Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio had his birthday "ruined" last weekend, and we found out yesterday that Joe's blaming his birthday tears on the wrong blind-advocacy group.
On Monday, Arpaio issued a press release whining that his invitation to speak at a convention for guide-dog users was withdrawn because the group didn't want the controversy that follows the sheriff wherever he goes.
Joe later "tweeted" that the decision to give him the boot "ruined" his 78th birthday last weekend.
"This group says it isn't involved in politics. Well clearly they are. The local group, Arizona Council of the Blind, petitioned the National Board to have me removed, and for what, because they don't want me to enforce Arizona's immigration laws? They are out of step with our citizenry, shame on them."
The problem, however, is that the Arizona Council of the Blind -- the local chapter of the American Council of the Blind -- had nothing to do with the decision to ax Arpaio.
And now, the publicity brought to the situation America's self proclaimed "toughest sheriff" has caused some people to say they won't donate money to the group.
The money is used to -- among other things -- provide scholarships for blind students to attend college.
Check out all the details here.
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