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Mon Oct 22, 2012, 04:46 AM

Race for sheriff in Ariz. draws national focus

Source: The Arizona Republic

Race for sheriff in Ariz. draws national focus
JJ Hensley, The Arizona Republic

4:31AM EDT October 22. 2012 - PHOENIX -- Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is as popular and polarizing as ever, evident in the amount of outside interest and influence focused on his race for a sixth consecutive term.

Arpaio, who became a national icon in the illegal-immigration enforcement movement during the past decade, has raised as much as 80% of his campaign's $8 million from out-of-state donors. In addition, he has garnered support from political-action committees raising money in his name and occasionally spending it on his behalf.

That is hardly a new development. But in a twist not seen in the sheriff's prior electoral battles, Arpaio's main opponent, retired Phoenix police Sgt. Paul Penzone, is also benefiting from factions outside Arizona that are interested in the race, including an independent political-action committee that received $500,000 from labor groups spending money on materials and activities aimed at unseating Arpaio.

Immigration, the sheriff's signature issue, is responsible for attracting much of the national money pouring in on both sides of the race, said Bruce Merrill, a longtime Arizona political scientist and pollster.


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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Oct 22, 2012, 04:49 AM

1. I just know that Arrogant fool Arpaio will win...again!

I can't stand him and I have talked to some of his own deputies and they can't stand him either. He should be living in Tent City for all the crap he's pulled.

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Response to StarryNite (Reply #1)

Mon Oct 22, 2012, 05:35 AM

2. Don't loose hope just yet. I may be Hanging around the wrong people but I'm feeling a change

In Arizona. People I'm talking to here have had enough of the teabags. Even the teabags running for office don't want to tell you that they are teabags anymore.

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Response to OffWithTheirHeads (Reply #2)

Mon Oct 22, 2012, 07:30 AM

3. I get the same feelings

I think that this will be Joe's final run. One can hope!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Oct 22, 2012, 11:06 AM

4. Is Sheriff Joe an ALEC recipient for election donations?

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