Critics of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio ran a TV ad during the Republican presidential debate in Arizona that called for the lawman’s resignation.
The commercial aired by the group that organized the successful recall effort against then-Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce questions Arpaio’s effectiveness as a crime fighter.
Group leader Randy Parraz says the ad was run during Wednesday’s debate to present the group’s criticism of the sheriff to Republicans who make up the base of Arpaio’s supporters.
Arpaio’s re-election campaign says the sheriff isn’t going to resign, is seeking a sixth term this year and questioned the ad’s accuracy.
Parraz says his group plans to air the ad against over the next several days with the goal of reaching other Republicans who support the sheriff.