Joe Arpaio Supporters Go for Another Unlikely Recall: Democrat Chad Campbell

In what appears to be another recall attempt motivated by the effort to recall Sheriff Joe Arpaio, some Arpaio supporters say they're going to try to recall House Minority Leader Chad Campbell.

As with the announcement by another set of Arpaio supporters, who claim to be attempting a recall of County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox, we have a hard time believing that any more than five minutes of thought was put into this decision.

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-Joe Arpaio Supporters Going for (Highly Improbable) Recall of Mary Rose Wilcox

According to the paperwork for "Fire Representative Chad Campbell" filed with the Secretary of State's office, some folks named Randy Hancock and Gordon Stoa are heading up this effort.

Thanks to the wonder known as Google, we know that Stoa's in his 80s, is a Tea Party person, and has shown up to at least one pro-Joe rally.

Gordon Stoa's Tea Party profile.
Gordon Stoa's Tea Party profile.

Also, Bob Thomas, a Republican who made an unsuccessful run for a state Senate seat in 2010, told the Arizona Republic that he's involved with the effort to recall Campbell.

Thomas touted the endorsements of Arpaio and now-disgraced, but then-state Senator Russell Pearce.

And for some reason, they decided going after Campbell was a good idea.

As in the case of the Wilcox "recall" -- which, by the way, no one ever actually filed the paperwork to go forward with it -- the Arpaio supporters are going after Democrats who have the support of a lot of Democrats.

Campbell and his seat-mate, Representative Lela Alston, scored more than 34,000 and 33,000 votes, respectively, in November's election. The only Republican who ran, Brian Kaufman, got fewer than 19,500 votes. Hell, the Green Party dude got about 6,000 votes.

We're not sure what exactly the objection to Campbell is, but Thomas told the Republic, "People are concerned about some of the issues he's been promoting."

Ya don't say. Breaking news: Republicans mad about Democrat continuing to act like Democrat.

According to the Associated Press, the Campbell foes would need 23,000 signatures to force a recall election.

Well, at least they filed the paperwork.

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