Sheriff Joe: King of Maricopa County till he croaks? Looks that way.
The roller-coaster campaign to recall Sheriff Joe Arpaio took another dive today. With just two weeks left before the recall's May 30 deadline, the on-again, off-again paid effort to gather signatures is off again.
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This afternoon, I was forwarded a text message sent out to paid canvassers by Sign Here Petitions, informing them that the recall Arpaio committee Respect Arizona had "shut off" the paid drive. They were ordered to stop collecting signatures and turn in their petitions Friday.
Recall Arizona campaign manager Lilia Alvarez confirmed that this was the case. She explained that Recall Arizona had been in negotiations for more funds to keep the paid drive alive, but the funds did not materialize.
"These donors had questions about who the candidate [against Arpaio] would potentially be in the future," she told me. "Today, they decided that they weren't going to donate at the last push anymore. It is disappointing."
Alvarez says the sticking point was the lack of a definite candidate to bet on.
"We made sure to explain...that wasn't the way it works," she said. "But different people think differently, and they're conditional thinkers."More »