Since the old, 2009 Pulitzer Prize-worthy tale of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's 432 botched sex-crime investigations was thrust into the national spotlight thanks to an oddly timed Associated Press article last week, two of Arizona's three Democratic members of Congress have called for his resignation (Gabrielle Giffords hasn't commented -- she's still recovering after getting shot in the head during the January 8 shootings in Tucson)..
Even the state's two GOP senators, John McCain and Jon Kyl (neither of whom are expected to run for re-election, and don't have to worry about the political repercussions of pissing off Arpaio), have expressed their "concern" about the sheriff's incompetence.
Arizona's Republican members of the House of Representatives haven't made a peep about Arpaio, or the victims of his bungled sex-crime cases, though (ahem...shocking, we know).
That, of course, is because the sheriff is still a powerful guy here in the Grand Canyon State -- a powerful guy people who have to run for re-election next year don't want to cross.
On Friday, we contacted the offices of Arizona's five Republican congressmen to ask if any of them would have the cojones to call for Arpaio's resignation, as their Democratic colleagues, congressmen Raul Grijalva and Ed Pastor, did last week.
Not a single Republican congressman -- Ben Quayle, Jeff Flake, Trent Franks, David Schweikert, or Paul Gosar -- had the balls to even discuss Arpaio's oopsies.
Quayle spokesman Richard Cullen told us he'd try to get us in touch with the congressman, who he says was traveling on Friday. That never happened.
Franks' PR folks directed us to his Washington D.C. office, which never responded to our email.
Gosar, Schweikert, and Flake -- who is currently running for the Senate seat getting vacated by the retiring Kyl -- ignored our requests altogether.
So what were our elected members of Congress doing last week that had them too busy to chime in on the biggest news story in Arizona?
Franks is too busy at the moment trying to solve the non-existent problem of race/gender-based abortions to bother with his pal Arpaio's incompetence. More on that here.
Flake, as we mentioned, is currently running for Senate, and he knows better than to piss off America's self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff" -- especially in an election year.
Schweikert spent his time last week on the House floor publicly honoring the victims of Pearl Harbor, which happened 70 years ago...in Hawaii. Back in Arizona, meanwhile, there are victims of sex crimes (who were born in this decade) who never received justice thanks to Arpaio's incompetence. No mention of them from Schweikert's camp.
That brings us to Gosar and Quayle, each of whom requested last week that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder resign over "Fast and Furious," the federal government's bungled gun-running sting. In fact, just this afternoon, Gosar introduced a federal resolution of no confidence in Holder.
"It is imperative that the citizens of our nation have confidence in our Attorney General. After months of evasive answers, silence and outright lies it is time that Congress speak up on behalf of the many people who have or will fall victims to the firearms in the flawed gunrunning operation Fast & Furious," Gosar says in a statement.
We again asked Gosar spokeswoman Apryl Fogel if we should expect the congressman to take similar stand against Arpaio. Her response: (crickets).
Feel free to let each of the aforementioned congressmen know how you feel about Arpaio's sex-crime flubs on their House websites linked below.