Joe Arpaio Supporter, Minuteman Chris Simcox, Charged w/Child Molestation
I also recall a 2007 roast of Arpaio in Sun City, where Simcox was one of the roasters and said of the sheriff that he, "made a good case for cloning."
Simcox is just one of Arpaio's many extremist supporters. And Arpaio was not the only politician to whom Simcox cozied up.
A 2005 profile of Simcox by the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Report magazine recounts how, "[m]ore than 20 U.S. congressmen" were present for a minuteman event in Washington. D.C. that year, six of whom later, "strapped on handguns and participated in Minuteman patrols."
The same profile notes that Simcox met in 2005 with "California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Texas Gov. Rick Perry."
At times articulate and personable, the SPLC reported that Simcox had a darker side, including a federal conviction in 2004 for carrying a semi-automatic handgun onto a national park.
The organization exposed Simcox's contentious relationships with his ex-wives. His second ex-wife Kim Dunbar portrayed Simcox as paranoid, angry and capable of strange, violent outbursts.
The SPLC writes:
"Dunbar said that when their son was 4 years old, Simcox slapped him so hard that a mark remained on his face for two days. Another time, she testified, she grabbed her young son in her arms and jumped out a window because Simcox was throwing furniture at them.
"After such episodes, she said, Simcox would become despondent. `He would stare at walls, mumbling to himself.' In the affidavits, Dunbar said she repeatedly pressured Simcox to seek professional help and even tried to have him hospitalized. But he persistently refused treatment."
Then there were the allegations concerning Simcox's 14 year-old daughter from his first marriage to Deborah Crews.