Unless youre an intelligent, non-Teapublican living in Arizona, you probably know Joe Arpaio as Americas Toughest Sheriff.
Youve likely heard of the way he treats prisoners at his Tent City in the desert by forcing them to wear pink underwear and eat baloney sandwiches for every meal. You may have heard of his regular sweeps for illegal immigrants. You may have heard of his celebrity posses. And you may have heard of his political connections to the Teapublican elite, such as Senator John McCain, half-governor Sarah Palin, Governor Jan Brewer, AZ State Senator-under-recall Russell Pearce, and Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann.
But you probably havent heard that hes under federal investigation for civil rights violations. You probably dont know that he misspent $100 million of Maricopa County funds. You probably haven’t heard of the county’s investigation resulting in the firing of his top henchmen.
Unless you live in Arizona, you probably havent heard allegations that he and his buddy, former County Attorney Andrew Thomas, trumped up investigations and charges against Arpaios political enemies. And you probably havent heard that he and his “deputy” Steven Seagal are being sued for shooting an innocent familys dog during a botched raid looking for suspected illegal immigrants.
For any other elected official, even one of these issues would result in dismissal from office, if not a trip to Tent City. But given the massive numbers of wingnut voters in Arizona, Arpaio seems untouchable. Indeed, hes actually considering a run for the US Senate.
Now hes even opened an investigation with his Cold Case” Posse to check the legitimacy of President Obamas birth certificate! And the Teapublican presidential wannabes are trekking to Phoenix to kiss Arpaios…er..ring.
With thugs like Sheriff Joe in their camp, how can anyone take the Teapublicans seriously?