Let’s hope Randy Parraz and Lilia Alvarez’s failed Sheriff Joe Arpaio effort does not negatively affect recall laws in ArizonaFriday, May 31st, 2013
I’m hoping the failed Sheriff Joe Arpaio recall effort led by Randy Parraz and his wife Lilia Alvarez doesn’t shit the stick for the rest of us.
We must strategically plan recalls and ensure support is there. Unfortunately, Sheriff Joe Arpaio received more empathy and money because he has told everyone that “the people have spoken” during November 2012 elections, and the recall Arpaio effort was initiated very soon after he was elected. Arpaio was able to solicit more money from more supporters as a result.
Now Arizonans will keep a watchful eye on another hearing set for June 25, 2013, and the outcome thereof in light of the below release:
URGENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEVOTER GROUP WILL CONTINUE COURT CASE DESPITE FAILURE OF ILLEGAL RECALL EFFORT BY RESPECT ARIZONA
Court Hearing Set for 1:30 PM on June 25, 2013
(Maricopa County, Arizona, May 30, 2013). Today, predictably, the attempted recall of Sheriff Joe Arpaio by a group which ironically calls itself Respect Arizona, failed in its bid to begin a recall of this respected law enforcement official, who has just been reelected to office for a sixth term. While admitting that they did not get the required number of signatures to begin a recall, obviously because the people of Maricopa County are happy to have Sheriff Arpaio remain in office, the Respect Arizona spokesmen failed to mention that their attempted recall was illegal in any event, as not proscribed by the Arizona Constitution at Article 8, part 1, section 5, which prohibits a recall within six months after an elected official is sworn in. In this regard, the lawsuit filed by attorney Larry Klayman on behalf of the voters of Maricopa County, through his client, the Citizens to Protect Fair Election Results, is set for hearing on June 25, 2013 at 1:30 pm before Judge Michael Herrod.
“Despite Respect Arizona’s miserable failure to get the requisite number of signatures needed to conduct an illegal recall, prohibited by the Arizona Constitution, we maintain that the case must still be decided on the merits, as this abuse of process is capable of repetitive acts – that is other elected officials, including judges, could be subject to similar improper schemes to thwart the will of the voting public and nullify their votes. Moreover, the use of a premature and illegal recall effort to raise funds for an organization such as Respect Arizona, defrauds donors to the recall effort and wastes valuable county and state resources. It is thus no wonder that Respect Arizona has refused to make public the signatures which it claims to have collected, as they were procured under false pretenses,” stated Klayman.
“The case against Respect Arizona and the county agencies which allowed this illegal attempted recall to go forward is thus proceeding in court, as this illegal conduct cannot be allowed to happen in the future. We need a ruling by the court upholding the Arizona Constitution, to protect the voters of this great state and elected officials and judges who won their elections fair and square,” added Klayman.