Everyone should have some heroes and I have to admit that one of mine is former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Why? To begin with, he is THE only person of position who dared challenge the birth certificate presented as Barack Obama’s official birth certificate and that investigation cost him his job and more. The investigation, led by the Maricopa Sheriff’s Posse found overwhelming evidence to prove that the official Obama birth certificate as presented by the White House is a forgery, as is Obama’s Selective Service Card and they found evidence questioning how anyone who was supposed to have been born in Hawaii and then lived in Illinois had a Connecticut Social Security Number. When Arpaio announced the results of the investigation, Obama tasked then Attorney General Eric Holder with destroying Arpaio, but no matter what pressure and threats they made against him, Arpaio refused to back away from his sworn duty as the top cop in Maricopa County, Arizona, the 4th most populous county in all of America.
Did you know that when Arpaio was challenging Obama’s birth certificate and cracking down on illegal drug and people trafficking, there was a $4 million bounty placed on his head by Mexican drug cartels, but he still refused to back away from his sworn duty?
Arpaio has spent his life serving our nation and protecting Americans. He spent four years in the US Army, part of which as a military police officer. After the service, he served as a police officer in Washington DC and then Las Vegas.
Only 6 months after becoming a member of the Las Vegas Police Department, Arpaio became a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, the forerunner to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). He spent 25-years with the DEA, working in Argentina, Mexico and Turkey and eventually became head of the DEA office in Arizona.
Arpaio was elected Sheriff of Maricopa County in 1992 and held that office until the 2016 election when out-of-state liberals poured millions of dollars into the state to help the campaign of his Democratic challenger, Paul Penzone.
While sheriff, liberal judges said the jails were too crowded and ordered Arpaio to begin releasing prisoners, but he refused. Instead, he purchased surplus Army tents, erected them on the asphalted grounds of the jail facility and put prisoners in the tents. They were well guarded by deputies and guard dogs. At one time, it was reported that it cost more to feed the guard dogs than to feed the prisoners.
He also institute chain gang work crews of prisoners, forcing them to clean up the highways and to other manual labor. Some work crews were all male and others were all female. He was a firm advocate that jail was not a hotel or place of rest, but a place of punishment and he wanted to make it so unpleasant that many would not want to commit anymore crimes just to avoid being sent back.
From what I’ve heard, Sheriff Penzone has gotten rid of many of the policies established by Arpaio and is once again turning the jails into a liberal respite with easy turnstiles for release.
Arpaio realized that pornography was a problem in the jails so banned all forms of porn. He tried to cut all television, but a liberal judge ordered him that he had to provide TV for prisoners, so he did, but the only channel he allowed was C-SPAN. Arpaio was charged and found guilty of racial profiling and criminal contempt of court because he was doing his job. I have family and friends involved in law enforcement in Arizona that they all say that at least 75% – 85% of crime in the area is directly or indirectly related to illegal aliens and illegal drug trafficking. They also said that the vast majority of both were carried out by Hispanics, so that is who Arpaio targeted. He was somewhat successful enough for the Mexican drug cartels to place the bounty on his life. However, the Obama administration were hell bent to destroy Arpaio, so they charged him and his department with racial profiling. A liberal judge appointed a monitor to scrutinize everything Arpaio and his department did to make sure they discontinued their alleged racial profiling, but Arpaio swore he had a job to do and he was going to continue to do it, so he was charged and convicted of criminal contempt of court by a liberal judge who was loyal to Obama. Fortunately, President Trump pardoned Arpaio.
Both of Arizona’s US senators, (John McCain and Jeff Flake) are not running for re-election, leaving both seats open. Arpaio told the Washington Examiner that he was considering running for the US Senate seat held by Flake. While Flake has been an outspoken opponent of President Donald Trump, Arpaio has supported Trump, especially on his strong immigration policies and need for a border wall.
Upon the release of that news that Arpaio was considering running, he began climbing in the local polls in Arizona.
Prior to the news of a possible Senate run by Arpaio, former State Senator Kelli Ward was leading in most polls and US Rep. Martha McSally, a retired Air Force Colonel, was a close second.
In the latest poll, Ward dropped to third, McSally rose to first place and Arpaio came in at a very close second place, but despite the fact that Arpaio has made any official announcement, some indicators put him the lead:
“In the survey, a Trump endorsement for Arpaio bumps him up to 35% of the vote, while a McSally endorsement from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell brings her to 31%. Ward falls to 13% with a potential endorsement from former Trump strategist Steve Bannon.”
If I still lived in Arizona, I would vote for Joe Arpaio in a heart beat and would do whatever I could to help his campaign! Arpaio may be 85-years-old, but he is still sharp as a tack and would make a great addition to the US Senate!