Biggest Reason the Joe Arpaio Recall Effort Fell Short?

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Elderly Sheriff Joe Arpaio
Well, Maricopa County, you're kind of pathetic.

The group trying to recall Sheriff Joe Arpaio fell short of the signatures it needed to force a recall election against the guy who's been the top of a department that bungled hundreds of sex-crimes investigations, was found guilty of racially profiling Latinos, and wasted millions of dollars of taxpayer money as the county has payed out big settlements to victims of his jails and his politics, among other things.

See also:
Judge Snow's Decision Damns Not Just Arpaio, but All of Maricopa County

More than 600,000 people voted for someone other than Sheriff Joe Arpaio in November, but Respect Arizona couldn't find 335,317 signatures needed to force the recall election, even though Arpaio's record of mismanagement has only gotten worse since November.

Now the county's stuck with Arpaio until 2016, that is, unless the elderly Sheriff doesn't survive his next trip and fall on a Phoenix sidewalk.

For this morning's poll, let us know what you think is the biggest reason that the recall effort fell short.

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yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

Where was thre recall money spent?  That may help answer the question.

dexcaliber
dexcaliber

There is nothing wrong with the way Sherriff Joe does his job, the only ones who complain are the illegals who are too damn lazy to get citizenship in this country. You idiots come here illegally, then you should be shipped back to where you came from. Racial profiling complaint against him is a joke, the majority of illegals in Arizona are mexicans, so he is only doing what the people of Maricopa County expect of him.  As for the 600, 000 that voted for the other guy, I wouldn't doubt that the 300,000 signatures they got for this didn't vote for the other guy twice. 

Jenny Smith
Jenny Smith

Ken, dont stop fighting for the fights of others. what you are doing is a great thing. I hope you win. I really do.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

Need to add a selection for "All of the Above"

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

Arpio still sheriff? Jajajajajajja, mad amigo?

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

The Recall effort is commendable, 'cause I think that it helped to make the OLD FART realize that His days in office are numbered and that's what scared the shit out of the Him, to the point of "falling/stroking" while going out to lunch.

With the recall effort now behind, it should be the BOS's turn to act and take out of office a Shurf that's NO LONGER FIT 4 OFFICE, based on grounds that He doesn't look healthy enough to carry His duties -which IMO He's never done- and collecting a salary that He's no longer earning, ergo, wasting Taxpayer's money.  RESIGN NOW JOKE.

Gregarious Raptopoulos
Gregarious Raptopoulos

It failed because the group leading the recall are largely incompetent. All you have to do is visit their facebook page to see this. The group was much more respectable when Devon was moderating the group. They are just a bad joke these days.

Jenny Smith
Jenny Smith

Okay... I will play this. He is voted in by a majority vote by the people in Maricopa to enforce all laws that they "the people" in Maricopa place before him. The same majority of people who did not sign the petition to revoke him of his responsibilities. Sounds like he must be doing a good job since the majority of people in Maricopa still stand next to him. If that includes rounding up brown skin illegals... thank you all Sheriffs of Maricopa for doing that for us people of Maricopa. My guess is that he will get voted in by the people of Maricopa for another term; if he decides to run. Sheriff Joe does his job well.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

I would have been happy to sign a recall petition, if I had seen one.

getmeouttahere
getmeouttahere

It’s too bad this recall did not succeed, but I think we can all take solace in the fact that one way or another, this is going to be Joe’s last term in office. It appears that Father Time is catching up to Joe, and the Grim Reaper can’t be far behind. Joe has not been his usual camera-hogging self since his little accident a few months back, and I can’t be the only one who suspects that he’s a lot worse off than we’re being told. Would not surprise me at all if Joe is forced to resign due to “health issues” before his term ends, or if he decides not to run again for the same reason.

That said, the job for the recall supporters now is to identify ,and start raising gobs of money for, a serious, solid candidate who can defeat Joe (or whatever little lackey the Joe Groupies choose to run if their fearless leader cannot) and his money machine in the next election. They need someone with solid law enforcement credentials and minimal baggage that can and will pledge to run the MCSO like a professional law enforcement agency that respects the Constitution and the rule of law, as opposed to the brutal, ugly, three-ring circus it has become in Arpaio’s clutches. Someone who can appeal to independent law-and-order voters, moderates, and the growing coalition that is the future or Maricopa County (and indeed the rest of the US): young people, Hispanics (most of whom are citizens and legal residents, despite what the Joe Groupies think), the multicultural and multiethnic, democrats, and women; as opposed to Joe’s core of old, scared, ignorant white people in Sun City and elsewhere who are slowly dying off as they cling desperately to their idealized version of a past that no longer exists.

I wish them the best of luck, and will do what I can to help, though gods willing I will be long gone from this shithole state by 2016.

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

Yes I'm sure you do because everyone has a "friend" that is black, green, orange, brown whatever color the subject is about. If you remember correctly the people didn't get a vote on SB1070 it went through the Right Wing Arizona Legislation. So the majority had no say, just the Nativists. And it's author Russell Pierce got booted from office. Arpaio at this point can no longer enforce it, a Federal Judge just ruled he's out of the immigration business for now for racial profiling (which by the way is a federal offense). And you never did answer my original question..."WHAT JOB DOES HE DO" other than round up brown skinned people?

Vince Rafferty
Vince Rafferty

I bet you voted for that tyrant in the white house too

Jenny Smith
Jenny Smith

Joe, I understand the aggravation for the brown skinned individuals. My buddy, who is Comanche, has been confronted a few times. he just responded, I should be asking you for your ID. Still, that is just a cost of enforcing the law. Which I feel you are avoiding. It is LAW!!! If you don't want Joe to enforce it, then change it. The only problem is that people with the same opinion as you have tried to change the laws and failed. Why did it fail? Back to the original question, it is because a majority of people in Maricopa do not want it to change. Law is Law! Illegal is Illegal!! You cannot dance around that or attack law enforcement for the standing law. FIND A WAY TO CHANGE LAW Joe! So I can support that. Until then...

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

So now stats only are required to agree with others? What world do you live in? Working together went out the window when the Right went so far Right they now walk in circles because they lean so far in that direction. Yes there are some crazy lefties too, but the numbers are nowhere near equal. There is no center ground anymore and the only way to get back there is to stop the domestic terrorism that is the Tea Party. When people realize that is where the problem lay only then can anything be accomplished.

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

I'm not the naive one here Jenny. You says he does his job based on his round ups of illegal immigrants, but that really isn't his job since he isn't even a border Sheriff. He plays to the cameras really well though. And he plays to the ill informed Maricopa County resident really well. So you say even when some of those "illegals' that are being harassed are part of the Pascua Yaqui tribe in El Mirage, he's doing his job? Last I checked those are Native Americans, but he profiled them because of the color of their skin. No Jenny I'm well informed of all the goings on in this state, county and city.

John Phoenix
John Phoenix

It failed because Maricopa is full of redneck racists that support his tactics.

Heath Clouse
Heath Clouse

Progressive change can only be achieved by working together without labeling each other. Stats don't matter a lick if they are only being used to point out how someone who doesn't believe the same as you is wrong.

Jenny Smith
Jenny Smith

Wow, you must be naive to the laws of Arizona and the United States. Picking on Joe about the illegal enforcement is ludicrous since that is law that Arizona has placed in front of him to enforce. He has done that and I hope he continues to do that. The sex offenses that was ignored I have no understanding about but will not judge till I hear what his office has to say about it. I work in the legal field and I am being told they are going take care of that. I do not judge on stuff I don't have all the fact on. However, get the illegals out of here. I don't care if their skin is brown, yellow or white. Get them out till they can file for legal status.

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

Yeah but this thread is about Arpaio not the country as a whole.

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

Sorry Heath, but Eddie there brought up how conservative he is. And the records do show that Dems are better at saving money. The stats don't lie. And Conservatives don't like anything to change it's in their DNA, so please by all means tell me how we go forward with no change? It isn't possible.

Heath Clouse
Heath Clouse

And Joe, I'm not only describing Arpaio. I'm describing the millions of people in the country with blinders on. We are all too focused on the idea that, "I'm right, and you're wrong. Now believe the way I do." Everyone who does this is no better than the ones they are fighting against in my opinion.

Heath Clouse
Heath Clouse

If you think conservatives are the only ones who misallocate funds, then you are blind to the facts, and are truly the problem with America today. Both sides do it, and both sides are the problem. Labeling someone "liberal" or "conservative" is just another form of class warfare that accomplishes NOTHING. Why don't we spend more time arguing with each other, instead of figuring out how to work together to advance and secure the future of the human race? Seems to be working so far, right? Good luck trying to force your beliefs on others.

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

Hey you described Arpaio really well. He does disrespect and bully an entire county. Good job.

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

Conservatives aren't supposed to misallocate 300 million dollars of tax payer funds. Conservatives aren't supposed to get sued and lose lawsuits to the tune of over 70 million dollars in wrongful death suits. Conservatives aren't supposed to take RICO funds under the guise of "training purposes" to send their deputies on vacations. Oh wait that is what Conservatives do.... never-mind.

Heath Clouse
Heath Clouse

Maybe it's the fact that the people running that campaign (and the news outlets supporting it), are calling the entirety of Maricopa county pathetic! Since when is it possible to browbeat Americans into supporting your political agenda? Isn't that exactly the kind of tyranny this country was formed to fight against? Can anyone do anything without psychological manipulation anymore? How about you all try to inform and educate your target audiences, instead of insulting them and saying immature things like, "We're stuck for another two years unless the elderly sheriff falls and doesn't survive." Really people? I don't even really care one way or another, but after reading your article, it really just makes me want to do the complete opposite of what you demand. Our country has enough political bullying from our White House. We don't need it from a free publication. As far as my opinion goes, maybe try being less like the persons you are rallying against, and maybe you will succeed. Disrespecting and bullying an entire county of your readers is NOT the high road, and won't work. Maybe you guys need some new writers.

Paul Levinson
Paul Levinson

People are too scared to vote against him....he's been an absolute tyrant for so long...an absolute abomination of a law officer.

Edward Anthony Green
Edward Anthony Green

....my comments are "Untrue" because you disagree me? Joshua you are EXACTLY the kinda tard I'm talking about you may be a native or have lived here for a decent amount of time but your not a true "AZ Conservative" your what we call a "Rhino" you have a liberal agenda but your to scared to come out of the closet because you know it will effect your bank account... Anyone that doesn't support Sheriff Joe and his policies on Illegal Aliens is no a real business doing business here! ....as for your "Trollin" comment, I guess anyone that doesn't agree with your view on this topic is somehow a troll? ......get a clue.

JustThinking
JustThinking

It all comes down to money or the lack thereof!! The days of grass roots efforts sadly have died long ago. The reason Joe and many other politicians win elections is becaus they have the most cash to spend wowing people with flashing lights and loud music. Sadly people no longer look at issues or what someones real qualifications are to do a job in politics, it's all Hollywood magic. Very sad but true.

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

What job is it he's doing again? because it's not catching child molesters. And considering there are over 50,000 felons roaming the streets due to his incompetence is a testament he is doing anything but "his job". What about the 70 million or so in lawsuits he's lost? Is that "his job" too? Or maybe misallocating 300 million dollars that was supposed to go to catch those child molesters and instead putting it in his round up a brown skinned people fund? Maybe that's "his job"? Or possibly killing a Diabetic or a Paraplegic inmate? Maybe that's "his job"? Just what "job" is he doing?

robert_graham
robert_graham

Gotta go offline now and update the sheriffarpaio.org website.

Joshua Schlag
Joshua Schlag

Most people don't pay attention, so they don't realize who they should and shouldn't be voting for, instead focusing on superficial nonsense - the very things that Arpaio touts on a regular basis. It's really no different than Obama's initial Presidential campaign. It's all in the marketing and pushing people's buttons. That all said, I think most of us who'd rather not see Arpaio in any sort of public service realize it's a futile effort.

robert_graham
robert_graham

Once again, the winner is.... Sheriff Joe!

Ha ha!!!!!  Your campaign FAILED MISERABLY.  I told you from the beginning it would fail and I was right. The real reason that it failed is because it was right thing to do. It was a pleasure to call him with the news yesterday to congratulate him.

Now stop portraying your despicable photos of Joe or it could be construed as an indirect threat against him.

So what's your next move? Whatever you might have up your sleeve, don't because the truth is there is nothing you can do to oust Arpaio out of office.

And regardless of that bufoon judge's ruling, Arpaio can still enforce immigration laws. Nothing at MCSO will change, it will be business as usual because his deputies have done nothing wrong when they pull over a car for speeding or expired tags.  When a driver cannot produce ID or even speak English, deputies do have probable cause to wonder if he or she might be here illegally so the deputy can ask for papers.

If you don't like it, move! It's just that simple.

bobunf
bobunf

@dexcaliber And who can forget the Sheriff's wonderful prostitution sting?  He nabbed 45 suspected hookers and 27 customers. 400 deputies and volunteer pose members participated in this popular sting over a six month period. The cases were all dropped by the County Attorney because the cops video-taped themselves having sex with the hookers.  Who says there are no perks working for Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office? 

There's lots, lots more.

bobunf
bobunf

@dexcaliber Here's another one involving only a few houses, a car, one guy and a tank.

The MCSO SWAT team, accompanied by the Sheriff’s personal tank, fired five tear gas canisters into a house in a gated upscale community in Phoenix setting the house on fire.  The neighbors hadn’t been alerted to stay indoors or to evacuate.  The fire department hadn’t been alerted and was not on scene.  

The house burned to the ground threatening other houses in the neighborhood.  The brakes failed and the tank careened into a parked car, totaling it.  

And what did the Sheriff find? An antique shotgun and a 9 mm pistol in this land of virulent 2nd amendment rights in which one does not need a permit to carry a concealed weapon into the neighborhood bar – like the Old West.  And they did arrest Eric Kush on a misdemeanor warrant for failing to appear in Court on two traffic citations.  He posted bond and was released the same day.  Of course, he didn’t have a house to return to.   

bobunf
bobunf

@dexcaliber Here's another one dated 1789:

In December of 2008 eight people trying to respectfully address the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors about Sheriff Arpaio's abuses were arrested by Arpaio's deputies. In a two day trial the prosecutors could not convince the judge that the defendants even needed to put on a defense, ruling that these arrests were a clear violation of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, and ordering the County to pay the attorney's fees of the defendants.

Seven of those defendants subsequently sued and Maricopa County settled for $475,000, which seems a pretty mild penalty for a government agency violating the First Amendment rights of seven people and falsely arresting them.


bobunf
bobunf

@dexcaliber Here's a few thousand more from the Arizona Department of Public Safety:

From 2002 to 2011 the number of violent crimes in areas served by the Maricopa County Sher-iff’s Office increased by an incredible 41%.  That’s 41% MORE murders, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults than 9 years ago.  

For the parts of Maricopa not served by the Sheriff, there was a 19% drop in violent crime for the same period.  That’s 19% FEWER murders, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults than 9 years ago.  

Maricopa areas serviced by Sheriff Arpaio have become “sanctuaries” for burglars, thieves, rapists, child molesters and murderers.

What words are there for that dismal performance on the part of Sheriff Arpaio? 

Utter dangerous incompetence.



bobunf
bobunf

@dexcaliber Nothing wrong ??  Here's $5.45 million wrong.  Just for a start.

Deborah Braillard, 46, was documented as a diabetic in the jail's health records. Her cellmates say a nurse did not give Braillard insulin, and then detention officers ignored her when she went into diabetic shock. Braillard died on January 23, 2005, ultimately from lack of insulin.  The family sued. 

Dr. Todd Wilcox, then Director of the jail’s medical program, testified at the trial that dangerous problems with the Sheriff’s Office’s medical screening of detainees, the lack of proper training of jail staff, deliberate indifference and a culture of secrecy were factors in Braillard’s death.  He described an unwillingness to improve training, conditions and access to medical care for inmates and detainees.  In an all too typical fashion the Sheriff’s Office had destroyed evidence and faked documents.  http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/local_news/investigations/Key-evidence-in-Maricopa-County-Jail-death-suit-of-Deborah-Braillard-destroyed 

On November 20, 2012, the case settled for $3.25 million. In addition, the case cost Maricopa County taxpayers more than $2.2 million in attorney’s fees. It took so long – 7 years – and cost so much money because the Sheriff used every possible delay tactic, including senseless motions for a new judge and to exclude witnesses.  The County, of course, has no insurance for any of this. 



DNichols
DNichols

@Arpaio'sButt Monkey:

When you go "Offline" please don't drag your teeth on Arpaio.

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

You know Joey, when a monitor is appointed, Arpaio is going to need court approval for you to wipe his ass.

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

Will you update your website when a monitor is appointed to ensure MCSO compliance with court orders?

Bnbk
Bnbk

@JoeArpaioFan The one with ten hits on it ? You're such a pendejo ! BIATCH !!!!

squash
squash

@JoeArpaioFan Are you a fucking idiot? It's illegal to scrutinize an individual more so than you would anybody else because of their ethnicity or color of their skin (it's called discrimination). That's exactly what MCSO did, moron. They used race (in this case Hispanic ancestry) as a factor in determining whether or not to pull a vehicle over and THEN found a reason AFTERWARDS to pull over the vehicle. It is also illegal to detain somebody who is here legally (Melendres even had proof on him) because they look Hispanic and don't speak English. And it doesn't matter you think. For now, Judge Snow's ruling stands. You don't like it then leave! What part of illegal (racial profiling) don't you understand?!

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan Right. The old sleazebag will continue doing as he pleases until there's a contempt citation. Now go rub one out in celebration.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan lol arpaio just said the other day no more immigration crap...sorry, you lose. you won the battle, but not the war. 

car_del99
car_del99

@JoeArpaioFan  Either you are very STUPID or don't comprehend what you read..The joker said so, he will abide by what the judge ruled..I know he is stupid ,but most likely his lawyers said to  abide or go to prison.. YOU  don't fuck with a federal judge....

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

Joey...diminutive for Joe...yeah Jaffy.

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