Senators McCain and Kyl Offer Pussified Response to Joe Arpaio's Flubbed Sex-Crime Investigations

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Senators Jon Kyl and John McCain are "concerned" about the 432 sex-crime investigations that were botched by Joe Arpaio's boys in beige.
Arizona senators Jon Kyl and John McCain today issued a joint statement saying they are "concerned" with the the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office's bungling of several hundred sex-crime investigations.

"Concerned" is as far as the senators would go, though, and rather than calling for Sheriff Joe Arpaio's head -- as several other politicos have done since the botched investigations started getting national media attention -- the senators instead vow to support any request for additional Justice Department resources to make sure that something like this never happens again.

See the senators' pussified response to Arpaio's 432 botched sex-crime investigations below:


"We are concerned by the recent press accounts of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office's handling of alleged sex-crimes cases, some of them involving children. Victims of abuse not only deserve the respect of law enforcement, but their rights must also be protected throughout the criminal justice process. Laws that we have championed are intended to give a voice to victims of crime. We intend to support state and local authorities' requests for any additional assets from the Justice Department that are necessary to properly investigate and prosecute these and other cases, including those which need to be investigated by other law enforcement agencies."

The sheriff's response to the senators' press release is stupefying.

"I appreciate the offer of assistance by Senators McCain and Kyl to help this office and other major law enforcement agencies in the valley that currently have the same problem we did back in 2007," Arpaio says.

If the sheriff can find one law enforcement agency in the Valley -- or the entire country, for that matter -- that has the same problems the MCSO had with investigating sex crimes between 2005 and 2007, we would be absolutely stunned.

Arpaio seems to be under the impression that his office's bungling of several hundred sex-crime investigations is no big deal -- a common problem for any large law enforcement agency.

Yesterday, the sheriff fended off criticism of the botched investigations, saying "this is not unique to the sheriff's office because you can talk about four other local agencies -- who I will not identify, but I'm sure you know who they are -- who've had serious other problems just like this in the last 18 months."

As we pointed out in prior posts, Arpaio presumably is talking about "Fast and Furious," the Justice Department's botched gun-smuggling sting, and the Phoenix Police Department's problem with tallying kidnapping statistics.

As we've also pointed out in prior posts, in each of those cases, heads rolled -- just ask former Phoenix police Chief Jack Harris, and former U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke.

Arpaio, yesterday, also brought up the sex scandal at Penn State University. In that case, the university's former football coach, Joe Paterno, got canned after 46 years on the job. Paterno didn't abuse anyone, but the abuse happened on his watch -- the same way 432 sex-crime cases went virtually uninvestigated on Arpaio's watch.

The sheriff, however, dismisses calls for his resignation as political rhetoric from Democrats who disagree with him on his policies on illegal immigration. The headline-hound even went so far as to say some of those calling for his resignation are only doing so to get free publicity by bashing America's self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff."

We sent McCain spokesman Brian Rogers an email asking the senator's thoughts on asking the Justice Department to take a look at the incompetent sheriff who allowed this to go on -- rather than just expressing his "concern." We'll let you know if we hear back.

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Alex Harman
Alex Harman

A mild criticism: the use of an implicitly misogynistic word like "pussified" in an article related to sex-crimes strikes me as a blemish on your otherwise excellent coverage of our corrupt thug of a sheriff's ignominious career.  It's the sort of thing a writer could easily be forgiven for doing under the time pressure of bringing an article to press, but a good editor ought to have replaced it with another word with less unfortunate implications -- "wimpy," for example, or perhaps "spineless," or even "pussy-footing," in which the "pussy" clearly refers to a cat rather than to female genitalia.

guest
guest

This about sums up the failure of the Country. Pussified response is right. Not one representative willing to stand up to unscrupulousness? Why the hell are these people in OFFICE???? Why are they not swooping in with all available resources at their disposal and finding out the truth of what happened?? I am outraged as a citizen of this State and of this Country, for we have lost our way and I do not see the path back!

This pissing match between Federal and States is sick and despicable. Greed, Power and Corruption these are our truths.

malasangre
malasangre

McCain licking the public dong since his conception.   following his heritage how could he speak up now?

Jason
Jason

Maybe their statement wasn't intended to be factual...

keepintabsonthepussyman
keepintabsonthepussyman

Have you been asleep for eleven years and just woke up. You have been an enemy to both Bush and Obama for eleven years and 400 uninvestigated or under investigated sex potential sex crimes is no big deal. Again you are a moron. Try community college...something...anything!

keepintabsonthepussyman
keepintabsonthepussyman

Have you been asleep for eleven years and just woke up. You have been an enemy to both Bush and Obama for eleven years and 400 uninvestigated or under investigated sex potential sex crimes is no big deal. Again you are a moron. Try community college...something...anything!

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

I can't believe this is the news you print about McCain.   He just recently sponsored a bill that passed and is awaiting Obama's signature or veto.   It's a life changing bill that gives the military the right to pick up anyone in this country and hold you for as long as they want and don't have to tell anyone where you are.   You get no lawyer.   You can be sent to another country and held in their prisons or in ours.  I don't recall seeing a story on that in this site.   Why?   This sex crime bullshit is nothing compared to that.

keepintabsonthepussyman
keepintabsonthepussyman

Look, if you want these two useless motherfuckers to take a strong stand against something or someone you just have to slip them some cash. Just another of Arizona's corrupt pols who ought to be cellies in a Federal lockup together.

Rhinoron90804
Rhinoron90804

this fat pig should be gatefull that some father hasn't confronted Joe.This Sheriff is embarrassing to law inforcement and Jan Brewer has his back. I can see both of them singing 99 bottles of beer on the wall. Where's my bonus check ?

Coz
Coz

 Another lesson in why you can't trust government, politicians or the police.

Coz
Coz

Kyl and McCain as usual, are worthless.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

To say I'm disappointed by our U.S. Senators is certainly an understatement.

What they should have said was how enraged they are that ANY person in our state is not getting a complete investigation of a sex crime against them.

Imagine how they would be intervening if any ONE of the victims happened to be personally known to either of them and the law enforcement agency of jurisdiction simply ignored the criminal incident.

In this case it's known that AT LEAST 432 cases were mishandled or simply ignored for more important things, like yet another 'crime suppression' roundup of some employed candle makers.

Yes, Senators, this would be a very good time to show us voters you each have a pair.

keepintabsonthepussyman
keepintabsonthepussyman

So let me understand the fact that these guys are corrupt and is addressed on a fairly regular basis here but this particular story doesn't address your selfish fucking point of view right now has you pissed off...well gee how to put it your a tunneled vision fucking moron. Maybe if someone close to you is a sex crime victim you will be lucky enough to have Sheriff Greaseball investigate and these to fucks cover up for him. You need to take an IQ test and then depending on the results see if some further education could help. When you open your mouth your friends must be embarrassed. And you fucking moron most educated or aware people are quite aware of the ongoing police state mentality of both the Bush and Obama administrations. Keeping quiet and trying to learn will make you look less of a fool.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

yes. McLame should have been in Federal prison with his buddy Charles Keating. BTW Charles Keating still lives in AZ in Paradise Valley somewhere.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

he should consider himself lucky that I was not the fathers of one of those kids that was molested. I would have sued the shit outta Sheriff Joke so fast.. I wouldn't want money, either, I would want JUSTICE.

Bnbk
Bnbk

Go spam somewhere else you twit

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

what is this spam?

Bnbk
Bnbk

Yea Coz, I have to agree with Jason, I too have relatives that are law enforcement officers. It's the ones like AARPiehole that stand out & give the perception that all police officers are corrupt & the enemy. It's unfortunate that unless  a law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty,people tend to take what they actually do for us for granted. There are by far, many more good cops than there are bad cops.................Now goverment & politicians,thats a totaly different story.

Jason
Jason

Not all cops are bad Coz.

Tommy is a former professional police officer. One of my relatives is a police officer, etc.

Bnbk
Bnbk

Agreed,these two are perfect examples of why we should have term limits.

Jason
Jason

Jon "Not intended to be a factual statement" Kyl is retiring and won't be seeking re-election next year. So, he really doesn't give a shit about what happens between now and his impending retirement.

McCain, on the other hand, is presumably running again in 2014, when he'd be 79 or 80. McCain is the one voters need to pay attention to.

teknik1200
teknik1200

It would also be a very different reaction if der Sheriff was not an R

Rob
Rob

Imagine if this was US Citizens in another country and the police had refused to investigate the cases.

Both of these fools would be leading the pack.

Coz
Coz

You can bet Tommy this would be an entire different situation if it was of the Senators family members this happen to.

But as usual, it wasn't and they don't give a shit. All they offer is hot air, as usual...

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

"Imagine how they would be intervening if any ONE of the victims happened to be personally known to either of them and the law enforcement agency of jurisdiction simply ignored the criminal incident."  ....................... or simply had greater stature in the community.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

I am disappointed as well Tommy.  Child abuse is not or should not be a partisan issue.  However, I am glad that we have some minimal movement from the R's.  Eventually one R will have the requisite balls to criticize and condemn the Sheriff's handling of his office over this issue.  Until that time, our R's will be protecting a vile old man that permits child rape. 

"Sheriff Joe Arpaio welcomes you to Maricopa County, a Sanctuary he created for child sex predators."

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Look Chad Snow! Another bigot commenting about greaseballs! You've got company in your bigoted views!

Jason
Jason

Near former U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle?

I now wonder if Quayle Sr. was in on that whole scandal?

Jason
Jason

Guess what?

Joe enjoys immunity from lawsuits. The taxpayers would again be liable. The only way to seek justice is if a judge would agree to waive the state's statute of limitations.

Jason
Jason

The FF of MCSO is NOT AZPOST certified, though I personally believe that all sheriffs in Arizona need and should be certified as police officers.

Jason
Jason

I like the idea of a U.S. Constitutional Amendment. A Constitutional convention hasn't been used since 1787, so I'm not sure if that will be of use.

The other way to amend the Constitution is a 2/3 majority of both Congressional houses, plus 3/4 of the states.

I personally believe the 22nd Amendment (two terms for the president) applies to Congess as well...

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

agreed. These yahoos have been in power for far too long. Vote Democratic next election and start us in the right direction in AZ!

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

could you imagine if Sheriff Joke was a Democrat. lol he would have been fired a long time ago.

BTW a few years back some jackwagon tried to tell me that Sheriff Joe was a liberal democrat. I was like NO.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

Imagine Mclame's daughter getting raped by a pack of illegals. I would be willing to bet half the state would be arrested...

Jason
Jason

Count me in as well.

I am a victim of child molestation and I am, more than anyone, outraged by this disgusting, criminal, corrupt old man claiming to be law enforcement fucking up more than 400 sexual abuse cases.

This sick old man needs to go. Jail is the best place for him, but I think a mental institution would be better suited for our mentally ill shurf.

What needs to happen is Congress and the president need to intervene. Design and pass tough laws that REQUIRE sexual-abuse cases to be fully investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. These cases can't be prosecuted due to the statute of limitations.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

apparently republicans are pro-sex crimes!

Fine with me, I could win votes to some kind of office on an anti-sex crimes platform as MOST normal people are against them.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

I dont know, but I dont think he was tainted with that scandal. If you want to know more about it google the Keating 5.(there were some dems caught up in that scandal too, but the most famous was McCain)

malasangre
malasangre

fathers don't think much of lawsuits.  when it's time we all know

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

Jason, yes I know.. Did you read what I wrote. I was saying I wouldn't sue for money I would sue them to FIX the problems, and I wouldn't want it taken out on the tax payers... although on reflection maybe they deserve it, since they keep voting for the moronic sheriff  Joke.

Bnbk
Bnbk

Yea I know this,I don't know what the hell I was thinking calling Piehole a law enforcement officer. To all the real law enforcement officers out there.....oops.

Jason
Jason

I agree with you 100%.

That's why we need to amend the U.S. Constitution to term-limit the politicians we elect to Congress to 2 terms. It would limit the amount of corruption/BS/malfeasance in office. Plus the U.S. Constitution has an impeachment clause that has only been used, to my knowledge, twice in U.S. history.

The first time the impeachment clause was invoked was during Reconstruction and President Andrew Johnson's term. He was spared conviction by 1 vote.

The second time was during Bill Clinton's 2nd term. He was found not guilty.  

Bnbk
Bnbk

Too bad that it will never happen, all the corrupt politicians would never cut their own political throats,no matter how much good it would do for our country. None of them are in office to do what is in the best interest of our nation. Self serving hipocrites, ALL of them.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

ah, I see. it's too bad it really doesn't work that way tho.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

My question was ideally rhetorical... just a poof of casual oxygen in a political hurricane.

Jason
Jason

That's what I do now.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

maybe, but once elected republicans here will be pressured into toeing the republican line. I think that what we need is in all the districts for people to vote for the opposite party for one election cycle. In other words, republican districts vote democratic, and democratic ones vote republican. Then we go from there.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

Tommy, the problem with that solution is that republicans will pressure other republicans to toe the line so to speak so if you elect more republicans it solves nothing.

You answered your own question in your second sentence.

Bnbk
Bnbk

Although I have voted Dem most all  life,I now believe in the best candidate point of view.You are right about voting the party line. I'm actually liking the idea of open primaries more & more,could be the way we need to go.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

How about if we just vote for the BEST CANDIDATE in the next election, regardless of party affiliation? The party line in Arizona is why we are where we are today.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Arpaio changed party affiliation to run for the sheriff of maricopa county in 1992. Prior to then he was a registered democrat. Further, in 2004 he endorced Janet napolitano for governor of Arizona in 2004. She was a dem running against GOP candidate Matt Salmon.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

btw I know I would be picked up because I call McCain, Mclame .

And they would have that crime solved so fast we wouldn't even know it happened.

Coz
Coz

In a heartbeat....

malasangre
malasangre

at his age he is like J. Edgar.  there is no mafia only wop gangsters. ( i'm not really prejudice i just hope to p-iss off Joe).  with Joe it's illegals and child molestors. cant see the forest...tunnel vision... one trick pony

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