Who is spreading myths here?
We have a quote from the editors of the AZ Central that is causing confusion to locals in Arizona as it relates to the Arpaio recall:
We are not fans of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. We enthusiastically recommended his Democratic opponent in the November election, with an editorial that went into great detail on Arpaio’s abuse of the public trust.
Voters rejected our advice. They re-elected the sheriff, though by a small margin. We accept the result.
But some of Arpaio’s critics won’t take nearly 680,000 votes as a no. They’ve launched a recall campaign against the sheriff.
It should fail.
The recall is as much of an abuse of Arizona law as anything Arpaio has done. The election was less than three months ago. Arpaio took the oath of office a month ago. No new issues have arisen that weren’t thoroughly vetted during the election campaign. There is no reason for another vote.
The recall organizers claim to have $1.3 million with which to collect 350,000 signatures in the next 120 days. There are so many better ways to use that money than an ill-timed recall campaign that smacks of sour grapes.
Was the boast of $1.3 million a planted story to legitimize the failed effort to recall Arpaio?
That said, it appears Paul Castaneda, treasurer of Citizens for Better Arizona (according to the Arizona Corporate Commission) is now stating:
“Because that was the number [$1.3 million] that the [AZ Central] paper published that must make it correct?”
So was there $1.3 million dollars to begin with?
How much money did the recall Sheriff Joe Arpaio campaign receive?
Where did the money go?
Is there fraud?
Why would anyone want us to believe $1.3 million was initially received?
More importantly, why didn’t the recall Sheriff Joe Arpaio organizers write a letter to the Arizona Republic or AZ Central editor asking them to correct and retract the information regarding the $1.3 million? Randy Parraz & Co. should have denied it IMMEDIATELY unless they wanted Arpaio to believe they had the money from onset …. and it appears it may have temporarily worked, too, because Arpaio sent a letter to his supporters where he asked his supporters for more donations in light of the AZ Central quote.
In other words, even Arpaio believed it when he said:
“So far they have raised over $1.3 million to defeat me!”
Arpaio used the $1.3 million figure so that he can collect more money, too!
Are Randy Parraz supporters now calling AZ Central and/or the Arizona Republic editorial board “liars”?
If so, I would recommend that they write firstname.lastname@example.org since The Arizona Republic prides themselves with the endeavor to correct errors fully and promptly.
Remember … when running for Arizona Senate Randy Parraz once said: “Power is not just what you have, it is what others THINK you have.”