Is Phoenix FOX 10 News supporting a sham candidate? After all, FOX is frequented by Sheriff Joe Arpaio as a commentator on their news station. It was discovered yesterday that Paul Penzone received only a fraction of signatures Mike Stauffer collected. Penzone received only 6000 signatures compared to Mike Stauffer’s almost 30,000 signatures, and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to do the math with regard to the level of support Stauffer has already.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. It’s going to take a strong broad coalition from across party lines to defeat Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Mike Stauffer submitted almost 30,000 signatures (almost 5 times the endorsements Penzone received). Penzone was a mere sergeant with no command experience. For those who don’t know how law enforcement works, Maricopa County voters will look at leadership experience in order to entrust their vote to someone who wants to run the the sheriff’s department that represents the 3rd largest county in the Country. The Arizona Democratic Party is silly to give Maricopa County voters a candidate with no leadership experience. Only two candidates have leadership experience that will beat Arpaio: 1) (Independent Candidate) Mike Stauffer who is a lieutenant and 2) (Democratic Candidate) John Rowan who has experience as an assistant to a police chief.
The goal here is to defeat Joe Arpaio and avoiding “sham candidates.” As a former Republican …. I have several Republican friends in the State of Arizona and they tell me the Arpaio supporters are keeping track of all the “fired” people who seem to support Penzone. Paul Charlton is one of them who was fired by the Bush administration that created controversy involving the dismissal of U.S. attorneys, and he also frequents Fox News as a commentator.
It is no secret that Arpaio Republican supporters in our state watch FOX 10 news. I find it odd they giving extra attention to a democratic candidate with no leadership experience. This is precisely what Arpaio needs …. particularly when Mike Stauffer received ground support from people who can fill two arenas, and was formerly Republican and now an Independent.
When asked how Penzone was going to beat Arpaio, Penzone said “by debate.” Did anyone manage to give Penzone the memo when Arpaio stated he wasn’t going to debate anyone?
Bottom line: It will take a massive broad coalition to beat Arpaio. I know Mike Stauffer has that and my audience will find out who the big time endorsements are going to come from once the democratic party figures out who they want with regard to John Rowan and Penzone. Will they pick the former assistant to the police chief? Or will they pick the sergeant?