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Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Won't Run for Arizona Governor….

That’s Arizona for Ya!

This guy woke up the next day and realized what he had to lose……….

“I feel that I owe it to the people of Maricopa County, my hard-working employees and others who believe in my office’s policies to continue as their Sheriff,” Arpaio said in a statement.

“To leave this office open to appointment by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors of an interim Sheriff may very well put us on a path that would be extremely displeasing to the voters of this county.”

Had Arpaio resigned, county supervisors would have had to appoint a successor, just as they did when Rick Romley was named interim county attorney to fill former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas’ seat when Thomas resigned to run for attorney general.

The prospect of supervisors appointing Arpaio’s successor, and the personnel changes that would follow in the Sheriff’s Office, was too much for Arpaio to risk if he were to run for governor.

Arpaio has battled the supervisors and county administrators for the better part of two years over budget issues, and launched criminal investigations into two members of the Board of Supervisors, Don Stapley and Mary Rose Wilcox.

Arpaio said at a Monday afternoon news conference that he would have been more likely to run for governor if he could have a say in who would replace him as sheriff. Thomas tried that and failed with his Maricopa County Attorney post when he resigned to run for Arizona attorney general.

“This is tough this time around,” Arpaio said of his decision, adding that he feels relieved to have made a decision. “It’s almost like being elected today as Sheriff.”

Instead of running for governor, Arpaio will finish out his fifth term in office and begin preparing for a sixth sheriff’s campaign in 2012.

Arpaio already has more than $2 million in campaign contributions, according to his political consultant.


May 3, 2010 - Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Crime, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | ,


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  3. I KNEW Arpaio wasn’t going to jump in the water and he knows he had everything to lose by giving up the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office and decided to stay put and let Governor Jan Brewer (R) go down in flames instead in what already is a crowded primary on the Republican side.

    Comment by Conservative Democrat | May 4, 2010 | Reply

  4. the lady is up for some big headaches…..

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 4, 2010 | Reply

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