Best Potential Candidate For Sheriff: Mike Stauffer, Paul Penzone, Or Joe Arpaio?

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Is Maricopa County ready for a new sheriff in town?
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio -- at 79 years old -- has made it clear that despite being youthfully challenged, he plans to run for another four-year term as sheriff.

The good news is he already has two potential opponents: Scottsdale Lieutenant Mike Stauffer, who's been actively campaigning for Arpaio's job since last year, and former Phoenix Sergeant Paul Penzone, who announced last week that he was considering a run to unseat America's priciest sheriff.

Stauffer wants to put an end to the "reality show" sheriff's office that the MCSO has become under Arpaio's leadership. We sat down with the candidate last year. Read all about it here.

Penzone's the former "face" of Silent Witness. He's also a Nancy Grace kiss-ass. He's since served as the Chief Operations Officer for notMYkid, a (supposedly) non-profit organization aimed at educating parents and children of the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. His plans for reform at the MCSO are currently unknown.

As for Arpaio: well, he's Arpaio -- his filthy laundry has been well-documented by New Times for nearly 20 years. Click here for the details on his most-recent humiliations.

We want to know what you think: who's the best potential candidate for sheriff?

Cast your vote below.



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hartman.stephen
hartman.stephen

Seems to me that this is a great political scam ran by even the most high in government, we shouted for Bush's removal and they gave us Kerry as his opposition, lol, now we scream for Obama to be ousted and they give us captain hook and peter pan. Now we have Arpaio by the balls and we are losing our grip by fighting over who would be better to replace him with. C'mon guys really, it's all a bait and switch scheme in my eyes. Which ever candidate was running first should stay and all who oppose Arpaio shall vote him in, gives us 4 more years to find a good candidate for our county while Joe is out on his ass an no longer protected by his goons, cause Joe their loyalty lies with the boss.

droneant
droneant

This poll sucks, it clearly was written in a way to favor one person.  It could ask who we would pick without labeling clearly labeling who the author has a bias against.

Kay
Kay

This is why I ask you to look (research) outside the box!  When you speak of older American’s…you must
be speaking about me.  My criteria: stud-muffin’s
got my 12; who do I want at my six?  I
can think of many people…Rich is in the top 5 (and our relationship is adversarial at best)...Arpio doesn't even make the list.

Dennis
Dennis

Kay,  I don't know these guys and they may be great, however, I doubt that any of them or others have the go-nads Sheriff Arpaio has...He is, for the older Americans, a sheriff that was fairly common in the old days.. I don't expect you to understand where I'm coming from.  Sheriff is not a kiss ass sheriff.  I have worked for three different departments and everyone walks on eggshells and try and be politically correct... It makes me sick.  President BAM BAM is not an American and I hope Sheriff beats him into the ground...I hope this case in Georgia goes good for every American Believer of the Constitution.  

Kay
Kay

We might need to leave the sand box for this one.  Maybe it's time for fresh eyes and new (better) ideas.  There is a retired Captain out of San Jose, CA named Richard Calderon.  He's a stand up guy and a cops-cop that rose up under former Chief Joseph McNamara (check Stanford's Hoover Institute).  He was recently defeated in the Santa Clara County Sheriff's election by deeply entrenched incumbent Lori Smith. He has some strikes, but any good cop with battle scars does..check him out!!

Dennis
Dennis

It appears the Phoenix New Times is a typical Obama, Pelosi, Holder backed Newspaper...The country as a whole backs Sheriff Joe Arpaio as National Hero...Sheriff Arpaio is truly a Red Blooded American and believes in the United States Constitution..The Hispanics in this country  need to follow the law and they won't have anything to worry about...But, thanks to News Papers like New Times, the Hispanics are raping the Country and driving our (including mine) taxes up to pay for their freeloading.....Go Sheriff Arpaio.............stick it to em !!!!!

Dennis
Dennis

It appears the Phoenix New Times is a typical Obama, Pelosi, Holder backed Newspaper...The country as a whole backs Sheriff Joe Arpaio as National Hero...Sheriff Arpaio is truly a Red Blooded American and believes in the United States Constitution..The Hispanics in this country  need to follow the law and they won't have anything to worry about...But, thanks to News Papers like New Times, the Hispanics are raping the Country and driving our (including mine) taxes up to pay for their freeloading.....Go Sheriff Arpaio.............stick it to em !!!!!

Dennis
Dennis

It appears the Phoenix New Times is a typical Obama, Pelosi, Holder backed Newspaper...The country as a whole backs Sheriff Joe Arpaio as National Hero...Sheriff Arpaio is truly a Red Blooded American and believes in the United States Constitution..The Hispanics in this country  need to follow the law and they won't have anything to worry about...But, thanks to News Papers like New Times, the Hispanics are raping the Country and driving our (including mine) taxes up to pay for their freeloading.....Go Sheriff Arpaio.............stick it to em !!!!!

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

I know very little of Penzone to make a decision.  After watching Stauffer's interview with Joe Dana, it is clear he lacks any leadership qualities needed to be the Sheriff of the third largest county in the nation.  

I used to question why Stauffer was only a lieutenant in a small agency like Scottsdale.  After seeing him stammer, stutter, slouch, and ramble about unimportant information when given a perfect opportunity to sell himself, it is apparent he his a horrible test taker.  He has zero command presence.  His understanding of law enforcement activities is surprisingly inept for someone having been on the job for as long as he has. 

You would think his campaign manager would have taken the time to ensure he was prepared to answer that one difficult question; the hardball question asking him to sell himself.  You promoted to Sergeant and then to Lieutenant?  Really Mike?! and sometimes you are the highest ranking officer? WOW!

It's my hope a real candidate emerges soon.

Stauffer is the white version of Robert Ayala...

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

I know very little of Penzone to make a decision.  After watching Stauffer's interview with Joe Dana, it is clear he lacks any leadership qualities needed to be the Sheriff of the third largest county in the nation.  

I used to question why Stauffer was only a lieutenant in a small agency like Scottsdale.  After seeing him stammer, stutter, slouch, and ramble about unimportant information when given a perfect opportunity to sell himself, it is apparent he his a horrible test taker.  He has zero command presence.  His understanding of law enforcement activities is surprisingly inept for someone having been on the job for as long as he has. 

You would think his campaign manager would have taken the time to ensure he was prepared to answer that one difficult question; the hardball question asking him to sell himself.  You promoted to Sergeant and then to Lieutenant?  Really Mike?! and sometimes you are the highest ranking officer? WOW!

It's my hope a real candidate emerges soon.

Stauffer is the white version of Robert Ayala...

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

what scares me is that Joke has 11% of the votes.. REALLY?

Tred
Tred

Penzone will get my vote, he's a good man and involved with notmykid and childhelp.

Truth to Power
Truth to Power

Wow, Arpaio's approval ratings are below 15%? 

The bigger they are, the harder they fall.

Phoenix Justice
Phoenix Justice

At this moment, I am supporting Lt. Stauffer, even though I would prefer someone who came right and said that they would close the concentration camp known as "Tent City".

Lfp5691
Lfp5691

Please don't be fooled i believe that former Phoenix Sergeant Paul Penzon will end up being a spoiler by taking votes away from Lieutenant Mike Stauffe in the coming election for maricopa sheriff office.Scottsdale Lieutenant Mike Stauffe is the clear and only sane choice for Maricopa sheriffs office please tell ask your friends to vote for Lieutenant Mike Stauffe. thank you

Tina
Tina

James,

Your "Click here for the details on his most-recent humiliations" doesn't work.  It just keeps coming up with this same article.

Westk
Westk

Interesting how Joe and Paul are moving at exactly the same percentage points. Wonder how much Arpaio is paying Paul for showing up to "explore"?

scobob
scobob

You forgot "none of the above"

guest
guest

everybody who's anybody votes for joe.

Mariepaulie
Mariepaulie

You posted this 2hrs and 48 min ago and Stauffer is at 83.12%?  give me a break, talk about being fixed!  Penzone is the right choice!

Jason
Jason

A monkey is better than Joe Arpaio.

Either Stauffer or Penzone will get my vote. Vote for ANYONE but Joe Arpaio.

Gpscentral
Gpscentral

I encourage everyone to look at the Mike Stauffer for Sheriff in 2012 Facebook page. He has lots of information about his intent to revamp the rats nest currenly known as MCSO.

BlackShadow
BlackShadow

 @droneant The day that Arpaio only has 7% support is the day I'll eat my hat. Stauffer is an idiot for referencing this as proof he has support.

Kay
Kay

"Sheriff Arpaio is truly a Red Blooded American and believes in the United States Constitution."

Tell that to Sgt. Thomas Lovejoy...!!!  Or how About Dan Saban, or Gary Donahoe??  Let me know if you need more examples to research.

Do you ever slide down off Arpaio's leg long enough to educate yourself and see what's really going on?  Your messiah is going down!!!  So if you have any pent up fantasies going on, you better get them out of your system soon, because federal prisons don't allow conjugal visits.

hartman.stephen
hartman.stephen

Your an idiotic bullshit spewer like every other Arpaio supporter, dumb Americans will support whoever the news caster paints in a good light instead of reading up on the history of the man himself. I made this mistake many times but now I research for myself and I don't really find anything good about any candidate because like all politicians they are cops first and Americans second.

GoAwayJoe
GoAwayJoe

What a moronic Joe-blowing dumbass!

Not Surprised
Not Surprised

Yeah, YPS, like you have ANY credibility...we all believe you (sarcasm intended!)

Jenna
Jenna

It takes more than a "good man" to have the education, experience and skills to get MCSO in working order. "Good man" was a mantra of Bush and Cheney. They were "good men" and everybody they appointed or affiliated with, they called "a good man".

Westk
Westk

Phoenix Justice, As per Lt. Stauffer (posted on website) "In addition, I have determined that the "tent city" facility does not adhere to the best practices and professional standards of the American criminal justice system. The inhumane treatment of inmates and the lack of rehabilitative services at this facility should be a cause of concern for all citizens. 
Under my direction, the "tent city" facility in its present form will cease to exist. As Sheriff I will replace this facility with a self-sufficient work farm for first time and low risk inmates to learn skills, attend rehabilitation programs..."

jmaz
jmaz

And do what with the repeat offenders there?  Let them wild on our streets?  L.A. County has proven that practice is fatally (literally) flawed.

jmaz
jmaz

It would be nice if you spelled the candidate's name correctly.  It's S-T-A-U-F-F-E-R. 

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

That's a lazy disrespectful statement from a lazy disrespectful campaign manager.

I guess dirty politics from Stauffer's camp is to be expected.

jmaz
jmaz

I did once.  Never again.  Mike Stauffer gets my vote. 

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

Anyone with an IQ under 70 votes for Joe!

"Educated people don't vote for him (Joe)"

-Lisa Allen, MCSO PR Director

jmaz
jmaz

Try as I might, I can't find anything about Paul Penzone's positions on important law enforcement issues.  All that's out there is that he's a democrat - which means he can't win Maricopa County.

Tina
Tina

Dumb comment, Marie.   Results show percentages, not number of readers voting..
Could be that only 15 people voted in the first 3 hours that people read the article.

Results thus far are no surprise, since Stauffer announced his serious candidacy last summer, has been campaigning ever since, has good credentials, and his name is becoming familiar to those who've followed all the reported wrongdoing of the sheriiff in the past few months.  Penzone hasn't even officially announced his candidacy yet, hasn't said anything about why he's running,  and he's thought to be
a "spoiler," -- in it to dilute "anybody-but-Arpaio" to enhance Arpaio's chances, same reason the Pearce campaign people put up sham candidate Olivia Cortes. 

Weird that you would say Penzone is the right choice, when he hasn't said anything yet about why he's running.  You must know him.  Do YOU know who encouraged him to be on that Nancy Grace radio show last year? If you read the transcript, he sounded like a budding Arpaio.  
 

jmaz
jmaz

Don't waste a vote on Penzone.  He simply can't win Maricopa County.  Mike Stauffer has more common-sense, reasonable approaches to various law enforcement issues.  He's respected by law enforcement and he respects the front line deputies.  He's not a media whore like Arpaio and, to a much lesser extent, Penzone. 

jmaz
jmaz

Agree!!!  Mike Stauffer will bring respect back to the MCSO.

Westk
Westk

Jmaz, The very reason they are repeat offenders is because they continue to escape from "tent city." Letting them loose is what is being done now, a secured facility is what will be done under Lt. Stauffer's leadership.

Johnny Skee Mask
Johnny Skee Mask

Good comment. Thumbs up girl. The ones voting for the Flaccid Fucker, hath minds so small, that even a flea could fall off.

Penzone is unknown to me, but I'm still voting for Mike Stauffer.

Tina
Tina

Yes he's a democrat, and because the system is as it is, and it's an elected position, if Penzone DOES run with no other democrat on the primary ballot for sheriff, he would automatically "win" the primary and vie for the position in the general election against (Independen) Stauffer and (Republican) Arpaio.  

Voter turnout in presidential election years is greater than in in-between years.  And unfortunately, there are more ignorant voters who just vote the straight "party line"  regardless of the position.  Hence Penzone's name on the ballot WILL  siphon anti-Arpaio votes from Stauffer.....and intended or not, increase Arpaio's chances of getting elected.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

nevermind.  I just saw the "self sufficient work farm."

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Does a secure facility mean a hard facility? If so, where is Stauffer getting the money?

If not, does that mean he is actually going to use tent city and just "secure" it better?  If so, how?

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Maybe Stauffer should suspend his campaign, if his ultimate goal is to unseat Arpaio..

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