Jennifer Barber, Former Goodyear Council Candidate, Stands by Story About For-Sale Arpaio Endorsement

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Jennifer Barber, former Goodyear City Council candidate, says she was told by a state GOP staffer that she could get Sheriff Arpaio's endorsement if she paid $2,000 to a political consultant.
A former Goodyear City Council candidate is sticking to her story that a state Republican Party leader told her she could get Sheriff Joe Arpaio's endorsement by paying $2,000.

The Politico Mafioso blog reported this interesting example of sleazy politics on Tuesday after perusing the SCA report we published last week. Buried in the massive report was a few pages from an interview of the former Republican candidate, Jennifer Barber.

According to the report, Barber went to the state GOP headquarters in December of 2008 to ask for advice on running her campaign. She met with staffers Brett Mecum and Sean McCaffrey, who told her it would cost about $20,000 to secure a seat on the council.

At one point during the meeting, Mecum told Barber that if she paid $2,000 to right-wing political consultant Constantin Querard, she could get an endorsement from Sheriff Arpaio, Barber related to investigators. She wrote down Querard's number and called him briefly, but she never asked him about an Arpaio endorsement.

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Political consultant Constantin Querard says he can't explain Barber's statements to investigators and questions her story.

Barber lost the primary election by 10 votes.

Mecum didn't return a phone message we left for him this morning, but we reached Querard earlier this week.

Barber must be "on drugs," Querard quipped.

He adamantly denied that he knew anything about getting anybody an Arpaio endorsement. He's never done it before and never performed campaign work for Arpaio, he says. Besides, he says, endorsements like that aren't for sale.

"That's not how it works," he says.

Barber, on the other hand, tells New Times she stands behind her testimony to the FBI "110 percent."

She says she felt "queasy" and "stunned" after her meeting with Mecum, which is why she called reported the incident to the FBI (see below for clarification.) During the SCA investigation, state Attorney General's Office investigator Mike Edwards and FBI Agent Kara Smith decided to meet with Barber and document her concerns.

Barber, a homemaker and community activist, begins to choke up as she describes her disillusionment with GOP leaders.

"This isn't right, if people are buying endorsements," she says bitterly.

She switched her political affiliation to "independent" after the election.

UPDATE 4-2-11: Barber e-mailed this morning to clarify how she got in touch with the FBI: She says she went to lunch with a friend whose husband works with the FBI. The husband than got in touch with Barber and encouraged her to write a report. He passed the report on to Agent Smith.

 

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32 comments
Teed off
Teed off

I wonder how long it'll be until Ms. Barbar is "under investigation" by the MCSO?

Keep your chin up Ms Barbar, you did the right thing in avoiding the "snake pit." Run for another office, your ethical standards as evidenced by your actions make you heads and tails more qualified than most other politicians. You'd have my vote.

Billyroe
Billyroe

this is really funny, when I get all those post cards in the mail before election,if it says endorsed by joker I vote against themhe is trying to run the legislature, putting in the seat the one he makes them think they owe him.how high does his hand go up their backs?

Stacy
Stacy

I have family in Goodyear.. I'd ask them to support Jennifer if she decided to run for office again. Good-principals and good character... what a rarity. Good for her!

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Stacy
Stacy

Constantine Querard is one of the biggest scum bags operatives in the GOP. He's the reason many many GOP candidates got fined for misuse of public funds. He contacted services with candidates running for office back in 2004. They were given Clean Elections funds.. he broke every rule in the book using those funds.. but the ones who ultimately paid the price were the candidates. Check it out via the CCEC (state agency) they had hearings on this and all the candidates in question had one thing in common.... THIS SCUM BAG.

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wherewasi
wherewasi

Shurf Joke, if I could buy your endorsement for what it is worth, and sell it for what YOU THINK it is worth ... I'd be rich.

Jonathanzissman
Jonathanzissman

Arpaio was selling his endorsement. WOW, THERE'S A SURPRISE. I think I heard he is also selling "Get of Jail Free" cards.

XSoldier
XSoldier

The Flaccid Fool's endorsement is as worthless as a 3 dollar bill. Henderblimp must be selling it on eBay to raise money to pay for trips to Honduras when Henderblimp and the Old Fool get indicted.

I also have no reason not to believe Barber. I think she should try again, and seek endorsements from politicians whose endorsements actually have value.

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Rob
Rob

While I don't know Ms Barber personally, I have lived in the same community as her for many years and am well aware of her.

I would have absolutely no reason to not believe her.

ARPAIO DETHRONED
ARPAIO DETHRONED

Jennifer Barber is a beautiful woman. She was in her right state of mind since the beginning of her campaign. Had she won, she could have brought some sense of accountability, normalcy and fairness in that part of Mari-kafka County.

I sure hope the F.B.I. is taking this seriously. And start making plans for the long awaited indictments against the enemies of the people of Mari-kafka County--the MSCO.

Pit Boss
Pit Boss

Although I'm not surprised by this, it turned my stomach. It's really quite clear that corruption is running very deep in this county and just about every Republican scumbag politician has his/her hand in the pot.

Tom
Tom

Time to string up all of these mother fuckers including all of the piss brains who voted in these clowns at mcso and the senate.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

This would explain why the Flaccid Fool endorsed two candidates last year in the primary for the same office. He apparently collected from both. I wonder if he sent a refund to the one he eventually withdrew his endorsement from? Nah... like everything else with him, it's just a one way street to the land of ahs....

In 2008 I was thinking about supporting Collette Rosati in her race for office. Once I found that she was 'endorsed' by the Flaccid Fool I decided someone else needed my vote worse than she. I voted for her opponent. She lost. Some kinda endorsement...

Former Republican
Former Republican

Jennifer Barber, You are one courageous woman! You have performed a great public service for speaking out. Who in Arizona's leadership has ANY credibility?

Native Guns
Native Guns

I believe Barber must be telling the truth. Its no secret that RepubliKKKans associated with the "Flaccid Fool" in any way, shape, or form. Are thus, connected to all sorts of wrongdoings that may be deemed criminal in nature. Remember that arpaio attracts bad elements, like flies on a turd. He's a dangerous old man, that needs its political career be put out of its misery.

pszymeczek
pszymeczek

And now they want to get rid of the Clean Elections law. Says soooo much about them.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Yes, and he's selling a book he supposedly co-authored and has never read...

GENO
GENO

If memory serves me correctly. The Feathered Bastard once mentioned a while back, that the Flaccid Fool's book--"Joe's Law" was seen selling on Ebay for 1 penny. So yeah, I supposed his stuff is "worthless".

GENO
GENO

"Jennifer Barber is a beautiful woman."

From the looks of her photo, I must agree.

wherewasi
wherewasi

Wasn't it slander or libel for Quererd to say "she must be on drugs"?

Not surprised
Not surprised

Sounds like she has some of the qualities we so dearly need right now but are so utterly lacking in our state leadership. I say Jennifer Barber for governor!

former republican
former republican

along with former maricopa county attorney andrew thomas books - a mere few cents but the damage they have done to the people and the state will cost taxpayers and individuals for decades..

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Liz, it's only slander if two criteria are met: (1) The statement is proven to be completely false, and (2) the statement MUST result in provable damage to the reputation of the person about whom the statement has been made. To utter such a statement, which itself is commonly used as a way of simply saying, "she is wrong" doesn't necessarily meet the requirements for a judgment based on a violation of slander.

That said, I'm not a lawyer and am probably not correct in what I just wrote, but some Anonymous will come in and try to slander me anyway...:-)

XSoldier
XSoldier

Former Republican says:"along with former maricopa county attorney andrew thomas"

Is Lisa Aubuchon selling his endorsement on eBay to raise money for trips to Tegucigalpa and Beijing when they are indicted?

Former Republican says:"the damage they have done to the people and the state will cost taxpayers and individuals for decades.."

Well said. I agree with that statement 100%

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