Joe Arpaio Recall Needs 100,000 Signatures According to Organizers (w/Update)
Wanna return the gesture to this racist buffoon? Then read on...
Please see update below regarding "Camp Recall Arpaio."
After the second suspension of the paid signature drive in the effort to recall Sheriff Joe Arpaio, I complained that we were probably stuck with Arpaio until the end of his term, unless we had a loaves and fishes-type miracle.
-Joe Arpaio's Doomsday: Arpaio Loses ACLU Civil Rights Lawsuit, MCSO Enjoined from Racially Profiling Latinos
-Joe Arpaio Foe Rebecca Jimenez Leads in Guadalupe Mayoral Race (w/Update: Jimenez the Winner)
-Joe Arpaio Recall Suspends Paid Signature Gathering Campaign for Second Time
And with just five days left before the May 30 deadline, a miracle would still be mighty helpful.
Still, who can deny that the events of this week have put one last gust of wind at the backs of volunteers still hustling to score the 335,317 signatures necessary to force a recall on Sheriff Joe?
First Joe's old nemesis Rebecca Jimenez is elected mayor of Guadalupe, for which the MCSO provides law enforcement services.
Then U.S. District Court Judge G. Murray Snow, a conservative jurist nominated to the federal bench by President George W. Bush, hands Joe's opponents a major win in the civil rights lawsuit Melendres v. Arpaio.
Snow finds that the MCSO has been racially profiling Latinos, and he orders the sheriff's office to heel in a 142 page decision enjoining the MCSO from its discriminatory practices.
And yet, an appeal is promised, and Arpaio remains in power.
Our work remains undone.
Respect Arizona campaign manager Lilia Alvarez estimated the recall will need around 100,000 more signatures in the remaining five days, or 20,000 signatures a day, in order to make the May 30 deadline and a have a cushion of additional signatures.
She claimed Respect Arizona has 4,000 volunteers in the field, and will need around 5,000 more to get the job done.
"Over 600,000 people did not vote for Joe Arpaio in the last election," she stated. "We need them to get off their butts and sign."
She said apathy has been the recall's biggest enemy, with some people saying that, "It doesn't matter," or just not believing that a recall could work.