Joe Arpaio-Foe Paul Penzone Blasts Sheriff's Hypocritical New Ad
Penzone in the Arpaio stronghold of Sun City on Wednesday
Speaking before a crowd of seniors in Sun City Wednesday morning, Democratic sheriff's candidate Paul Penzone took aim at a new campaign ad for Sheriff Joe Arpaio, one in which Arpaio asserts that Tent City has been a money-saver for county coffers.
Currently in heavy rotation on local cable channels, the ad features Arpaio in uniform outside the 19 year-old gated encampment, claiming it helps keep "our communities safe" and prevents the release of prisoners onto the street.
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"And the best part?" says Joe, with obviously fake enthusiasm. "It saves taxpayers millions of dollars every year."
And if you believe that, I have a bridge in Lake Havasu I'd like to sell you.
Penzone, a former Phoenix Police Department sergeant-turned-politician, wasn't buying Joe's bull either.
"It was a temporary response to a permanent need," Penzone said of Tent City, which began housing prisoners in the early '90s. "But we're stuck with it for now because $100 million of taxpayer money that was designated to go toward enhancing the detention centers and staffing them properly was misspent."
Penzone was speaking of the $100 million Arpaio and his gang of thieves in the MCSO ripped off from two protected sources: a taxpayer-approved detention fund for the construction and maintenance of new jail facilities, and an inmate-services account funded by jail canteen sales and prisoners' collect phone calls.
Arpaio illegally used the cash to pay for pet projects such as rounding up dishwashers and landscapers, and for his vendettas against county politicians and judges. He didn't use the money to make his facilities run better, or to ensure they are safer for the prisoners and the detention officers that work those facilities.
"We know the numbers because they are staggering," Penzone explained to around 30 area residents assembled in Sun City's Talisman Hall. "Fifty million dollars because of [jail-related] lawsuits, lost under his tenure.
"So here he says, `I'm feeding them green baloney and putting them in pink underwear because I'm saving you money. I'm spending 34 cents a day, or whatever it is, [to feed the inmates.]'
"No you're not, Joe, you're spending multi-millions of dollars. [You might as well be putting them in] three-piece suits and [feeding them] filet mignon, because that's what you're costing us."