30,000 signatures vs. 6,000 signatures. Far fringe groups quivering in their western boots over Mike Staufferby Dee Dee Garcia Blase on May. 25, 2012, under 2012 Arizona Elections, Hispanic Latino Vote, Independent voter centrist moderate swing vote, Mike Stauffer for Sheriff to Replace Joe Arpaio, National tequila party movement
Why are “elitist” far right and far left people asking Mike Stauffer to get out of the race when he received five times the endorsements from Arizona voters via his petition signatures? He was the first to announce against Arpaio and has been building grassroots support for 2 years. He has broad bi-partisan support from Ron Paul Libertarian supporters, Republicans, Independents, and Blue Dog Democrats. Do the math: Mike received approximately 30,000 signatures from ARIZONA voters who support an Independent Candidate while Paul Penzone (a mere sergeant with no command experience nor leadership experience to supervise the 3rd largest county in the nation) received only 6,000? Mike was the first to announce against Arpaio and the first to turn in his signatures and first to get on ballot. The Democratic party was wise to stand down in the Jerry Lewis elections, when they did not support a democratic candidate to run against Pearce because they know Independents in our State of Arizona swing conservatively. The Arizona Democratic Party would be wise to stand down in the Arpaio race or they will suffer the consequences in Maricopa County.
LEADERSHIP MATTERS. If anyone needs to get out of the race it is Penzone. Hell at least John Rowan (another Democratic candidate running for the Sheriff’s office position) has command experience when he was the assistant to the police chief.
Furthermore, Penzone cannot even secure an endorsement from the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (PLEA) even though he worked for Phoenix Police Department — in other words … PLEA is rejecting their own to support Arpaio. If that isn’t the writing on the wall I don’t know what is.
While a few political novices have attempted to float the idea that Maricopa County Sheriff candidate Lt. Mike Stauffer should drop out after campaigning for 2.5 years and collecting the largest number of signatures of any single candidate for a county wide election in Maricopa County history, it appears his opponents and the political party machine (extremest Republicans and Democrats) are quivering in there western boots and in at least 20 years the residents of the county could very well have the first independent sheriff in history.
It is becoming quite obvious that those couple of desperate want-to-be rain makers in the Valley are very concerned that a major “political” seat could easily be held by Lt. Stauffer, a highly qualified, 29 year law enforcement professional and registered Independent. We also know the last thing the radical Right and Left would want is a true independent to hold political office, in fear of a complete disruption of politics as usual.
The few and far between are also attempting to suggest that he with the most money of the three November candidates will win the sheriff’s seat. As any even slightly intelligent individual can quickly comprehend, that means Arpaio automatically wins and as of now all four candidates should end their bid for the seat now. Again, this fuzzy logic confirms the exceptional chances Lt. Mike Stauffer has to become our next Sheriff.
The Stauffer campaign has made it very clear, “as of now we are the only strong one on the ballot for Maricopa County Sheriff in November and Stauffer’s name will appear on your ballot then.”