Feathered Bastard

Joe Arpaio Targeted by Republican Paula Pennypacker in Purple Letter Campaign

The problem with the opposition to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, as I see it, is that the loudest voices calling for Arpaio's resignation are perceived to be those of leftists.

In reality, there are many GOPers that I hear from who are weary of fellow Republican Arpaio, his wasteful spending, his persistent malfeasance and his illegal targeting of his political enemies. 

However, few are willing to go public, for fear of retaliation and the grief they're sure to get from other Rs.

Which is why I applaud Republican activist Paula Pennypacker and her new "purple letter" campaign calling on Arpaio to resign.

Purple letters are missives generated by PurpleLetter.org to politicians, public figures and so forth, whom the writers want to impress with their message, and the color of their correspondence

You compose the letter on the site, then the site sends a letter on purple stationary in a purple-highlighted envelope, one the recipient cannot ignore.

In her most recent recent blog, Pennypacker describes the reason for the color to none other than Randy Parraz, leader of Citizens for a Better Arizona, which led the successful recall effort against ex-state Senate President Russell Pearce and is now seeking Arpaio's resignation.

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