I do not often agree with Robert Robb of The Arizona Republic, but back in July he had a thought provoking commentary with which I agree questioning the utility of Arizona electing so many offices that are appointed offices in other states. Appointed officials would have some advantages.
I mean really, do we need to elect county assessor, recorder, treasurer, county attorney and county superintendent of public instruction? This is simply an attempt to replicate state elected offices, several of which would be better served as appointed positions, e.g., state mine inspector, corporation commission, and superintendent of public instruction.
The one office I have always believed should not be an elected office is county sheriff. Why is this a political office? Wouldn’t we be better served if the sheriff was a professional law enforcement officer appointed by the County Board of Supervisors after a rigorous candidate search and public commentary period?
The fact that we elect sheriffs is how we get clowns like Paul Babeu aka Studboi1, and Crazy Uncle Joe Arpaio. They demean the office of sheriff and destroy the credibility of professional law enforcement officers with whom they serve with their political antics.
How many millions of dollars has Crazy Uncle Joe Arpaio already cost the taxpayers of Maricopa County with his unprofessional and unethical misconduct?
For example, Crazy Uncle Joe Arpaio and his unholy alliance with right-wing conspiracy organizations like World Net Daily (Arpaio’s Cold Case Posse investigation into President Obama’s birth certificate), and Larry Klayman, a disreputable attorney and founder of Freedom Watch Inc., the former Chairman of Judicial Watch, who filed a lawsuit challenging President Obama’s recent executive orders on immigration deferrals of prosecution.
An appointed sheriff would never be able to get away with this kind of partisan political activity and whoring for publicity. They would be fired in a heartbeat for unprofessional and unethical misconduct. Crazy Uncle Joe Arpaio would have been history long ago if county sheriff was an appointed office. Food for thought . . . and a ballot measure in 2016.
Anyway . . . the Arizona Capitol Times reported that the Obama administration is urging court to toss Arpaio immigration lawsuit:
The Obama administration is urging dismissal of a lawsuit that would dismantle the president’s immigration program, an initiative designed to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation.
In a court filing late Monday, the Justice Department told U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell that the sheriff’s theory is speculative and unsubstantiated and that Arpaio has failed to show he will suffer any injury at all from the federal government’s program.
The sheriff’s challenge to the federal program is “meritless,” the Justice Department said in its court filing.
The Justice Department said the federal program “does not grant legal status to any alien. Rather, it authorizes a temporary exercise of prosecutorial discretion on a case-by-case basis for certain individuals who have been in the United States since 2010 and have deep ties to the community.”
The department said the Supreme Court has made clear that the federal government has broad discretion on immigration enforcement.
Crazy Uncle Joe Arpaio’s motion for a preliminary injunction is set to be heard in federal Court on Monday. In a press release from Progress Now Arizona, Congressman-elect Ruben Gallego will hold a press conference and Christmas Caroling outside of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office on Monday. Stand up and be counted.
Congressman-elect Gallego, Supervisor-elect Gallardo, Rights Groups Blast Arpaio’s Newest Attack on Immigrant Families
PHOENIX – On Monday a Washington D.C.-based District Court judge will hold the first hearing for a preliminary injunction in Sheriff Arpaio’s lawsuit against President Obama, The Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Arpaio’s meritless suit claims the President’s recent executive action on immigration was unconstitutional.
In response, dozens of activists from a coalition of Arizona immigrant rights groups will join Congressman-elect Ruben Gallego and Supervisor-elect Steve Gallardo at a press conference Monday morning to demand an end to Arpaio’s expensive, frivolous lawsuits. The activists will highlight the social and economic benefits of the DACA and DAPA programs. Participating organizations include Mi Familia Vota One Arizona, Center Neighborhood Leadership, SEIU Arizona, Promise Arizona, National Council of La Raza, The Arizona AFL-CIO, Arizona Worker Rights Center, LUCHA and UFCW.
“The holiday season should be about spending time with your family, helping others and reflecting on your blessings, not splitting up families and begging for attention with a frivolous lawsuit,” said Raquel Terán, Arizona State Director of Mi Familia Vota.
The press conference will be followed by local immigrant families who benefit from the President’s action sharing their stories and singing immigration-themed Christmas carols outside of Arpaio’s office.
WHO: Congressman-elect Ruben Gallego, Supervisor-elect Steve Gallardo and immigrant rights organizations
WHAT: Press Conference and Christmas Caroling Action
WHEN: 11 a.m. Monday, December 22
WHERE: Outside of the Headquarters of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, 550 W. Jackson St., Phoenix.