Joe Arpaio Challenger Emerges for 2012 Election. Meet Scottsdale Lieutenant Mike Stauffer

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Scottsdale Lieutenant Mike Stauffer
A challenger has emerged to run against America's self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff" in the 2012 election.

Mike Stauffer, a lieutenant in the Scottsdale Police Department, announced over the weekend that he will take on Maricopa County's corrupt top cop, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, because he's fed up with Arpaio's "shamelessly and recklessly thumbing his nose at each and every resident of the county and leading every voter astray by reality show theatrics, media stunts, grandstanding, endless lawsuits, drug infested jails, the misspending of millions of dollars, and now the latest findings of
failing to investigate several hundred cases of child sex crimes!"

Arpaio insists that he's running for another term as sheriff, despite the MCSO's becoming a cesspool of corruption, mismanagement, and fraud under his watch.

See Stauffer's announcement below. 

Dear Residents of Maricopa County:


As many of you know by now, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, led by Sheriff Arpaio, is continuing to steal the headlines on an almost daily basis. Unfortunately, these headlines are not the stories we should expect from a respected law enforcement agency, rather they are about our Sheriff who is breaking the very laws that he was elected to enforce.


Sheriff Arpaio is shamelessly and recklessly thumbing his nose at each and every resident of the county and leading every voter astray by reality show theatrics, media stunts, grandstanding, endless lawsuits, drug infested jails, the misspending of millions of dollars, and now the latest findings of failing to investigate several hundred cases of child sex crimes!


He continues to freely tell the people of Maricopa County, "I don't know anything...", further indicating he is completely out of touch with the very people he is supposed to be serving and protecting. He is counting on you turning a blind eye to the corruption and abuses that have been going on for years and are now daily being exposed in the media.


As a current Police Lieutenant, and dedicated law enforcement professional for 28 years, I am prepared to end the many years of shameful and irrational behaviors of this sheriff and his corrupt staff. I am prepared to provide you with the best that American law enforcement has to offer.


And so it is that I announce my official candidacy for the office of Maricopa County Sheriff.


The residents of Maricopa County must take an unashamed stand with me today. The truth can "set us free" from repeating our past mistakes of allowing corruption, misspending, evasiveness, illicitness and bullying by our current Sheriff.


There is no doubt this next year will not be easy, but at no time have the residents of Maricopa County expressed such dismay as they are today. It is time to speak up and tell the current sheriff that it is time for a 21st Century law enforcement professional who will restore the law, the trust, the respect, the dignity and the pride to the MCSO and the residents of Maricopa County.


Under no circumstances will I allow crime of any kind to prevail under my leadership as Maricopa County Sheriff. From petty theft to illegal immigration, criminals will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. In addition, as your Sheriff, I will further ensure that justice is served by conducting thorough investigations which will lead to actual arrests and successful prosecutions of offenders.


By working in concert with all of the very qualified law enforcement agencies throughout the county, and gathering sound intelligence we will begin to fight crime on a whole new level. We will serve the nearly 40,000 unserved MCSO felony warrants that are currently on the back burner under this sheriff's oversight. I will restore the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office as a top tier law enforcement agency and will refocus the priorities that we need to keep you safe!


The current Sheriff says that only extremists are calling for a new administration, while the residents of Maricopa County are completely satisfied with his leadership. I know, along with so many of you, that is not in the least bit accurate and he is very mistaken. The reality that is exceptionally encouraging is that I am getting so much support as I travel the county. Many of you are now saying with 20 years in office, and nearly 80 years of age, "it's now time for a new Sheriff." I am honored and very humbled to be the recipient of your enthusiastic support.


While I will continue to need verbal and written support from each of you, I am also in need of financial support. Money by no means wins elections, but it certainly does help to cover the many expenses incurred, e.g., printing, events, office supplies, media advertising, etc.


Many of you have expressed concern over donating more than a few dollars, or openly showing me support in fear of retaliation by the Sheriff. Unquestionably, Sheriff Arpaio has used retaliation and intimidation tactics in the past to cripple his opponents and silence their supporters. Well, no longer. The voters of Maricopa County have had enough, have seen the light and are fully prepared to counter the clumsy bouts of mudslinging and bullying from the self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff."


So I ask you to please take a stand with me TODAY and make a donation. There is no need for a colossal war chest, but I do ask for donations to wage an effective campaign. This campaign will highlight the fiscal restraint and accountability that I pledge to carry on as your sheriff. I intend to earn your support through hard work, humility, accountability, and the experience I have gained in my 28 years of law enforcement excellence.


In the Sheriff's letter to voters announcing his reelection bid he stated, "We anticipate the hardest campaign in history..." Well, I intend not to disappoint him and I trust you won't either.


Please click right now to make your donation of $5, $10, $20, $100, or visit my website www.votestauffer.com. I need your support NOW.


You may also sign up for my campaign newsletter which will keep you up to date on that latest campaign happenings. In addition, we have numerous volunteer opportunities and appreciate all who have joined the challenge to elect me as your new sheriff in 2012.


With gratitude,


Lt. Mike Stauffer

Visit Stauffer's campaign website by clicking here.



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Bill Crawford
Bill Crawford

Is it wrong for a Scottsdale Police Commander with authority over the bar district to run for Sheriff's office at the same time? Scottsdale Police Lieutenant Mike Stauffer may be the most conflicted officer in Arizona Law enforcement today. His watch is over Scottsdale's notorious Entertainment District. Citizens and business owners in Scottsdale are going crazy with lack of law enforcement in the area. Lieutenant Stauffer commands officers who work the bar district, and some may work for the bars off-duty as private security. Lieutenant Stauffer and the Scottsdale Police Officers are sworn to serve and protect the people who actually live and work in downtown Scottsdale. Recently, the perception that police are protecting the offending bars while outright harassing the complaining residents and business owners’ is spilling out even into Scottsdale City Council meetings, community meetings and have resulted in at least one formal complaint with the Scottsdale Police Department. I know from personal experience.  A police officer is a police officer twenty-four hours a day. An off duty police officer normally carries his badge and firearm while off-duty and if called upon is expected to jump into a law enforcement role. Lieutenant Stauffer say's he only campaigns while not in uniform. Let me introduce you to the tooth fairy. There is probably no geographical area in Maricopa County more fertile with potential campaign contributions than Scottsdale's Entertainment District. Does this wannabe sheriff have any problem with the ethical questions raised here? An even bigger question: Why does the Scottsdale Police Chief and the City Manger tolerate such a blatant conflict of interest? While holding a paid position in The Scottsdale Police Department, Lieutenant Stauffer is clearly benefiting from the leverage he gets from his job working for Scottsdale, both on and off the clock. While employed by taxpayers in Scottsdale isn't Lieutenant Stauffer campaigning for the position of Sheriff of Maricopa County, both on and off the clock? Perhaps if you received your ethics training from the New York City Police Department you may not think this is a problem. Problem is; Lieutenant Stauffer is "out west" now, where law enforcement officers are expected to ride tall in the saddle and shoot straight.

Guest
Guest

Check out Stauffer's web site. His stance on how the sheriff's office should be run sounds like he is an Rpiehole clone. Now the only question I have is; Are there going to be any VIABLE candidates running against  the Joke.

Jason
Jason

Just wait until the Senile Spinster & Co. attack Stauffer much like the way the Flaccid Fool went after Saban for trying to unseat the Old Fool.

When can we expect his multi-million dollar notice of claim against county taxpayers?

Mikey1969
Mikey1969

 " Unquestionably, Sheriff Arpaio has used retaliation and intimidation tactics in the past to cripple his opponents and silence their supporters. Well, no longer."

I was thinking myself that this could be VERY interesting... WIth all of the public AND federal scrutiny, does Joe even dare to try his business as usual approach to a challenger? Will he make up stories about this guy like he did with Bearup? I think Joe will be forced to run a clean campaign, and will then find out that it takes actual work and ethics to do so...

Christopher King
Christopher King

To any and all:

My people are seeking:1.  Who holds the Sheriff's bond?2.  What is his Oath of Office need a copy 3.  Who swore him in?

Thanks. And it's not for immigration, it's for unlawful forcible detainer and entry on foreclosure cases.

PS: For those of you who have not yet seen my interview with Sheriff Joe: He looks waaaaay down the hallway when I inform him that I am aware his buddy, Senator Kelly Ayotte (then NH AG), originally down-voted a measure very similar to what he espouses. Ayotte has since flip flopped as she is wont to do.Joe and I have a chat at 2:34....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Jack Ryan
Jack Ryan

There's no conflict of interest, Bill.  Any more than there's a conflict of interest in you being a posse member and calling on Sheriff Joe to come to your little work-out room. Do you think that's a conflict? Arpaio has much bigger problems facing him and the county than your beef with SPD and a noise issue.  That's a civil matter.  To top it off, it's not like you didn't CHOOSE to put your biz in the entertainment district of Scottsdale. I do understand your urgency and now blind allegiance to Arpaio though - because - you're watching a real law enforcement professional about to unseat "The Toughest Sheriff" which means you're going to be stripped of your pretend "badge". Oh by the way, I hear you're about to be arrested for committing a felony? Maybe your buddy Arpaio will give you your own private tent.  My prediction? Sheriff Joe is going to let you swing in the breeze. Good luck.

Tina
Tina

 Arpaio is already at it with designated bad-mouther Bill Crawford (see Crawford's comment below) who -- if you can believe -- has called on Arpaio to speak to a few Scottsdale residents and other business owners who live or work in or near Scottsdale's Entertainment District.  Crawford is trying to convince others that a primary duty of a police lieutenant is to cite bar and restaurant owners in the vicinity for "causing" litter in the area, thus violating the City of Scottsdale's litter ordinance(s).  Oh yeah, and the city's noise ordinance, too. To the rescue, infamous "crime fighter" Sheriff Joe Arpaio to intervene on their behalf and tell Scottdale police and the City of Scottsdale where their law enforcement priorities should be.As far as his own priorities are concerned, 400  non-investigated sex crimes, $99.5 million in misspent funds, alleged drug smuggling employees within his own department and an ongoing federal grand jury investigation into abuse of power are of no consequence.  Getting re-elected to the office of Sheriff is all that matters.      

Concerned Citizen / Taxpayer
Concerned Citizen / Taxpayer

 It's time for accountability for a county sheriff. It's time for term limits. And most of all they should be put through testing BY mental health professionals just as they want for all those they go after or hold in their jails.

Concerned Citizen / Taxpayer
Concerned Citizen / Taxpayer

 It's time for accountability for a county sheriff. It's time for term limits. And most of all they should be put through testing my mental health professionals just as they want for those they go after.

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