Sheriff Joe Arpaio is dangerous. He needs to go.
Arpaio’s suggestion that he knew nothing of the gross mismanagement by his underlings like Dave Henderschott is not credible. Arpaio surrounds himself with sycophants like Henderschott who share Arpaio’s disdain for anyone who would criticize the office. Arpaio cannot now distance himself from these decisions.
I am a lifelong Republican and I voted for Arpaio once (maybe twice; I can’t remember for sure) because I admired his tough-on-crime attitude (especially the pink underwear and the bologna sandwiches). I also worked for several years in the Wells Fargo building where Arpaio has his offices and I used to see him frequently as we both traveled to and from our respective offices. My opinion was that he was probably the most unpleasant and arrogant elected official I have ever encountered.
But arrogance is not a sufficient reason to dethrone him.
That feeling on my part came about as he began to attack fellow politicians and judges who criticized him. And when he conspired with then-Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas to “get” the Phoenix New Times management by arresting them at their homes in the middle of the night, I felt like Maricopa County was headed toward a Nazi Germany kind of environment.
Arpaio’s recent mealy-mouth comments regarding his subordinate’s mismanagement is the last straw. We have had enough of this. Sheriff Joe needs to go.
— Roy Miller, Phoenix