Skip to comments.'America's toughest sheriff' considering Arizona Senate run : Are you ready for Sen. Joe Arpaio?
Posted on 02/15/2011 7:05:11 AM PST by SeekAndFind
Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio said Monday he is open to the possibility of running for the seat of retiring Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) in 2012.
Arpaio, the conservative sheriff famous for his hard-line anti-immigration stances, made the remarks in light of a poll released Monday by Summit Consulting Group Inc., which is fundraising for Arpaio's reelection campaign for sheriff. The company's Chad Willems is Arpaio's campaign manager.
Arpaio said the deciding factor is neither the money, which he said he could raise, nor his ability to do the job. Rather, he said, it's whether he would be willing to leave his job as sheriff.
Arpaio has served as sheriff for five terms and is currently running for a sixth. But, he said, that doesn't mean he won't run for the Senate.
"The issue is whether I want to leave this office and go to Washington and try to make a difference there, which I would do if I run and win," Arpaio said.
Arpaio said it was a little early to make a final decision.
(Excerpt) Read more at thehill.com ...
A Poll The poll by the Summit Consulting Group found Arpaio led other possible Republicans candidates for the Senate seat.
The poll reported 21 percent of likely GOP voters would choose Arpaio;
17 percent would vote for Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.);
16.6 percent favored former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-Ariz.), who challenged Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in the 2010 GOP Senate primary;
12 percent would vote for Rep. John Shadegg (R-Ariz.) and
6 percent would choose freshman Rep. Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.).
YOU BETCHA! Might just have to move to AZ to vote for him.
The next question is: "Can the Republican nominee beat Rep. Gabby Giffords?" - Tom
The left totally despises this man. Look for them to saddle him with many frivalous law suites and investigations to drain his resources and time, as they did to Palin.
If the Sheriff Joe runs I would donate a few shekels to his campaign. Dingy Harry would have a cinniption fit If Joe won a seat in the Senate.
First of all he's not “anti-immigration”, he's a sheriff and it's against the law to be in the United states illegally. Second, what does “hard-line” mean? “Hard-line” compared to what? When did enforcing the law become a hard-line position?
I think he strikes a very healthy and safe balance between the public and the inmates safety. They both are best served by his actions.
I find nothing controversial about the man whatsoever. He's upfront, linear in thinking and actions, and does his job with steadfast consistency.
Arizonans could redeem themselves for constantly reelecting McCain.
We’re not just ready for Sen. Joe Arpaio, we’re long overdue.
The man turns 79 years old this year.
1: On June 14, 2011, Joe Arpaio will be 79 years of age
2: The second he leaves office, the long knives will be out. Investigations, ethics complaints, rumors, innuendo. Arpaio has made many enemies on both sides of the aisle and in the media. All of them will be out to nail him for something, anything.
I don’t believe he could serve our state and country so well in the state senate. Now, to the US Senate, only to there would I be willing to relieve him of his sheriffin’ job.
Big Joe Arpaio Bump...
Hey, I support Joe in his present Job, I’ve voted for him in every election, but Senator is out of the question.
And who will be sheriff then? Another one that refuses to uphold the law?
Gabby Giffords (maybe even hubby?) will get the seat is she wants it just buy showing up.
Jan Brewer is best where she is, still in a first term, as governor. Moving to the U.S. Senate in 2012 would be a mistake.
I agree with you...
When it's convenient, the government and others tell us 70s are the new 60s....Because people live longer...
The U.S. is completely overwhelmed with those that discriminate against older people...Joe will do fine.
A guy who likes pink underwear will feel right at home in the Senate.
How old is Charlie Rangel?
Hubby is not an Arizona resident. He lives in Texas just as she really does—Texas and DC actually with visits to the home she maintains in Arizona for political reasons.
She was shot at one of those visits “home”. Credit where due, she was holding an actual open gathering for her constituents and technically she can probably be legally regarded as an Arizona resident, but he cannot. OTOH he could move here once he’s retired from the space program...
OTOH he could move here once hes retired from the space program...”
Which he could do as soon as he touches ground after his next flight, then move to Airzona and run for the Senate seat in wife’s place. You don’t suppose the Dimwits are planning this, do you?
I’d actually rather see him as Director of the FBI. Much more influence than one Senate seat.
Today, The Hill blog-Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva (D) said he has no plans to run for Senate but there's the "distinct possibility" that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) will mount a bid.-Tom
It’s entirely possible. I sure hope not!
During more than three decades, Castros regime was sustained by the Soviet Union to the tune of 5 billion dollars annually. There is no doubt that Castro aided in the bankruptcy of the communist Soviet empire. To Castros rescue, then came Spain, Canada, and Mexico. Japan and Argentina, along with 140 other nations that traded with Castro on a credit basis, enabling his billionaire status since he never repays the debts. In spite of his debt delinquency, for the last 48 years, hundreds of thousands of tourists and businessmen from around the world have visited and invested in Cuba. Nevertheless, the Cuban people have not experienced the slightest change toward personal or economic freedom, instead misery and oppression has remained unabated. Useful idiots on Capitol Hill, such as Jeff Flake and William Delahunt, want the American taxpayers to take on the role of the Soviet Union under the pretense that American entrepreneurs and tourism will transmit a stronger strain of the democracy virus and freedom for which the Cubans lack immunity.
IS FLAKE A TRUE CONSERVATIVE?
AMERICAN TAXPAYERS BEWARE!
THE SOVIET UNION SUBSIDIZED CASTRO TO THE TUNE OF 5 BILLION DOLLARS ANNUALY, REP. FLAKE WOULD LIKE TO DO LIKEWISE, IS HIS POLICY REGARDING CASTROS’REGIME CONSERVATIVE?
CONGRESS HAS NO BUSINESS FORCING AMERICAN TAXPAYERS TO SUBSIDIZE FIDEL CASTRO’S REGIME
cubacenter.org. | 9/2/2002 | FRANK CALZON
At the end of July, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on two amendments, each approved by 95 vote margins, to end restrictions on travel and lift restrictions on financing exports to Cuba. The Senate will consider the legislation soon.
While the White House has threatened to veto any legislation that would bolster the Cuban dictatorship, the anti-Embargo lobby argues that US tourism will benefit Cubans without strengthening Castro, and that trade with Havana will mean substantial American profits. These arguments are misguided at best and disingenuous at worst.
Fidel Castro is broke, and at issue is not trade, but extending American export credit and export insurance to his regime, both of which are funded by American taxpayers. Since last year, American companies are allowed to trade with Castros government on a cash and carry basis. But when Castro defaults on his purchases, under the proposed policy American taxpayers will have the burden of picking up his tab.
Nine American presidents, from both political parties have supported restrictions on travel to Cuba. And while the anti-Embargo lobby and many editorial pages across the nation try to explain away this long-lasting U.S. policy in terms of domestic political considerations (i.e., the Cuban American vote), the facts prove otherwise.
In a July 11th letter to the House Committee on Appropriations, Secretary of State Colin Powell and Secretary of the Treasury Paul ONeill said that: Trade by other nations with Cuba has brought no change to Cubas despotic practices, and it has frequently proved to be an unprofitable enterprise.
Unprofitable, indeed. France, Spain, Italy and Venezuela have suspended official credits to Castros Cuba — not because of the Cuban communities in those nations — but because Cuba has failed to make payments on its debt, including debt incurred on agricultural purchases. Powell and ONeill wrote that, two governments have approached the U.S. to complain that Cubas payments of cash for U.S. agricultural products have meant that they are not getting paid at all.
Reuters reported on July 8, 2002 that, Direct foreign investment in Cuba plummeted to $38.9 million in 2001 from $488 million the year before. And earlier in the year, despite Castros tantrum, Russia closed its spy facility near Havana, thus denying his government $200 million per year in rent payments.
Castros current creditors are far from happy with these circumstances, as many have not received payment on interest or principal credit since 1986. Without even counting Castros debt to Russia, which he will not pay because he declares his debt as to a country that no longer exists, Havana owes billions of dollars to western banks and former socialist countries.
The situation in Cuba is thus much more a problem of policy than politics. President Bush announced his U.S. Initiative for a New Cuba on May 20, 2002, and declared that, Cuban purchases of U.S. agricultural goods ... would be a foreign aid program in disguise. And who pays for aid to foreign governments, but the American taxpayers who will eventually foot the tab for the defaults on his debts.
If this is not enough evidence, those lobbying for American credits and imminent subsidies should ask the Canadians for their advice. On August 7, 2002, the Montreal Gazette reported that, Lilac Islands, a 15,000 ton Cuban-owned ship, has been held in the port of Conakry, the Guinean capital, for the past month while an Ontario company, armed with legal judgements, pursues Cuba for more than $3 million U.S. Last week, Guineas Court of Appeals upheld the continuance of the steel-laden ships detention-pending the payment of more than $275,000 in debt to Adecon Ship Management of Mississauga. Adacon claims the total debt on several judgements exceeds $3 million. Imagine U.S. companies chasing down Cuban cargo ships in international waters to collect payment, while American taxpayers sit on the sidelines knowing that theyll pick up the bill when the debtor doesnt pay.
Trade with Cuba does not represent trade with Cuban business owners, entrepreneurs or consumers; Trade with Cuba is trade with the Castro government itself, which monopolizes virtually all enterprises and exploits Cuban workers as their sole employer. Said Condoleezza Rice, President Bushs national security advisor, In Cuba, Fidel Castro is still the one man through whom everything has to go. Any trade that goes through Cuba is going to strengthen Cubas regime.
Regime Supporting Terror
While the anti-Embargo lobby insists on the right of American tourists to travel to Cuba, they ignore other rights and national security considerations. Each right must be weighted against its impact on other rights. As John Stuart Mill once said, one mans right to swing his arm ends where my nose begins. And in the case of Cuba, the desire to travel must be weighed against the risks inherent in subsidizing a regime that poses a national security threat to the United States.
Consider: In their July 11th letter to the Appropriations Committee, Secretary Powell and Secretary ONeill said that, A relationship of continuing hostility exists between Cuba and the United States; that Cuba has long been listed by the State Department as a state-sponsor of terrorism; and that, [Cuba] continues to harbor fugitives from the American justice system, and it supports international terrorist organizations. Castro has provided a safe haven for more than 70 fugitives from U.S. justice, including several accused of killing American police officers.
Due to the end of Soviet subsidies and his disastrous economic policies, Castro is bankrupt. His lack of cash restricts his ability to engage or support anti-American actions around the world.
But his anti-American commitment remains. On May 10, 2001, Agence France Presse quoted Castros speech at the University of Tehran, where he stated: Iran and Cuba, in cooperation with each other, can bring America to its knees.
What, specifically, does Castro have in mind? In a May 6th speech, John Bolton, Undersecretary of State for Arms Control, warned Americans that Cuba has at least a limited offensive biological warfare research and development effort ... [and] has provided dual-use biotechnology to other rogue states. Few are demanding that the administration produce a smoking gun to prove its assessment of the threat posed by Iraq, Iran, or North Korea, but the evidence is surely in on Castro, who needs American tourism to make up for Soviet money lost, so he can once again pursue a more active anti-American role in the world.
What Opening the Travel Ban Will Do
Some say that the opening of U.S. tourism to Cuba will bring the two cultures together, but the reality is far different. Currently, Castro sets aside hotels, beaches, stores, restaurants, and even hospitals for foreigners, and prohibits his own people from staying in those hotels and patronizing those facilities. U.S. tourism under current conditions would freeze in place Castros tourist apartheid, and likely exacerbate it. People-to-people contact under Castros regime is far from likely.
But contact between cultures of a different, and often nefarious, kind is much more likely. A March 2002 report released by Johns Hopkins University says that Cuba is increasingly reported to be a major destination for sex tourists from North America and Europe. The increase is attributed to a concurrent drop in political restrictions on travel to Cuba and a crackdown on sex tourism in Southeast Asia, causing sex tourists to seek out alternative destinations. According to general news reports, Cuba is one of many countries that have replaced Southeast Asia as a destination for pedophiles and sex tourists ... Canadian sex tourism is also cited as largely responsible for the revival of Havana brothels and child prostitution.
In their same May letter to the House Appropriations Committee, shortly before the body passed two amendments ending restrictions on travel and financing exports to Cuba, Secretaries Powell and ONeill stated that, Current economic circumstances in Cuba do not support changing our position on trade with Cuba. Moreover, the lack of a sound economic rationale makes it more likely that Castro would use any liberalizing of our trade position for his political benefit.
Providing trade benefits to Americas enemies, especially those on the State Departments list of terrorist nations, makes as much sense as selling U.S. scrap metal to Japan in the 1930s — some of which was used to build up the Japanese military and, later, attack Pearl Harbor.
But apart from security policy, one of the greatest advantages of the U.S. embargo on Cuba is that it has saved U.S. taxpayers millions of dollars in unappropriated export insurance and subsidies. American banks arent among the consortium of creditors, like those in France, Spain and Canada, who have been waiting for years to be paid what they are owed.
Fidel Castro is broke. He cant pay his debts, and several of his most important trading partners have suspended credits and export insurance. Yet, like the second to last scene in a bad Hollywood western, some are out trying to muster a cavalry to save his regime. This time, it is a cavalry of American tourists and special interests whose objectives will only strengthen the Western Hemispheres most enduring dictatorship.
Capital markets lie only when con artists run the show. And forcing American taxpayers to subsidize Cuba, which has seen a 92% decrease in foreign investment (from $488 million in 2000 to $39 million in 2001) is a leap from a precipice trumping Enron and Worldcom combined. A policy of moving exports from a cash-and-carry basis to credit extensions is like sentencing taxpayers to investing in Enron or WorldCom right before those stocks plummeted. American taxpayers did not have to bail out those companies. And they should not be forced to bail out the head of an openly hostile government, especially when his default is more a question of when than if.
If you are interested in contacting your senator or representative on this important issue, please write to:
Your Senator United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 Your Representative United States House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515
You can also call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 225-3121, and ask for your senator or representative by name.