Joe Arpaio Defeats Paul Penzone With Ease, and the Sheriff's Reign Continues

Categories: Election 2012
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Sheriff Joe Arpaio
Last night at the Hyatt Regency in Phoenix, 80-year-old Sheriff Joe Arpaio recycled the same ol' Joe speech he gives all the time -- a speech that apparently resonates with the voters who opted for Arpaio over his opponent, Paul Penzone, by a healthy margin.

All we could really do was stand in front of him and laugh during this -- drawing stares of death from the sheriff and his wife -- while Arpaio explained for the billionth time, to cheers, that he's "just enforcing the laws."

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Which part of Arpaio's résumé did the voters love so much? The jail conditions? Jail deaths? The botched sex-crime investigations? The racial profiling? The bogus investigations into political foes? The jailing of newspaper owners? The authorization of a completely fake investigation into the president's birth certificate? The millions upon millions of dollars wasted? The other "Nickel Bag Joe"-caliber stuff that we detail on this blog at least once a week? Pretty much anything found in the New Times investigative file on Arpaio?

All sounds good to me, according to nearly 470,000 Maricopa County voters who were included in the Maricopa County Recorder's 1 a.m. ballot-tally, with 99 percent of the precincts reporting. That's good enough for about a 10 percentage-point lead over Penzone, while independent candidate Mike Stauffer picked up the scraps for about 4 percent of the vote.

Sure, Arpaio raised an elaborate amount of money -- millions, for a county sheriff race -- but throwing money at Republican consultant Chad Willems probably can't create thousands of pro-Arpaio voters.

Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell told 3TV that between provisional ballots cast, and early ballots dropped off on election day, there are still 175,000 votes to be counted. That probably won't make up an 88,000-vote deficit for Penzone, either. We've also heard some horror stories about the polling locations not exactly running efficiently, which we'll look into after the sun rises. Again, probably not even close to putting Penzone on top.

Toss in the racists and the loonies, and you're starting to add up a lot of "what ifs."

Instead, Arpaio got to act smug before the Arizona Republican Party's crowd last night at the Hyatt.

"I'm not going to talk about my opponent, I don't do that," Arpaio said, before adding that it "hasn't been a tough race" against Penzone.

Not to worry, though -- Arpaio says he plans on running for sheriff in 2016, too (of course, assuming he makes it to the age of 84).

Penzone's campaign put the following statement on Facebook last night:

Dear Friends:

Thank you so much for your support in this campaign to determine the next Sheriff of Maricopa County. The outpouring we have received from hundreds of thousands of voters in Maricopa County has been truly humbling.

Unfortunately, it appears that we have come up short, and Joe Arpaio will continue to be the Sheriff.

However, we have sent a very important message. We have shown Joe Arpaio the priorities of the Sheriff's Office need to change. We must focus on putting criminals behind bars, rather than focusing on politics before law enforcement. We must make sure we keep our children and families safe. And we must ensure that all residents of Maricopa County are treated with dignity and respect by their law enforcement officials.

Our work is not done. We must continue to work to affect change in the way the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office conducts its business. We must demand accountability and transparency. It will be a process, and we must be diligent.

We are proud of the campaign we've run, and will be eternally grateful for all those who trusted in us.

Again, thank you.



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DirtySheriff
DirtySheriff

Did Arpaio win by more than the Half Million Provisional Minority Cast Ballots Still not Counted?

 

Those newly registered Minorities came out strong to rid Arizona of Arpaio's Filth!

 

Got to love the Coruption in Arizona Politic's , including the Voter Supression by Republican's, Phony Election Date information given out in Spanish prior to the Election, Provisional Ballots which will never be included in the Vote Talley, ah it is Business as usual in Maricopa County!

 

To: Honest Elections in Az?????

Commonsensebedamned
Commonsensebedamned

Only the rightwingnuts could vote for an 80 YEAR OLD sheriff on account of their fear/hatred of a boogieman group they call "liberals". It's like hiring an 80 year old man to be a lifeguard at the local swimming pool. That's some serious lack of logic.

svivar9087
svivar9087

Arizona....Land of the freaks =D

JoeArpaioFan
JoeArpaioFan

I am so excited, I get to suck Arpaio's dick for another 4 years.

shaunaj
shaunaj

No offense but Phoenix PD is right up there with MCSO as being an inept organization and they have been accused of not investigatting crimes as well so why would anyone vote for anyone coming out of that organiztion as well?  There was really no one to vote for in this election for sherriff.  We would have been screwed either way.

comrade
comrade

JAF, how is that job going at BK, you know the one that requires for you to handle meat up and

down for your coworkers.

"I told you that Arpaio would be reelected" You sounds like a cocksucker bitch.

comrade
comrade

People should keep an eye on tha fuck face stauffer, probably he is gonna get hired by the MCSO

or something like that in exchange for playing the useful idiot.

comrade
comrade

Voters should check if their vote really went to penzone,  don't doubt that maybe there was

something done to redirect votes, knowing how the old fart works or his campaign people.

godhatesdems
godhatesdems

And who was surprised by the election. Penzone was disliked by his own PHD union for sucking up to Harris.

fratdawgg23
fratdawgg23

Apparently enough voters in Maricopa county prefer the old sociopath for sheriff.

 

But to be sure, audit the electronic voting machines, check for any software updates or other election mischief. Some might even say it would be a good return on investment to have used some of those millions in his secret slush fund to rent a skilled computer hacker.

jdphx11
jdphx11

Anyone see the interview on ABC15 with Stephanie Hockridge?

 

She absolutely pissed old Joe off.. Insisting that he ONLY won by 9,000 

votes. He promptly shut her down, reminding her he won by a landslide

of more than 90 THOUSAND votes!

 

Funny channel 15 has NO video of that interview....Hmmm!

 

 

slicksterzz
slicksterzz

I would like to urge everybody to look at Sheriff Adrian Garcia of Harris County TX. He just won reelection last night. He took the nation's third largest Sheriff's office and turned it around., What was a broken, corrupt and dysfunctional organization has been rebuilt into a respectable professional law enforcement agency, one which has seen significant reductions in overcrowding and inmate deaths AND is currently operating at 3 mill under budget. Everything Arpaio likes to pretend he is, Garcia really is. What we need here, he has done there. We need to start a campaign to recruit him to come to Arizona and run for MCSO. Here's a write up from the local paper regarding his reelection:

 

 

http://www.chron.com/news/politics/article/Garcia-heading-to-re-election-as-sheriff-4016148.php

 

I don't think we'll be able to find a better opposition candidate, should Arpaio run again. Get the word out.

AfRiKaJoNeS
AfRiKaJoNeS

I refuse to completely give up until all the provisional ballots are counted, considering that the provisional ballot line at my polling place looked pretty anti-Joe to me.  Check out this story showcasing the long provisional ballot lines and some questionable actions committed by election staff at one location who turned a voter away 4 times for b.s. reasons before making him vote on a provisional ballot, even though he had all of his required documents including his voter registration card. (http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/free/20121106phoenix-area-voters-complain-given-provisional-ballots.html#)

 

I am sorry Pro-Joe Promoters, but Arpaio DOES NOT make this county a safer place to be.  He ignores actual real crimes (as in hundreds of improperly investigated sex crimes in El Mirage for just one example) to pursue his petty personal vendettas, and he has already, to date, cost the tax payers of Maricopa County MILLIONS in wrongful death suits and other various lawsuits. Could you please explain to me how it is that Joe Arpaio has anything at all to do with Maricopa County being a safe place to be, considering that from 2002-2009, violent crime in the state of Arizona overall went down, EXCEPT for in Maricopa county, where crime has continued to increase 58 percent since 2002. (This data is from America’s Voice data. http://washingtonindependent.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/AmericasVoiceCrimeGraph2.png) If you have any examples of Joe making this county a better place to live,  please, I am all ears.

drgonzo
drgonzo

300000 uncounted ballots still

armadilloranchbonham
armadilloranchbonham

Liberals deserve Arpaio. If you're going to give us Obama for 4 years, the least we can do is give you Arpaio for the same amount of time.

dexcaliber
dexcaliber

I really wonder how many of you morons actually got off ur ass and voted for Penzone!   Arpaio 2016 (I wonder who will win)

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

you know, we actually should thank JAF. because of him getting "HIS" personal word out there, people realized what kind of idiots Joe was drawing support from. since nobody really wants to be associated with crackpots, that is probably why Joe didnt have his big ass lead like has in every other race. he only had a third of the margin he normally wins by. so JAF ranting like a shopping cart crackhead.......actually could have cost Joe some support.

karmavsdogma_42
karmavsdogma_42

How many Penzone backers are wishing, today, that they'd spent more time challenging Arpaio instead of Stauffer?

holasheriffjoe
holasheriffjoe

oh my, look at  all the libtard butthurt going on in here. come on over to the sunny side of the street and just imagine the tearful faces of the mexican kids in adios arpaio. yeah, that cheered me right up.

NoMoreArpaio
NoMoreArpaio

If there was ever a doubt that Arizona voters are brain dead, this should clear that up.

Bnbk
Bnbk

'We've also heard some horror stories about the polling locations not exactly running efficiently,which we'll look into after the sun rises". "Again ,probably not even close to putting Penzone on top"............. I hope the PNT realizes in what part of town these suspect polling sights are located in and what demographic of voters where targeted. I realize you people are busy licking wounds down at the PNT's office and all,but it would seem that a couple of phone calls to maybe CBA,Frank Camacho and others involved in this election battle,would go a long way to shed some light on the extent of these allegations..........Funny how some of the National media is already picking up on this story but we get crickets from the cowardly AZ media....................http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/07/joe-arpaio-election 

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

lol well bad news for joe is, the GOP is going to have to make concessions on immigration and end their ongoing hatred with illegals..or results from last night show they will never win another Presidency. So, joe better come up with some new tricks cause pretty soon he wont have immigration to run on anymore. 

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

Joe is glad the election is over, now he can pitch aside those El Mirage sex crimes he said he'd look into again. now that he isnt campaigning, theres no reason to do his job

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

between Joe and the economy, this state is going to go belly-up FAST. many more payouts for joe and the whole state will need food stamps

sarum
sarum

@slicksterzz Still trying for link but thanks for positive contribution to topic.

shaunaj
shaunaj

 @AfRiKaJoNeS

 And Penzone was part of an organization (Phoenix PD) that did the same thng (caught not investigating crimes) so what is your point?

NoMoreArpaio
NoMoreArpaio

 @AfRiKaJoNeS

 With the provisional ballets and the uncounted early voting ballates, there is still over 250,000 to be counted.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @drgonzo i am on the Penzone crew, but i gotta be honest, those arent gonna save penzone for us

allanbartlett
allanbartlett topcommenter

 @holasheriffjoe

 Son, come home quick, this guy is sticking things in my asshole. I really like it  and I want you to watch. That WILL cheer your flaccid penis right up.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

 @holasheriffjoe lol whos butt hurt? im thrilled, cause the Presidential election showed the country wont elect someone who panders to you fucktards.get a new act, or deal with never having another GOP president. Biden 2016! lol 

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @Bnbk i'm not seeing it, just going to huffington but not seeing what you are refering too

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

 @danzigsdaddy And now that Obama is no longer campaigning you can forget about his promise to reform immigration.

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

 @danzigsdaddy Well well well I was wondering when you were going to get your lazy ass out of bed to hear the news and comment here.  Now, what was that I was saying all along that you said wasn't true? Looks like Penzone's election party has been cancelled. I told you all along that Arpaio would be re-elected and I was right. Oh and I'm sure that my web site probably helped his re-election.

AfRiKaJoNeS
AfRiKaJoNeS

 @shaunaj 

 

I am pretty sure I made my point, actually.  We are simply talking just about Joe here.  I am looking for concrete examples from any of you Joe fans that proves he makes Maricopa county a safer place to live.

 

What?  You still haven't posted any, and instead post comments that have nothing to do with what I am asking.  No real surprise, cause I am pretty sure you can't think of any examples of Joe making this county a safer place to live.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @Bnbk can you give me a more refined search please so i can read it, i heard other people talking about it also

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

 @JoeArpaioFan  @danzigsdaddy lol he wont have to..the GOP will have to come around on immigration, or continue to lose Presidential elections..whether you like it or not, minorities are now bigger than whites. And African Americans and Hispanics won yet another election for Obama...lol arpaio may have won, but the attitude on immigration from the right cost them the Presidency! ahahaha we win, you lose. fk off

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

 @JoeArpaioFan  @danzigsdaddy It was them emeffin' old bastards over in Sun City that put Joe over the top. They're dyin' like flies over there. I swear to effin' G.O.D. that I hate old folks and look at me... i'm effin' old too. Dont' have a nice day.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @JoeArpaioFan please, find me anywhere i said joe would lose. i have always said  "I hope he loses" but i've also said  he would more than likely win. all you do is spew shit out of your mouth and assume your lies to be truths......they are not

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @JoeArpaioFan you truly are retarded. i've been up and have posted, i also said all along that joe would win. i said i didnt support him, i never said he'd lose. learn to read half-wit. i also said i was againt Obama, so all you have proven is that you  are an idiot

sarum
sarum

@AfRiKaJoNes Not a Joe freak but the increase in crime needs to be analyzed. Being a low wage right to work state means that the people do not have personal margin to survive this economy and are desperate - so just in interest of fairness I bring up. People in my family get pulled over for DWB all the time (not lately) but always local PD, never county sheriff deputies - also we watch targeting of browns by again, local PD. Also everytime there is rookie brown/black they force him to profile other browns/blacks in hopes that brotherly wrath will chase them from job. The good old boys aren't fooling anybody. LEO's hanging around circle K or wherever - if they just look too long at any brown all other browns are watching and LEO's now find that even looking is unwelcome & even clerks mouth approval in their hearing so for me, I feel situation very tense. We only know of sheriff from reading.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

 @danzigsdaddy  @Bnbk like i said, at my poll the amount of provisional's was pretty high...and they didnt really look like pro joe folk if you know what i mean lol

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @Bnbk found it thanks, it is under "Arpaio defeats Penzone"

Bnbk
Bnbk

 @danzigsdaddy  @Bnbk

 Sorry Zigs,it seems like you will have to Google the Huffington Post and in their search box at the very top of their page type in Arpaio wins again or Arpaio defeats Penzone.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @JoeArpaioFan your the idiot, a lot of people were saying they were against arpaio, but he would probably win. you just refuse to read what the hell they are saying. you kept calling everyone liberals, even though they were stating quite clearly they were not. you also kept claiming i was all for immigration, even though i am not. you dont fucking listen

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

 @danzigsdaddy My predicting all along that Joe would win is not a lie. I was right. Everybody else who didn't believe me are idiots.

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

 @danzigsdaddy Well excuse me if I am wrong. My mistake then and I admit it. Well at least you were right too huh?

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