Mayor Phil Gordon Torpedoes Arpaio Over the Sheriff’s Neo-Nazi and Nativist Pals, and One More Reason the Democrats Need to Take Boxing Lessons

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Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon scored a direct hit against nemesis Sheriff Joe Arpaio in the wake of the U.S. Holocaust Museum shooting spree by white supremacist James von Brunn that left a security guard dead.

Gordon, who is Jewish, took the occasion to do what no other political leader in Arizona had the gumption to do: put Arpaio on blast for his extremist associations with neo-Nazis and Mexican-hating nativists.

"I'm calling upon the sheriff of Maricopa County to denounce the neo-Nazis and the Nazis today," said Gordon during a press conference, catching reporters by surprise. "Not that I believe that the sheriff is a Nazi or a neo-Nazi. Let me be very clear: He has given the sense of recognition to the neo-Nazis and Nazis that he's associated with."

The tip of the far-right iceberg was, of course, Arpaio's May 2 photo-op with then-neo-Nazi Thomas Coletto. Arpaio posed with Coletto as he greeted neo-Nazi and nativist counter-demonstrators, who later taunted pro-immigrant marchers near Tent City with racist jeers, signs identifying Mexicans as disease-carriers, and — in the case of the neo-Nazis present — sieg heils.

I should point out that Coletto says he has since left the National Socialist Movement and has denounced his former comrades, particularly his ex-superior in Phoenix's small NSM contingent, Scott Hume, whom Coletto's outed as a wackjob Satanist.

Coletto says he was living in a fantasy world and has snapped out of it with the assistance of tough love from his family. Seems they threw him out on the street after I exposed his true identity in my Feathered Bastard blog. (He had been operating under the handle "Vito Lombardi" until that time.) Coletto's now reconciled with his 'rents and kicked his NSM buddies to the curb.

When Arpaio approached Coletto and other neo-Nazis on May 2, Coletto was dressed in official NSM "battle dress uniform," black military-style pants and shirt, with black combat boots. (The dress code is described on NSM's Web site and is familiar to law enforcement.) Coletto's hair was closely cropped, skinhead-style. He had a sign that read, "Deport all illegal scum," and he was standing on a Mexican flag. He was also known to the Phoenix cops as a neo-Nazi and had been instrumental in reserving the state Capitol lawn for an NSM march that's planned for November.

Despite all this, Arpaio allowed Coletto to snap a picture with him, a pic Coletto later posted on the white-supremacist Web site Stormfront.org, where Arpaio is already a hero to the prejudiced online puddin' heads for his stance on immigration. Arpaio also advised Coletto and his fellow neo-Nazis that the anti-Joe marchers were about an hour away.

A moment later, Arpaio thanked well-known Mesa neo-Nazi J.T. Ready by name when Ready admonished one of the nativists for littering. Ready was carrying a huge Confederate flag at the time.

Tut-tutters, such as local conservative pundit Austin Hill and radio personality Pat McMahon, both of whom can be heard on right-wing station KTAR 92.3 FM, have dismissed the photo-op as a one-off and not representative of Arpaio, in general. Hill took Gordon to task for "politicizing a national tragedy" in a recent op-ed piece for the East Valley Tribune. And McMahon, on his Sunday KTAR talk show, The McMahon Group, pooh-poohed the idea that Arpaio is somehow a neo-Nazi because of one photo.

Of course, no one I know of has said Arpaio is a neo-Nazi because of one photo. Certainly, Gordon did not say this. Nor did Arizona Anti-Defamation League regional director Bill Straus imply this when he publicly asked Arpaio to distance himself from his neo-Nazi supporters.

Nor would I argue that Arpaio is primarily a racist. Rather, he is a crass, cynical opportunist who has used the immigration issue to his advantage and, in doing so, has stoked the ovens of hate. As I detailed in my recent cover story on Arpaio's ties to right-wing radicals, Arpaio's dealings with extremist hate groups goes way beyond his snapshot with Coletto.

The sheriff has embraced local nativist and ex-Kia dealer Rusty Childress, leader of the most despicable anti-immigrant hate group in the Valley, United for a Sovereign America. Childress' organization has accepted neo-Nazis and other wild-eyed Hispanic bashers into its ranks, such as Ready, alter kocker storm trooper Elton Hall, flag-burning pagan Laine Lawless, convicted public urinator Buffalo Rick Galeener, and John Watson, a self-described member of the Tonopah-based White Knights of America.

Arpaio allowed Childress behind the yellow tape of the command center at a sweep in Phoenix last year. Galeener, one of U.S.A.'s most racist members, gathered a short list of signatures that Arpaio used as his pretext for another sweep at Cave Creek and Bell roads. U.S.A. member and pro-Arpaio fanatic Barb Heller has boasted of her contacts within the MCSO and of taking instructions from the Sheriff's Office on where the group should go and how it should act. Heller and other nativists were hobnobbing with MCSO deputies during the recent Avondale sweep.

Does Hill, McMahon, or any of the other Arpaio apologists address these facts? Of course not. It's so much easier to just state emphatically that ol' Joe's not a neo-Nazi. But the thing is, Arpaio is dealing with known quantities: individuals and organizations that openly espouse loathsome policies and views. And though they have every right to espouse them under our Constitution, do we really want the county's chief law-enforcement official playing paddy-cake with them?

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jdub
jdub

lol, nice try to you, but Ayers is just one of many. you're not going to make me list them are you? I'm sure you heard. Besides that, BHO seemed for the most part to Only hang out with radicals. On a close personal level.But you prove my point. As long as you can point to someone who may have done a similar thing, it makes it ok? You have more trouble excepting some sheriff's connections than you do your president's? You are more worried about some wannabe bikers than criminals, taxcheats, and fundamentalist extremists? Ok, you've killed me with logic. Thanks for that. I will say I do agree that I do have an issue with wholesale racial profiling, as opposed to specific situations, where there is cause. Like evidence pointing to a business knowingly hiring illegal immigrants.

david saint
david saint

lol, i like that obama reference about his associations with radicals...Im assuming you mean Ayers, yes? Are you aware that 3 top ranking GOP members WERE ALSO ON THAT SAME EDUCATION BOARD?? Speaking to, and accepting invitations by hate groups is far worse pal..nice try though for yet another joe apologist who cant understand the law. If someone of brown skin is pulled out of their home, and accused of being illegal when in fact they are legal or Americans..thats racial profiling...it happened just 3 weeks ago to a 12 year old PHX boy...there is no excuse for it!!!

jdub
jdub

Funny, these are the same people that never noticed Obumbles radical relationships.

Das Boot
Das Boot

I'm starting my own bike club: R.A.I.A., Riders Against Ignorant Assholes. Yard apes like those in Riders USA and Riders Against Illegal Aliens need not apply.

PacMan
PacMan

These wannabe biker badasses are pussies. I know people in the Hells Angels who would kick their asses and piss on them in a New York minute. This guy with the beard probably works at Home Depot. What a bunch of freakin losers. They give all bikers a bad name.

alex
alex

re venonacables: I went to that site you posted, here's a little excerpt:

"All of the independent non-Nordish nations resulting from the racial partition would be situated along the southern periphery of the United States. As the southern periphery already borders a non-Nordish country and region (Mexico and the Caribbean) this would minimize the length of borders between the Nordish and non-Nordish races. None of the territory allotted to the non-Nordish nations belonged to the United States before 1803. To prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons, any nuclear weapons or production facilities located in non-Nordish areas would be moved to new sites within the Nordish area. Prisoners and other institutionalized persons would go with their race. With the exception of indigenous peoples, non-Nordish racial elements in the other Nordish countries of Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand would be encouraged to repatriate to their own racial homelands. Otherwise they could join other members of their race in the appropriate successor state as given above."

this is rediculous. i dont even know what to say, except that it scares me people are thinking like this!! this is very blatant white-privilege (read:'NORDISH')with respect, alex

George Cruise
George Cruise

How can the feds allow Arpaio to keep his 287g while hes running around with these criminal motorcycle groups and neonazis and who knows what else? I dont want my tax dollars going to fund someone who has extremists like these as allies. How can the Obama administration possibly condone this?

StokeyBob
StokeyBob

I think they should uphold the rule of law and govern by the rules set forth by the United States Constitution, as they swore they would with their oaths of office.

Back in the sixties the government came into the schools and brainwashed us with the idea we needed to control the population because it was rising so fast. They said the roads would become crowded and we would run out of things like water.

They unleashed abortions, birth control pills, and other forms of Family Planning.

To allow the country to be over run with the criminals in businesses illegal labor while the criminals in the government aid and abet the invasion is a travesty against mankind.

They have seen to it our children were killed to control the population at the same time allowing the world to export their population problems here.

What about our sacrifices, many made against our will?

P.S. We still haven't recovered from the last time the criminals in business were allowed to bring in their slaves.

Coz
Coz

The drama continues in Nazizona

 
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