Joe Arpaio's Teabagger Pals Muster "Shadow Army" Against Recall Effort with Help from Chad Willems (w/Update)


Secret footage obtained by New Times of the last Teabagger meet-up headed by A.J. LaFaro. With friends like these, how could Joe lose?

Check out the email below, with a message purportedly from walking PayDay bar and newly-elected chair of the Maricopa County Republican Committee, A.J. "Wild Man" LaFaro.

In it, LaFaro does his best to fire up the Teabagger faithful by telling all and sundry that our aged autocrat Sheriff Joe Arpaio is under siege and requires the assistance of a toothless brigade of Yosemite Sam-lookalikes: You know, to dog the "domestic terrorists," now out pounding pavement in hopes of scoring the needed signatures to recall his sorry ass.

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So the pro-Joe goobers are holding a meetin' come Saturday to figure out how to organize a "`shadow army' of `shadow warriors'" willing to "stand toe-to-toe" with the "paid progressive socialists...collecting petition signatures."

And you know what this means: Ornery, white geriatrics, Glocks strapped to their pear-shaped hips, ready to do battle with unarmed signature gatherers. What's next, drive-bys? Gangland-style shootouts? Chemical warfare? Shuffleboard playoffs?

Not to discount them too much, as any idiot can pull a trigger. Still, I'd love to see these red-white-and-blue Depends-wearers trying to go "toe-to-toe" with any of mis amigos on the West Side, or down in South Phoenix, for that matter. Boy, would that be fun to watch.

Anyway, I called and emailed LaFaro for comment, but have received no reply.

BTW, LaFaro bitching about a recall is pretty rich, considering that he led a 2001 recall effort against openly-gay Tempe Mayor Neil Giuliano.

Ostensibly, the recall was supposed to be over Giuliano's comments that folks might not want to donate to the Boy Scouts because of its anti-gay stance.

Which is a dumb reason to recall someone. But a lot of people figured LaFaro for a homophobe. In the end, LaFaro got the sigs, but Giuliano won the recall election in a landslide.

As the email mentions an employee of Chad Willems' Summit Consulting Group, I emailed Willems, known for making bank off getting Joe re-elected in 2012, and asked him if he seconded the violent language of his Teabagger compatriots.



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haywood_jablomie
haywood_jablomie

The REAL homophobe is the person who thinks gay sex acts like "teabagging" are so perverted and so disgusting that they use the term as a pejorative against people they hate.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Do they really think that they can talk, or intimidate a real human being out of signing the recall petition? Of course they want to call themselves a "Shadow Army" for the same reason the Klan wears the robe and the pointy headed mask.


BECAUSE THEY ARE TOO COWARDLY TO PUBLICLY ADMIT  WHAT SORRY EXCUSES FOR MEN/WOMEN THAT THEY ARE.

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

I thought Joe's field general was Olivia Cortes. Oh wait, that was Russell's.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

ironic isnt it..the party that bitches the most about govt spending are the biggest supporters of a sheriff who admits be pissed away over 100 million, caused lawsuits totaling close to that in addition, and hasnt done an audit in what 17 years? LMAO 

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

If the Old Fool didn't do anything wrong, he's got nothing to worry about. I suspect the TeaBaggers will try every slimy trick in the book to insure the Old Fool wins. Just remember now twice-disgraced, corrupt, narcissistic and mentally sick Pearce and his recall only 2 years ago....

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

If memory serves, recalls are permitted under the Arizona Constitution. Even if they weren't, the U.S. Constitution allows for impeachment for high crimes and misdemeanors.

The ONLY person who is abusing the process is the Flaccid Failure, who should take his sorry ass to Florida...

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

My uncle Vito told me that "LaFaro" means "the fairy" in Sicilian.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

There's a certain poster on these discussions boards that I suspect is John DeCarlo.  He rants and raves when the topic is a Summit Consulting client but doesn't say much about anything else.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

lol hmm, think i might have to infiltrate their "secret meeting" with my recorder on...sure there will be some wonderful things said.  


WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

So, LaFaro  is clearly willing to engage in voter intimidation.

Why does that not surprise me, with the current AZ GOP.  Clearly against the AZ and US Constitutions!

bobunf
bobunf

Per Chad Willems: "

Even the Arizona Republic agrees."

 Big surprise.  Especially when recalling that Phil Boas, editor of the editorial page of the Republic, is married to Sheriff Arpaio's daughter.


dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

Well thanks for the film oppurtunity Mr. Willems! 

Nothing brings business and tourism to a state  more than a "shadow Army" of racist goons.  


RobAZ
RobAZ

"...this abusive and egregious attempt attacking Arizona's Constitution, voter sovereignty and the will of the people here in Arizona and around the Country."

Last I checked, recalls were provided for in the Arizona Constitution...is LaFaro operating with a different version?  As for voter sovereignty and the will of the people, well, nobody is forcing anyone to sign a petition so I'm inclined to believe those are still intact.

I may just have to hang around some of these petition gathering events and HOPE that one of these "shadow warriors" wants to stand toe to toe or tooth to tooth.

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

It's interesting that Mr. Willems mentions Mr. Chad Snow, who is a registered Republican, if I recall correctly. And yes, Mr. Snow and I both believe the MCSO shurf is an evil person. In fact, both Mr. Snow and I publicly called for the MCSO shurf to resign during the 2008 election process, across the street from the Wells Fargo towers in downtown Phoenix.

It's not only possible, but probable, that Mr. Snow and I will both be in attendance at this gathering on Saturday. It should prove to be interesting. Shadowy, but interesting, all the same.

What a bunch of yojos these folks are.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

@david_saint01

You have to admit the TeaBaggers are rather stupid but amusing simultaneously.

MotherJones
MotherJones

@dennis20 The rule here must be, do as LaFaro tells you, not as he does, eh, CW?

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

@RobAZ  TIme to charge up the batteries in the cameras.  

haywood_jablomie
haywood_jablomie

@MaskedMagician1967 The REAL homophobes are the people who think gay sex acts like "teabagging" are so perverted and so disgusting that they use the term as a pejorative against people they hate

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