ELECTION: Arpaio’s issues more than just ‘barking dog’

The former chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, Mr. Tom Morrissey, publically equated former sheriff Joe Arpaio’s criminal conviction in federal court to nothing more serious than a “barking dog complaint.”

When was the last time the President of the United States issued a pardon for a barking dog complaint? Why is Mr. Arpaio appealing his criminal misdemeanor conviction, spending thousands of dollars, if he committed such an insignificant federal crime? And, why would Mr. Arpaio accept a pardon when his acceptance apparently constitutes an admission of guilt for such an insignificant crime?

Mr. Arpaio has been aggressively attempting to wipe clean his criminal conviction record because the court record shows an alleged pattern of behavior by Mr. Arpaio that is more egregious than a barking dog complaint. The federal court record shows that for nearly 18 months, Mr. Arpaio ignored a court order not to arrest or detain individuals without probable cause that a crime had been committed. The court was concerned about violations of the 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution.

A failure by law enforcement to comply with a lawful federal court order to follow the Constitution of the United States is a more ominous threat to our Republic than barking dogs.

On a national level, we are currently witnessing a few present and past members of the FBI, the DOJ, the CIA, the NSA and Special Counsel Robert Mueller violate the United States Constitution in their apparent coup d’etat plot against our constitutionally-elected president. The threat to our Republic is greatest when law enforcement and government officials fail to adhere to their oath to uphold the United States Constitution, the Supreme Law of the Land.

The voters of Maricopa County wisely rejected Joe Arpaio’s bid for re-election as sheriff. The voters of Arizona should also reject Arpaio’s bid for the U.S. Senate.

Brian Reilly


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