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Monday, March 15, 2010

Arpaio For Governor?
Local radio station KTAR is reporting that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio may be considering a gubernatorial run:
(Arpaio) won't say what he'd do about the state budget if elected.

"First of all I won't answer that and give away my secrets to all the other opponents," he said. "I will answer that if I decide to run. People have to understand where I'm coming from."

He's confident that he'd win the election and can do the job of governor. "I'll take my resume and put it against anybody in this state where I've been in private business. I've been in the Army...I met with ambassadors. I can go on and on."

A November 2008 study by Rasmussen Reports showed Arpaio with a clear advantage over other likely candidates.

In other news, a Department of Justice official sent a strongly worded letter to Arpaio's attorney in a civil rights case over the weekend, saying that the DOJ said it would examine a written summary of the racketeering allegations, not dig through the entire case files.

Arpaio and County Attorney Andrew Thomas announced Thursday they were dropping the racketeering suit against the Board of Supervisors because the DOJ was taking over the investigation.

The letter also said that it would share all the material Arpaio sent with the investigators at the U.S. Attorney's Office. Arpaio is currently the subject of a federal grand jury investigation into allegations of abuse of power.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

He won't get elected governor after he is indicted for abuse of power. Sorry Joe supporters!

March 15, 2010 at 12:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


March 15, 2010 at 12:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He would never get elected

March 15, 2010 at 1:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is does a great job as sheriff, but we could elect him also to another position, since he has & does & will work for the people of AZ. He would give a hand, not a hand out like Wash. AZ. is already affected by administration with the smoking mirror effect, look how many people turned progressive being indoctinated with agenda, trying to pass bill on amnesty. Maybe President of U.S.A. I'm sure he would kick ass & take names!!!!!!!! & do away with corrupt agenda!!!!!!!

March 15, 2010 at 2:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joe would have a great chance of winning. All the old pols would could out of the woodwork to defeat him. We would be finished with Terry Goddard as well as an additional bonus. Shady Mary would really have a hissy fit as the governor and AG would know her tricks.

March 15, 2010 at 2:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only an idiot would for for that fool.

March 15, 2010 at 2:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When people start looking into polititions past history,records character, Joe would have my vote! That's why people woke up with Washinton,D.C. they should of looked at the backgrounds of these corrupt thugs! that'll wisen ya up!

March 15, 2010 at 3:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Then you're an idiot just like Joe.

March 15, 2010 at 3:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You make zero sense, like our country right now!!!!

March 15, 2010 at 3:39 PM  
Anonymous Fran Ingersoll - Sun City said...

I wouldn't vote for Arpaio if he was running for dog catcher!

March 15, 2010 at 4:02 PM  
Anonymous Liz F - North Phoenix said...

November 2008 was a lot of bad press ago.

I hope Joe does run for Governor. He has to resign as sheriff to do so.

Joe will never win. His popularity is taking hit after hit after his. He can't figure out how to run the MCSO while cutting a budget - that's what all his whining is about - the BOS is trying to take HIS money. How is going to run a STATE in the crisis Arizona is in.

The Governor does not have that much authority. The Governor works with a multitude of politicians, law makers and voters to get anything accomplished. This is not Joe's style. He does not play well with others.

He already said he thought that being Governor would be a demotion, because there are 50 Governors and only one "America's Toughest Sheriff".

What a baffoon! "First of all I won't answer that and give away my secrets to all the other opponents," he said. "I will answer that if I decide to run. People have to understand where I'm coming from."

He's confident that he'd win the election and can do the job of governor. "I'll take my resume and put it against anybody in this state where I've been in private business. I've been in the Army...I met with ambassadors. I can go on and on."

Pompous, arrogant, ignorant and all for the "Wonderful Me" world he lives in.

But yes, I hope he does resign. And, yessiree, Candy should run for AG.

March 15, 2010 at 4:47 PM  
Anonymous Liz F - North Phoenix said...

"I'll take my resume and put it against anybody in this state where I've been in private business." This would be maybe Selling Trips to the Moon???

"I've been in the Army...I met with ambassadors." (And solved the French Connection single-handedly, to hear Joe tell it, though his former fellow DEA agents would disagree.)

"I can go on and on."

We're sure you can go on and on. But PULEEEZ don't!

Joe just took another public personality test. It was negative.

March 15, 2010 at 5:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joe is a model politition who does the right thing for the right reason. I am proud to have a sheriff that knows what is right & what is wrong. I love my country, my rights & my freedoms & our sheriff for taking the laws & following thru,YOU GO GETUM JOE!!!!!!

March 15, 2010 at 5:48 PM  
Anonymous Liz F - North Phoenix said...

Anonymous said...

" I love my country, my rights..."

Apparently you haven't watched the video where Joe called your civil rights "all that crap".


Who are the UM you refer to?

Give me some examples of Joe doing "the right thing for the right reason". I've seen none lately.

"A sheriff that knows what is right and what is wrong." So what you're saying is that deleting emails that are part of a lawsuit investigation in order to destroy evidence ISN'T "wrong" - ??? What part of illegal don't you understand?

I could go on and on and on. Just like Joe.

Do you want me to?

March 15, 2010 at 6:16 PM  
Anonymous Liz F - North Phoenix said...


You forgot to add "YHEEEEEE HAAAWWWW!"

You might be a REDNECK if any of your relatives have died moments after hollerin' "Hey, Y'all! Watch this!"

March 15, 2010 at 6:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gee let's see, we had a governor who became the head of Homeland Security who couldn't tell a terorist from your grandmother. She also vowed to use taxpayer money for court fees to protect illegals who were found on the Maricopa County payrole. Sheriff Joe has my vote over the last two duds in office, or was that dudes?

March 15, 2010 at 6:56 PM  
Anonymous Liz F - North Phoenix said...

Not a Nappy fan, but, come on. Joe would never be able to work collectively with all of the politicians involved in any decision of the Gov's office. He MUST have ultimate authority and the Governor does NOT. Joe would be calling upon Justice of the Peace J. Orr out of Tempe to serve warrants against anyone who opposed him. Have Jan Brewer give you a head-count of those who oppose her opinions.

No, let's not compare Nappy and Joe.

Nappy knew how to waltz through the jungle. Joe does not.

March 15, 2010 at 7:10 PM  
Anonymous J.W. Simms. said...

Fran Ingersoll - Sun City said...

I wouldn't vote for Arpaio if he was running for dog catcher!

: If you live in Sun City, you probably are not going to live long enough to vote in 2012, so we won't worry about your vote. J.W. Simms.

March 15, 2010 at 8:33 PM  
Anonymous J.W. Simms. said...

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March 15, 2010 at 8:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you run for office from a jail cell?

Max of Scottsdale

March 15, 2010 at 8:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is no sense in wasteing time with anti joe people, the way they think, they never fought for our country & believe the rights, freedoms come from more government control. They think with their butt, might want to get some history lessons. When someone is rock solid in truth it shows in many ways, that's why feds are after Joe.

March 15, 2010 at 9:40 PM  
Anonymous Liz F - North Phoenix said...

Hey Simms, Baby!

How's it going? Sorry to see 2 out of your last 3 posts deleted!

Maybe this last one can be deleted too? Can't you just post logic and common sense and normal conversation? No? Why not? Abused as a child, perhaps? Why do you have to show your true colors all the time with posts like "Maybe Jan Brewer should give Nappy some head, then they could run off together and ..."


You know, you can get your mental health care paid for by Megellan if you sign up for AHCCCS before 310,000 get cut. You could use some help. Hope you get it. Your foul language and sexually suggestive posts are not appropriate, whether you're 15 or 75.

Let me guess. I think you are a 53 year old David Henderschott... am I right?



March 15, 2010 at 9:49 PM  
Anonymous Tim A - Mesa AZ said...

I never knew how corrupt the sheriff is until this year. I am glad that KPHO continues to report the truth about this blight to the integrity og our state government! Good job KPHO!

March 15, 2010 at 9:49 PM  
Anonymous Liz F - North Phoenix said...

Hey Tim -

Welcome to the Maricopa County reality!

If you are ever looking for more information on Joe, just post your questions! We (that would be me, Lawn Order and some of the Anonymous here) will be happy to point you in the right direction.

I would suggest you start with:

From there, go to and search "arpaio" articles.

If you can still handle any more, come on back and we'll send you to some more.

Welcome to the sane side of Maricopa County politics!

March 15, 2010 at 10:15 PM  
Anonymous J.W. Simms. said...

As much as I would hate to lose one hell of a good sheriff in Maricopa county, I would sure love to see one hell of a good Governor in the state of Arizona. Run for Governor Joe! and Liz F can run for the border. J.W. Simms.

March 15, 2010 at 10:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The sheriff has as much chance of winning the governors' race as you have of getting a brain.

March 15, 2010 at 10:55 PM  
Anonymous J.W. Simms. said...

Maybe Liz F can give J.W. Simms, some head and then!! run for the border. I know she get's all wet in her warm place, reading J.W. Simms erotic writing's J.W. Simms.

March 15, 2010 at 10:57 PM  
Anonymous Jason H - Phoenix AZ said...

I would vote rather vote for Fife Symington again.

March 15, 2010 at 10:59 PM  
Anonymous Lawn Order said...

Simms- if talking about an old, incompetent Sheriff gets you aroused- you need to get help. Think about it. I know that's asking a lot. You are getting quite a kick out of your misanthropic posts, aren't you?

March 16, 2010 at 1:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just what we need Joe as gov.and Andy as States Att.These 2-clowns have already wasted tax payers dollars and abused their powers in Maricopa Cty. So i guess they want to take it to the state level.Pity Arizona if these 2 were to win.

March 16, 2010 at 10:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Attn Blog Administrator:

I believe that a post above by J. W. Simms at 10:57 PM on March 15 violates the terms of use. Thank you.

March 16, 2010 at 4:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A power hungry, corrupt, wanna be rockstar for govenor? That's a great idea. Perhaps those of you who vote for him will be happy when he attempts to declares himself Czar.

March 16, 2010 at 6:22 PM  
Anonymous Lawn Order said...

Sadly, Simms seems to violate the term "humanity". He would've loved to be involved in state-sanctioned murder, at least until his side lost and he had to face the consequences. No big surprise he loves Apraio's methods and diatribes. But he only cares about that one issue and isn't well enough informed to realize that MCSO does a very ineffective and unprofessional job in that area.

March 16, 2010 at 6:30 PM  
Anonymous Liz F - North Phoenix said...


I thought he was just a cranky, bored, ignorant, distasteful, beligerent and unsophistocated jerk of an old man.

Maybe I just haven't looked deep enough.


March 16, 2010 at 8:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks to me there's alot of naive people that think listening to certain news actually believe everything they hear. Open your minds & get both sides, unless you realize the news you watch or articles you read are just one sided, then there's more hope for you.

March 16, 2010 at 8:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even if Arpaio got elected to Governor, it would not save his political career. He would still be indicted for abuse of power during his circus act at the MCSO. DOOMED he is, yes.

March 16, 2010 at 9:05 PM  
Anonymous Lawn Order said...

Wow- those who idolize Arpaio are enlightened through their study of their own opinions. The rest of us who pay attention to the facts that are part of the public record are hopeless fools. Nobody (but you) has ever thought of it that way before. Thanks for the wake-up call! No doubt sarcasm is lost in your massive your ego.

One thing about reality- it is what it is. Not what we think it is, or would like it to be. Sheriff Arpaio is about to wake up and smell the coffee, if there were any in the MCSO jails. Of course he has access to unlimited taxpayer funds for high-priced lawyers (even ones from out of state) to provide a defense. He'll need them- but ultimately the facts will catch up to him. It will be televised. :-)

March 17, 2010 at 2:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

REALLY Am I on candid camera ?????????? A 77 year old throwback to the 60`s racist sheiff with his corupt good ole boy uppercommand (hear that Hendershot ???? ) NOW wants to be Govenor ............. WELL lets get the Federal Grand Jury and the Justice Department out of the way first ....Don`t think you can be govenor of Arizona from a prison cell ... The man has such a bloated ego last figures .... his approval rating is less than 39% and heading DOWNWARD ..........

March 17, 2010 at 9:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not to mention the fact that the only part of Arizona where his is popular is Maricopa county, where his approval rating is below 39% and falling. I am sure he will not win if he runs.

March 17, 2010 at 9:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is just what this state needs, another Good Old Boy in the high ranks of Government....Please people, this man is by no means a saint and he is just as crooked as the rest of them. We need statesmen and not camera junkies in office.

March 17, 2010 at 11:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The poor guy has not sold out for votes and corruption, so he get beat up trying to keep his county from being Mexico's dump site. The people who hate him are those who are illegal and/or those exploiting the illegals. None of which are Americans at heart.

March 17, 2010 at 12:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh yeah, born in the south, served 23 year in the military, white and I think this man is as dangerous as a pitviper, but what would you really know about defending or service to your Country. You think it is ok for elected official to break laws, bully citizens as long as it is not you. But when the day comes that you were treated unfairly, wrong or with just distain and unprofessional behavior you will be the loudest of the group. YOU and the types like you are the real danger to America these days.

March 17, 2010 at 12:33 PM  
Anonymous J.W. Simms. said...

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March 17, 2010 at 6:59 PM  
Anonymous Beeradd said...

I don't know why everyone is so upset by Joe Arpaio. Don't we want a law enforcement agent who enforces the law? He is popular because he does what is right not what is "politically correct". People should not be upset if they break laws and get caught for breaking them. Leave the emotion at the door. Do the right things in life and you will reap the rewards. Do the wrong things and you suffer the consequences.

We learn though our struggles and challenges to become better people. If people want to immigrate without proper documentation, they know the risk they are taking and they know what they are doing is wrong. We should not change laws just because a lot of people were breaking that law. If enough people rob a bank should we say that it is no longer illegal, even if the bank robber really needs the money? Such selfish actions hurt not only the person who is doing something wrong by compromising their integrity, but also hurt all those who have a stake in the bank or in the case with illegal immigration, taxpayers.

It is very weak to call someone a racist just because he enforces laws. One can truly understand the benefits of diversity and respect other cultures without having to compromise our national set of laws. Legal immigration is the answer my friends! It is unfair to every person who immigrated to this country legally to give illegal immigrants the same rights for knowingly trying to take advantage of the system.

Joe Arpaio should be elected because he makes decision based on his morals and not what is the most popular or politically correct.

March 18, 2010 at 12:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sheriff Joe is an idiot. I'll be glad when he is gone and you are out of a job posting for him!

March 18, 2010 at 1:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awwwww Simms (aka Henderblimp), did you get blocked again? Tisk Tisk. Need to watch those nasty comments and not make those threats. I know, it really is hard to do when confronted with facts. Himmler and Hess were the same way at one time, but you will learn.

March 18, 2010 at 10:36 AM  
Anonymous Lawn Order said...

Is this blog about "illegal immigration"? I think not- it says its about Arpaio- specifically whether he will run for Governor. His drones can only talk about one issue. He makes a lot (LOT) of noise about immigration enforcement, but those who have done their homework know that he does an amateurish job even of that. In other areas he is far less competent, which is why all the charges have been dropped in so many cases against those who he and Thomas have maliciously prosecuted. There's your sign.

Now let's talk about the subject- who would like a Governor who destroys evidence of his wrongdoing and incompetence? He admitted such through his attorney. Want to read about it? Just say so and I will post links (or you can just use Google).

March 18, 2010 at 12:55 PM  
Anonymous Lawn Order said...

if it's true that "[Arpaio] makes decision based on his morals"- his moral compass is way out of whack. He makes his decisions based on cynical exploitative politics. And he has lots of people fooled.

The problem is that there must be lots of people out there whose moral compasses are as defective as his. That is no good for society.

March 18, 2010 at 12:59 PM  
Anonymous Karen said...

I know I have a lot of confidence in Joe as our Sheriff. I want him to stay in that position. one else can handle those illegals and the rest of the stupids like he can. He is awesome, but I don't want him as our governor, I like Jan.... Thank God Janet N. is gone, but she is sucking at being in the Obama cabinet too.

Hang in there Arizona, times are rough, and we need to say NO to this stupid Health Care fix Obama wants, and only buy American made products like we did back in the 80's. Support at home.

March 18, 2010 at 4:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anything e does is fine with me. I wish we had more like him in charge.

March 19, 2010 at 8:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More power to you Joe.

March 25, 2010 at 6:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Phoenix has become a "free City" for illegal immigrants. The only one doing anything about it is Sheriff Joe Arpaio. He has repeatedly rounded up hundreds of illegals, finds drop houses almost daily with 20 to 40 illegals being held for ransom, and almost weekly finds companies employing the illegals. The Hispanic community has been demonstrating regularly to stop his efforts.

The Phoenix Mayor (a real loser) has protested to Washington. The former AZ governor, who is now over our national security, took funds from Arpaio when she was governor and now is working with the Obama administration to screw over him.

In Phoenix and southern Arizona, vans full of illegals are found regularly crossing the border. Hit and run fatalities are happening regularly, and when the drivers are caught, it is almost always an illegal. Most of the violent crimes are committed by them.

And the one group, the Shiriff's office, that is trying to stop all this, and has had a lot of success, is the target of Obama's pro-terrorist AG, Eric Holder.

March 26, 2010 at 8:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Without Sheriff Joe and his men Arizona would be another little Mexico. The majority of the crime takes place in south Phoenix. Who do you think lives there? We are the only country in the world that allows people to live and work illegally. Try that in Mexico or anyplace else and see what it gets you.

March 26, 2010 at 11:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I support Sheriff Joe's efforts to enforce the laws of OUR nation. There were illegals from 90 different countries who crossed the Mexican border into the USA. It has to stop! Loop holes need to be changed such as granting automatic citizenship to any child born here. If the parent is an illegal, so is the child. I wish the Sheriff the best and hope he keeps up the sweeps.

March 26, 2010 at 1:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He has my vote. I think he would make a terrific Governor.

March 30, 2010 at 10:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a right to middle right conservative. The thought Joe running for Governor is downright scarry. He could not manage the single largest budget in Maricopa County, how do we expect this "immigrant" to manage the state budget. Did I say immigrant above? Yes I did. Joe should be for legal immigration as he is one. Joe's ideas touch on the correct side of issues and then he wanders off to la la land. The thought of him running Arizona with no good oversight (our state house and senate are not doing their job either) is downright scarry. His intentions would be honorable but his implementation would be disasterous. Arizona has better choices so lets choose a better person for the job. And no, it is not our current governor nor was it Napalitano. Heck, we have not had a good governor for a long time now. I just hope the Arizona voters pay attention to ALL the facts and not just one pet belief to elect our next governor.

April 5, 2010 at 1:25 PM  

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