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Joe Arpaio Denied Birther Donations, Randy Parraz Blasts Andy Kunasek

Parraz skewers Kunasek like an Easter lamb

All I've got to say is, "Wow." Check out this YouTube video from Santiago James Chavez of Citizens for a Better Arizona's Randy Parraz going mano-a-mano today with Maricopa County Supervisor Andrew Kunasek. This, over a proposal to accept donations to pay for Sheriff Joe Arpaio's laughable "birther" investigation.

Arpaio has claimed heretofore that this idiotic probe into President Obama's birth certificate by the sheriff's so-called "cold-case posse" will cost the county nada. 

But when Joe dispatched a deputy to Hawaii recently as part of this Keystone Kops caper, the bill came to $10,000. So the MCSO is looking to accept contributions to help pick up the tab.

The exchange begins after Parraz reads a resolution opposing the idea, then hands it out to the supervisors. Kunasek apparently mumbles something about Parraz being against donations, which draws lightning bolts Parraz.

"Yes we are against donations," Parraz blasts back. "We don't want to privatize the sheriff's office. We all pay our public dollars to hold them accountable. So, what, someone else goes in, say they give him $10,000, they can go investigate their own personal agenda? This is about holding public officials accountable with our taxpayer dollars.

"No, he can no longer advance on our dime -- it's our money -- and pay for someone to go to Hawaii, who he says did literally nothing, and come back and say, `Reimburse me on the backside. Someone bail me out and give me my money so I can pay for this'...Kunasek, you should know better than that."

Kunasek and Parraz continue to spar, with Kunasek asking Parraz if he thinks politicians should dictate "what crimes law enforcement should investigate or not investigate." Parraz isn't having it.

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
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