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Arpaio recall group: Third of signatures gathered

In this April 3, 2012 file photo, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio listens in during a news conference in Phoenix. Sheriff Arpaio has been in office 20 years, mainly by being tough on crime and, more recently, illegal immigration. But the self-proclaimed toughest sheriff in America is in the middle of the most difficult re-election fight of his career, largely because those themes are being turned against him. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

In this April 3, 2012 file photo, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio listens in during a news conference in Phoenix. Sheriff Arpaio has been in office 20 years, mainly by being tough on crime and, more recently, illegal immigration. But the self-proclaimed toughest sheriff in America is in the middle of the most difficult re-election fight of his career, largely because those themes are being turned against him. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Leaders of an effort to oust Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio say they’ve gathered a third of the signatures needed to force a recall election.

Recall organizers say they’ve gathered 120,000 of the more than 335,000 valid voter signatures required by May 30 to prompt an election.

The recall group has refused to abandon its bid to oust the sheriff even though Arpaio supporters are threatening legal action.

Larry Klayman, a lawyer representing Arpaio supporters, says his group will take legal action March 19.

Recall organizers say the sheriff has put immigration enforcement above other police priorities, while Arpaio supporters contend the effort is unconstitutional.

Arpaio campaign manager Chad Willems questions whether recall organizers have as many valid signatures as they claim.

Neither group has revealed its sources of funding.

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3 comments

  1. Who is funding this operation?

  2. this recall is not only pure spite work—but is something that 2/3 of the voters in Maricopa County—DO NOT WANT—these sore losers are a bunch of jokers—they think that they can push around the voters of AZ—we had a lawful election and sheriff Arpaio won—the voters of AZ WILL NOT BE PUSHED AROUND

  3. They didn’t like the results of the election, if they had a straight up election again the would have the same results. They have to try to rig the game so democrats can vote for someone else. Then they only need to get a few from the other side to get Arpaio out. Sore losers!

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