11-05-2009, 11:20 PM
Join Date: May 2009
New Sheriff in town - Joe Arpaio Style?
Sheriff Joe came to OC to ramp it up for the new OC Sheriff candidate, Bill Hunt.
You may find some familiar faces and names in these articles . . .
Thursday, November 5, 2009
'America's Toughest Sheriff' stumps for Hunt
Joe Arpaio comes from Arizona to support candidate.
ANAHEIM - Self-proclaimed "America's Toughest Sheriff" Joe Arpaio of Arizona brought some unusual baggage Thursday to Orange County.
In town to bless the campaign of sheriff's candidate Bill Hunt, Arpaio was dogged by reports that he was being investigated by the FBI for engaging in vendettas against political enemies.
In the last Orange County election, Hunt ran against a sheriff who was under federal investigation, Mike Carona.
Now, Hunt was aligning himself with a sheriff under investigation.
Nobody at the Hunt fundraiser on Thursday at Anaheim's Phoenix Club appeared bothered that the main speaker, Sheriff Joe of Maricopa County, was being probed by the FBI on suspicion of abusing his authority.
Arpaio was greeted by the crowd of more than 200 people as a conquering hero. And Hunt was pronounced the next toughest sheriff.
"We're going to put (Hunt) in the chair," gushed illegal immigration activist Barbara Coe, as she flung her arms around Arpaio.
Known for taking the frills out of his jail – things like salt and breakfast – Arpaio has so fiercely hunted down illegal immigrants in Arizona that federal authorities fear he is violating other laws in the process.
So be it, Arpaio told Hunt supporters.
The justice department "is sending nine attorneys to come after me, to investigate my office because we're enforcing laws. It's sad. So, I kicked them out," Arpaio said to cheers.
"When you're right … you should fight. And I think Bill personifies that," Arpaio said.
A group of about 50 protesters greeted Arpaio as he made his way into the fundraiser.
Jovana Renteria of the Arizona immigrant rights group Puente Movement said she and a handful of others left Maricopa County early Thursday morning just to show up to the Anaheim event.
"We don't want what's going on in Arizona to happen elsewhere," said the 31-year-old who says she is a U.S. citizen speaking out for those who are in the country illegally.
ANAHEIM - They chanted, sang and even danced for "America's Toughest Sheriff."
A protest by immigrants rights groups from throughout Orange County and surrounding areas resembled more of a carnival atmosphere than a manifestation against an Arizona sheriff who thrust himself into the national spotlight for forcing inmates to live in tents and wear pink underwear.
Holding signs stating "Immigration Reform Now" and "Terrorist," about 50 people protested a visit by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a polarizing anti-illegal immigration figure who showed Thursday to the Phoenix Club in Anaheim to stump for Orange County sheriff contender Bill Hunt.
Hunt, a former lieutenant who is making his second bid for office, is known for taking on former Sheriff Mike Carona, who now faces prison time on a witness-tampering conviction. He hopes to win the seat now held by Sheriff Sandra Hutchens.
Arpaio's department is under federal investigation on suspicion of racial profiling as well as improper stops and search and seizures. In addition,Immigration and Customs Enforcement cut their partnership with Arpaio to arrest people who are in the country illegally just based on their immigration status.
Individuals representing a variety of Southern California immigrant rights groups, such as Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles and various local day laborer rights groups, joined a six-person contingent who had followed Arpaio from Maricopa County with the sole purpose of protesting his presence Thursday in Anaheim and Friday in San Diego.
Jovana Renteria of the Arizona immigrant rights group Puente Movement said she and a handful of others left Maricopa County early this morning to denounce him at the fundraiser.
"We don't want what's going on in Arizona to happen elsewhere," said the 31-year-old who said she is a U.S. citizen speaking out for those who are in the country illegally.
Naui Huitzilopochtli, spokesman for day laborer rights organization Colectivo Tonantzin in Orange County, called Bill Hunt a hypocrite.
"Bill Hunt used to criticize Sheriff Mike Carona for being corrupt. Now he's inviting Sheriff Arpaio, who is being investigated by the FBI because he's going after his critics," said the 31-year-old Santa Ana man, who says he is a U.S. citizen. "I think that's hypocritical of Bill Hunt."
Other protesters said they are worried Hunt will follow in Arpaio's footsteps.
"It's going to become Maricopa County," said Gabriela Trujillo, a spokeswoman for Association of Orange County Day Laborers. "It's just going to mean more racial profiling in our community and more separation of families."