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Critics air TV ad calling for Arpaio’s resignation

In this file photo from Dec. 5, 2011, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio discusses the latest in the document release on his office's handling of many sexual assault cases over the years in El Mirage, Ariz., during a news conference in Phoenix. Arpaio faces a Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012 deadline for telling the U.S. Justice Department whether he will cooperate in overhauling his agency in response a federal civil rights report that accuses the sheriff's office of civil rights violations. In mid-December, Arpaio was given 60 days by the Justice Department to reach an agreement to fix the alleged violations. The Justice Department says it will file a lawsuit against Arpaio if it isn't satisfied with his response. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

In this file photo from Dec. 5, 2011, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio discusses the latest in the document release on his office's handling of many sexual assault cases over the years in El Mirage, Ariz., during a news conference in Phoenix. Arpaio faces a Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012 deadline for telling the U.S. Justice Department whether he will cooperate in overhauling his agency in response a federal civil rights report that accuses the sheriff's office of civil rights violations. In mid-December, Arpaio was given 60 days by the Justice Department to reach an agreement to fix the alleged violations. The Justice Department says it will file a lawsuit against Arpaio if it isn't satisfied with his response. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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.

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