Joe Arpaio Either Forgot He Was Asked to Attend Paul Babeu's "Fast and Furious" Press Conference, Or Somebody's Lying

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This means you, Joe Arpaio.
At 11 a.m. today, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, and nine other Arizona sheriffs, will hold a press conference at the Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza at the State Capitol to discuss the federal government's bungled gun trafficking sting, "Operation Fast and Furious."

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will not be in attendance.

At a 2:30 p.m. press conference yesterday, after telling reporters he was too busy arresting people to discuss "Fast and Furious," we asked the sheriff if he would be at Babeu's presser. Arpaio told New Times he hadn't yet heard of Babeu's press conference.

"How does the New Times know about this [press conference] before we do," the 79-year-old sheriff then asked his PR folks.

We thought it would be a bit odd for Babeu to hold a press conference -- in Maricopa County -- with several Arizona sheriffs without even extending an invitation to America's self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff." So we hit up Pinal County Sheriff's Office spokesman Tim Gaffney.

We asked Gaffney why Arpaio wasn't invited to Babeu's sheriff-filled press conference. According to Gaffney, Arpaio was invited.

"I was there when Sheriff Babeu talked with him about it today. Sheriff Arpaio couldn't attend due to a conflict," Gaffney says.

We explained that "[Arpaio] literally just told me he hadn't heard a thing about it. He was shocked. He even asked [his PR flack] Lisa Allen why 'New Times knows about this but I don't.'"

Gaffney responded with "[Arpaio and Babeau] spoke by phone at around noon. I was sitting by Sheriff Babeu and heard the conversation."

The conversation, as Gaffney points out, happened around noon. Our conversation with the sheriff was about three hours later. In those three hours, Arpaio -- again, at 79 -- either forgot he was invited to Babeu's press conference, or he lied when we asked him if he was going.

Senile, or a liar -- what's it gonna be?

Either way, the majority of Arizona's sheriffs will be talking about 1,500 guns that ended up in the hands of Mexican drug cartels thanks to the federal government. Meanwhile, Arpaio will be chasing Hispanic cleaning ladies through southwest Phoenix.


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Clarity
Clarity

The substance of Babeus investigation leads me to this statement:

This is Paul Babeus attempt to Distract from Joe Arpaios criminal enterprise.DOJ did not "Attack" Arpaio they (INVESTIGATED) him, apparently Babeu doesnot understand the difference. That being the case Babeu should also be investigatedfor being an idiot.It's high time Arizona stopped suffering such complete and utter Idiots.Children, curb your grand parents already, even if you have to do it with a leash, just to keepthem away from the voting stations.

Rick
Rick

Perhaps Arpaio did not get an invitation because the other sheriffs needed to make their pronouncement in Phoenix where it would have the greatest impact but wanted to keep it unstained by the presence of useless "Sheriff Joe".  These other sheriffs have more integrity in their little toes than Arpaio has in his whole wrinkled body.  Even Babeu is an improvement over Crazy Joe.

Wasillawitch
Wasillawitch

I believe Arpaio was sent out this weekend to rattle the sabers and stir up the anti immigrant sentiment as much as possible before Pearce's recall election.  Hence, why Arpaio "forgot" he was invited to speak with the other county sheriffs here in Maricopa County on friday.  Arpaio had his marching orders from his money man and chief string puller, Chuck "CCA" Coughlin.

Funny thing though, Arpaio's playing it safe.  Of 92 arrested so far, only 23 are suspected illegals.

Hmmm, only 25%?  That's down CONSIDERABLY from his previous rates of 50-75%.What's up with that Joe?!!!  

Hahaha...it's all just more PR farce...Arpaio has sold himself and the MCSO to special interests.

Desertdove
Desertdove

WTF does it matter?! There was a miscommunication somewhere.

Arpaio SHOULD be chasing cleaning ladies, landscapers, etc., and anyone ELSE who is illegal. Doesn't matter what they do or what they mask as. They are taking jobs away from Americans! 

BostankyKanky
BostankyKanky

The thing to remember is "1,500 guns that ended up in the hands of Mexican drug cartels thanks to the federal government". Joe doesn't matter. You should be screaming for Obama's head. But instead, you are playing politics. Shame.

Not surprised
Not surprised

Doesn't like sharing the lime light, does he?

Jason
Jason

Joe's more senile than Pearce. If he can't remember something he actually likes, getting his ugly mug on the idiot box, he's a senile old fool. Time to welcome Mike Stauffer.  

Dumoudan
Dumoudan

Is this law Racist? Does it specify brown people?Are the people who agree with this law racist?Are those who want this law enforced racist?The law says nothing of little "brown" people but it explains what is illegal entry. It's not very hard to understand. Why is this law "broken"? Why can it be selectively ignored?Illegal alien includes all people who entered illegally, could be Croation, Russian, Chinese, Irish, Canadians and yes even Mexicans. No one single race or people is referenced in the law. Under Title 8 Section 1325 of the U.S. Code, "Improper Entry by Alien," any citizen of any country other than the United States who:Enters or attempts to enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers; or Eludes examination or inspection by immigration officers; or Attempts to enter or obtains entry to the United States by a willfully false or misleading representation or the willful concealment of a material fact; has committed a federal crime.Violations are punishable by criminal fines and imprisonment for up to six months. Repeat offenses can bring up to two years in prison. Additional civil fines may be imposed at the discretion of immigration judges, but civil fines do not negate the criminal sanctions or nature of the offense.These people cost Pheonix and surrounding cities hundreds of millions to support the education, health and welfare of these illegal immigrants. A landscape worker paid by cash (no taxes) and his wife (a stay at home mom), have been here for 16 years and had 7 children born in the US. Who do you think paid for her medical bills???

Roro
Roro

One good reason that Shurf Joe won't attend is that it's Babeau's conference, not his. Joe has a bit of a problem with sharing the spotlight with others.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

This really doesn't make a lot of sense. Why would nine sheriffs from across the state take the time and expense to travel to Maricopa County to have a press conference denouncing a federal program that went sour?

Babeu can accomplish the same by simply sending out a press release written by his press goober.

Why aren't our county sheriffs concentrating their efforts in the counties they are responsible for?

Yes, I completely understand the enormity of the lack of intellect involved with a program such as "Fast and Furious"...

As managers these sheriffs need to stay in their counties and try to keep some of the weapons involved from harming citizens or their officers.. not grandstanding against the federal government.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Mental illness in the elderly takes many forms. Dementia is perhaps the leading form of mental illness and can be displayed in many ways. Overactive imagination, forgetfulness and untruthfulness can be signs of dementia, leading to more severe conditions.

The MCSO sheriff is mentally ill, in my opinion.

Lewis for State Senate
Lewis for State Senate

Funny how Babeu will totally rag on Obama like he has done on various national radio shows about Fast and Furious, yet doesn't mention the fact that the Bush administration was doing the exact same thing.  Talk about a hypocrite!

Bnbk
Bnbk

I say ARRPie hole is both - He is a senile liar. I also feel you are being too hard on this senile liar after all this gathering was for sherriffs wasn't it ? It wasn't for self-promoting media whores, who love to be the center of attention. Oh wait,Baboon was there,well nevermind.

Coz
Coz

Thats easy, Both !

>>Senile, or a liar -- what's it gonna be? 

Freedomfighter
Freedomfighter

Speaking of taking away jobs from Americans...do you have any idea how many once good paying jobs have now gone to prisoners in the private prisons? Nike, Walmart and Target all admit to hiring inmates for jobs that pay an average wage of .25 cents an hour! Whats even worse is many of these same companies spend millions lobbying for stricter laws and longer sentences..hmmm..wonder why???

Desertdove
Desertdove

So typical of Libs and Dems to misconstrue things this way.

Mistalee
Mistalee

The law against Joe Arpaio lying to the press? WTF are you talking about?

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

There ya go with your understatements, Roro. If he had been able to remember the invitation he would have ignored it for the very reason you've stated.

Vic
Vic

Isn't the Baboon a proud NRA member.  That's the group that says "guns don't kill people, people kill people" .  Not defending the idiotic FF program but there is no doubtthat the killings would have taken place without those guns as the cartels have tons of weapons.  Just pointing out that they want it both ways.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

It was also a tactic used by Arpaio when he was a federal agent.  It is quite a common tactic to try to map the criminal enterprise and has been used countless times in the past in different forms.  Check out the dogpile.com for "mob filtration by federal agents"  and you'll see all sorts of examples of federal agents engaging in illegal activities in an attempt to infiltrate the criminal organizations. 

What the opponents of President Obama don't reveal (and thereby lie in the telling) is that there are over 50 million weapons which are being sold and trafficked by arms manufacturers and gun shops and weapons dealers in the US to criminal organizations around the world (not just in Mexico) and this "push-back" on fast and furious is an attempt to stop an effective tactic to find the evidence which could be used to prosecute American citizens who are involved in the trafficking.  That's why the gun nuts are going "nuts" over the story. 

Of the millions of guns being sold to Mexican gangs, I can guarantee you that many examples can be found of those same weapons being used against U.S. Citizens and federal agents.  Those examples won't warrant the attention being paid to the one example of a fast and furious gun being involved in a crime because that would focus attention away from the shiny bauble being shown to the American people. 

"Look over here - no, don't look at the millions of guns being sold to Mexican cartels by the 1,000s of traitrous US Citizens that fast and furious was attempting to catch."

President Obama has loosened gun controls in this country - not tightened.  Fast and Furious is a common infiltration tactic used by law enforcement to ferret out the rats in our society.  The reason no one in law enforcement wants to discuss the details is because infiltration depends on secrecy and I'm guessing a lot of this information is classified or part of a criminal investigation.  The agents pushing this anti-fast and furious are jerks and should be fired, jailed or worse. 

We need to stop the flow of dangerous weapons into the hands of dangerous people!!

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

You referenced dog pile.com which is just a site like google.com.   How about a specific reference regarding all of these figures like millions of firearms sold to mexican criminal gangs.   No one's going to read every article, did you?  How about one article by what writer?   50 million weapons are being sold..by who and when?   Are they all being sold today or last year or when?   You're throwing a lot of unsubstantiated claims around.   Long sentences don't make for any proof or even any evidence.  I'd like to read it if you'll tell us where to find it.   As far as gun control being relaxed, I don't see that either.  Proof or evidence...where?

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