Joe Arpaio, at 79 Years Old, Is Really Running For Sheriff Again

Attention Joe Arpaio: 80 is not the new 70.
Despite a humiliating 2011 -- complete with a Mexican drug cartel infiltrating his office, a scathing Department of Justice report claiming he's guilty of the worst racial-profiling practices in U.S. history, and the fallout from the Munnell Memo -- Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will once again run for sheriff, he announced this morning.

The seemingly endless scandals and tales of corruption aside, Arpaio's gonna be 80 years old by the time his next term would begin.

The announcement ends the speculation/publicity stunt that Arpaio would seek higher office, like the U.S. Senate seat getting vacated by Senator Jon Kyl, which Arpaio claimed to be considering running for.

Arpaio will likely face Scottsdale Lieutenant Mike Stauffer in the November 6 election.

Stauffer, a 28-year police veteran, started his campaign to unseat America's self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff" last year.

A life-long Republican, Stauffer switched party affiliation in October, and is now running as an Independent to avoid having to face Arpaio in a GOP primary -- where Arpaio's far-right-wing-nut, blue-haired base would likely make up the majority of those voting.

We've had a chance to get to know Stauffer a bit -- he's slightly more progressive than Arpaio. For example, he knows how to use a computer. Check out some of our coverage of his campaign here.

Arpaio claims his campaign already has about $6 million in its coffers.

Speaking of money, as of May, defending Arpaio in legal cases has cost Maricopa County taxpayers more than $50 million since America's priciest sheriff took office in 1993, according to the County Risk Management Department -- and let's not forget about the roughly $100 million he "misspent" over the last eight years.

Oh, yeah -- did we mention he's gonna be 80 years old?

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Mike Reinhard
Mike Reinhard

Anybody But Joe!
As much as I may like Joe Arpaio, I think he needs to take lessons from Joe Paterno and Woody Hayes and not try to stay years past his prime.  I would rather hear about Arpaio as the "former sheriff of Maricopa County" instead of the "disgraced politician".   Joe Arpaio reminds me of Pete Rose and if I asked most young people who Pete is they who probably respond something like "the guy who was kicked out of baseball?"  The same is waiting for Joe Arpoia.

I agree with Mike Stauffer's decision to run as an independent to not have waste time fighting Arpaio in a Republican smack-down.  I am afraid of "Sheriff Joe" and would end up in one of Joe's jails and possibly end up dead!  The longer Arpaio is in office, the more he reminds me of Boss Hog (a character from "The Dukes of Hazard).  I am looking forward to when I can elect someone other than Joe Arpaoi. 


in that pic he looks far younger than 79


All you Joe supporters need to ask yourselves why Joe doesn't enforce the employer sanctions law. In the 4 years it has been in effect only 3 employers sanctioned. Why?


Long live Sheriff Arpaio! He is my favorite law officer on the planet! Long live Sheriff Arpaio! Long may he reign! Live long and prosper, Sheriff Arpaio! God bless you real good! Keep up the great work! You are the best Law Officer on this planet! I support you a thousand percent! Don't let anyone beat you or make you stop! You are the best! I will always support you, no matter what state I live in! I wish there were more just like you!

alison hicks
alison hicks

Vote for a nice middle age Sheriff like Stauffer with great attitude or Dirty old man criminal with a big media mouth like Sheriff Joe Arpaio that is over 80 years old. Now that is a no brainer!!! Vote for Stauffer!!!

Jonny Ricco
Jonny Ricco

No more Joe! This guy is a freaking side show act!!


What is needed is an indictment and incarceration. The real criminals in Arizona are on the "outside". Now the world can see it for themselves. Their cronies are flocking around with their millions to "save" their puppets. 

Stand With Arizona
Stand With Arizona

WTG Joe! He will win re-election, and when Obama is deposed, the charges of La Raza veteran Thomas Perez will go up in smoke.


He can't not run...if he looses office, he runs the risk of all the nefarious bullpucky that he has pulled over the years coming to the surface.  Running at this point is survival to prevent spending his closing years in jail.

If (and we can only hope he does) he loses, watch for the trucks full of shredded paper backed up to the MCSO ivory tower.  It'll probably make the East German Stasi look like deficient record keepers.


Now way man, that dude is like totally rocking. WOw.
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Joe, how are you doing w/ the 20k felony warrants on your desk ? Joe you can't get elected dog catcher. peace

Not Surprised
Not Surprised

The humiliation for Arpaio has just begun.  Will it end with just loosing his job to someone who really is qualified to really to the job, or will there be a criminal conviction to boot?


The Mexican Mafia "infiltrating" the MCSO or "allowed" to do their thing in the MCSO until it exposed the "truth"? Many are wondering....

matt gordon
matt gordon

Aye, dios mio! The old sociopath is definitely in it for the power. Too bad he doesn't have the respect for the agency to just retire. He can't be very effective at 79, past the age at which it is wise to take grandpa's car keys away.

Joe and his crowd fools no one
Joe and his crowd fools no one

Joe Arpaio really must be suffering from demtia if he thinks he can win this election after all the problems in the Sheriff'Offce.  Joe Baby evidently has read about the sign on Harry Truman's desk which read something like "The Buck Stops Here."

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

He can run, but he can't hide, the Feds are coming! the Feds are coming! they're coming to get you fool!


Lets no forget that Montgomery is also up for election in 2012.  In the event that lots of really stupid people vote for Joke again, I hope there is someone that can get Joke's lap dog voted out!


Old news on the Joke.  He "announced" he was running when he started running attack ads during the 2010 election!  (or so he claimed.  I guess he didn't recall that...)


oh good! I'll vote for joe. anybody else will be soft on crime.


Run for Governor Joe! Why not this state government is so fucked as it is not to mention our legal system. The sad part is he would get elected if he did!

Dave Francis
Dave Francis

As the presidential candidates move along to the state of New Hampshire, voters
should question each person remaining in the race about illegal immigration? Then
a necessary question to ask the voters of New Hampshire, do you think the
current numbers of illegal aliens is not a major problem? Then mull over this!
The current population of illegal migrants from South of our border, and the
passenger illegal immigrants who fly from other countries and overstay their
visas is higher than the entire population of 13 states. This includes
Wyoming, Vermont, Alaska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Delaware, Montana, Rhode
Island, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Idaho, Maine and Nebraska as a whole.


The insidious practice of having a pregnant
illegal alien intentionally entering our sovereign nation is incomprehensible.
It is a means to a beneficial end--to financially place the weight of the baby’s
birth on the taxpayer, as the hospitals cannot absorb the fees wrought on them,
especially in Border States.  They also purposely
try to get pregnant while here, as in the majority of cases deportation is held
in a vacuum. The number of U.S.-citizen children born to illegal
immigrants has dramatically increased over the past five years from 2.7 million
in 2003 to 4 million in 2008, according to a study released Tuesday. The Pew
Research Center concludes that nearly 10 percent of children born in the United
States are born to illegal alien mothers.  This is exploitation and a loophole
of the 14th amendment. The reason is practical—for as the illegally individual
arrives in our nation from a otherwise poor country, everything for the new
born is free.


Congress and sponsored by Steve King’s (R-IA) Birthright Citizenship Act of
2011 (H.R.140) would amend the law so the unborn babies of illegal aliens
smuggled calculatedly through borders or by international flight are ineligible
for citizenship. A further explanation to amending this part of 14th
Amendment, is the less obvious reason? Illegal aliens once they have a foothold
in America can then petition the courts for legal status. Although many years
may pass once gaining citizenship, they can then partition under the family
unification laws, bring even more family members to these lands and like a
giant pyramid scheme, just replicates.


Another preference bill is the ‘Legal Workforce Act’ or recognized
as mandatory E-Verify program. This current bill, H.R. 2885 can right some
massive wrongs and impose ‘Attrition through Enforcement’ guaranteeing that
illegal aliens will self deport taking their families with them if no work is
available. Taxpayers and jobless workers can expedite this method by
stringently complaining to the Federal and State offices of Senators and the
Congressional House phone switchboard at 202-224-3121. Do not let them deliberately
hold back this law as it will help relieve some of the 22 million unemployed
American job seekers. This is a simple, less aggressive and relatively free from
taxpayer’s expense, as nationwide employers will no longer be able to skirt
this law. There will be no mitigating circumstance as many will see the inside
of federal prison cell. Not only has 73 Republicans; mostly fresh Tea Party
politicians, but also 3 Democrats have also co-sponsored this imperative bill
as to date.


Romney during a campaign stop in Iowa on New Year’s Eve, the former governor
stated that he would veto the so-called DREAM Act if he was president. And as
governor of Massachusetts, Romney allowed state troopers to be deputized to
help with the enforcement of immigration laws. He also opposed attempts to
allow illegal aliens to pay the lower in-state tuition rates at state
universities. Although he opposes the DREAM Act, Romney seems open to grant
legal residency status to those who serve in the U.S. military.


Rick Santorum throughout
his time as senator, Santorum consistently opposed bills that would grant
amnesty or other legalization benefits for illegal aliens. He voted against a
bill that would have produced a guest worker program with a path to US
citizenship for certain illegal aliens. In addition he voted in opposition to a
bill that would allow certain illegal aliens to participate in social security
system. Rick Santorum also voted in support of constructing a fence along our
Southern border and doesn’t believe in amnesty, although he opposes deporting
the millions of illegal aliens already residing in the U.S.


Ron Paul has a similar attitude towards
illegal immigration, that he opposes Amnesty, but does not support deporting
the estimated 20 million plus illegal aliens currently squatting in the U.S.
Paul, Like introduced a bill that would amend the 14th Amendment to the
Constitution so that children born to non-citizens within the U.S. could not
attain automatic citizenship.


Rep. Michele Bachmann
of Massachusetts has the best stance on illegal immigration, but unhappily she
has stepped down as a presidential candidate. Although Bachman has left the
race, she will still carry the banner of the TEA PARTY.  As Senators and House members are
regurgitated so to speak for reelection. We must insist that they will follow
the laws passed down to us by our founding fathers? Not the Socialist movement
by President Obama and his rat patrol, assaulting the sovereign rights of
individual states. Every politician should promise to uphold the U.S.
Constitution, which is the promise to tens of millions of TEA PARTY members of
freedom and liberty. To restrain a government out of control and shrink it; to
rewrite the antique current tax code and replacing it with a fair and equitable
tax for all and no special advantages for those in power; open up our abundant
oil deposits and tell the environmentalists, ‘to put a sock in it.’ Read more
about these propagating issues at the NumbersUSA website. You can also
investigate these major problems at (FAIR) Federation of American Immigration
Reform and a daily exercise in nationwide newspaper editorial at American
Patrol. More eye opening reports can be studied at Judicial Watch, a public
legal website dealing with the overflowing corruption in the federal government
and at state level.


To outline ALL the dangers are both financial and criminal that illegal
immigration brings to the Citizens of the United States of America is
overwhelming. To provide another "Amnesty" reminiscent of the failed blanket
program of 1986, (The Immigration Control and Reform Act that systematically
allowed 3 Million illegal aliens to become legitimate.  As according to the defunct Bear-Stearns
company report
That in 2005, Bear-Stearns estimated the illegal population near 20 million
plus, amongst other mind boggling statistics. IF THE NUMBER OF FOREIGNERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WAS APPROXIMATELY 20
MILLION PEOPLE TODAY?  Most American recognizes
that you cannot trust government demographics and specifically the Liberal
Progressives on statistics? Any new Amnesty as discussed by former House
Speaker Newt Gingrich will only tempt to bring a wave of illegal immigration
like the USA has never seen before. We have always been a ‘Nation of Laws’ as identified
in the U.S. Constitution. Although of late, this President has been derelict in
his duties, in informing Congress on numerous action he has taken.


Illegal nationals knew the consequence of
deportation and that they were breaking laws in our country. All patriotic
Americans need to make a stand NOW or the cornucopia of benefits will dwindle
for our own people—trying to get back on the feet. Also stop the abuse of the
14th Amendment with the traditional term "Anchor Babies” that must be
repealed. It makes it easy to evade current citizenship requirements. Demand
that illegal entry becomes a "felony" which will radically reduce
attempts to cross the border, or overstay visas. This especially appropriate as
the 42 percent of intentional ‘Overstays’ will recognize if they are caught and
deported, they cannot return legally for ten years. Additionally we have President Barack Obama questionable association
with ACORN, AHCOA (Affordable Housing Centers of America), the
renamed ACORN Housing organization which has a long history of corrupt activity,
including voter fraud and other illicit association, costing billions of
taxpayer dollars. With so much counting on the outcome of the 2011 presidential
election, we need to watch for ‘Voter Fraud’ that is bound to happen as illegal
aliens have a lot to lose, if Obama is not reelected? Already the Department of
Justice minions, are not only suing individual states, but are out to intimidate
personages as Sheriff Joe Arpaio. How long will it be, for Liberal radical activists
to verbally threaten Sheriff Paul Babeau of Pinal County, Arizona, running for
state Representative for his platform on illegal aliens? Whatever Sheriff Joe’s
taxpayers have spent defending him, he probably save them a lot more by scaring
off illegal aliens and the sewer drug cartels?

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

I have been seriously hoping he would run for U.S. Senate....

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

He shouldn't be allowed to run again because of the mockery he has made of the MCSO.  He didn't follow up on how many sex cases?  He "lost" 100 million tax payer dollars.  These two things alone should disqualify him.

Also, how many of his top people lost their jobs last year? 

Seedy Ward
Seedy Ward

He isn't running for office; he's waddling.


you nuts? You want more criminal Sheriffs? You do realize he has caused major
problems for AZ? That he has stolen MILIIONS from the people of Az. That he breaks the
law every chance he gets. That he lies to the public. He doesn’t go after real
criminals. He goes after people of color, he runs around with his posse hunting
down Hispanics most that are working. So it doesn’t take a lot of brains to
figure out where they are at. I believe his personal beliefs are the reason. Wouldn’t
you rather have a Sheriff that handles all crimes, that does his job, that you
can trust to have the peoples best interest at heart not his own popularity? Nobody
knows what other crimes he has committed while wearing that badge he has destroyed
most of his records. But just knowing  what he has done is more than enough to make
any person worried about being protected & keeping their family safe know
its not going to happen with Joe as Sheriff . If you want a clown a show off, a
person that is out for his own fame, beliefs, that lies and steals then he’s
the man for you. But if you want to feel secure, knowing you have someone that
goes after people that are a threat to your safety, that follows up on warrants-
then you need to find someone else There are still lawsuits pending against him
so AZ is still continuing to lose more money.


Tmf7811, Well said. Can only imagine how much as been shredded to date after the years of ongoing investigations....


Just watch Mike.  He will think of something.  That is something more expensive and even more outlandish than the last stunt.


Hey West, it's 'losing'. You'd think a campaign manager worth his salt could spell.

Todd Allen Peterson
Todd Allen Peterson

I think I can speak for the rest of the United States when I say we are more worried about him having a badge and a side arm than a set of car keys.  LOL !!

Those are the items that need to be taken away from "Grampa Joe" !!


It does not apply to this shurf.


soft on crime= ignoring sexual assaults of children?


Seems Joke is some of sexual assaults and crimes committed by him and his command staff!


In all your numbers you conveniently left out the $7billion annually that illegal immigrants contribute to social security,it all goes to uncle sam. But that doesnt matter to the GOP,the male,stale,and pale party.


You spent a lot of text getting down to your last sentence that had a great big 'probably' in it.  Even your buddy Arpaio wants facts. 

You have learned to copy and paste.  How admirable.  Do you have any substance to share that relates to the topic at hand? 

alison hicks
alison hicks

Tommy Collins you are joking right???
Sheriff Joe for Senate. Wow. He doesn't even know how to use a cell phone. Now you are scaring me.


Oh c'mon Tommy, you know he wasn't serious because he pulls that all the time.  This time it was also politically timely for him to throw that "I'm considering..." statement out to divert attention from all the current revelations of his wrongdoing.  Anything to take voters'  eyes off the ball, and the media bites every time on the distraction.  


The hope died for me in 2000 when he didn't run for governor for the second time.


Where's the oversight and accountability of the MCSO?


Or so he


don't forget a lot of the tourist dollars that were removed from AZ and spent elsewhere by people from Mexico that come to visit us legally but are scared they will be harassed here in AZ.


Thinking and expressing ones own thoughts is hard. Cutting and pasting is easy. Paranoid, frightened people who only live within the bubble of their own beliefs are easy to manipulate.


apparently not. All he can do is cut N paste. I know some don't like me much, not mentioning any names, but at least I can come up with my opinions all on my own.

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