Joe Arpaio's Top 10 Outrageous PR Stunts

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio cracks the whip, and his neutered poodles in the press jump through the hoops.

From female chain gangs and inmate coloring contests to investigating President Obama's birth certificate and putting inmates on bread and water for defacing American flag stickers, Arpaio's pre-packaged tales fill news holes in every medium, from local TV to the Associated Press to the Huntington Post and beyond.

This rotten brain candy is pumped out by Arpaio's team of taxpayer-financed publicists, led by middle-aged media guru Lisa Allen, who has built a lucrative career around keeping Maricopa County's geriatric top gendarme on the boob tube and beyond.

Some of these ditties are non-news items, nuggets of pure stupidity that the media nonetheless regurgitates uncritically. Others are cruel, involve millions in wasted county resources, the abuse of civil liberties and plain ol' injustice.

Anyway, here follow ten out of hundreds of outrageous media gimmicks, or "Joe shows," that Arpaio's pulled over the years. If I didn't include your favorite, tell us about it in the comments, and maybe we'll include it in a sequel to this post.

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10.) Arpaio salivates over the prospect of putting Paris Hilton in stir
Arpaio does his best to glom on to whatever's trending, like when he offered to imprison socialite Paris Hilton after she violated the terms of her sentence on a 2006 Los Angeles DUI arrest. Though there was zero chance of his offer being taken up by L.A. officials, Joe still scored time on cable, flapping his lips about this grotesque fantasy of putting Paris in stripes.


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John Taylor
John Taylor

This guy could punch a baby in the face and people will still vote for him.

Lydia
Lydia

You forgot the great big chicken bust with tanks and washed out actors.

gtnoriega554
gtnoriega554

His was the first reality TV show.  We can always count on the good sheriff to provide us with warped entertainment.

DNichols
DNichols

Mr. Lemons these are all very good "Publicity Stunts" perpetrated by the self proclaimed "America's Toughest Sheriff", however one of my favorites was a few years back when Arpaio called his Media Circus of gulible Butt Monkeys to film him on his Stunt to the little town of Guadalupe where after camera's were rolling yelled at the cute little female Mayor Mrs. Jimenez shouting, and spitting that "She owed him money!"

Not the M.C.S.O. or the County, but that she owed King Arpaio Money.

Toughest Sheriff my Arse.

Arpaio is a little punk ass tyrant that is his bravest yelling at Women.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

When Arpaio put the story about the white crosses on his FB page, one of his fans wrote that they should just "leave the bodies to rot in the desert as a warning to the others."


That's the type of mentality Joe appeals to.

robert_graham
robert_graham

But I know, I know, when you are losing the debate SHOUT RACIST!

robert_graham
robert_graham

Oh really??  You've got no room to mock anybody. How about talking about the buttnuts over at Citizens for a Lawless Arizona who recently brought chickens to Arpaio's office.  Now that was STUPID!!

But you talk about PR as if it is a bad thing. Or is it only bad when it pertains to Sheriff Joe?  Better put your money where your mouth is.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@robert_graham  nobody, and i mean NOBODY, has ever lost a debate with you. the reason they get silent and stop conversing is because they realize they have been debating with a twit

THE_JUDGE
THE_JUDGE

@robert_graham How are your teenboy jackoff sites ? You are a disgusting loathsome piece of shit. Pretty typical of an arpaio supporter.

azweasel
azweasel

I have this mental picture of you sitting behind arporkhole picking the lice out of his greasy head like a little monkey.

DNichols
DNichols

@Robert

Joe Ourpollo

The little Pink Hen.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

@robert_graham ,

What you don't realize Jaffy is that this was a brilliant move to bring several Arpaio look alikes into his office and substitute one while they smuggled the real shariff out. And since you can't tell one chicken from another, the plan WAS A SUCCESS.

Fortunately, Arpaio's behavior is such that the substitution may never be noticed.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Zigs, I don't know if you heard but I would like to get your opinion.

Eric Holder announced on January 30 the feds were seeking the death penalty against the Boston Marathon bomber (the one that lived)

Now, Holder is personally against the death penalty and the State of Massachusetts doesn't carry the death penalty. Massachusetts is a Democratic leaning state and Holder is a Democratic Attorney General.

I think both those terrorists ought to face what Mussolini faced in 1945. Your thoughts?

robert_graham
robert_graham

@MaskedMagician1967 Says whom, a corrupt judge who is against Arpaio as much as you and other activists are? It wouldn't surprise me if he was paid off to rule they way he did.  

Would Sheriff Joe have been convicted if the judge had been Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin or even me?  

Well, the truth will come out soon enough and he will be cleared on appeal because first of all how can you call Arpaio's enforcement tactics wrong when he does less than what Border Patrol does?  And is it racist that Arpaio's deputies saturate high crime areas looking for lawbreakers? Every other law enforcement agency in the country does the same damn thing.  

So don't you tell me he's a racist when he is not! But like I said before, when you are losing the debate, SHOUT RACIST, right?  Truth is you simply think Hispanics are above the law and should be exempt from being stopped even if they are speeding or running stop signs and red lights.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@shadeaux14 it will be noticed next time he has to testify..........................the imposter might slip up and not have a flu that day or actually recall something

robert_graham
robert_graham

@shadeaux14 @robert_graham The plan was stupid and accomplished nothing! Why do you think Hispanics are above the law??????

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967  not really an issue or answer i could just answer yes or no on. part of me is all for an eye for an eye, part of me says one more death solves nothing. some killers are kept alive just so we can find out what makes them tick. in cases like this i believe the families and victims should have some input on it. i guess all i can really honestly say is that I am glad it is not my decision to make. now as for the Holder side of it?? i am no fan of his, so my opinions would be entirely biased as to his competency on issues like that.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Robert, the judge isn't biased. If there was even the appearance of bias a motion to recuse the judge should have been filed and ruled on.

Stop watching Rush Limbaugh and FOX NEWS and pay attention. You are as delusional as Candy Andy and the Miscreants.

DNichols
DNichols

@RobertArpaio:

If Arpaio wants to saturate a high crime area, his M.C.S.O. Office would be a very good place to begin?!

Or maybe his crooked pal Danny Herndons Car Washes?  Oh thats right Danny was a large Shielded contributor to Arpaios Campaign, and allowed Arpaio to do M.C.S.O. Car Washes and to take all of the profits earned by Arpaio/Danny's eight hundred undocumented workers that Arpaio, and Danny both exploited, for years  until the Feds got tired of the pairs crooked scheme?!

Hope Arpaio is charged with his part of the exploitation of the eight hundred Danny's workers, and for shielding his Best Pal Danny while raiding Dannys competition Car Washes?!

To: Justice, and True "Law Enforcement right Robert?

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@robert_graham  who says they think hispanics are above the law? who has ever said that on here? who says we dont want the law enforced? all you are doing is TRYING to claim we are against the law, when in all actuality we are demanding the law to be upheld and enforced more than you do. we want Joe to investigate crimes against children, you want him to bust or shoot hispanics. we want him to arrest the people hiring the illegals, you want him to bust or shoot hispanics. we want him to serve all those thousands of warrants that he has unserved, you want him to bust or shoot hispanics. we want him to hold DUI task forces, you want him to bust or shoot hispanics. are you seeing a pattern here?

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