The two-sentence call to action is as follows: “Sheriff Joe Arpaio is currently under investigation by the FBI, the Department of Justice, and the State of Arizona for numerous violations, charges of $100 million in illegally misspent funds, abuse of power, and corruption. Sheriff Joe should do the right thing and resign.” (The link to the petition and the supporting text, which also is the text of the e-mail, is below the jump.)
In the less than one hour since receiving m.c.'s e-mail, the number of signers - many appear to be real, full names - has grown from about 400 to about 875.
According to SignOn.org's FAQ's, the site (sponsored by MoveOn.org) "occasionally" chooses to promote a petition by e-mailing alerts to members of their organization. Apparently, the Sheriff's national profile got MoveOn.org's attention, too, and led them to solicit signatures from their subscribers.
Link to petition: http://bit.ly/jLZp2p
Supporting text/e-mail message:
Dear Phoenix MoveOn member,
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is currently the subject of investigations by the FBI, U.S. Department of Justice, and a federal grand jury for civil rights violations and abuses of power. He is also the defendant in a federal class action suit for racial profiling.
Sheriff Arpaio has been accused of mismanaging over $100,000 in county funds. And while the sheriff has pursued media attention and publicity stunts, violent crime rates have actually risen in Maricopa County.
Our already cash-strapped state cannot afford to pay for the sheriff's misdeeds any longer. We call on him to do the right thing and resign.
We welcome your comments about this post. Or, if you have something unrelated on your mind, please e-mail to info-at-arizonaspolitics-dot-com. Thanks.