Joe Arpaio's Foes in Adios Arpaio Endorse Paul Penzone for Sheriff
There's a new posse in town, and it's not on Arpaio's side...
With the kind of spirited cheering and clapping you might hear at a high school basketball game, about 100 mostly Hispanic students from the Adios Arpaio movement declared their endorsement of former Phoenix Police sergeant Paul Penzone for Maricopa County sheriff.
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The teen and twenty-something volunteers and organizers, who since April have registered more than 20,000 individuals to vote, gathered this afternoon at a pedestrian overpass crossing the I-10 freeway, near downtown Phoenix to make their announcement.
Afterward, they walked to the middle of the overpass and posted yellow and black banners with the silhouette of a fat sheriff galloping away on a horse, and the message that there are just two weeks left to register to vote in this year's general election.
"As you all know, last night we had a very important selection," volunteer Kristen Bernal announced via a portable PA system. "We're all here...to say that we are endorsing Paul Penzone."
After the whoops died down, Bernal continued, telling her fellow canvassers that, "Now we have 14 days to register people to vote...and tell them who to vote for."
Indeed, registration closes October 9, at midnight, after which Adios Arpaio will pivot from registration to a serious get-out-the-vote effort, one that will stress there is only one true alternative to Arpaio in the race.
"As we're registering people and helping get out the vote, we'll be educating voters on what the race is about," Adios Arpaio spokeswoman Daria Ovide explained."And that a vote for [Republican-turned-Independent Mike] Stauffer is a vote for Arpaio."