Arizona Republic Actually Publishes New Times-esque Bashing of Sheriff Joe Arpaio

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If you caught Arizona Republic columnist Robert Robb's column about rule of law run amok at the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, you might think you were reading something in New Times. It's pretty scathing -- and spot on.

The piece is titled "Arpaio's Audacious Not-My-Fault Card" and in no uncertain terms, places the blame for the unethical circus that has become the MCSO squarely on the back of Sheriff Joe Arpaio -- despite the sheriff's insistence that it's not his fault.

Here's a taste in regards to Arpaio's political witch-hunts:

What ultimately drove Hendershott round the bend, leading to the excesses that finally triggered his downfall, was an obsession with the chimerical grand county conspiracy, in which the county board of supervisors and senior managers were supposedly in corrupt cahoots with judges. The judges would protect the supervisors and managers against criminal investigations and charges, and the county would build the judges some really sweet office digs.

Now, there was never any evidence ever offered that any such conversations or agreements ever took place. Nevertheless, Arpaio was a full-fledged subscriber to the conspiracy theory. He was a plaintiff in a civil racketeering lawsuit alleging it. He issued a press release and headlined a press conference trumpeting the lawsuit.

Although the racketeering lawsuit was civil, it required alleging felony violations.

Imagine that conversation: "Hey, boss. We want you to accuse every member of the board of supervisors, three senior county managers and four judges of committing felonies. Any problem with that?"

Any sheriff with a true commitment to the rule of law would have had a big problem with that, given the lack of any concrete evidence. Arpaio did not. Today, Arpaio is evasive about the grand conspiracy. He won't say he was wrong to allege it. He just sort of waves it away.
Everyone's getting along now. What are a few felony accusations between friends.

And there's plenty more where that came from. Check out the entire piece here.

Big props to Robb. It's nice to see Arizona's paper of record hold Arpaio's feet to the fire for allowing his office to become an ethical (and legal) nightmare -- on the taxpayers' dime -- even if it is only once in a blue moon.
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JesterJackson
JesterJackson

The Arizona Republic should go under. How many years has The Phoenix New Times been publishing article after article about the incompetent sheriff? How is it that the Republic has been silent all these years actually endorsing Arpaio? They just gloss over all the abuse in the jails, the deaths and mismanagement of funds. But of course how can they have any integrity when he has relatives working at the Republic. I cancelled my subscription year ago because the ads have more information than the actual articles.

Susan Rastella
Susan Rastella

It's great to see the New Times giving accolades to the Arizona Republic. Perhaps in the future they might do the same. Not only has Robert Barr writing about Arpaio critically, but so is E.J. Montini --- yes I got the name right.

He seems to have woken up and pulled the hair out of his eyes and the cotton out of his ears. This past week his blog has expressed some dissatisfaction with both Arpaio and the Governor.

"However, if the “Mug Shot of the Day” isn't going away, neither is the ongoing scrutiny of Arpaio's office. That has me wondering: If and when the time comes will Hendershot's picture appear on “Mug Shot of the Day?” What about Arpaio's?" was written by E.J. Montini in" "Sheriff's mug-shot site mugs the innocent"

Montini stated that linke of thinking in his blog, "Mug shot of the day; BS of the day". 'That statement would qualify as the winning entry for another wildly popular web site about himself that Arpaio could initiate. Call it: "BS of the day."'

But his best line showed up in "Brewer still crAZy for SB1070" where he notes; "Putting the AZ in crazy for 100 years."

I guess Stephen Lemons has been giving his some lessons on writing and research. Hope this new trend lasts.

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Jason
Jason

@Gerry:@d61f2d373ccc7e3a5df186879719a3af:disqus

Kunasek supposedly remains "under investigation" by MCSO for allegedly misspending $15,000 to sweep county offices for listening devices during the county's Civil War. Blimpie allegedly has deputies put them in the offices, but the Pillsbury Doughboy knew full well there were no listening bugs. That's why he's kissing the Flaccid Fool's fat, corrupt ass.

Coz
Coz

The Arizona Republic rag also shares in the blame for Arpaio, these editorial idiots have endorsed him for years

Jason
Jason

I don't remember them ever endorsing the Flaccid Fool of MCSO in 2008. Then again, maybe I missed it. I moved here in June 2008.

Jason
Jason

As conservative a paper as the Arizona Republic is, I wasn't totally surprised to read Mr. Robb's column about the Senile Spinster.

I usually get a headache every time I read Mr. Robb's column. Unless it has to do with the Flaccid Fool of MCSO.

Mr. Robb hit the nail on the head with his column, as he usually does whenever he discusses the ringmaster of the county circus.

Mr. Robb also opined publicly about Candy Ass Thomas' run for AZ AG and how we could not trust him not to abuse power.

He also credited Mr. Romley with the release of the state GJ transcripts, which pretty much told the public that the Flaccid Fool's and Candy's "cases" against the county, most notably Judge Donahoe, were stinkier than my gym shoes.

Job well done, Mr. Robb!

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

I bet the Joker's fans are now claiming that Robb is an open border Marxist/socialist/communist!

But what the don't get, is that if Robb, probably the most Conservative op-ed writter at AZR is saying this about the Joker, the joker will be out of office soon...

Native Guns
Native Guns

Only if the other KKKonservative op-ed scribblers would follow Robb's lead, and keep the pressure on the "Flaccid Fool". I think it will eventually happen. Because with the power of the big media monsters where most KKKonservanuts read/watch. It will eventually have an impact on the "Flaccid Fool" himself. Robb's piece is just the tip of the iceberg.

Arpaio dethroned could be imminent!

Jason
Jason

Yup. The Senile Spinster and Co. will be indicted. As will Candy Ass Thomas & Co.....

Docbob498th
Docbob498th

I'm going to mark today on my calendar as the day Robb had a moment of clarity. Of course, it will only last briefly and soon he'll be back to pulling the regressives talking points out of his ass.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

I don't believe it is too little too late. It is late as I opined to Robb in his blog this morning. However, it is not too little. With Arpaio being in the news with corruption accusations, etc., this is just what the retirees need to see at exactly this point in time. That "America's Toughest Sheriff" is actually a big sissy and a bully that can't take or accept responsibility for the office that Maricopa County voted him into.

They will think of 12 step programs of rehabilitation. You can't fix a problem until you acknowledge you have a problem. Step One Joe! You flunked that part of the MCSO rehab. You are not fit to be Sheriff.

The retirees will also see the Sheriff as corrupt and as a protector of corruption in his own ranks as he sought to paint others as corrupt. Talk about DISHONEST. For the "Chief Law Enforcement Officer in the County" as he refers to himself. Disgusting.

I see kids bashing a pinata of Sheriff Joe. I don't think that is disrespect of the uniform or the office of Sheriff. Rather I hope it is disrespect of the man that wears that uniform. He breeds disrespect for LE across the board and sullies the reputation of thousands of sworn and civil LE personnel at MCSO and with other agencies.

"Go Joe" has been spoken many times. I think we should increase the volume and change the meaning. Time to Go Joe!

helentroy4
helentroy4

Gerry, I hope you are correct. It's just that, as a long time follower of the horrible misdeeds and crimes that Arpaio's MCSO has perpetrated, each and every time he dodges any sanction or prosecution and what is the usual Standard Operating Procedure on his part is to do something that just adds insult to the injury of his reign. People come on here and say, yeah, now they've got him and sure as shootin' he's on to another stunt and another getting away with it. That's why I stopped holding my breath years ago. I could write a list of things that should have gottten him fired etc. etc. but I just don't have the time or the strength to do so anymore.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

abc, part of the problem right now belongs to Andy Kunasek. He has the authority to order a public hearing on the misspent $100 million or so, and he REFUSES to do it, saying it won't do any good. Kunasek is in bed with the Flaccid Fool and just as dirty as he is.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Kunasek is a big part of the FF problem, just like Russell Pearce is a big part of the State Sentate problem. If the FF will unravel fast enough his endorsement potential will be up there with Milli Vanilli and without the endorsement value, why support a crook? I suspect Kunasek, Brock, and others will drop off of his coattails when it is not politically beneficial to kiss his butt.

Jason
Jason

Don't forget to throw Fulton in there. Remember, Fulton supports the FF's policies all the while helping to decide whether to settle FF created lawsuits against the county...

helentroy4
helentroy4

Too little, too late.

Does Arpaio's son in law still work for them?

Jason
Jason

Yes. His name is Phil Boas and he is the editor of the editorial pages.

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