Mike Stauffer, Candidate for Maricopa County Sheriff, Finds Joe Arpaio's 2011 as "Exceptional" as We Do

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Mike Stauffer, candidate for Maricopa County Sheriff
​Candidate for Maricopa sheriff and Scottsdale police Lieutenant Mike Stauffer finds Sheriff Joe Arpaio's claim that 2011 has been an "exceptional year" for the Sheriff's Office about as laughable as we do.

See our story on Joe's "exceptional year" here.

As we pointed out yesterday, Arpaio's year has been exceptional in a few ways, namely his costing county taxpayers about $750,000 in lawsuits in less than 24 hours and allowing a Mexican drug cartel to infiltrate his office.

Stauffer's written an open letter to the sheriff, in which he debunks several claims made by Arpaio in his inexplicable press release.

See Stauffer's letter -- in its entirety -- below.

Dear Mr. Arpaio,

 

In reading your press release dated June 21, 2011, regarding the "exceptional times" MCSO is experiencing, I noticed that you neglected to mention numerous and significant details:


 


To
begin, you failed to mention the approximately 500 sex crime cases that
your office failed to investigate. These cases included heinous crimes
against children. In typical fashion, you shifted the blame to two
detectives who no longer work for the MCSO. While defending the
reputations that you tried to destroy, these detectives stated that they
had been pulled, at your direction, from their primary duties as sex
crime investigators to pursue politically motivated investigations. I
note that these political cases have resulted in zero arrests and
numerous lawsuits against MCSO and yourself.


 


You
state that you are "proud" of the "investigation" that netted three of
your own employees involved in human and drug smuggling. You claim with
pride to have known about this criminal activity for at least one year.
What was your excuse for doing nothing for 12 months, leaving dangerous
criminals, with a badge and gun free to continue to abuse their
authority, until other agencies made the arrests for you?


 


Mr.
Arpaio, you take credit for bringing resolution to a high profile
burglary case. You neglected the fact that in your rush to the podium,
you placed officers from several agencies, including MCSO, in danger by
prematurely announcing the arrest. The officers were still in the
process of executing search warrants when you made the announcement. You
compromised the safety of the officers and the integrity of the case in
your continual quest for attention.


 


You
continuously inflate your agency's statistics with those of other
agencies in Maricopa County. Your habit of taking credit for other
agencies' arrests simply because they go through the Maricopa County
Jail system is ridiculous and needs to be brought to light. 


 


Mr.
Arpaio, you claim that over "550" arrests were made from your air
operation in the desert, yet no one has any idea how many real
convictions came from these arrests. You should know that the job is not
finished until the suspects are successfully prosecuted. This is a
statistic we never hear from you.


 


With
regard to The Phoenix New Times case you claim to have won, that is
still being appealed and the lawsuit is still moving forward against the
special prosecutor. This case is far from closed.


 


Mr.
Arpaio you have yet to release the un-redacted version of the PCSO
internal affairs investigation. Why? What damning evidence will the
voters be made aware of? There must be credible evidence against you and
members of your staff to continue fighting, with taxpayer money, the
full release of the report. I fully support an employee's right to
respond to investigations about them before the documentation is
released. However, professional law enforcement agencies conclude these
investigations swiftly. Your alleged investigation is now approaching
one year. You are expected to finish the investigation, have a hearing
and release the report in a timely manner.


 


Mr.
Arpaio, you state you have suddenly developed new relationships with
the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, which resulted in you
collecting $250 million more from the taxpayers for capital
improvements. Why have these "improvements" not been prioritized prior
to this?


 


You
further tout in your press release, at a level of arrogance which
defies reality, that $99.5 million of our money you knowingly misspent
was the result of "cross funding." It is evident that your new found
relationship with the MC Board of Supervisors is only the result of
pre-election year politics. Mr. Arpaio, just how do you "put to rest"
spending others' money in illegal ways?  The fact remains, you misspent
$100 million. This was not a computer glitch or a payroll error, it was,
at the very least, an unethical act by you.


 


Mr.
Arpaio, you have run the MCSO like a third world dictatorship for
nearly 20 years. You mock the notion of government transparency and
thumb your nose at the rule of law. You use the issue of illegal
immigration to distract the public from your own and subordinates'
corruption and malfeasance. The list of lawbreaking and corruption by
you is too long to list here. It is certainly clear, you hope the people
will forget your unethical behavior and continue to be fooled by
"excellent" press releases. You hope that reality show theatrics and
magically "putting to rest" millions of dollars you appropriated for
your own personal gain and gratification, will distract from your
incompetence. 


 


Mr.
Arpaio, the residents, and law enforcement professionals in this county
deserve far better. The morale of the men and women of the MCSO
organization can no longer sustain what you are putting them through.
Talk is very cheap and your last minute political stunts are too little,
too late. You will see that the majority of Maricopa County residents
have had enough and will not make a 6th mistake in the August, 2012
primary elections. 


 


Sincerely, 


Police Lt. Mike Stauffer


Candidate


Maricopa County Sheriff-2012



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33 comments
Mike Santner
Mike Santner

Stauffer, you were absurd tonight on the news. Joe is politically motivated to pursue this at this time? And what are you doing campaigning on the news? When SHOULD he pursue this, after Obama's retired? Ever heard of an October surprise? Democrats are certainly familiar with it, like trying to say Bush's DUI or Memogate forever ago could get him fired. Welcome to politics, officer, you're in for a rude awakening.

Pete Clark
Pete Clark

WHO???..I can't find anyone that has even heard of this guy..Welcome to 4 more years of Joe!!

Hock
Hock

Don't ignore the 1991 Chevy Caprice Classic's with 30 antenna's sticking from the roof parked in front of your house.

Rcrowell12
Rcrowell12

Anyone ever wonder who Sheriff grease ball has paid off at the DOJ. And if you think that is far fetched, they finally caught Whitey Bolger today and he had the entire Boston branch of the FBI paid off to the point where he was tipped to his impending arrest and was able to flee.

Jason
Jason

I know for fact that I'm voting against the Senile Shitbag next year. That said, I'm not 100% sold on Stauffer yet.

I would think that any right-wing idiot can campaign to be the next MCSO shurf. Even me.

Wearyvoter
Wearyvoter

Excellent letter from someone who is obviously both reasonable and articulate.   I sincerely hope that you will attract a lot of attention from the Phoenix press (with the exception of the New Times) that has just ignored most of Arpaio's problems.   Even if they report on them, they don't go any deeper than a news release.

I sincerely hope that Mr. Stauffer will attract the backing necessary to be successful in removing Arpaio from office.    Unfortunately, it doesn't seem that even the Feds are able to accomplish that.   They put Bernie Madoff in prison in less than a year from when his mis-deeds were made public.    I don't understand why the same can't happen for Arpaio.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

A couple thoughts:

(1) I don't like that Mr. Stauffer signs his letter as "Police Lieutenant". In this election he is NOT representing his employer, Scottsdale. He is representing himself. Any future written communication should simply be from Mike Stauffer, Candidate for Sheriff 2012.

(2) His letter brings to point many issues with the MCSO sheriff and seems fairly complete. I wonder why Mr. Stauffer isn't using tv media (aka pressers) to get his word out, as well as a copy of a letter to the MCSO sheriff.

I won't be ready to vote for Stauffer until I hear an announcement by David Gonzales that Gonzales is NOT going to run. Until then, the jury is certainly out.

However, as Gerry has said, I will certainly vote in a primary against the MCSO shurf, even if the Republicans were to put Adrian Cruz in the race against him.

Not surprised
Not surprised

It's nice to see someone besides the NT and bloggers present "the rest of the story."

This was a well written letter that brings to light many things that the public deserve to hear.

Unfortunately, Lt. Stauffer just painted one of Arpaio's bulls-eyes on his back with this letter.  Lt. Stauffer, let the pig wallow in the mud alone.  

Best of luck in your campaign and election...please keep it clean and straight.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

I am not sold on Stauffer, yet.  I have not done enough research to want to support him.  However, if it were just him and old saggy scrotum running in the Rep primary, I would vote for Stauffer hands down.

concerned
concerned

My vote is for you Mr.Mike Stauffer..Guaranteed!!!!!!! Let's boot him out.. I wonder why the TV media never really relates the truth when he goes on about all his lies..Why does the media allow him to lie to all of us??. I think we now need the media to go interview Mr. Stauffer and put Arpaio in his place.. VOTE FOR STAUFFER..............

Donna Viersen Donahue
Donna Viersen Donahue

Pete, I'm assuming since you were able to post this comment, that you must own a computer try using google his name is spelled "Mike Stauffer" 

Rcrowell12
Rcrowell12

Thanks Hock, I like your style....I don't have a car right now...if it's in good condition I might ask them how much they would take for it. Maybe MSCO will still take a box of donuts!

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

So, you're including yourself in that esteemed crowd known as "right-wing idiot"?

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

The MCSO shurf is NOT considered a Federal LEVEL issue, as was Bernie Madoff. Hence, they joke about the sorry old piece of sheep dung, but they don't seem to take his corruption seriously.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Tommy, 

I looked back and Stauffer has not mentioned Scottsdale PD in his signature block.  Rather it appears he is citing his rank and advancement inside a police department.  While I agree with your comment, I am not believing that Stauffer has portended to represent Scottsdale PD in his signature block.  At least this way, we know he is sworn, POST certified, and has attained a reasonably high level in his career, which are attractive credentials for a Sheriff.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

The problem will be that the battle between Stauffer and Arpaio will be in the GOP primary, and Dems/indis might not want to switch to vote in the GOP primary in a big year like 2012.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

I checked out Stauffer's web site about 1 mo ago and got the impression that there are too many similarities between the two as far as their ideology goes.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Given the physical size of the recently terminated Chief Deputy, or Deputy Chief, or The Most Esteemed Deputy, whatever he was called; I would say it will take cases of donuts. By the way has anyone been to Honduras lately? Just curious if they have a new resident alien?

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Agreed, on all points, but I think he's riding a fine line with his signature. I suppose if he were an MCSO detention officer he wouldn't be using his rank and title. As a former police lieutenant I wouldn't use it in my signature, but that's my personal opinion. I suppose his rank is intended to suggest he has greater responsibility with a large agency, but I simply look at the individual as opposed to the rank. I would think there are a LARGE number of patrol officers and detention specialists who would be a better shurf than the one we've had now for nineteen years....

Donna
Donna

They can always vote as an independent

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Independents can vote in either primary, but not both. They merely ask for the party ballot they want to vote in the primary.

vic
vic

Like what?  What exactly are you referring to?

Donna
Donna

Because it is DUIs that pay his fat cat lifestyle. They're easy. No work involved for the dear  Sheriff at all, lock em up, take the money and he looks like he's the toughest Sheriff. How hard is it to catch people who show up and do their time?

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Great,,,,four more years of a SHERIFF who can't find crime that's RIGHT UNDER HIS NOSE. Good job republiCONS.

Bobunf
Bobunf

"Merely ask"  ??  Asking is easier said than done.  The percentage of voters who turn in the ballots they receive in the mail for a primary election is less than half.  

And you expect them to figure out who to ask and how, to do the asking and then actually turn in their ballot. All this with the increasing obstacles to voting put into place as part of our legislature's voter suppression efforts.   I'd say you're down to less than 10%.

It's the Republicans who will decide who the Republican candidate will be for Sheriff.  I suspect Stauffer is hoping Joe gets indicted or doesn't run for some other reason.  

Let's hope the Democrats get a strong candidate to run.  Otherwise, it could be four more years of Joe.  Was there ever a more crying need for term limits?

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Re-read the site and Stauffer will have to run as a republiCON because his ieology appeals to the two things which are close to a republiCONS heart, fear and hate

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Have to re-read the website. Get back to you.

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