Feathered Bastard

Joe Arpaio's Whoppers In His Latest Money-Grubbing Fundraising Letter

If you're dumb enough to fork over cash to a scalawag like Sheriff Joe Arpaio, you're dumb enough to buy any line of bull the most-sued sheriff in the country wants to sell you.

Like the malarkey that the recent U.S. Department of Justice report on Arpaio's racial-profiling ways is "unsubstantiated" and ginned up for purely politically purposes.

Such is the hogwash Arpaio's well-paid hacks recently sent out via e-mail on behalf of "Re-Elect Joe Arpaio 2012," which had around $2.8 million on hand as of the end of 2010.

(Arpaio claims he has $6 million in the bank, but we won't know for certain how much dough he actually has till his campaign submits its next finance report, due by month's end.)

And I quote:

"Just last month the Obama Justice Department issued a scathing, but unsubstantiated report about my office and our efforts to combat illegal immigration. 

"They accuse me of using `racial profiling' tactics during our course of investigating those who are in this country illegally. Yet, they offer no evidence to support their claims."

"No evidence"? On the contrary, the proof that Arpaio's boys in beige racially-profile brown folk is overwhelming.

If you need it spelled out for you, just read Village Voice Executive Editor Michael Lacey's cover story this week, "Coddling Joe," where he rightly points out that racial profiling is a felony, and the MCSO is guilty as sin.

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