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Joe Arpaio Threatens BOS Chairman Max Wilson, Brags About Relationship with Arizona Republic's Phil Boas

Joe brags about the $1.6 million, and threatens BOS Chairman Max Wilson

Here are two YouTube videos that've made their way to me, covering Joe Arpaio's recent appearance before the College Republicans at ASU West. The first was shot by someone using their cell phone camera, so the quality is not great. Still, it captures Joe making threatening statements toward Maricopa County Board of Supervisor Chairman Max Wilson, specifically toward any efforts to cut the MCSO's budget.

"I tell ya one thing," Joe tells a questioner. "He better be careful on cutting my budget, since I am investigating the Board of Supervisors."

There's one way to get what you want: Indict 'em! For those who've been under a rock, Supervisor Don Stapley was indicted late last year on 118 criminal counts, most of them having to do with failing to disclose real estate dealings. But the MCSO investigation is broader than Stapley, with the MCSO gathering public documents on the BOS and fishing for info.

Joe also brags in a sing-song voice, like a little boy with a new toy, about the $1.6 million the Legislature has given him to hunt Hispanics. 

"We just got $1.6 million dollars that Governor Napolitano took away," Arpaio informs the crowd. "They're not going to like that out there. I got it back. I got $1.6 million to go after the illegals."

Problem is, it's not his yet. The Board of Supervisors still has to say grace over the $1.6 million before Arpaio can use it. It was supposed to be on the agenda for this week's BOS meeting, but it was taken off, according to BOS spokesperson Richard DeUriarte, at the sheriff's request.

The second video is somewhat amusing, and comes from the daughter of activist/radio show host Carlos Galindo. Although Galindo's daughter is still in high school, she guilelessly suckers in the sheriff, who starts telling her about how his daughter used to be a reporter for many years.

"Did she report the injustices?" she asks him at one point.

"Injustices?" wonders Joe.

"Like doing crime sweeps, stopping people based on the color of their skin.," she offers.

"Oh, really," replies Joe. "My daughter was a good reporter many years ago. She's not a reporter now. She was for 12 years. If my daughter reported what you said, it would be very fair, and not slander."

"Do you think she would report you?" she inquires.

"She's not a reporter," Arpaio states before walking away. "But I'm not going to tell you -- one of my relatives -- where he works in the news media."

Arpaio is of course referring to Arizona Republic editorial page editor Phil Boas, who is Arpaio's son-in-law. I called up Boas at the Republic, told him about the YouTube clip, and asked if his relationship with Joe Arpaio has affected his job at Phoenix's paper of record. He asserted that he was "walled off" from coverage of Arpaio or anything dealing with him in the editorial pages. Another editor takes care of such items, he said. Boas informed me that the same editor handles occasional Joe-flunky E.J. Montini.

It can't be easy to be in Boas' position, because the coverage of Joe by the Republic always seems diluted, and rarely goes for the jugular. Though Joe has professed to dislike the Rep, famously throwing a copy in a trash can during a reelection commercial in 2008, he still uses them to his advantage. Even if the Rep kept Boas in a sound-proof tank, you think folks would still chatter about his relationship to Arpaio and whether or not it influences the paper's product? In all likelihood, yes.

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