As I've discussed in previous columns — and as is obvious to anyone capable of doing third-grade math — former Scottsdale Police Lieutenant Mike Stauffer's inept Independent bid for office makes it far more likely that Sheriff Joe Arpaio will win an unprecedented sixth term in office.

Why does Stauffer persist in this folly? He and his tiny cabal of supporters argue that he can top both Arpaio and his Democratic challenger, former Phoenix police Sergeant Paul Penzone, though you'd have to be certifiable to buy this line. The Patton Oswalt lookalike wouldn't even be on the ballot were it not for the $40,000 he lent his campaign to pay for the necessary signatures.

I suspect Stauffer is calculating that Arpaio will win but not serve out a full term.

Meaning the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors would pick a Republican to replace GOP Joe until a special election could be held. And who better than an avowed lifelong Republican who helped Arpaio get re-elected via an Indie candidacy intended to split the anybody-but-Joe vote?

Stauffer's sure to fail in such a scenario, as there's a much better candidate waiting in the wings: David Gonzales, the popular and far more qualified U.S. Marshal for the District of Arizona.

Many, including myself, saw Gonzales as the best chance to knock off Arpaio this time around. Ultimately, Gonzales was unwilling to abandon the GOP or run against Joe in a Republican primary, where Arpaio was bound to prevail, given the local party's worship of the octogenarian blowhard.

Gonzales will be the number-one choice should Arpaio win, then later croak of old age or simply retire. Stauffer, the Charlie Brown of Maricopa County politics, is fated to miss kicking the football yet again.

To some extent, you can judge a man by his supporters. Penzone has an army of law enforcement types, Democrats, disaffected Republicans, Independents, and DREAM Act students on his side.

Arpaio has racists, nativists, looney-tune birthers, right-wing extremists, and the Sun City crowd.

Whose support can Stauffer claim? A collection of online oddballs and goofs, a ragtag contingent of wackadoodles filled with loathing and resentment. Queen among them is DeeDee Blase.

A political gadfly with an Arpaio-like knack for garnering press, Blase founded the immigration-friendly group Somos Republicans, which now exists mainly as a website.

According to former Somos insiders, the organization imploded in 2011 under Blase's increasingly dictatorial regime.

Members left en masse to form a new group, Cafe Con Leche Republicans, which bills itself as wanting "America and the GOP to be more welcoming to immigrants."

CCLR president Bob Quasius, a onetime Somos executive vice president, said Somos members were turned off by Blase's divisive rhetoric toward fellow Republicans and Latinos and by her abrasive leadership style.

"She doesn't ever seem to be able to solve conflicts amicably," Quasius says. "It was her way or the highway. She has a long string of broken relationships behind her."

Quasius cites Blase's attacks on GOP Florida Senator Marco Rubio as an example, along with her tendency to tear down the GOP, in general, instead of going after those espousing extremist positions.

There also were questions about Somos' finances and its organization. Quasius says Somos was formed as a national PAC but never filed paperwork concerning its financials.

Also, Blase's repeated claim that Somos had 6,000 members nationwide were doubted even within the organization.

"I asked her about it," Quasius said of the membership numbers. "She told me, 'Well, there are 4,000 members in Arizona.' It just doesn't add up. Clearly, there's a lot of exaggeration going on."

Blase's still believed to be in control of the group, such as it is. Her phone number is listed as contact info on Somos' site, and the site's front page parrots postings from Blase's "Hispanic Politico" blog on the aggregate Tucson Citizen website.

(Somos was registered as a nonprofit with the Arizona Corporation Commission in late 2010, with Blase listed as director. It's since been dissolved by the ACC for delinquency in filing annual reports.)

One other former Somos member backed up Quasius' description of Blase's leadership style, speculating the "6,000 members" were those on Somos' mailing list but the ex-Somos-er declined to go on the record for fear of feeling "the wrath of DeeDee."

Which is understandable, as that wrath is gargantuan. As I've documented recently in my Feathered Bastard blog, Blase's been on the warpath, on Stauffer's behalf, against Penzone. Using my original reporting of a 2003 incident between the now-Democratic candidate for sheriff and his ex-wife, Blase's characterized the onetime frontman for Silent Witness as "an alleged wife beater" in her Tucson Citizen blog.

Blase's posts read like she's speaking on behalf of Penzone's erstwhile spouse, Susan, though the former Mrs. Penzone, who has remarried, so far has declined to comment on the altercation, which I first reported in a July 5 column ("Penzone Comes Clean").

To peruse Blase's rantings, you'd never know that Penzone reported the incident, that there were orders of protection against both Penzone and his former spouse, that he informed his supervisors of the situation, that both orders of protection were ultimately dismissed by the judge, and that Penzone was granted joint custody of his son.

Indeed, the fact that Penzone complied with his order by temporarily turning over his handguns, as is standard, is used against him by the self-righteous Blase.

Blase plays fast and loose with the facts in just about everything she pens about Penzone, in one case actually editing a public document from Penzone's personnel file to fit her accusations.

In another post, she suggested, seriously, that a 1994 car accident in which Penzone backed into an inanimate object and caused $300 in damage could be a case of "road rage."

This, despite the fact that the incident's disciplinary report — just about the only one in Penzone's door-stop personnel file — noted that he could not see the "decorative railroad tie" he banged into.

On her Facebook page and on her blog, Blase's gone so far as to insinuate that Penzone might be on the county's so-called "Brady List" of bad officers.

But Penzone is not now, nor has he ever been, on the Brady List. When I presented Blase with a copy of the list online, she scoffed at it, saying Penzone's name must have come off when he retired.

However, the Maricopa County Attorney's Office has confirmed to me that officers' names do not automatically drop off once they leave the force.

Late last year, Blase declared herself an independent and formed the National Tequila Party Movement as a sort of Latino reaction to the nativist Tea Party.

So far, Blase's TP seems largely a vehicle for her own aggrandizement.

Registered as a for-profit company with the corporation commission, the Tequila Party has held a "cigar VIP meet and greet" for Stauffer and organized protests of Arpaio at local Catholic churches, supposedly because Arpaio is a Catholic and because the Phoenix diocese does not denounce him.

Stauffer acknowledged the influence of Blase on his campaign in an e-mail he sent her in September 2011, one that Blase blasted out to friends and acquaintances.

In it, Stauffer thanked Blase for "the insight" she gave him, which "contributed in part" to his decision to run as an Independent.

Basically, Blase is a campaign political operative for Stauffer, though apparently on a volunteer basis.

Not that she needs the moolah. In the past, she's told me and others that she can devote herself full time to activism because her husband is a lawyer and she doesn't have to work.

I could overlook Blase's tendency to be a narcissistic media hog if she was not wildly distorting the record of the one guy who might have a chance of taking out Arpaio.

At the end of the day, I'm not pro-Penzone or anti-Stauffer — I'm anti-Arpaio and pro the candidate with the best shot at replacing him. By sliming Penzone with distortions, Blase clearly is carrying H2O for Sheriff Joe.

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ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Looks like DeeDee is getting more than her 15 minutes of fame -- the Scottsdale spoiler -- regardless of how many more men,women and children continue to suffer under the ongoing reign of terror of arpaio and his thugs, if he should get re-elected. The media hores 'control" Arizona.

karmavsdogma_42
karmavsdogma_42

Okay, so after being insulted and lambasted for daring to hold a different opinion than most of you, someone (in the comments on a different story) finally stopped doing it wrong and showed me something that swayed my opinion a bit.

 

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/23750346

 

After watching this interview with Penzone, I will say this: although I still think Stauffer is the more qualified candidate, if it looks like he might be costing Penzone the election and putting Joe back in office in late October, I'll seriously consider changing my vote, and encouraging other Stauffer supporters to do the same.

chadsnow
chadsnow

Dee Dee has always been a shameless self-promoter.  Everything she gets involved in is all about Dee Dee and nothing about the cause.  Look at the Somos Republicans or the Tequila Party website - a lot of pictures of Dee Dee, a couple of her friends, and no one else.  When she pulled her petitions to start her version of the recall, only her and one friend showed up.  She has no supporters, no funding, and has never accomplished anything of note politically.  The fact that this story (and others) has even been written is just a tribute to her ability to self-promote and throw bombs and has nothing to do with anything noteworthy she's accomplished.  Look up the term "delusions of grandeur" and there's a picture of Dee Dee Blase. 

 

So Dee Dee - you told everyone you had raised $20,000.00 for Arizonans for Better Government.  Why wasn't anything ever reported to the Sec of State?  You either lied to us, or broke the law. 

lalloronadeedee
lalloronadeedee

I am not a wrecking ball but a witch, and I will cast a spell on the Phoenix New Times and Stephen Lemons for bad mouthing me. The truth is that I am very awesome and if I say Mike Stauffer will win then he will win. I have witchcraft on my side, and I am also the big enchilada of Latino politics.

standwitharizona
standwitharizona

Joe will waltz to victory yet again on November 6th, and Stand With Arizona will send a free case of Kleenex to the Phoenix New Times staff as a sympathy gift.

 

-John Hill

karmavsdogma_42
karmavsdogma_42

Why is it a given that Penzone is a better candidate? He's got a little more money (still doesn't approach Joe's war chest), a few more endorsements, and the obvious backing of the Phoenix New Times. He's also got less education and command experience. Plus, in a state this Red, does anyone really think a Dem has a chance, even if it is running against Joe? On the other hand, Independents have become one of the larger voting blocs in this state. So, given all this, why is it again that Penzone is the preferred candidate? Is it just because he latched onto one of the "major" parties?

chucklereader1
chucklereader1

idiot stauffer, you haven't a chance,you are just giving this ol geezer another term in office...by splitting the vote.

marcy
marcy

Any Stuffer supporters (DeeDee should limit her replies to no more than two sock puppets) want to explain why Stuffer is running against Penzone instead of Arpaio?

 

Though saying he is "running" is a bit of a stretch, his campaign is pretty much comatose.

acorg
acorg

The continuous attacks on Stauffer and his supporters just proves that the Dem's don't have a viable candidate. The fact that Penzone was suspended and had his guns taken away from him would automatically get him disqualified from applying for ANY police chief job in the country, and you think he has a chance to unseat Arpaio? Dream on! Arpaio is gonna mop the floor with this guy.  If Penzone was a legit candidate you'd be singing his praises instead of tearing down Stauffer.   

 

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

Did Stauffer fail his last psych exam to keep his AZ Post?  I mean seriously.  Is his staying in the electron more important than getting rid of the egotistical moron Arpaio?

 

We all can SEE how Stauffer would be as sheriff.  His goals are much more important than the population of this county.

 

Olivia "manned up".  Can YOU MIKE??????  I really doubt it!  Heck.  Seems even Dee Dee wears the pants!

gpscentral
gpscentral

So Lemons says  "Whose support can Stauffer claim? A collection of online oddballs and goofs, a ragtag contingent of wackadoodles filled with loathing and resentment. Queen among them is DeeDee Blase."  You have now lost the argument Lemons, ad hominem does not a journalist make. I have supported Stauffer from the start and I am none of those things you describe. How utterly insulting. You are way beyond high school.......or maybe not.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

We will support and vote for Paul Penzone for Maricopa County Sheriff. He gets it.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

DeeDee, Take the time to read this book to realize you are NOT helping the children and families of the over 430 un-investigated sex crimes cases against children and women. Staufffer "olivia cortez is unacceptable. 

 

If There Were Any Victims..?" by Bill Louis

 

http://www.iftherewereanyvictims.com/

 

 

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @karmavsdogma_42 that is all we ask. we all have a common goal that we should be after. GETTING RID OF JOE. none of us are going to benefit unless he is out of that office. you are seeing the logic there, but unfortunately many people arent

NOARPAIOTWINS
NOARPAIOTWINS

 @chadsnow

 

 "Everything she gets involved in is all about Dee Dee and nothing about the cause."

 

 

This sounds exactly like a description of the way CBA has turned since the Pearce Recall. ALL about jumping in front of cameras and drawing attention to your efforts and OF COURSE requesting donations!

 

 

BTW … ACTIVISM 101: If you want to meet with Government officials, you call and make an appointment and show up as a delegation of 1-3 people. YOU DON’T SHOW UP UNANNOUNCED WITH A CAMERA CREW AND a large mob of people carrying brooms like you just came from a Halloween party. YOU DO THIS STUPID CRAP ON PUPOSE KNOWING YOU WILL BE DENIED ENTRY, THAT’S WHY YOU BRING A CAMERA CREW. You do NOT want results you want PUBLICITY so it looks like you are doing something. DO YOU ACTUALLY THINK PEOPLE CANNOT SEE THROUGH YOU? I wouldn’t send you clowns another dollar if my damned house was on fire.

 

 

I OFFER THIS…YOU DON’T WANT TO SEE ARPAIO DEFEATED, that’s why you are backing a loser candidate that has NO CHANCE OF WINNING. MUCH BETTER FOR BUSINESS IF THERE IS STILL A BIG BAD WOLF IN THE WOODS. PENZONE IS GOING TO LOSE BY AT LEAST 200K AND YOU KNOW IT OR You wouldn’t be over here wasting so DAMNED much time laying the groundwork to blame Stauffer when it happens!!

 

 

arizonaeagletarian
arizonaeagletarian

 @lalloronadeedee oh sure, you're all powerful and are the one who will decide the sheriff race for Maricopa County. A likely fucking story. The real question is whether you believe the crap you spew (delusions of grandeur) or know that you're full of baloney. LOL!

marcy
marcy

 @karmavsdogma_42 Independents are not a "voting bloc", it is a none-of-the-above registration.

 

For whatever reasons, Penzone's campaign is rolling and Stauffer's is dead in the water.  Stauffer supporters need to get over themselves, face some reality (their candidate is polling single digits) and decide whether they want to get Joe elected again or swallow their pride and join with the leading candidate and unseat Joe.

 

It really is that simple.  Do you want Joe re-elected or not.  If you do, keep supporting Stauffer, if not then join the Penzone campaign.

bobunf
bobunf

 @karmavsdogma_42 Penzone is a better candidate because he can win.  The latest, and only, public poll shows:

 

Penzone 38.9%

Arpaio 44.5%

Stauffer 8.2%

None of the Above 8.4%

 

Penzone is within striking distance of Arapio and beats Stauffer by 31 points.  Stauffer losses to "None of the Above."  

 

The election is about getting rid of expensive, incompetent, corrupt, sadistic Arpaio, the man who has directly, intentionally and illegally harmed more human beings than any other modern day elected official in America and maybe the World. 

 

There are three choices:

 

Arpaio

Penzone

Or, don't vote, vote for Stauffer, write in Mickey Mouse, tear up your ballot -- all functionally the same.

 

That's why Penzone is the better candidate; he's the only choice for any sane person.

karmavsdogma_42
karmavsdogma_42

 @chucklereader1 "yeah, dammit, every choice should be between two options, every time. There's no room in this world for a third choice!" [/sarcasm]

 

Do you really want Penzone, or do you just want to get rid of Joe? If it's the latter, then take a good long look at your chosen replacement, and ask yourself if you'd be any better off under Penzone (or Stauffer, for that matter).

karmavsdogma_42
karmavsdogma_42

 @marcy I think it's because of pieces like this that Stauffer has to waste his time on a candidate with less education and command experience, instead of focusing on the big prize of taking down Joe. 

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

 @gpscentral Oh brother. Are you claiming Worsley endorses Stauffer because they high jacked a picture? You are delusional. You are also backing a loser.

bobunf
bobunf

 @acorg 

A total smear.  What else would you expect from Arpaio? Or his useful tools?

marcy
marcy

 @acorg The continued pointing out that Stauffer's campaign is looking a lot like that of Olivia Cortez bears repeating.

 

 

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

 @acorg  You mean the truth hurts please stop right?  If you don't like factual info then stick with dirty deedee's blog. She will tell you what you want to hear and you can remain stupid. 

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

 @gpscentral  Its a fact Gail. If you can't accept the facts I guess you can pretend they aren't real but you know you are wrong which is why you've failed to offer any evidence  of how Stauffer could possibly beat Arpaio.  He's had lots of time and can't get one solid endorsement and he wont.  

That says tons about the mans lack of character.  It will take more than DeeDee's lies to make Stauffer come even close to a second place.  Right now he is in 4th in a 3 man race. 

GreenHornet
GreenHornet

 @gpscentral Look, it's fucking monkey-woman. Didya hear the news, monkeylady? Ur pillsbury doghnut-boy stauffer IS DEAD LAST, IN SINGLE DIGITS, BELOW NONEOFTHEABOVE!!!!!!!  Fucking loser. 

NOARPAIOTWINS
NOARPAIOTWINS

 @bobunf  @karmavsdogma_42

 ROTFLMAO!!!!!  YOU ARE QUITE POSSIBLY THE ONLY PERSON SENILE ENOUGH TO BELIEVE THIS CRAP!!

 

 

Please provide proof that STAUFFER is TRAILING anything, AND I MEAN CREDIBLE EVIDENCE…NOT SOME FAKE POLL CONDUCTED BY CBA OR PAID FOR BY PENZONE…DO YOU HAVE ONE?...NO, ROTFLMAO….THATS WHAT I THOUGHT.

karmavsdogma_42
karmavsdogma_42

 @bobunf Okay, that tells me Penzone has a better chance of winning. Is that going to make him a better Sheriff if/when he does win?

GreenHornet
GreenHornet

 @karmavsdogma_42 dumbass, look at lemmons' latest post. it says

 

"Calling this paper a "long time supporter" of Stauffer is completely bogus. King is just one writer, as am I. And neither King nor I speak for the entire paper. Only Village Voice Media Executive Editor Michael Lacey can do that."

 

PNT didn't endorse/support stoouffer. one blogger wrote nice shit about him. different writer, different opinion. so what?

 

read it, fool:

 

http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/bastard/2012/09/mike_stauffers_hack_west_kenyo.php

 

bobunf
bobunf

 @karmavsdogma_42  @chucklereader1 

>  a hundred or more dead and maimed prisoners

> tens of thousands of people arrested for having brown skin

> thousands of rapists, child molesters, murderers, thieves and others let go  to rape, molest, murder and steal again and again

> costs to our County which will ultimately be a Billion dollars in various kinds of financial losses

 

Pensonze would be light years better, so would Stauffer, so would my dog.  The only question is, Which one can win?  

marcy
marcy

 @karmavsdogma_42 Stauffer is wasting his time, period.

 

Single digits and a campaign that is dead in the water.  It's time to do are Herb Cain and move on.

gpscentral
gpscentral

 @GreenHornet

You are so charming!! Flattery will get you nowhere.  I told you Mr. Greenhornet, they used to call us monkey in grade school so I've already heard that a million times. Did you happen to catch the article in the AZ Republic that talks about that skewed poll that came from the Penzone camp. You really need to catch up.

acorg
acorg

 @GreenHornet  @gpscentral

 you are a pretty disgusting, vile individual. I'm sure penzone is proud to have you as one of his vocal supporters. now we know the type of people he attracts to support him.

bobunf
bobunf

 @karmavsdogma_42 

It doesn't matter whether or not Stauffer would be a better Sheriff.  He can't win, he can't come close.  Sherlock Holmes might be a better Sheriff.  He can't win either, encouraging people to vote for Holmes or Stauffer has the same effect as encouraging them not to vote.

 

Instead of hoping, how about helping?  

karmavsdogma_42
karmavsdogma_42

 @bobunf  @karmavsdogma_42 that's an awful lot of assumption for someone who I've never met (to my knowledge). To answer your question, I think it should definitely NOT be Arpaio. I have loathed that POS ever since I moved to Maricopa county. I hope you are all right and Penzone beats the sh*t out of Joe in November. I still think Stauffer would make a better Sheriff, no matter how he ranks as a candidate. That seems to be the thing you Penzone backers can't wrap your head around, and yet can't logically refute.

bobunf
bobunf

 @karmavsdogma_42 

Voting for Stauffer is the same as not voting.  Supporting Stauffer is the same as telling people not to vote.  Stauffer isn't a choice.It's Arpaio or Penzone.  Which do you think would be a better Sheriff?  If you really think it's Arpaio, be honest and say so.  Admit being hung up in Arpaio's sadism, xenophobia and narcissism.  

 

Or is it your own narcissism?

bobunf
bobunf

 @karmavsdogma_42 I think you are being disingenuous in suggesting that you think it is remotely possible that Penzone will "be an even bigger tyrant" than Arpaio.

 

Get real.  

karmavsdogma_42
karmavsdogma_42

really, doesn't matter? So, it would be okay with you if Penzone turns out to be an even bigger tyrant, so long as we oust the tyrant Joe?

marcy
marcy

 @karmavsdogma_42  @bobunf It doesn't matter if it will make him a better sheriff than Stauffer because Stauffer isn't going to win.

 

So the only question you need to ask yourself is whether you want Arpaio or Penzone as sheriff.

bobunf
bobunf

 @karmavsdogma_42  @chucklereader1 

Karma, to live in the real world, you have to narrow the question, and broaden it.  

 

First, by excluding those candidates who are running, but can't win.  That should be easy.

 

Second, by recognizing that it is not just qualifications, not just character, but policy.  In fact, policy trumps qualifications.  

 

In this race, one candidate is excluded from consideration because he can't win.  The other candidate because his policies are horrific, and his character is corrupt.  

 

That leaves, guess who?

 

I'll give you a hint: Paul Penzone. 

bobunf
bobunf

 @gpscentral  @GreenHornet 

You're talking about the poll that shows Penzone winning over Stauffer by 31 points?  Stauffer beat by "None of the Above."The dynamics of the election process will push Penzone's voting numbers higher as name recognition increases and the impact of Carmona and other Latino candidates seeps into the Sheriff's race.

 

Penzone is close, even with Stauffer in.  

 

Gail, do you really want to help Arpaio win?     

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

 @gpscentral  @GreenHornet 

Actual election results from 2008 match the poll sampling fairly accurately. 

 

442,741 (31.78%) Democrats

588,755 (42.27%) Republicans

361,436 (25.95%) Indy's, Greens, and Libertarians 1,392,932 Total

 

Do you ever tire of being completly wrong when you post? 

QstionEvythng
QstionEvythng

 @GreenHornet  @acorg  @gpscentral

 I'm aggreeing with acorg on this.  Make your point.  Cite the facts and give your opinion.  But stop with the name calling.  You diminish yourself and the points you are making with that trash -especially if its racially motivated.

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

 @acorg  @GreenHornet  @gpscentral Stauffer actually teamed up with DeeDee Blase who conspired to commit a highly illegal elction scam last year.  Stauffer has been told yet keeps his ties with her proudly. Do you really want to compare Stauffer's crazy and dirty few supporters with Penzones dream act volunteers as well as hundreds more?  Penzone plays by the rules. Stauffer doesn't and thats one reason Stauffer is 4th in a 3 man race.

 
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