The Arizona Republic’s E.J. Montini opined the other day Yo, Gov. Ducey, still support your pal Joe Arpaio?
Well, E.J., Howie Fischer has your answer: Gov. Ducey is going all Tammy Wynette and standing by his man. Ducey says he’s standing by Arpaio at this time:
“Let’s see how the court hearings play out,” the governor said in response to a question of whether he still supports the sheriff.
The comments came at the end of a week of testimony by the sheriff and some of his top deputies at a federal court hearing to determine if Arpaio should be found in contempt of court, including a bombshell admission by Arpaio that his attorney hired a private detective to investigate the wife of the judge hearing the case.
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“Let’s see what the verdict is,” said the governor, who was endorsed in his 2014 Republican primary campaign by the sheriff. “I’m watching this with the same interest you are.”
Ducey showed no regret about accepting the sheriff’s endorsement, saying Arpaio deserves some praise. Still, the governor is keeping open his option to change his mind.
“Let’s see how the court hearings play out and then I’ll have further comment,” he said.
I’ll bet. A criminal contempt referral and the DOJ reopening its abuse of office investigation, and Ducey will be ready to throw his man under the bus.