Joe Arpaio Shill Chad Willems' Bogus Pro-Joe "Petition" (w/Update)

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Shenanigans. Republicans wouldn't be Republicans without them. And the effort under way to recall Sheriff Joe Arpaio is the perfect occasion for pro-Joe Rs to roll out their usual dirty tricks and monkeyshines.

See also:
-Joe Arpaio's Chad Willems Talks to the Shadow Army about the "Blocking Campaign" and the End of GOP Rule in Maricopa County
-Joe Arpaio Recall: A Chance to Prove the Pundits Wrong

Take this weird petition against the recall that's being circulated by Arpaio's people. I ran into it outside the McDowell Mountain Music Festival, held at Margaret T. Hance Park over the weekend.

On Sunday, there was a fellow at a card table near the entrance to the festival soliciting signatures both for an anti-recall petition and one in favor of medical marijuana, which seemed a tad odd, as Arpaio is on record as being opposed to medical Mary Jane.

On the other hand, now that most of the political operatives pimping Joe also are pimpin' prescription weed, perhaps it's not that incongruous after all.

Anyway, the circulator guy told me, "This [anti-recall petition] is going to go on the ballot, too, so people get a choice on both of them."

Which, of course, is total bull.

There's a process for triggering a recall election, as outlined by the Arizona Constitution and state statute. There's no process for a counter-recall. The recall either scores the signatures necessary or it doesn't.

No matter how many signatures are placed on this pseudo-petition, its language will not appear on the ballot.

So what's the point? Well, to confuse people, for one. And secondly, to gain the names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of folks who may be dumb enough to hand over some of their cash to Arpaio's campaign consultant, Chad Willems.

I e-mailed Willems and asked him what gives.

"There is so much misinformation from the other side that we are merely collecting signatures of the sheriff's supporters," he wrote back. "This is a public education campaign since the other side is telling voters on the street that signing the recall petition is actually supporting the sheriff."

And what about the circulator's statement that the language of the opposition petition would be on the ballot?

"We are not telling voters this will be on the ballot," Willems replied. "If a circulator said that he is mistaken."

It's not the only thing that's "mistaken" about this petition. The statement up top maintains that policies like "Tent City, chain gangs, and a volunteer posse" have saved taxpayers "over $40 million in the last ten years alone."

Not sure where Willems dug up that number, but in reality, Joe's slipshod operation has come with a price tag of more than $50 million in settlements, awards, and defense fees, according to an ABC 15 report using figures from Maricopa County's Risk Management.

Then there's the line about how Arpaio "deserves our support" because he's operated his department under budget in "19 of the last 20 years, each time returning money to the county."

That's a real gut-buster. In 2011, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors found that the MCSO had swiped more than $100 million from public funds set aside for jail enhancement and improving conditions, using the money instead to finance Arpaio's pet projects.

At the time, it was reported that the MCSO used several secret "shadow systems" over a period of eight years to hide the siphoning of the affected accounts, which are protected by statute.

A minor oversight on Willems' part, I'm sure. After all, Arpaio has nothing to hide. He stands on his record, right?

And that record just happens to be the best argument in favor of the recall.

UPDATE 4:25 P.M.: Maricopa County Elections spokeswoman Yvonne Reed, responding to an earlier inquiry, called to tell me that no one had filed paperwork with the county regarding Willems' anti-recall, pro-Joe petition. .

And there's no reason anyone would, because, "there's no such thing," as a petition opposing a recall, at least not officially. The wording of the Willems petition will not appear on a ballot, no matter how many signatures are gathered for it.

Reed stated that there is "nothing illegal" about gathering signatures supporting a candidate, but that it would have zero effect upon the outcome of the recall effort and the recall election, should the county have one.



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nankincaid1705
nankincaid1705

I was also approached with one of these pseudo-petitions while waiting in line to get into the Arizona Highland Games on Saturday.  At first I thought it was a genuine recall Sheriff Joe petition and was eager to sign it.  Then I realized what the person circulating the petition actually said and responded with a firm NO.  He then approached a man behind me and the man said that he wasn't a registered voter.  The man circulating the petition replied "that's okay, you can still sign."  I turned to the man who was not a registered voter and told him they just wanted his name, address, and e-mail information and that there was no such legal document as an anti-recall petition.  I wonder how many people are duped into signing this document and think that they have signed a genuine recall petition.  Many people may not sign a genuine recall petition thinking that they have already done so.  What underhanded, sneaky, and unethical tricks.

TeaPublican
TeaPublican

What the heck is wrong with you kind of people?I was forwarda copy of Joe’s email asking for money to help fight you kind of people and I plan on financially supporting him. Sheriff Joe has spent his entire life fighting for what is right and the rule of law.You have a choice.Either support Mexican Cartels, President Obama, Drug smugglers, The Obama Department of Justice, and Open Border Liberals…..or you can stand with Joe Arpaio and help him support the single mother, the southern Arizona rancher, grandmothers, mothers, families, and small business owners!  I also heard at coffee that Fox News is going to use Sheriff Joe’s email to help him raise funds. How can these kind of people in Arizona demand fair treatment after illegally breaking into our country?Don’t you people realize that Arizona will just turn into another Mexico if Joe is recalled?Without Joe Arpaio as Sheriff we will have Arizona full of drugs from Mexico and kidnapping will not stop at the border!We don’t need sections of our America where people don’t speak English!Well, I tell you, there is enough old retired white people in Maricopa County that fear illegal immigrants and these white peopleWILL support Sheriff Joe if there is a recall election!  Oh sure you have a whole lot of minorities running around Arizona.Too bad only about 1% of them can vote!We TeaPublicans join in supporting Sheriff Joe Arpaio in his goal of keeping Arizona…and our America safe!

gangfelch
gangfelch

I'd gladly sign a pro-joe petition! Some clipboard-wielding anti-joe fag accosted me outside a fry's supermarket wanting me to sign a recall petition. I told him that if he could ask me without lisping, I'd consider his request. he put on a little pout and slithered away. there were four other americans listening to the exchange and all five of us got a good laugh out of it.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

I'm surprised that this Williems clown circus stunt isn't using Olivia Cortes as the PR person!

rawlingsjonathan
rawlingsjonathan

How many years have you guys been trying to get rid of Joe Arpaio

Never happen too many people like him and his tough policies

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

The sham or scam of this is the effort by Willems to make this "petition" look like an official petition.  There is a certain form and format required for official petitions and the creation of this petition to appear like an "official" petition, in my opinion, can only be considered an attempt to deceive signers.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

ask Chad when is the last time MCSO had a full audit done...lol and enjoy the reaction

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

@TeaPublican 

LMAO the ONLY thing the sick old man of MCSO has done is be a drain of taxpayer cash.

BTW, Obama has deported more illegal immigrants and put more boots on the border in his first term of office than W, Clinton, HW AND Reagan COMBINED.

Also, let's not forget IRCA, AKA the Reagan Amnesty Act.

Cozz
Cozz

@TeaPublican  

As the saying goes, there's a sucker born every minute. Hows it feel to be one ?

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@TeaPublican Tea, I guess you didn't know that the Joker got the nickname "Nickle Bag Joe" when he was with the DEA, because he would only go after low level busts, yet try to claim how great he was.

He claimed to be part of the crew on the "French Connection" in his book, that he didn't read or write (he admitted that under oath), yet NO ONE that was really with the French Connection knew who he was, and said he had NO PART in it!

nextstopwilloughby
nextstopwilloughby

@TeaPublican I've been donating to Sheriff Joe for quite some time. He sent me an autographed baseball one time after I donated $500 to his campaign. I cherish his generous gift and display it right next to my autographed John Rocker jersey.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@TeaPublican how can you sit idly by and support your fellow Americans being wrongfully arrested as illegals because of their skin color? How can you sit idly by and ignore hundreds of pedophiles still out there instead of in prison because MCSO put a business trip ahead of it? Its not us that support criminals, ITS YOU PEOPLE! Joe has a PR team, and not a warrant unit...thats all that needs to be said

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@TeaPublican Why did the Joker ignore 400 sex crimes, get forced to retire from the DEA when he was 50, and sell tickets on a non-existent space ship in 1985?  Why did he ILLEGALLY spend $100m of the jail funds?


Why are you so uninformed?

allanbartlett
allanbartlett

@gangfelch and then you both went to the men's room and...sucky sucky. Tongue kiss, swirl around the head, zip up, leave.

Cozz
Cozz

@gangfelch  

So you admit to Gladly being an idiot...sweet.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@gangfelch lol you sure seem proud to support a sheriff who ignores pedophiles and other criminals...says quite a bit about your character, or lack there of. 

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@gangfelch care to exchange dialogue with me?? ps ill give you every opportunity to call me a fag to my face cupcake ;) 

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@gangfelch Too bad you are clearly too young to vote.  Or you are so old, that Altzhiener's rules your world, and you see unicorns in your yard!

True Americans/Fiscal Conservatives, would want Arpaio not only removed from office, but also thrown in jail.

joshua_price
joshua_price

@rawlingsjonathan  He probably did what some presidents did. Visit some cemeteries and write down the names on the headstones. That's probably how he won, because his first string of voters are dead!

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@rawlingsjonathan i wasnt aware ignoring pedophiles in favor of business trips was considered "tough policies"...but delude yourself all you want. lol only makes you look like a complete moronic scum bag

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@rawlingsjonathan So, too many people that are as dumb as a grapefruit, in other words.

The Clown got only 51% of the vote last Nov.  WAY down from when he was popular.

TeaPublican
TeaPublican

@Cozz @TeaPublican     Hows it feel to be one ?  Gosh, I wouldn't know.  You see, Sheriff Joe won and is still winning.  So YOU tell me, " Hows it feel to be one" ?

Vassago
Vassago

nextstopwilloughby, so the OLD FOOL 'sold" you a baseball with a rubber stamped autograph for $500 + ......you're stupid.......keep on sending that money, maybe next time he'll send you an "autographed" $3.00 baseball cap or a postcard from tent city. UNBELIEVEABLE.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@nextstopwilloughby @TeaPublican So, you got some balls for donating to the Joker.  Maybe next time you can get a brain!

66rock
66rock topcommenter

@david_saint01 @gangfelch  They are really cowards of the first order, just like their idiotic plastic star 81 yr old shurrrf.  Idiots all. 

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@rawlingsjonathan No Tea..  We ALL lost with this joker.  How much has his INCOMPETENCE cost us?  Near $200 MILLION so far.

PissOnArpaio
PissOnArpaio

The only people that won are the racist and pedophiles, which one are you ?

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@TeaPublican @Cozz ill do one better..hows it feel to be a gullible, naive, ignorant fucking moron? just because he won doesnt mean the reasons you idiots vote for him arent complete bullshit. Enjoy supporting the ignoring of dangerous pedophiles, i wouldnt be too proud of that...but then again, that fits with your character..

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@WhoKnows No, he said he got a ball.  He's still looking for another one so he has a pair.

Cozz
Cozz

@WhoKnows

Didn't cost them a dime, Bozo Joe supporters are either out of state or on welfare. We the tax payers that live here are the ones that lose.

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