The rainbow shades are off

Stories are now circulating that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will run for Governor of Arizona:

[KNXV-TV] is reporting that Arpaio already has made the decision to take the plunge and will announce his candidacy on Monday.

According to “several high-ranking sources within the Sheriff’s Department,” all the necessary paperwork “has been filled out and is ready to file.” These sources say Arpaio has spent the last two weeks meeting with Republican brass, and several of those meetings have been to discuss Arpaio running for governor.

Given the fact that roughly 60 percent of Arizona’s population is in Maricopa County, Arpaio would have no trouble with name recognition, even if he hadn’t spent the last couple of decades burnishing his reputation as “America’s Toughest Sheriff.”

But can he win? Not out of the question:

Unfortunately, he may well win. There are two things an outsider needs to know about people in Arizona:

1. They have an insane, irrational fear of Mexican immigrants, who they see as disproportionately made up of gang lords who make Tony Soprano look like a pansy. Of course, no one seems to have any actual personal experience with such violence or to be an actual victim, but they heard that the lady who put her cat in the microwave was threatened.

2. They believe that only Joe Arpaio has been standing between them and total annihilation at the hands of the brown-skinned hordes.

Out here in Soonerland, the immigrant gang lords seem to be from places farther away than Mexico, but let that pass.

I suspect some of Arpaio’s detractors are actually hoping he will run, if only because he’d have to resign his position as Sheriff.


  1. McGehee »

    2 May 2010 · 11:13 pm

    Of course, no one seems to have any actual personal experience with such violence or to be an actual victim

    O RLY?

  2. McGehee »

    2 May 2010 · 11:15 pm

    And again I say, O RLY?

  3. CGHill »

    3 May 2010 · 9:31 am

    On the other hand:

    According to FBI statistics, violent crimes reported in Arizona dropped by nearly 1,500 reported incidents between 2005 and 2008. Reported property crimes also fell, from about 287,000 reported incidents to 279,000 in the same period. These decreases are accentuated by the fact that Arizona’s population grew by 600,000 between 2005 and 2008…

    The number of apprehensions of unauthorized immigrants made by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency [also shows a decline]. Since a peak in 2000 of more than 600,000 illegal crossers apprehended, the number fell to 241,000 in 2009, Tucson Sector Public Affairs Officer Mario Escalante told CNN.

    Are these trends all of a sudden reversing?

  4. paulsmos »

    3 May 2010 · 5:41 pm


  5. Lisa Paul »

    5 May 2010 · 8:57 pm

    And can we mention that he reinstituted chain gangs including volunteer female and juvenile chain gangs?

    Well, we did get a lot of good Blues out of chain gangs.

  6. CGHill »

    5 May 2010 · 9:07 pm

    Well, it looks like he’s not going to run after all. Make of that what you will.

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