Joe Arpaio's "Birther" Chief Gets Cops Called on Him During His Pursuit of 95-Year-Old Woman in a Nursing Home

Sheriff Joe Arpaio's "birther" chief Mike Zullo has no shame in telling his story of getting the cops called on him because he spent hours at a Hawaii nursing home in an attempt to badger a 95-year-old woman.

In fact, after being asked not to return to the nursing home again, Zullo insists someone must have scared this 95-year-old woman out of talking to him. (Our guess is that his name is Mike Zullo.)

Zullo, appearing on some sort of program called the "Tea Party Power Hour," went into great detail about how he had the cops called on him "again" for his "birther" stunts around the state of Hawaii -- which he apparently visited again.

Zullo said he went to visit 95-year-old Verna K. Lee, who worked at the Hawaiian registrar's office back in the day.

As with "normal police protocol," Zullo -- who is not a police officer -- says he went to the front desk of the "assisted-living facility," and asked to speak with her. Staff said Lee would be back in an hour, so Zullo said he'd be back then, and noted that he refused to leave a business card, because he "didn't want someone running [his] name."

"When I was sitting in the parking lot, and a half-hour, approximately, had gone by, I decided to go back inside and make sure I understood the protocol," Zullo said.

When Zullo went back inside to verify the protocol for talking to an old person, the woman at the front desk "demanded" to see his credentials again, and informed the former used-car salesman that she was going to call Honolulu police.

He had to ask twice to get his credentials back, and she told police he was from Mariposa County. Hmph. Amateur.

After dealing with a police officer, Zullo went back to trying to find out how to secure an interview with Lee. Eventually, Zullo heard that Lee agreed to speak with him later that afternoon.

Shortly after that, though, Zullo got the call back from the nursing home -- Lee changed her mind, and did not want to meet with Zullo.

"Now, that's a pretty big change from 'yes, I'll meet with you,' to the message I got," Zullo said. "So obviously, someone there had a conversation with her, and that interview never took place. That was the second time, I think, that we were asked not to come back and also had the cops called on us. You, know that's what it is, and that's the way it runs over there, you kind of learn that real quick, that's it's a very liberal place and they protect their own."

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