Don’t want to see Maricopa County Sheriff Arpaio in Person? That’s OK. Bill Hunt will bring the Hate to You via the Web

Gotta love social networking.  It gave me this gem from the Bill Hunt for Sheriff Campaign:

You are cordially invited to join us for our fundraiser this November 5th live on the internet. The event will be hosted live from our website. We are looking forward for you to have an opportunity to meet Bill Hunt.

This will be a memorable evening don’t miss out!

We are trying to reach one spectacular goal of $250K in one day! With your help and support we can help elect leader who will protect our rights (editorial note: this is code for “will restore CCW permits to anyone who asks for them”) in the 5th largest sheriff office in the United States.

The live webcast will begin at 7:00 – 8:00 PST

Event location:

Speakers include:

Dana Parker – Living Historian James Madison
Sheriff Richard Mack
Sheriff Joe Arpaio
Lt. Bill Hunt candidate for Orange County Sheriff 2010

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Perhaps Hunt should take a look at how Arpaio is viewed by those outside of the US.  Like this article from the UK Guardian published last month:

A controversial Arizona sheriff known for taking a hard line against illegal immigrants has been stripped of some of his powers in what he described as a political move by the Obama administration.

Joe Arpaio, a gruff lawman who styles himself as America’s toughest sheriff, has won acclaim from US anti-immigrant forces for his relentless pursuit of mostly Hispanic illegal immigrants in Maricopa county, Arizona, a fast-growing county of 4 million people that is home to Phoenix, the nation’s fifth largest city.

Arpaio’s aggressive tactics include the jailing of illegal immigrants in tent cities surrounded by barbed wire in the middle of Arizona’s searingly hot summers, the reduction of meal costs to 20 cents per day, the use of pink jail clothing for men, and chain gangs for women inmates.

Arpaio also came in for criticism when he appeared on the Fox reality show Smile: You’re Under Arrest.

Under a two-year-old agreement with the federal department of homeland security, Arpaio and his deputies had been authorised to enforce federal immigration law by arresting suspected illegal immigrants in the field and by checking the immigration status of people arrested on other offences. The department of homeland security includes the US immigration and customs enforcement (ICE) agency.

But after drawing thousands of complaints and a civil rights investigation from the justice department, Arpaio was this week stripped of his federal authority to make immigration arrests. County attorney Andrew Thomas, one of Arpaio’s supporters, condemned the “setback in the fight against illegal immigration”.

For his part Arpaio has promised to continue chasing illegal immigrants using state laws. In an angry press conference, he called US homeland security officials “liars” and said he would personally drive those caught on the streets to the border if federal officers refused to take arrested illegal immigrants into custody. “I’ll take a little trip to the border and turn them over to the border,” he said.

Arpaio’s critics decried his continued plans to arrest illegal immigrants and said the Obama administration should sever all ties with him.

The now-rescinded authority to conduct field sweeps of illegal immigrants yielded only about 300 out of the roughly 33,000 total arrests of illegal immigrants since 2007, the Obama administration has done little to curtail Arpaio, said Frank Sharry, executive director of immigration reform advocacy group America’s Voice.”

For candidate Hunt, it’s the company you keep.  Again, Arpaio seems ready to defy a federal order (aka “the law”) and will take the law into his own hands.  Is that really the message you want to send?  Perhaps we shuld be referring to you as “Carona Lite” – one third less corrupt that our old regular Sheriff.