Arpaio for Governor?


First it was Steven Seagal saying he might run for governor of Arizona, now his buddy Joe Arpaio says he might run too. Is it possible that Jan Brewer, who is an astonishingly stupid woman, may actually be the best governor they’ll have for a while?

Polarizing Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a Republican, said Wednesday that he is considering a run for governor of Arizona.

The Elect Sheriff Joe Arpaio committee, the six-term incumbent’s reelection campaign, announced in the same press release that it had raised more than $3.5 million in 2013.

According to the Associated Press, most of the contributions were made by out-of-state donors as critics of Arpaio tried and failed to force a recall election against the sheriff last year.

“We continue to be blown away by the depth and breadth of support for Sheriff Joe,” Chad Willems, Arpaio’s campaign manager, said in the release. “These numbers tell the story that the sheriff and his policies are more popular than ever.”

Arpaio was elected to his sixth term as sheriff for the Phoenix metropolitan area in November 2012. He has served as sheriff since 1993.

“Every four years, my supporters encourage me to run for governor,” Arpaio said. “Based on these fundraising numbers and knowing I could be competitive, I will have to give it serious consideration.”

That this sadistic, shallow bully could get elected to any office in this country is depressing enough.

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  1. says

    …sadistic, shallow bully…

    What good is power if you can’t abuse it?*

    * “Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know what no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me.” (nineteen eighty-four)

  2. says

    “Sadistic” is exactly the right word for Joe Arpaio. He should not be officiating over any prison; he should be in prison. He is not merely a bigot. He is not merely an idiot. He does not merely hold views which, if implemented by government, would result in the completely unnecessary suffering of individuals who did nothing apart from be displeasing to Joe Arpaio.

    No, that’s what Joe Arpaio actually causes, himself, every day, to many actual individuals.

    If there was ever a government official who proved himself, over and over, to be utterly unfit to wielding power without abusing it, he is that man.

  3. Trebuchet says

    Maybe he can get his dear friend Nancy Grace for his Lt. Gov. At least it would get that the dumbass off TV.

  4. says

    This is a standard flaw for folks that tend to the authoritarian as many conservatives and republicans do. All someone has to do is sound like an authority, be connected to one’s in-group, and you can get away with all sorts of stuff and still be politically viable.

    You get it on the left too, after all not many are even willing to try to entertain how Obama fits into the United Nations Convention against Torture. But there is much more of this sort of global problem on the right.

  5. says

    Is there any way that we can simultaneously convince Sheriff Joe Arpaio to run for governor of Arizona and convince him that Arizona is actually a small unpopulated island in the Johnston Atoll?

  6. Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden says

    Wait, his county is the same as the Phoenix metro area?

    Wow. I don’t pay enough attention. I’d heard of what he was doing, but not really where he was doing it.

    How is it possible that this guy is reelected in a major media market with, presumably, investigative journalists and newspapers, TV, radio, and internet content all catering to important local info?

    Phoenix?

    I did not think it was possible for my faith in voters to get any lower. Somehow, this has managed it.

  7. says

    an astonishingly stupid woman

    Is there any particular reason you threw that ‘woman’ in there? You’re making a post about some astonishingly stupid men and you don’t feel it’s necessary to point out their gender. It sounds almost like you’re singling her out because of her gender in addition to her stupidity. What’s up with that?

  8. cottonnero says

    Crip Dyke #7: Arizona is a weird place. For starters, almost no one is ‘from’ Arizona; most white people moved there during their lifetime. My supposition (I don’t have any strict evidence for this, it’s just a hunch) is that this makes it a little easier to ‘otherize’ the Hispanic and black populations, and as such, a little easier to believe that a malevolent bully like Arpaio is actually a stalwart defender of American values. He has a sense of the theatrical, after all, with the pink underwear for inmates and the TV shows and the hunt for Obama’s birth certificate and all that. My guess is that he plays like a COPS/People’s Court/America’s Most Wanted show come to life for a lot of people.

  9. D. C. Sessions says

    Maybe he can get his dear friend Nancy Grace for his Lt. Gov. At least it would get that the dumbass off TV.

    Arizona doesn’t have an office of the Lieutenant Governor. The person who takes the office of Governor if the elected Governor leaves office (e.g. Janet Napolitano) is the Secretary of State (in that case, Jan Brewer), who is separately elected. Often, as with Napolitano and Brewer, of different parties.

  10. D. C. Sessions says

    Wait, his county is the same as the Phoenix metro area?

    Among other things. Counties in Arizona are freaking HUGE.

    How is it possible that this guy is reelected in a major media market with, presumably, investigative journalists and newspapers, TV, radio, and internet content all catering to important local info?

    For one, counties in Arizona are quite weak. Intentionally so. As a result, most of the county population live in cities where Joe has relatively little power — except over prisoners. And so the whole Joe Arpaio PR schtick sells well to people who don’t have to deal with (for instance) his office’s complete disinterest in actually preventing and investigating crime. As in, closing without investigation hundreds of violent crime reports. That kind of thing.

    And, as noted above, Arpaio gets a lot of out-of-State support.

  11. Crudely Wrott says

    Always look on the bright side of life.

    Arizona could recognize a significant savings should Sheriff Joe be elected Gubernator.

    Due to his advanced age and apparent ill health, he will probably die in office. Doing so, he will save the state many thousands of dollars in transportation costs in that his corpse will already be lying in state.
    ___________

    Modus the First and Last:

    One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.

    Aha! That little slip reveals your foul plan for dominance! Good thing I caught on in time. Now I, alone, can resist your foul adventurism and raise the alarm so that others may protect themselves from the impending dissolution of everything related to pies and mothers and Chevys.

    Your own reckless garrulousness has proven your undoing. Bwaa-haaa-haa-ha-ha!!

  12. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    @ ^ Crudely Wrott : Arpaio is 81 ‘cording to wiki.

    Advanced age indeed.

    FWIW. McCain was 77 & Ronald Reagan was 69 when he became US President and 78-79 or so when he left office.

    Aussie retirement age is currently 65.

    So I do think he’s too old to run.

    OTOH, some cultures do appreciate the wisdom of the Elders.

    Not sure Joe Arpaiao qualifies on that latter wisdom part mind you. Not from what I’ve read and heard of him and I’m someone who believes in being tough on crime.

  13. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    P.S. Steven Seagal is really buddies with this Arpaio guy?

    That the same Steven Seagal Aikido martial artist actor who made all those environmentalist movies playing a heroic member of the EPA? (Eg. ‘Fire Down Below’, ‘On Deadly Ground’, okay I didn’t say they were great movies.)

    You sure about that Ed?

  14. says

    Modus@1: Not sure if this says more about me or them, but I initially skimmed though your quotation having mentally inserted a word that wasn’t there, viz.:

    Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Tea Party seeks power entirely for its own sake…

    … and it wasn’t until I got to the citation at the end that I realised my mistake :-)

  15. notyet says

    As a recent escapee from Phoenix let me reassure all of you that Arpaio has no intention of running for Governor. He makes the same noises every election cycle but never commits. He is also losing it mentally and doesn’t ever go on tv without a prepared statement any more. He may be good for one more term as Sheriff but he has no choice in that. The prevailing belief is that if he were not in office, the FBI would be at his front door with a warrant. The federal courts are in the process of removing control of the jail system from him because of his refusal to bring it up to court ordered standards. He will probably get elected once more and die in office. The demographics of Maricopa county are heavily skewed to rich old white guys due to the high number of retirees in the area. That won’t change soon but he knows that outside of Maricopa his popularity is on a par with herpes. He is losing his mind and his empire and while it is a shame that he continues to have any power at all, at least the end is in sight. The saddest part of all this is that a huge portion of his income is the money he makes giving speeches for Tea Party candidates nationwide. His self proclaimed position as The worlds toughest sheriff makes him a symbol in the conservative community. Disgusting, but not surprising. Unfortunately, this gives him enough influence to keep the dogs away as long as he is in office and as such, valuable to the GOP.

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