Arizona Republic Declares Joe Arpaio Recall Effort "Should Fail"

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At this point in time, it would be nearly impossible to convince us that there wasn't a crystal meth smoke-a-thon at the Arizona Republic's editorial board meeting on Sunday night.

The Republic editorial board has declared that the Arpaio recall "should fail," adding, "The recall is as much of an abuse of Arizona law as anything Arpaio has done."

See also:
-Joe Arpaio's Incredibly Whiny Response to Recall Effort: "Why Do They Hate Me So Much?"
-Joe Arpaio Target of Recall by Same Community Leaders Who Ousted Russell Pearce
-Joe Arpaio Recall Paperwork Filed With Maricopa County Elections Department

The Republic is talking about something that is plainly called for under the Arizona Constitution, at any time.

Let's rephrase that for the Republic.

"The recall is as much of an abuse of Arizona law as..."

  • Mishandling hundreds of sex-crime cases
  • Using taxpayer money to pretend to investigate the president's birth certificate
  • Harassing political opponents
  • Jailing journalists
  • Just about anything in the Munnell memo
  • In fact, just about anything in New Times' file on Arpaio

Gee, the Republic even outlined this stuff when the editorial board endorsed Arpaio's opponent in November's election, Paul Penzone.

It mentions "The years-long reign of terror waged by Arpaio against his political enemies," "Financial mismanagement," "Tens of millions squandered in judgments for mistreatment of prisoners and violations of civil rights," and "The failure to investigate hundreds of sexual-abuse cases."

But damn those people circulating petitions for a constitutionally provided recall, apparently.

In fact, while we were writing this post, we found that Citizens for a Better Arizona president Randy Parraz -- who does, in fact, have a hand in Respect Arizona -- left the following comment for the Republic on its website, asking the same damn question we had:

I thought newspaper editors, although entitled to their opinion, had to at least get the facts straight. I encourage the AZ Republic to contact the Treasurer of Respect Arizona and ask how much money has been raised. He will tell you NOT $1.3 million. I encourage the Arizona Republic to contact the recall organizers and ask how much money has been raised and they will tell you NOT $1.3 million. It is interesting to hear such institutions like the AZ Republic accuse ordinary citizens of abusing Arizona's laws in the same sentence as Arpaio. "The recall is as much of an abuse of Arizona law as anything Arpaio has done." Let's see...worse than not investigating the rape and molestation of women and children? Worse than illegally misspending $100 million of tax payer money? Worse than using the office of Sheriff to harass, intimidate and arrest opponents of Sheriff Arpaio? Worse than over $70 million in legal payouts because of Arpaio's failed leadership? Worse than the ineffective and high profile raids that discriminate against Latinos and tear families apart? Are you serious?

A similarly worded piece from a Republic columnist can be found here.


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robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

It's a fact that the effort to recall Arpaio is just a scam by the activists who really don't care if he is recalled or not. They only want you to think they care and so they are asking for your money but in reality, 100% of your donations will go into their pockets to fund their lavish vacations and the drug cartels.  And it's sad that unsuspecting people including you are being ripped off by these clueles activists.  What a clever way to fund the cartels without arousing suspicions... by collecting donations from people who think their money is going to get rid of Sheriff Joe.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

For all those that like to get on this blog and pontificate about how bad Joe is (like me) - you need to get off your ass and do something to help this recall effort. Put your time, effort, energy and, yes, money, where your mouth is and do something to assist this effort. The website is www.recallarpaio.com. You don't even need to go into their office - you can download a copy of the petition right from their website to begin circulating it yourselves. Or you can go to the Volunteer page, put in your info and let them call you. Either way, enough pontificating - time to do something more than just talk. Or, if your not willing to get off your ass, stop whining because you've become part of the problem through your own inaction in the face of Joe's injustices!

gerry_c
gerry_c

The AZ Rep is now exempt from illegal immigration raids.

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

It's not that the recall effort should fail, it's all about that it will fail... period!!!

Easkey Stewart
Easkey Stewart

They say only half the votes against him in the re-election, would be sufficient to gain a Recall.

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

After what they say was "all" the votes counted he won by 7 tenths of a percentage point.

Gregarious Raptopoulos
Gregarious Raptopoulos

Didn't Arpaio just win an election by about 10% points? Yeah, this recall is going to fail. I don't like the guy, but this is so unrealistic.

DNichols
DNichols

The Republic is probably right, the Arizona GOP will once again engage in Voter Supression, Printed voting Flyers in Spanish with false vote dates, provisional ballots to those with Brown Skin, ect, ect.

And besides we have a Governor that defrauded Social Security of $75,000.00 to reward her Knife Point Rapist Son while he served out his sentence.

We have one Corrupt Sheriff that allows Hundreds of Children to be molested, and Raped.

We have another Sick Gay Sheriff that is also a Pedifile.

We have an Attorney General that committed a hit and run on another vehicle, then Lied about it.

Most of these Worthless Politicians have been re-elected in this Bigoted, and  Backward State.

Yeah I beleive the Arizona Republic knows the score of how Politic's are done in Arizona, "The Sanctuary for Corrupt, and Bigoted Politicians."

Ron Pies
Ron Pies

It's in the constitution. If the people vote it down, that should be their decision.

Aaron Sanchez
Aaron Sanchez

I think if their reasoning is that it's a waste of tax payer money I would simply define it as an investment against the inevitable millions Arpaio will cost the county in prisoner law suits and investigations.

Justin Miller
Justin Miller

I do not know if it will gain the momentum needed.

Danny Gonzales
Danny Gonzales

Live the way u want to live and i will take care of u if you cross that line! Simple Math Peeps!

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

The Republic used to be a good newspaper. Then it sold out. Don Bolles and those like him have been replaced by eunuchs with keyboards.

Warrior-X
Warrior-X

Wow. I had always thought the AZ Republic was somewhat anti-arpaio, despite the fact that they have E.J. Montini who is a known arpaio boot-licker. They still endorsed Paul Penzone. I wonder what's becoming of that rag these days.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

I wonder if Joe's son in law, who is the editor of the editorial pages, is behind this bullshit?

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

The Republic, if memory serves, said nearly the same thing about now twice-disgraced, corrupt, narcissistic and mentally sick Pearce.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@gerry_c Heck, Arpaio's own son-in-law is on the AZR editorial board. (Phil Boas).

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan

Ask now twice-disgraced, corrupt, narcissistic and mentally sick Pearce what he's doing for work these days after getting his ass handed to him during the now-legendary recall election.

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

@Gregarious Raptopoulos Yep it will fail.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@Gregarious Raptopoulos The Joker only got 50.7% of the vote, and need his Olivia Cortes (Stauffer) to get even that!

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@Lone_Wolf Actually, it wasn't until the arrest of the New Times owner that they said a harsh word against the Joker of the County.

POSERS-SUCK
POSERS-SUCK

@MaskedMagician1967
As long as you continue to Parrot this silly comment about a now ancient recall; I will continue to Re-post this factual answer. 

Lets talk about the FAILED EFFORT to push Paul Penzone down everyones throat, How did that work out? NEWSFLASH...there is a huge difference between a single LD and an ENTIRE COUNTY. The fact that you would attempt to compare the two is evidence of your desperation.

What has Randy/CBA done lately? OH never mind, I think I know. Incessantly solicit donations and make money off of activism!!

POSERS-SUCK
POSERS-SUCK

@MaskedMagician1967 Lets talk about the FAILED EFFORT to push Paul Penzone down everyones throat, How did that work out ? NEWSFLASH...there is a huge difference between a single LD and an ENTIRE COUNTY. The fact that you would attempt to compare the two is evidence of your desperation.

DNichols
DNichols

@WhoKnows.

Well Said!

Besides Arpaio's Deputy "Siphon Stauffer", the Arizona Bigot GOP engaged in many Voter Supression tactics, printed voting materials in Spanish with false voting dates, provisional ballots to Hispanic voters, many never counted, ect. ect.

Arpaio didn't win with out much wrong doing.

Therefor the Legal need for a legitamite Recall Vote!

A Vote not Corrupted by Voter Supression, and (Siphon)Fraud!

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