GOP Group Reacts to Disbarment of Joe Arpaio Hand Picked County Attorneyby Bob Quasius, Sr. on Apr. 10, 2012, under Arpaio
Tucson, Arizona – We applaud today’s Arizona Bar Association Disciplinary Panel decisions to disbar former County Attorney Andrew Thomas and his deputy Lisa Aubuchon, and to suspend the law license of Rachel Alexander for six months, for their role in the malicious prosecutions of Joe Arpaio’s critics and opponents, intended to intimidate them into silence. Andrew Thomas was Joe Arpaio’s hand-picked County Attorney and right-hand man, elected with heavy backing from Joe Arpaio.
We look forward to justice for Joe Arpaio, who has not yet been indicted or charged in this scandal, though clearly he is a central figure in this repugnant behavior. Arpaio is always talking about upholding the ‘rule of law’, yet his conduct in this scandal reflects badly on his office and shocking lack of integrity. This ugly chapter in Arizona history will not be closed until Joe Arpaio is also held accountable for his utterly disgraceful conduct.
We also call on Joe Arpaio to resign and leave the Republican Party, as his values clearly are not representative of the party of Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan. As Republicans, we believe in the ‘rule of law’ and personal responsibility, and the ‘rule of law’ does not include abusing one’s authority to persecute one’s critics to intimidate them into silence.
As of today, there are no other registered Republicans in the race for sheriff of Maricopa County, but with Arpaio out of the race we hope that a qualified Republican candidate will enter the race. Joe Arpaio is not fit to serve.