This entry was posted
on Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 at 5:52 pm by Radley Balko
and is filed under Uncategorized.
You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
Both comments and pings are currently closed.
The fact that there is such a thing as a Senate should be enough to drive a libertarian to drink.
C. S. P. Schofield |
February 15th, 2011 at 7:28 pm
Let him run for national office. If he’s the kind of heavy handed baboon that Mr. Balko believes him to be (I have no opinion, as I know sources whose judgement I usually respect on both sides of the issue), then he will self-destruct on National television. He won’t be the worst raving bigot we’ve ever had in high office …. a title that I believe still belongs to Alexander Mitchell Palmer.
I can’t see him running. First, his finances will become part of the record, if the press doesn’t dig it up his opponents will see that it’s leaked. Second, he’ll run as the toughest sherrif, but his opponents will then ask about the 40+ million dollars in out of court settlements the Maricopa County Sherrif’s Office has incurred under his reign. In addition to that will be the abuse of power charges still being investigated. I just can’t see him opening himself to that kind of scrutiny.
I have to think it’s better for human beings to have Arpaio in the Senate where he is but one voice, and most of his crazy, human-hating, xenophobia will get drowned out by the crowd. As Sherrif he can put people in jail, investigate his political opponents and generally interfere in innocent people’s lives. Isn’t that worse?
“38-296. Limitation upon filing for election by incumbent of elective office
A. Except during the final year of the term being served, no incumbent of a salaried elective office, whether holding by election or appointment, may offer himself for nomination or election to any salaried local, state or federal office.
B. An incumbent of a salaried elected office shall be deemed to have offered himself for nomination or election to a salaried local, state or federal office upon the filing of a nomination paper pursuant to section 16-311, subsection A or formal public declaration of candidacy for such office whichever occurs first.
I thought that headline was an exaggeration but I am freaking out haha I hate that guy, good thing I’m already intoxicated ;)
Lamarck's Giraffe |
February 15th, 2011 at 10:17 pm
We need some laws that require politicos to resign their current position the minute they file for another position
You mean like Arizona’s resign-to-run law?
He would have to quit his office to run. He could have run for governor this last election cycle but didn’t. He’s 78 years old, has a million skeletons in his closet and isn’t well liked statewide. His support base consists mostly of retirees in Mesa and Sun City who are afraid that all brown people are thieves who are somehow stealing their medicine and Social Security.
I’ll likely be voting for Flake. We could do a lot worse. Names that have been mentioned include: Arpaio, JD Hayworth, and Janet Napolitano. And some liberal vultures are already pimping Gabby Giffords.
Lamarck's Giraffe |
February 15th, 2011 at 10:29 pm
I should add that I believe the Arizona law has some exceptions. For example, I think if a politician is in the final year of their term they are exempt. Also, I believe they can unofficially announce their intentions, like Rep Jeff Flake, without violation (e.g. they cannot file paperwork or fund raise).
Of course, IANAL nor do I have the statute in front of me.
the innominate one |
February 15th, 2011 at 10:41 pm
yo, fuck Arpaio
Also, really just wanted to say that “Lamarck’s Giraffe” is an awesome handle. But I call dibs on being Mueller’s Ratchet
…retirees… who are afraid that all brown people are thieves who are somehow stealing their medicine and Social Security.
Ironic, considering that it is, in fact, the retirees who are generally doing the stealing.
Lamarck's Giraffe |
February 16th, 2011 at 1:06 am
Z, do your psychic powers work in states other than Arizona or do they wear off once you leave our wicked state (assuming you are even from Arizona)?
I think I offered some good reason why he won’t even run, let alone win. Do you have anything beyond your besmirching omniscience?
Anyways, there has been some good news for Maricopa county in recent months. County Attorney and Arpaio henchman Andrew Thomas is out of public office after a failed bid for state AG and is under federal investigation. Unfortunately his elected replacement is another Arpaio crony. Former Deputy County Attorney Lisa Aubuchon, who was involved in much of the egregious politically-motivated investigations of recent years has been fired and is under federal investigation. Sheriff Joe’s second in command, Chief Deputy David Hendershott, is on paid administrative leave and under federal investigation. Finally, the sheriff of neighboring Pima county has been asked to investigate serious claims of misconduct by the highest levels of the MCSO. The US Attorney for Arizona and the FBI and Department of Justice have also said they are looking into these claims.
“Second, he’ll run as the toughest sherrif, but his opponents will then ask about the 40+ million dollars in out of court settlements the Maricopa County Sherrif’s Office has incurred under his reign. In addition to that will be the abuse of power charges still being investigated.”
I like that you think voters will see these things negatively. Especially as Arpaio will just shrug it off as saying that it’s all a liberal conspiracy to defame him and stop him from protecting America.
Some libertarians have a sense of history, a concern for the maintenance of the factors that led to this country’s success, and – given that the government has taken over the role of border control – a belief that property rights also entails protecting our nation. Some libertarians don’t hold to the unfortunately popular belief (which not grounded in reality), that everyone is exactly the same.
It’s really not just a coincidence that a stable and rights-respecting republican government has not taken hold in every region of the world.