Joe Arpaio, DeeDee Blase, and Her Shrill Attacks on Paul Penzone

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TucsonCitizen
She filed a protection order, but so did he. Both were dismissed a few weeks later.

Local activist and Mike Stauffer for Sheriff supporter DeeDee Blase has been of great assistance to Sheriff Joe Arpaio of late.

Sure, she's garnered a spoonful of media interest for protesting the church Arpaio attends in Fountain Hills, along with a handful of others. But that's nothing compared to her incessant, unhinged attacks on Arpaio's Democratic opponent, former Phoenix Police Sergeant Paul Penzone.

By supporting Stauffer, a goofy former Scottsdale Police Department lieutenant who's running as an Independent against both Penzone and Arpaio, Blase is, in her small way, helping to split the anti-Arpaio vote, making it more likely Arpaio will win come November.

Blase is essentially a political gadfly. I'll be the first to give her credit for doing good work in the past. But she has marginalized herself over the years by consistently alienating her political allies.

Normally, I would not give the bizarre rants she's been posting to the aggregate Tucson Citizen website, much shrift.

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Tucson Citizen
Actually, DeeDee, this is a good reason not to trust what you write: Note the "snip" in the middle

But the Internet is the great leveler. Someone like Blase, who appears uninterested in the facts, can, simply by posting a blog, disseminate misinformation to a mass audience. And that misinformation gets repeated like a game of telephone till some poor sods actually believe it.

Recently, Blase or one of her confederates obtained a copy of Penzone's personnel file, and she's been doling it out in drips and drabs.

(If you're interested, you can read the entire 298 pages, here. Be warned, it is a very large file, and is not in chronological order.)

Penzone's jacket is full of commendations, but you wouldn't know that by paying attention to Blase, who intentionally misrepresents what little she offers her readers.

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matt
matt

Wow, how quickly this blog has fallen. If Lemons and his followers were trying to raise this blog to the level of the National Inquirer or the Star, kudos, great job!

dancepartner30
dancepartner30

"But the Internet is the great leveler. Someone like Blase, who appears uninterested in the facts, can, simply by posting a blog, disseminate misinformation to a mass audience. And that misinformation gets repeated like a game of telephone till some poor sods actually believe it."

 

This is one of the big problems with blogging platforms like the Tucson Citizen (and others). The bloggers have free reign, and facts are not checked. The Citizen allows pretty much anyone who can construct a sentence to have a blog. Although I like that level of freedom, the lying and heavy spin by certain TC bloggers really bugs me. It is a disservice to the readers.

 

Of course, look at Paul Ryan's fact-free speech. Maybe expecting the truth from "journalists" and politicians is old fashioned.

FRONTERA
FRONTERA

PENZONE CAN WIN - "SI , SE PUEDE "

tkb129
tkb129

Glad to see this woman's lies are finally too much for the author who was previously swayed by her looks.

robert_graham
robert_graham

TRUE FACT IS THAT YOU ARE ALL SORE LOSERS. HA HA HA HA HA HA.

robert_graham
robert_graham

But nothing is said when Penzone attacks Arpaio. Why not???  You want Penzone elected because you think he'll give you all free passes.

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

The bottom line is it doesn't matter if Stauffer is a plant or not. He serves the same purpose and will do the same damage.  And because of his republican background he will not suffer for it. 

QstionEvythng
QstionEvythng

Stauffer appears to most of us as a more sophisticated version of Olivia Cortes.  While Cortes was a very clumsy, last minute effort at running a sham candidate in a condensed election cycle, Stauffer's effort appears to be much more thought out and planned.  The history both he and his campaign manager have in LD7 Republican politics.  The fact that he's running as an independent instead of running against Joe in the Republican primary AFTER announcing in August 2011 that he was running against Arpaio in the Republican primary.  The lack of a campaign organization.  The lack of funds and effective fundraising (you'd think that with Kenyon's connections from being around Republican politics for so long that he'd be able to raise at least $10k or $20k but he hasn't).  Republican hacks like Blase shilling for him.  If Stauffer were a serious candidate you'd expect to see a serious campaign and yet all we see are comment board attacks.  Even Stauffer's new "ad" on Youtube is nothing more than a powerpoint using 2 still photos and a long pan - not relaly much in the way of campaigning. 

 

So I ask, with all this in mind, how can anyone not question whether Stauffer is anything but Cortes v2.0?

leonardclark
leonardclark

I can't stand some of the leadership in the democratic party but the outright slimy personal attacks by Stauffer have really shown Stauffer to be the "plant" by Arpaio that he is ! (And...I don't mean house plant ! ) By the way...this is to my friend Sutter....you are sincere and care greatly about the poor and democracy in our country and....I strongly and vehemently reject cruel attacks being made upon you. But...I have become convinced that Stauffer is nothing but a plant and I will not be a pawn in Arpaio's gang ! Arpaio the fascist must be defeated constitutionally and legally so that we can some day hope for his "march of shame" through the streets of Phoenix !

This is my response to a friend on Facebook that continually and incessiantly asks what the qualifications of Penzone are:

 

If the so called "qualification test" had been strictly applied to Abraham Lincoln....we would be flying the Confederate flag right now instead of Old Glory. I am not implying that Penzone is an equal to Abraham Lincoln what I am implying is that these so called qualification tests have the same stench about them as the right wingers who do the same thing to the people they smear not to mention the old filthy smell of the so "qualification tests" of the pre-civil rights era in which African Americans were disgustingly turned away because....they weren't qualified to vot  (POLL TAX) !  I will be a reformer but I will not be a party to becoming the very disdainful thing we were non-violently fighting !

 

Just as any political candidate should not be suppressed that does not advocate for the violent overthrow of our democratic form of government....we as "reformers" should not be applying so called hypocritical "qualification tests" to those we do not like. This is no different than the suppression of voters by the right wing or of political candidates by party hacks in either of the two major political parties. I will not become the equivalent "suppresser" to Penzone the way the fascists were to people of color who were suppressed at the ballot box in Arizona and the South during 1950' and 60's ! I am no huge fan of Penzone but... I support him and will be voting for him. I have heard Stauffer and smell the rotten fish of "Arpaio".

 

 Thank GOD Abraham Lincoln is not alive today...he would be torn apart mercilessly by puritinistic, granite ideologues !

Leonard Clark,

The Damn Liberal 9-9-12

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

 @matt  This is the truth. If you can't handle the truth than stop reading it.  Do you really think people should ignore lies and not expose them for what they are? Is that the kind of world you want to live in Matt? 

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

 @dancepartner30  It shouldn't be old fashoined.   I also can't call DeeDee Blase a hournalist with a straight face.  But if any good came out of this is that we know lots more about her and her and she will be the kiss of death to any politican who goes near her after this.  Stauffer might be a big fool or he might be a deliberate sham candidate. She knows what she is doing though. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=4625264274821&set=o.125309647534553&type=1&theater

 

meeble
meeble

 @JoeArpaioFan No, we just demand a Sheriff who will protect and serve our community - not chase after dish washers while ignoring 432 sex abuse cases.  You're laughing while hundreds of victims face the reality of never seeing justice thanks to Arpaio.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

 @JoeArpaioFan the fact is, you dont know your head from your ass...and the only time we hear from you is when you take a break from hiding under joes desk all day milking joes prostate.. 

QstionEvythng
QstionEvythng

@JoeArpaioFan Why don't you join all the other children playing in the backyard while the adults are having our conversation.

jon49417
jon49417

 @JoeArpaioFan a free pass for what?  do you even know what your talking about punk boy?

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

 @JoeArpaioFan

 JAF, free passes for what? Are you attempting to imply that those who openly oppose the MCSO shurf, myself included, might be involved in criminal acts of some sort, simply because we expect the guy to do the job he was elected to do, yet has no interest in?

meeble
meeble

 @JoeArpaioFan how is Penzone attacking Arpaio?  Are you referring to the 432 sex abuse crimes swept under the rug by Arpaio's MCSO?  That is well-documented fact - Arpaio admitted to it, issued a half-hearted apology for it, but STILL never provided justice for the victims.  Pathetic.  He deserves to be ridiculed for that massive string of failures.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @JoeArpaioFan because arpaio is a crooked piece of shit who looks the other way on every law that isnt attacking immigrants. i would rather have to deal with illegal immigrants than rapists

robert_graham
robert_graham

 @dennis20 But it is okay for the Democrats not to suffer when they make bad decisions?  Aren't you the pot calling the kettle black.....

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

 @LegitQuestions Sophisticated is not a word one would use to describe Stauffer. He actually comes across 'unsophisticated", especially for the sophisticated area he works in -- Scottsdale.

yourproductsucks1
yourproductsucks1

@LegitQuestions Stauffer is running an ineffective campaign, but to stretch it into him being a sham candidate is intellectually dishonest. Blasé is a left wing shill, FYI.

BlackShadow
BlackShadow

 @leonardclark Len, to be honest I was a little surprised by what you wrote. I was not expecting it to be so pragmatic. Well written. :)

yourproductsucks1
yourproductsucks1

@leonardclark So, you are upset with the suppression of Penzone but not upset with those in penzones corner who are attempting to suppress Stauffers run for sheriff by attempting to bully pulpit him out of the race? Seems hypocritical Leonard.

QstionEvythng
QstionEvythng

 @yourproductsucks1  @LegitQuestions

 Not intellectually dishonest at all.  Both Stauffer and his campaign manager have deep ties to the Republican party.  This from 2009 - one year prior to Stauffer announcing his bid for Sherfif:

 

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

LD7 Election Results - State Committeemen too! In case you were wondering what the full results of the LD7 Republican Committee elections were, here they are.

Chairman: West Kenyon

1st Vice Chair: Ed Bunch

2nd Vice Chair: Brenda Barry

Treasurer: April Riggins

Secretary: Mike Stauffer

 

from: http://howardlevine-ld7.blogspot.com/2009_01_01_archive.html.

 

In February 2010 Kenyon nominated Stauffer to be 1st VP of the LD7 Repoublican Committee.  Kenyon and Stauffer co-hosted a meet the candidate night for Ben Qualye during his 2010 campaign.  Their joint Republican activities run deep.  It is in no way intellectually dishonest to look at these facts and suggest that Stauffer's campaign as an independent is a Republican Party/Arpaio sham candidate because he has done nothing at this point to prove otherwise, especially the way he has conducted his campaign/non-campaign.

 

Blase is an idiot who thinks more highly of herself than anyone else thinks of her.  Remove her from the equation and the inquiry remains the same.

 

So I ask again, with Mike Stuaffer's and West Kenyon's deep ties to the Republican party, is Stauffer just Cortes v2.0?

leonardclark
leonardclark

 @BlackShadow  @leonardclark

 Thanks BlackShadow. This has been one hell of a primary season with plenty of vitriol and anger being bandied about by all sides concerned.  I just want to be clear....I make friends with no one sometimes by the stands that I take, in fact, I have lost friends from both camps but....I would no sooner bar Stauffer from the race then I would Penzone because then I would be setting my own "unconstitutional qualification test.

 That being said, I wish Stauffer would step out of the race but he has every right to run just as any qualified candidate has the right to run. That is our democracy and yes...it may split the vote but I'm not prepared to change our democratic system of electing people just to stop Stauffer (whom I wish would drop out) from running. I just know that there is a rotten "Apaio fish" in the works here and even if others disagree with me that is my right....for us to agree to disagree as civilized human beings living in a quickly dying dmeocratic republic. Take care.

Leonard Clark

The Damn Liberal

9-10-12

leonardclark
leonardclark

 @yourproductsucks1  @leonardclark

 Support whom you like. Stauffer is a plant.  Now...go use your "qualification test" at the polls this November....sure the Tea Party Republicans will love you :)

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

 @MaskedMagician1967 lol hey, i could have reminded him to make sure to wipe the white stuff off his mouth before he goes outside joes office...

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

 @LegitQuestions  Stauffer may be a good man but the priority is to get the best possible candidate who can beat arpaio. Its time to end this reign of terror on the people, the community and made a laughing stock of Arizona and its law enforcement and justice system. Time to end "Rule by tyranny".  Two decades of one party rule = tyranny.

QstionEvythng
QstionEvythng

 @yourproductsucks1  @LegitQuestions

Both valid points - but there are other differences that are compelling.  Saban ran and Penzone is running active, fully engaged campaigns with broad based support.  Stauffer doesn't seem to be doing the same.  Neither Saban or Penzone were active in the Republican organization as officers of their local Republican committee (as far as I'm aware).  Both Saban and Penzone joined the organized opposition when choosing to run against Arpaio.  Stauffer seems to be sitting on his hands not raising money and not actively campaigning.  It would have been a different story if he became a Democrat in 2010 and is now running as a Democrat, but he was rising in the Republican Party durign that time instead.  That appears to me to be the primary distinction between Saban and Penzone on one hand and Stauffer on the other.  And no, pointing that out and making that distinction is not disingenuous, nor is it intellectually dishonest.

 

BTW, I have no preference between Penzone and Stauffer - I am anybody but Arpaio.  I don't know that Penzone is necessarily the better candidate or the worse candidate, just that he is better positioned at this point to beat Arpaio than Stauffer is.   Right or wrong, Arpaio's defeat is more important to me than Penzone's or Stauffer's victory.

yourproductsucks1
yourproductsucks1

@LegitQuestions Stauffers strategy for running as an independent rather than locking heads with arpaio during a primary is reasonable. Saban was a republican prior to switching parties and running as a dem. Penzone was republican prior to switching parties as well. Your attacks on Stauffer because he ran under the indy ticket when he is a republican hold no weight and are disingenuous.

QstionEvythng
QstionEvythng

@RealityCheck I will agree with you that Lemmons pumped Stauffer and then left him high and dry. New Times even gave Stauffer it's inaugural Online Town Hall on August 21, 2011. Lemmons was Stauffers biggest cheerleader until Penzone came along. A little disingenuous Of Lemmons if you ask me.

QstionEvythng
QstionEvythng

@RealityCheck A big difference is that Jerry Lewis ran as the Republican he is while Stauffer is running as an "independent" despite being a Republican. Also Lewis ran a broad based competitive campaign while Stauffer appears to be doing nothing of the sort.

Bnbk
Bnbk

 @LegitQuestions  @yourproductsucks1

 I have been saying that Stauffer was a spoiler for Arpaio for quite a while now,I just didn't go to the trouble of posting all the info you have LQ. I tip my cap to you. Great Post !

RealityCheck
RealityCheck

@LegitQuestions @yourproductsucks1 You could just as easily call him Jerry Lewis v. 2.0. Jerry Lewis was the one with all the connections with the Republican establishment in Mesa not Olivia Cortez. Stauffer isn't a shill. Stauffer is a lame candidate that was pumped up by the likes of Lemmons and then dumped for Penzone when they decided Stauffer couldn't beat Arpaio.

yourproductsucks1
yourproductsucks1

@leonardclark My anonymity has no bearing on my credibility (or the lack thereof.). You sharing your name, birthplace and birthdate have no bearing on your credibility (or the lack thereof.) You don't need to know the identity of the author in order to judge the voracity of an argument. My identity is meaningless.

leonardclark
leonardclark

Hem and haw all you like but....your credibility is zero as long as you continue to post anonymously. My name is Leonard Clark, I was born in Phoenix, Arizona, September 22, 1964. I am registered to vote as a demcrat. This can be looked up at the county elections office. I have nothing to hide.But...I could post anon. and say anything I want without fear of being called out on it. As long as you continue to hide your identity on this thread not one word of what you say can be taken with any cred. so continue to hem and haw without identifying yourself it means nothing Joe Arpaio supporter :) Leonard Clark The Damn Liberal, born at Good Sam hospital Phoenix, Arizona 9-22-1964 p.s. give your true identity and prove to us all your words might have one iota of credibility because until then...it's easy to call someone a liar without putting your real identity on the line. :)

yourproductsucks1
yourproductsucks1

@leonardclark A plant made two years before the election? That is some serious forward thinking in Stauffers part! I have been ardently against Stauffer's candidacy from the beginning, and will inevitably vote Penzone yet I can't stand idly by and not address those, like yourself, who lie and fabricate in order to combat their political opponent.

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