Arpaio to March 200 Illegal Immigrants to New Tents on Same Day His Captain to Appeal Fine for Illegal Campaign Donation
We have to admit: Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is a public relations genius.
On the same day that his employee and political helper, Captain Joel Fox, is set to appear at a hearing to context a massive $315,000 fine for making an illegal campaign donation in the name of the mysterious "Sheriff's Command Association," Arpaio plans to march 200 illegal immigrants in chains -- and in front of TV cameras -- to a new tent jail facility.
Which event do you think average news consumers will remember on Thursday -- an administrative hearing concerning a convoluted tale of campaign finance laws, or the image of 200 Mexicans in stripes marching in chains down a public street? Yeah, we thought so, too.
The hearing takes place at 10 a.m., while the forced march is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Sure, it's interesting that Arpaio wants to keep a few illegal immigrants behind an electrified fence in canvas tents. But the campaign finance story -- with its wisps of corruption and cover-up -- has much greater implications for Arpaio's legacy.