Is Joe Arpaio Trying to Intimidate Opponent Mike Stauffer?

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This is Joe Arpaio's "grrrr" face (it's also the face he makes when you ask him about Mexican drug cartels infiltrating his office -- which is exactly what we asked him before snapping this photo).
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office admitted yesterday that it asked the Arizona Attorney General's Office to "contact" Scottsdale Lieutenant Mike Stauffer -- Sheriff Joe Arpaio's opponent in this year's election -- and ask him about "inside information" he received about the December death of Marty Atencio in one of Arpaio's jails.

The Sheriff's Office refuses to say it asked the AG's Office to "investigate" Stauffer, just "contact" him.

However, we got our hands on a voicemail the AG's Office left for Stauffer. In it, you can hear a "special agent" from the AG's office say it's an investigation...then that it's not an investigation...and then dance around the word "investigation."

You can listen to the voicemail here.

Additionally, Stauffer told us yesterday that the Maricopa County Attorney's Office contacted his higher-ups to tell them the agency would not longer prosecute cases he was involved with as a member of the Scottsdale Police Department -- a claim the County Attorney's Office says is "absolutely false."

According to Stauffer, the County Attorney's Office is a little fussy over something he posted on Facebook about County Attorney/Arpaio crony Bill Montgomery's handling of the Fiesta Bowl scandal -- a case that resulted in no prosecutions of politicians involved in the scandal (get all the details here).

"I was questioning that there was no prosecution of the people in the Fiesta Bowl and I said 'could it be because Arpaio's name was on the top of the possible defendants list?'" Stauffer told us yesterday. "They didn't like that.".

Arpaio, as you probably know, has a long history of attempting to intimidate those who oppose him, which includes the arrests of county supervisors Don Stapley and Mary Rose Wilcox, and the arrests of the owners of this publication, to name a few.

We want to know what you think: Is Arpaio trying to intimidate Stauffer?

Cast your vote below.



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Anon
Anon

This is how it gets started. Truly chilling.

Carolana
Carolana

change.org needs about 1500  more signatures  on a petition for Joe Arpaio to resign. Please sign up we need to get this fool out of office as soon as possible.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

Arpaio is pulling the same stunts he pulled on people like Stapley, Wilcox, Donahoe, etc. This time, though, he doesn't have Henderbulk to do the dirty work.

The whole "I don't recall" defense will not fly when it is found out Arpaio is questioned for his role in this latest round of MCSO BS.

Hopefully the DOJ and the USAO received my certified letter which fully implicates the Old Fool in the county meltdown from 2008-2010 and it results in indictments.

Expert Shot
Expert Shot

It's not his face in that photo above that signifies "grrrr", it's his finger on the side of the podium.  THAT's the finger photo we should all be talking about!

Bnbk
Bnbk

Arpaio IS trying to intimidate Mike Stauffer & anyone else that dares to question him. Sad part is,it seems as if  he has enlisted the help of the county & states top law officials.The up side in all this is they are fooling no-one with their fabricated witch hunt. Arpaio is talking tough on the outside but on the inside,he has to be worried as hell of the real possibility of MCSO being taken into recievership. The clock is ticking for Arpaio to make a decision. I actually hope he chooses to be defiant in this circumstance.

Unbelievable
Unbelievable

Typical Arpaio tactic. He need not even prove anything, just get the story out there and create doubt among potential Stauffer backers. And then after Arpaio wins, Stauffer will be cleared.

It will likely get worse as the election approaches. I guess we now know who was behind the past instances. No cronies left to hide behind anymore Joe.....

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

Excellent statement. Arpaio has shown he is definitely pulling the strings. Thanks for pointing that out.

Carolana
Carolana

Times are a changing. Bigots like you and your cronnies,Brewer,Horne,Pearce,Montgomery.Babeu are on your way out. When you are all gone Az will see an influx of tourists and businesses returning.  Maybe even the Canadian mounties.
There will be dancing in the streets. Can't wait for this to happen, and I believe soon. See ya!

Bobby
Bobby

You want to see the Canadian mounties, how nice. Arizona is one of the most visited states in the U.S., by Europeans, Americans, Asians, etc. What are you even tallking about.

RG
RG

In my heart I just can't believe all this corruption in front of our eyes and no one does anything about it. Why the f*&^ are so afraid if this ignorant,raSCIST PIG!!!

I just don't understand how a Sheriff has so much power..This is ridiculous we as the people must step up and do something about this..We need to get rid of the "darkness" that this bad energy has created..

Kpehjer94
Kpehjer94

you bet your ass he is.. just when in the hell is someone. in authority going to step in. on this wanna be two bit tyrant? ??????

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Stauffer is a supbordinate employee of Scottsdale PD. is there a reason the City of Scottsdale continues to allow LIEUTENANT Stauffer to use his position with Scottsdale PD to further his own personal and political agenda?

He has publically excoriated the MCAO with this nonsense which is the charging Agency for Scottsdale PD and MCSO. How is this political rhetoric beneficial to the residents of Scottsdale?

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

"Is there a reason" the County of Maricopa continues to allow Arpaio to use his position with the MCSO to use intimidation tactics, brutality, murder, financial malfeasence, and various other criminal acts, to further his own personal and political agenda?

Do these actions really represent the majority of the population of Maricopa County?

Just asking.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

There is sufficient evidence out there to show corruption with the current administration without embellishing the facts. You tossing "murder" out there to bolster your argument only weakens your position.

Have you started an exercise program for the new year Bob?

Tina
Tina

Yes, Guest123, those traits of YPS do ooze out from his untruthful fantasy posts, and he defines himself by those pathetic nuisance posts.  It's apparent that YPS has hang-ups galore,  craves attention and thrives on negative attention....very much like the sheriff himself in that regard.  
in all his gobblety-gook commentary, YPS just can't bring himself to address the issue -- in this article or the previous one -- on the topic of the sheriff's history of intimidation tactics, both overt and subtle,  used against his adversaries. 

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

A teacher asks a student named Juan to use liver and cheese in a sentence. Juan responds, "Juanita is my sancha. Liver alone, cheese mine."

You are right! That is reprehensible! How could anyone find humor in such bigoted filth! Anyone who has even heard the joke is branded a bigot for life!

You are the epitome of the phrase Drama Queen, guest23.

Get over yourself and your self hating homophobia.

Guest23
Guest23

Have you been able to admit that racist cartoons were circulated on the mcso intranet? A claim you thoroughly ridiculed and downplayed when i brought it up months ago in which you claimed i could not come up with evidence and than i did from these very blog pages and you shut your piehole pretty quick.

Your sexism, homophobia and bigotry have already been established in these pages, so it is hard to find much of any worth in any thing you post since you are part of the problem and not the solution being a bigoted cop.

Phil
Phil

Your argument is valid and also on that note, how is current sheriff benefiting Maricopa County? His agency is an embracing and financial discrace!

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