr. Lemons, are really an Arpaio supporter throwing attention to Penzone because you know it would be 'politics as usual' and Arpaio would clean the floor with Penzone's credentials. And where is Penzone's  Phx PD personnel file that you promised? Is it THAT bad that you don't even want to post it? Great journalism there.

 

Maricopa County residents are SICK AND TIRED of 'politics as usual'.  The shift is towards an INDEPENDENT candidate that doesn't owe any body any favors.  WE are ready to vote for a candidate that can actually DO the job, not a figure head.  How arrogant is it to ask Stauffer to step aside and back Penzone and then Penzone can bring him in to lead MCSO?? Why wouldn't we actually VOTE for the guy that can DO the job instead of the one with the most money - money that = favors. 

 

Maricopa County residents aren't as DUMB as you think they are. We put our faith and our VOTE behind Stauffer as the candidate that can take on Arpaio and get this job done. Shame on you.

 

 

justme
justme

I've backed Stauffer up to this point.   I caught Penzone and Stauffer on Channel 12 News last night (Arpaio declined to participate) ...  I have to admit I was really impressed with Penzone.

 

Stephen's correct.  Penzone is better equipped to unseat Arpaio.  Within the next couple of weeks, Stauffer needs to either bow out, or move over to team Penzone and help Penzone get the job done.

 

 

Guester
Guester

Stauffer indeed could be the hero by stepping aside. It is impossible for Arpaio to lose a 3 man race. Penzone has proven over the last half year a far stronger and capable campaign and is actually poised to win this thing if given a fair two man fight.

 

Please, please, please Lt Stauffer, please drop out! Enjoy your retirement, or maybe Penzone can even bring you in as a Chief to help overhaul MCSO.

anon.andee
anon.andee

DeeDee has not denied her involvement in this illegal black-ops mission, you know why?  Because she actually sent that email to at least 7 people.  I know several others that can confirm they also received this same email.

chadsnow
chadsnow

You're right, YPS.  The Dems should take a page out of the Russell Pearce/Constantin Querard campaign playbook.  That's worked out real well for the GOP, hasn't it? 

Michael
Michael

 @yourproductsucks - I think the Democratic party made a great choice in choosing Penzone to battle Arpaio in November.  This is far from over.

GreenHornet
GreenHornet

 @MaskedMagician1967 Jerry Lewis did not self-fund. He was able to raise money, unlike Stauffer. Lewis raised around $85,000. Twice as much as Stauffer, and that was for little LD18, not the ENTIRE COUNTY, which Stauffer has to win in.

 

You people who think you can run and win without money are fucking fruit loops. They don't call it "the mothers milk of politics," for nothing. Stauffer's not that charismatic, not that smart, and was born to lose. And if all you dumbasses are so sure he'll win, why don't you open your goddamn wallets and give him some $?

 

What's that? Silence? Precisely why Stauffer has ZERO chance. 

 

Joe must be laughiing his ass off at this shit from you tards.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

 @MaskedMagician1967 Like Arpaio has a clue!  ANYONE is better right now, and with a 3-way race,  Joke will win.

 

That's reality.

Guester
Guester

 @WhoKnows Ya but what else can they say? "No I am going to lose a 3 man race"? 

WWJD
WWJD

 @Acorg  Believing an accusation made by Wacko DeeDee Blaze who is well known for dirty politics and black op type operations hardly stands up to the facts. Of course DeeDee did her best to sabotage the Pearce recall. Who is surprised she is trying to hand this election to Arpaio? 

GreenHornet
GreenHornet

 @Acorg Dude, Stauffer has no $, no supporters, & almost no endorsements. All he's got is Wes Kenyon blowing smoke up his ass. On Nov 7, Stauffer's gonna wake up with a hangover ans ask himself, "I spent my 401K money to come in dead last in an election I knew I cldnt win? FUCK Wes Kenyon!"

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

 @Acorg Do you mind if I call you Mike?  Or would you prefer "Lt Stauffer"?

Guester
Guester

 @Acorg Wow, you are a complete loon and you made us all a bit dumber for having to read that. I stopped after you accused Stephen Lemons of being an Arpaio supporter, as that shows you have zero connection to reality.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

 @Acorg Neither Penzone or Stauffer stand a chance in a 3-way with Arpaio.  THAT'S REALITY

Acorg
Acorg

 @justme

 because someone with a HS diploma and no leadership experience is MORE capable than someone with a Master's degree and command level experience. Penzone looked like shit last night. he should have at least put on a tie and shaved! how arrogant to show up for a tv interview looking like that. Penzone would have NO clue how to get the job done - how about Penzone stepping aside and moving over to Stauffer to help HIM get the job done - then he can be the public information officer for MCSO, a job he is quite comfortable with. he has no clue what to do first in cleaning up MCSO. Stauffer has had his plan up for months. When is the dem party gonna get around to writing Penzone's plan for him? 

Acorg
Acorg

So you want Stauffer who has a Master's degree and command level experience to go work for someone with a high school diploma that couldn't promote past sgt?  Yeah, that'll happen. How about backing the RIGHT person that is running for the RIGHT reasons instead of a political puppet of the democratic party. You should think about that.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

@chadsnow Jerry Lewis and Worsley are both Republicans. I guess it's a wash.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

 @Guester They must also face reality.  Neither will win in a 3 way race.  Let's see if Stauffer will "man up", as he doesn't have the same backing as Penzone.

Acorg
Acorg

 @WhoKnows

 sorry to disappoint you ... we all have the right to our opinions ...

Acorg
Acorg

 @WhoKnows

 So asking the candidate that can actually get the job done be the one to back out? I don't know what's more terrifying - Arpaio getting re-elected or voting in a candidate that we know doesn't have the qualifications or credentials to do the job. Penzone would  have to rely on other people to get lead MCSO. Penzone doesn't have the credentials to even apply for a Chief's job, what makes people think he can lead one of the largest sheriff's departments in the country. the man has NO command level experience - he has no clue what needs to get done.

justme
justme

 @Acorg

 Look, it's reality time.  Unfortunately because of Arpaio, this election won't be about who is the most qualified between Penzone and Stauffer ... it is about the candidate that can win.  Penzone has the tools and support to do it, Stauffer doesn't. 

 

Maybe after Arpaio's a distant bad memory, the election for county sheriff can begin to be about who is the most qualified person for the job.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

 @Acorg  @justme Both are more qualified than our current sheriff, who doesn't even have a GED.  Mike needs to understand that, as he's also got no where near the backing that Penzone has.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

 @Acorg Mike (it's clear who you are or who you campign for).

MAN UP and do whats best for the County.  Work WITH Penzone and not against him.  There is more than enough work for two people to clean up the mess MCSO has become!

justme
justme

 @Acorg

 Which is why I'd rather see Stauffer join Penzone's team than have him just step aside.  Lord knows there's going to be plenty of work to do cleaning up Arpaio's mess!

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

 @Acorg Penzone has the backing.  Stauffer doesn't.  It's that simple.  Heck Joke doesn't even have a GED!

 

Stauffer being more qualified than Penzone is nothing more than background noise at this point.

yourracismsucks
yourracismsucks

 @Yourproductsucks  @chadsnow

  yourproductsucks. hello troll. as far as trolls go i do applaud you on trying to conceal your ignorant white supremacist idealogy. i have read your posts on many a blog here on new times and i just felt i should let you know that you and bobby and the other trolls dont fool anyone with your white supremacist hiding in the closet russel pearce style klan loving form of good old fashioned white supremacist hatred. you pretending to not be racist types are disgusting. at least your hero jt ready wasnt a silly coward like yourself. always pretending your not a racist. you should be ashamed of yourself. how do you sleep at night. i am sure youre one of those conservative christians, do you not understand that lying is a sin in your religion. when you lie about being a racist it is still a lie. stop trying to misinform people. stop spreading your white supremacist hatred of all who are not white

Michael
Michael

 @Giggity-Giggity her looks are about all she has going for her, unfortunately.  She has ZERO credibility as a journalist.

Michael
Michael

 @AZAUH20 - Yes, I'm pretty sure Dee Dee is behind 90% of the posts trying to bash on Paul Penzone.

anon.andee
anon.andee

 @Acorg and the inaccurate mud slinging continues.  Is that all you got, DeeDee?

Michael
Michael

 @Guester exactly.  About 10 more HIGH profile names will be coming out to endorse Penzone in the next few weeks as well.  These people are staking their reputations on the character of Paul Penzone for a reason.

Michael
Michael

 @Acorg - Yes, "Acorg", that is exactly what we should do.  Mike Stauffer as a person is commendable.  Mike Stauffer's campaign is a train wreck.  No funding, no social media buzz, no strategy (except having Dee Dee Blase the mud-slinger in theri corner) and NO solid endorsements = not gonna win.  It's just the reality of the situation.

Guester
Guester

 @jjon3  @Acorg pretty sure Mayor Stanton and others wouldn't endorse and stand next to an abuser. Think about it, would be bad for their image and career.

jjon3
jjon3

 @Acorg

 Pure accusation that is without prove or merit. Besides, if this was true, wouldn't Penzone  been arrested or jailed or do you know anything about domestic violence laws?

justme
justme

 @Acorg

 That's not what happened, stop trolling!

Acorg
Acorg

 @WhoKnows

 Oh i see, slapping your wife around in front of your kid doesn't qualify you as a dirtbag? I'm sure a lot of women would disagree with you.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

 @Acorg Hey, when it's a 3 man race, with Arpaio as one of them, YES.  Penzone may not be as qualified as Stauffer, but the reality is that right now, anyone that's not a dirtbag is better than Arpaio!  We can get better later. Stauffer needs to drop out, as he's got nowhere the backing that Penzone does.

btbhill4
btbhill4

First, do not assume police sergeants are not as smart as police lieutenants.   Second, Phoenix PD is way bigger than Scottsdale PD and offers more diverse policing dynamics than Scottsdale PD ever could.  Well, that's true unless your on MSCO's sheriff posse chasing after the President of the United States birth certificate and you law enforcement experience is on a seven man department. 

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