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Joe Arpaio's Pal Michael Nowakowski on Blast in Dennis Gilman's New Video "Negotiating with the Devil"

Gilman's latest rakes Nowakowski over the coals for his parley with El Diablo

Which side are you on?

The recall effort is underway, and even Sheriff Joe Arpaio's campaign guru Chad Willems has acknowledged that if the recall committee Respect Arizona scores the needed signatures for the ballot, then, "Joe Arpaio goes away."

I'll grant you that scoring more than 335,000 valid signatures by May 30 is a massive task, and solidarity is always a difficult thing to achieve, even in the best situations.

See also: -Joe Arpaio Cozies Up to Latino Pastors, Prensa Hispana, and Michael Nowakowski Days Before Employer Raid (w/Update) -Joe Arpaio Prayed Over by Latinos, and Michael Nowakowski Doubles-Down (w/Update) But all politicians, pastors and activists should all be on notice: While the recall effort is ongoing, and the Respect Arizona people are in the trenches, working their rears off to achieve their goals, no one should be parleying with the enemy.

No one. I don't care if you are executive vice president of the mighty Cesar Chavez Foundation, as Phoenix City Councilman Michael Nowakowski is.

In this campaign, titles do not matter.

So if you seek meetings with Arpaio and those in his camp, do deals with them, pose for photo ops, your behavior will be duly noted, and, to your shame, you will forever be reminded of it. Particularly if, as Willems fears, Arpaio falls.

You are either part of the problem or part of the solution. There is no middle ground. No compromise. No suing for peace on bent knee.

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