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Love him or hate him, Arpaio is going to be here a while longer (liberal writer's head explodes)
East Valley Tribune ^ | 11/30/12 | Richardson

Posted on 11/30/2012 12:15:22 PM PST by pabianice

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio won again.

The 80-year-old Arpaio won a sixth term, setting a record as the county’s longest sitting sheriff. And if Arpaio has his way, and he usually does, he’ll be elected to a seventh term.

No doubt the Democrats will give it their best shot to depose Arpaio, but if history repeats itself, the Democrats will once again bring a knife to a gunfight and Arpaio will be re-elected and talking about an eighth term.

While the anti-Arpaio crowd are touting the sheriff’s winning by only 7 percent of the vote, he won fair and square and now has four more years to campaign and raise money for 2016. He’s already been working at reinventing himself as a kinder and gentler Joe who has said he wants to reach out to the Hispanic community, a community that has had a less than harmonious relationship with the man who invaded neighborhoods looking for undocumented workers.

His olive branch effort might not play well in the barrio, but it’ll play just fine with supporters who will tout his outreach efforts and his toughness on crime. It’s a win-win for the county’s puppet master.

In this last election almost 680,000 of Maricopa County’s approximately one million eligible voters saw fit to return Arpaio to office. Even though the sheriff only provides policing services to around 7 percent of the county’s nearly four million residents, Arpaio’s fans see him as saving them from crime and evil even though the vast majority of residents get their police services from city departments. If you don’t end up in jail most county residents will never encounter the sheriff and his deputies.

Arpaio has been more of a circus ringmaster than lawman the past two decades. He has a list of professional and organizational failures that would probably fill dozens of filing cabinets. He spends our tax money like a drunken sailor, according to a May 2012 study conducted by the Pinal County Office of Management and Budget, yet Old Joe has the lowest law enforcement costs per capita of all the county sheriffs in Arizona. MCSO comes in at $18 while Paul Babeu, his Pinal County protégé, comes in at $80.

Sure the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has gotten plenty of bad press and no doubt has caused a considerable amount of pain and suffering. But the MCSO doesn’t have an exclusive on questionable and failed policing practices.

While it’s been heavily reported MCSO botched over 400 sex crimes cases, according to a June 28, 2011 report by ABC15, the Phoenix police department may have mishandled hundreds of sex crimes investigations. And what about the recent ABC15 report -- http://evtnow.com/4rz -- that Phoenix is sitting on over 1,500 untested sexual assault kits while Tempe police are sitting on almost 400 untested kits? How many rapists and child molesters may have gone free because of Phoenix and Tempe’s failure to properly follow up on a sex crime? By comparison, MCSO now tests all of their sexual assault evidence kits and has no untested kits sitting on a shelf.

And when it comes to crime statistics, Maricopa County’s crime rate is 40 felony crimes per 1,000 according to a study by the Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com/news/cityguides/. Phoenix’s serious crime rate is 50 per 1,000 and Tempe’s is almost 60 per 1,000.

But you don’t see the protesters who have targeted Arpaio raising cane at Phoenix and Tempe city council meetings demanding action over the failures of their police chiefs.

Arpaio is the sheriff who is either, loved, hated or tolerated by the voters of Maricopa County, just like most other politicians. And until the voters of Maricopa County decide to dump him or he retires, Arpaio’s the sheriff and he still runs the county.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: arpaio
Someone call the Whhaaaammmmmbulance!
1 posted on 11/30/2012 12:15:25 PM PST by pabianice
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To: pabianice

This creeps anguish makes me happy : )


2 posted on 11/30/2012 12:20:22 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker
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To: pabianice
No doubt the Democrats will give it their best shot to depose Arpaio, but if history repeats itself, the Democrats will once again bring a knife to a gunfight and Arpaio will be re-elected and talking about an eighth term.

Yes and hey they did and they lost.

So what happened to the big $10 million dollar pledge by Soros against Arpaio? Heh.

3 posted on 11/30/2012 12:26:21 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: pabianice
Living next door to Maricopa County, I pay quiet a bit of attention to Sheriff Joe and the press he generates.
I think this article is a fair and balanced as the Sheriff is going to get. The press here hate him. SOME of the Latino population hate him.
4 posted on 11/30/2012 12:28:18 PM PST by Tupelo (Hunkered down & loading up)
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To: pabianice

Joe is my favorite Sheriff!!!


5 posted on 11/30/2012 12:28:40 PM PST by tallyhoe
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To: pabianice

“He spends our tax money like a drunken sailor, according to a May 2012 study conducted by the Pinal County Office of Management and Budget, yet Old Joe has the lowest law enforcement costs per capita of all the county sheriffs in Arizona.”

This sentence appears to be self-refuting, doesn’t it?


6 posted on 11/30/2012 12:42:22 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: pabianice
Whhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa... Skid. Screech. Door slam. Paramedic DoughtyOne here. Today we're offering cremation or cremation/Neptune society for Leftists in need of our Whhaaaammmmmbulance!

It's the CHRISTMAS season so our rates are a little higher right now.

If they can hold out until next May Day er their holiday season, we'll have specials.

7 posted on 11/30/2012 12:58:38 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Hurricane Sandy..., a week later and over 60 million Americans still didn't have power.)
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To: pabianice; All
I suggest everybody read the comments, it seems the author, retired Mesa master police officer Bill Richardson, opposed Sheriff Joe in an election and lost, while working for the press and concealing considerable corruption and criminal behavior by police in several departments, including his own. However there was no such corruption in Joe's department, or Sheriff Paul Babeu’s department.
8 posted on 11/30/2012 1:09:18 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Boogieman
This sentence appears to be self-refuting, doesn’t it?

Bill Richardson's entire article appears to be self-refuting.

9 posted on 11/30/2012 1:12:34 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Navy Patriot

“Sheriff Paul Babeu’s department”

Does he still have a illegal Mexican boyfriend?


10 posted on 11/30/2012 1:32:36 PM PST by NKP_Vet
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To: Navy Patriot
Bill Richardson's entire article appears to be self-refuting.

So was the GOPE 2012 platform and candidate.

11 posted on 11/30/2012 1:35:51 PM PST by Repeat Offender (What good are conservative principles if we don't stand by them?)
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To: NKP_Vet
Probably.
12 posted on 11/30/2012 1:38:57 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Repeat Offender

You have a point.


13 posted on 11/30/2012 1:40:05 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: pabianice; All

I am not so concerned with Liberals trying to rid M.C. of Sherrif Arpaio....I am getting more concerned with those on the GOP side who are trying to sand-bag him

We already saw the former AZ House Speaker get ousted in 2010 by a pro-Amnesty GOP....And earlier this year we had Michelle Malkin refer to Arpaio and supporters as “9/11 Truthers” when Arpaio’s “Posse” pretty much proved that Obama’s Birth Certificate released in 2011 was a forgery

I am really concerned, with the Liberal RINO wing of the GOP pushing Illegal Alien Amnesty and “Hispanic Voters”...that they will try stuff to rid M.C. of Arpaio.

Both current AZ Senators are again pushing Illegal Alien Amnesty...and I do not trust the GOPe or the GOP Media anywhere near the issue of Border Security/National Security...and what they will do to those who are strong on those issues


14 posted on 11/30/2012 1:45:37 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (Marco Rubio is not a Conservative. "Amnesty Liberals" are never Conservative)
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To: pabianice

Sheriff Joe, one of the few people from the Commonwealth who is a great American to make good in another state.


15 posted on 11/30/2012 4:23:27 PM PST by HenpeckedCon (What pi$$es me off the most is that POS commie will get a State Funeral!)
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To: Tupelo

I know him personally...He is my favorite H E R O


16 posted on 11/30/2012 4:25:28 PM PST by advertising guy (and as far as the Cookie Monster, was it really cookies ?)
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To: Navy Patriot

” retired Mesa master police officer”

What’s a master police officer? I’ve never even heard the term.

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17 posted on 11/30/2012 4:30:51 PM PST by Mears
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To: Mears
What’s a master police officer? I’ve never even heard the term.

I have no idea, and ditto. I obtained the title from his newspaper byline at the link.

However, just for fun, I'll hazard a guess:

As a police officer is normally a "public servant", perhaps this particular police officer is a retired "public master"

18 posted on 11/30/2012 5:31:33 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: pabianice

How do you spell American Hero?

“Sheriff Joe Arpaio!”


19 posted on 11/30/2012 5:38:14 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Navy Patriot

“As a police officer is normally a “public servant”, perhaps this particular police officer is a retired “public master” “

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Works for me. :-)

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21 posted on 11/30/2012 5:50:48 PM PST by Mears
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To: Navy Patriot

Remember in the old days when it would ruin your career if you were busted for “crime against nature”? When sodomy was against the law in all 50 states and a crime under the UCMJ?For over 200 years, since the founding if this nation, it was a crime. All our Founding Fathers KNEW it was a crime against God and everything decent about good order and discipline. Now it’s a plus on a resume and will help you get promoted. Tell your employer you’re a sodomite and a few months later you’re managing the store or if in the military made first sergeant.The Founding Fathers are rolling over in heir graves. How far can we sink as
a country before the good Lord finally says to hell with it all and shows us all who’s boss.


22 posted on 11/30/2012 6:47:05 PM PST by NKP_Vet
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To: NKP_Vet

As I recall, scripture has an account of Sodom...


23 posted on 11/30/2012 6:59:49 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Mears
What’s a master police officer? I’ve never even heard the term.

In the commercial fishing business we'd call him a master baiter.

24 posted on 12/01/2012 6:13:47 AM PST by dearolddad
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