Joe Arpaio on Keeping Warm in Stir; Plus, A.J. LaFaro's "Crazytown" Ticket Wins County GOP Leadership

The county GOP's new chair, wild man A.J. LaFaro...

It's amazing, the amount of influence I have over the Maricopa County Republican Committee.

Hate to brag, but my endorsement this week of right-wing human PayDay bar A.J. LaFaro and the rest of his "crazytown" slate of candidates for MCRC leadership positions worked its evil magic at Saturday's county GOP's statutory meeting.

LaFaro and his wacky crew triumphed at Phoenix's Church of the Nations, where the vote was held, thereby ensuring me column and blog fodder for at least two more years.

Despite a slew of notable endorsements, GOP moderate Lisa Gray drew 46.6 percent to LaFaro's 53.4.

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The margins of loss varied for the other candidates of Gray's "Arizona Party Builders" ticket. You can read the finals for yourself at the far-right blog

A longtime conservative activist, former district chair, and perpetual pain in the Tempe City Council's fanny, LaFaro takes over from mad Irishman and outgoing MCRC chair Rob Haney, who has ruled the county GOP with a miniature iron fist for lo these past four years.

Haney hand-picked LaFaro as his boy. A win by LaFaro's slate ensures that the county party will remain redder than a baboon's estrus, as wigged-out as Governor Jan Brewer's criminally insane son, and just flat out broke.

Significantly, in his campaign speech, Walter Dudley, candidate for treasurer on Gray's party-builder slate, asked the county's precinct committeemen and committeewomen to remember that the county GOP had raised less than $62,000 in 2012, hundreds of thousands less than the county Dems.

But ideology means more than common sense and fundraising chops to the crotchety teabaggers who over-populate the county party. Which is why they went with LaFaro, a "constitutional conservative," who apparently harbors a distaste for members of the LGBT community, as I explored in my column this week.

So when I approached LaFaro to congratulate him on his win, my first question dealt with the subject of LGBT GOPers. Specifically, I asked him if gay Republicans are welcome in the county party.

There was a long pause, during which LaFaro stared intently at me. Then, true to his reputation, he went off.

"I tell you what Mr. Lemons, I don't appreciate your type of, if you want to call it journalism, I don't call it journalism," a very tense LaFaro replied. "I didn't appreciate the article defaming my family's name, the `Caballero LaFaro' article that you published. And I don't subscribe to -- as the group in there, they don't subscribe to your trash either.

"I don't like what you write. You don't write articles. So in a way, I thank you for endorsing me, because those people in there, they will do whatever, uh --"

I interjected with a grin, "Whatever I want?"

"Not whatever you want," he shot back.

"I wanted you to win," I offered.

"Why did you want me to win?" he asked incredulously.

"Because," I told him, "things are more fun that way."

Heck, wingnuts like him are my bread and butter. Moreover, LaFaro likely will be a disaster for the county GOP, driving away moderates with his intolerance and extremism, forcing many into the Independent or Libertarian columns.

Or even, Yahweh help us, over to the D-side.

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shadeaux14 topcommenter

Sounds like these guys are perfect to represent the reptilian residents of Maricopa County.


Good for them. They should stay true to their convictions and not worry about fundraising, Lemons' opinion or anyone else's opinion.  They should stay true to their convictions, advocate those convictions loudly and proudly and let the chips fall where they will.  That is America.


Every where that Arpayaso or Pearce are present there is corruption for sure, they have to be there to make sure their guy wins.


Way to go Steve. Keep on bagging on the crazies of my party (Republican).  Some of us abhor them as much as the Dems do.

ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

<Heck, wingnuts like him are my bread and butter. Moreover, LaFaro likely will be a disaster for the county GOP, driving away moderates with his intolerance and extremism, forcing many into the Independent or Libertarian columns>

Mr. Lemons, Great article. The GOP gets crazier by the day. In Arizona, they sure lost us -- we moved to the "other" column.


Nothing like reaching out and drawing in a broad spectrum of citizens. Do you have to be white and decrepit to be at their meetings? It's just too bad this bunch does not live their principles! By giving up social security and Medicare, and all that other socialism. The problem in Arizona is that all these crazy nuts get elected and those inclined to reasonableness have to surrender to lunacy to stay elected. United in hatred party.


Anyone know who runs SeeingRedAZ? They seem to go to great lengths to avoid having their names attached to the garbage they write.


only in Arizona....geez, where do these people get their education?  What makes adults like this seem like they were plucked from the deep woods of Alabama....oh wait, Arizona of the 2000's is the Alabama of the 60's.    Way to go GOP....proved again why your party is further moving to the margins.  Apparently, they did not learn anything from the 2012 election.  but, then again, ignorance is something they relish and will always be one of their strong points.  You know, ignorance is curable, stupidity is not.  hummm.....I guess they prefer the latter.  Keep up the good work....let's get cracking on those Illegals, birth certificates,  the anti-christ (BHO), gays, anyone with a brain and anything else that suits their pea sized brains.  Wow.  Only in Arizona.

WhoKnows topcommenter

The GOP had a chance to prove they are not 100% bat crap crazy and they blew it!  But then again, they ARE bat crap crazy.

WhoKnows topcommenter

@WmRichardsonMesa Tell me why you are unable to do anything about those that are bat crap crazy and speak for you.


@truthseekeraz Truth be told I was never on the RepubliCon side. I have just tired of the nutless Dems.


Truth be told, no, those are just the only people that actually give a shit about what goes on.  Everyone else only decides to vote every 2 and 4 years, without researching anything they are voting for and then cry about it when it doesn't go their way.

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