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

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It's Joe's county, and we just live in it...

Also LaFaro has an atrocious record as a fundraiser, and is by all accounts, one angry old honky. So it's all good as far as I'm concerned.

LaFaro maintained that he had not read my column, but rather had heard it being discussed on a local radio show, though he couldn't remember which one.

I related my view that often life is more interesting when you disagree with folks. If everyone agreed, things could get really boring, really fast.

Crikey, imagine if Lisa Gray had become chair and she'd made the county GOP more of a big tent for tuskers, drawing in Indies and Latinos, and raising more moolah in the process?

But that's like one or two blog posts, whereas I think LaFaro's crazytown ticket will be good for a plethora of screeds to come.

I returned to my original question about whether gays are welcome in the county GOP.

"I have no comment on your question at this point in time," LaFaro replied.

I wished him well and ambled off. Interestingly, it may have been the Ron Paul supporters who put LaFaro over the top. They showed up en masse, and were being courted heavily by both teams right up until the vote.

Shawn Dow, a longtime Ron Paul-backer and an ardent (and successful) foe of photo enforcement cameras on our streets and highways, noted the growing number of Paul supporters who're becoming PCs. Though the RP-ers don't yet have the numbers to impose their will on local Rs

"We're half the room, but only one-third of the vote," he claimed, observing that many of the ordinary Rs came armed with proxy votes.

But he still thinks the Paul-ites were the deciding factor in LaFaro's win.

"Whichever side pandered the best to the Ron Paul people was what's going to win," he said. "Team LaFaro pandered the best."

Disgraced, recalled state Senate President Russell Pearce was present. I didn't spot him, though he was supposedly responsible for all but one of the wackadoodle resolutions passed by the assembled.

In these, the county Rs rejected any proposed DREAM Act, declared sovereignty for Arizona under the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, called for the repeal of the 17th Amendment, which mandates the direct election of U.S. Senators by the people, and denounced any yet-to-be passed laws granting "amnesty" to illegal aliens.

Don't know which one Pearce didn't author. Maybe the one about teaching "basic U.S. history" in Arizona colleges and universities?

Folks told me that disbarred ex-Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas had been in the house, but I missed him. However, Sheriff Joe Arpaio was present, as were quite a few of his deputies.

When I caught up with Arpaio, I complimented the ancient autocrat by telling him he didn't look a day over 79. (He's actually 80.)


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shadeaux14
shadeaux14

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

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

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.

stixs
stixs

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

WmRichardsonMesa
WmRichardsonMesa

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.

ReggieVV
ReggieVV

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.

zhenry9
zhenry9

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

thinkkoolaid
thinkkoolaid

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
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
WhoKnows topcommenter

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

Bnbk
Bnbk

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

ComeOnSon
ComeOnSon

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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