Joe Arpaio's Stooge Mike Stauffer Still in Sheriff's Race, Rumors Aside
I figured as much, seeing that Stauffer had appeared at an ASU event on Wednesday of this week, and that his Twitter and Facebook accounts remained active. Also, Stauffer's pimp-ess DeeDee Blase continues to predict victory for Stauffer on her TucsonCitizen blog.
Blase put her piggybank where her mouth is during this period, donating a whopping $50 to the Stauffer campaign.
Meaning she may have to forgo this week's pedicure, unless her lawyer hubby wants to add a little to the hausfrau's allowance.
Overall, during his entire campaign, Stauffer has raised $8,793 in direct contributions.
That's not counting the $40,000 he loaned himself to pay for signature gatherers to get him on the ballot.
I'm sure this rumor spread so quickly in part due to wishful thinking by supporters of Democratic candidate for sheriff Paul Penzone.
In addition, Facebook and Twitter are, essentially, a worldwide, online game of "telephone." Rumor and fact are often taken to be one and the same.
Plus, Stauffer's not been much of a campaign presence, which also explains the efficacy of the rumor. Heck, Stauffer's web page probably had a spike in visitors just because of this error.
Thing is, even if Stauffer were to "withdraw" his candidacy, it wouldn't make any difference. His name remains on the ballot, regardless, and people can still vote for him.
In fact, he may be the margin of victory for Arpaio Tuesday night. If so, he'll be the most reviled man in the county, and the butt of more jokes than Olivia Cortes.
Cortes was a dupe. Stauffer, Blase and Stauffer's puppetmaster West Kenyon won't have the luxury of cluelessness. They know exactly what they are doing, but persist, despite the potentially disastrous outcome.