Who (if Anyone) Should Drop Out of Sheriff's Race Against Joe Arpaio?

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The controversy continues over what looks to be a three-way race for Maricopa County Sheriff come November, as the Feathered Bastard highlighted in his column this week.

Right now, it looks like there are going to be two people trying to defeat Sheriff Joe Arpaio: Independent candidate Mike Stauffer, and Democrat Paul Penzone (or John Rowan).

Neither Stauffer nor the Democrat-backed Penzone has a perfect record, although neither of them has been accused of overseeing the worst case of racial profiling in history.

Neither is concerned about wasting time, effort, money, or really, a single thought, on President Obama's birth certificate, and they both seem to give a rip about sex crimes in the county.

When we asked our readers about two weeks ago whether Arpaio could be defeated with two challengers on the ballot, it was close -- 35 percent said yes. Right behind that, 33 percent said no. The pessimists polled at 31 percent, saying Arpaio's blind faithful will reelect him either way.

So, who has to go?

As the Bird points out, Democrat Dan Saban didn't really run the world's greatest campaign last time around, and took in a little more than 42 percent of the vote. Arpaio grabbed about 55 percent.

That said, Penzone (or Rowan) can bank on getting the vote from just about every Dem in the county.

On the other hand, it's been Stauffer's position that he's more likely to grab some Republican votes from Arpaio -- Republicans who wouldn't dare vote for a Democrat. He's also banking on the thought that the Dems would probably roll with him instead of Arpaio in the election. (Check out an info-graphic from the Stauffer campaign here.)

Let's take a vote: who has to go?

Cast your vote below:


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9 comments
Hateazcrookedcops
Hateazcrookedcops

vanderstock, we'll buy you a one way ticket out of here. stupidity to the max, imigration talk is only lip service for votes and it is NOT his job!! is he paid to be border patrol???

Hatecoruptaz
Hatecoruptaz

so many left with all the war zone , with the politicians, dont blame them affects us all.

Hatebanneraz
Hatebanneraz

watch r pie hole pull some last minute commercials, like last time . Dan saban masturbated at work, paid for by the republican party. like anyone gives a shit,   r pie hole just makes more noise with his attends on. who would think of voting that coruption in office.  to protect the public hahhahha

Cat Burns
Cat Burns

Jokes looking more like a cross between W C Fields and Hitler every day!

Coz
Coz

Penzone doesn't have the experience or qualifications Stauffer has, plain as day and is a simple fact. Elect Penzone and all you have is another Arpaio by a different name. Stauffer gets our families 6 votes.

Coz
Coz

I agree.

Conservative American
Conservative American

Awww, you don't understand the cause relationship between diverting attention away from the real problems facing AZ and towards the silly issue of from what nation the car washers come from ... so you resort to calling people names. Do try to keep up next time.

Ross
Ross

All three of them are interested only in what's best for himself, not what's best for the people of Maricopa County and beyond.  Until jailers and cops report to professionals and not politicians, it really doesn't make a difference which is elected.

Carl Toersbijns
Carl Toersbijns

By the looks of the poll,,,I suspect there is panic in the air by Joe Arpaio supporters who are voting for Mike Staufer to withdraw.. It appears Mike is a formicable foe or opponent and has the chance of knocking Joe A off this election year. He doesn't have a political $$$$$$ coffer like Joe Arpaio but he has two things Joe Arpaio does not have.. He is credible and he is committed to change MCSO from the inside out.. Some may not like it but it is way overdue. If the Republicans not happy with Joe A switch for Mike this November, it will happen. I don't think money is going to buy too many votes for Joe A this time around. He has done his time and tour of duty and needs to step down or move on to refresh law enforcement in Maricopa County.

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