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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Recall Arpaio Leaders Issue Own Cease and Desist Demand, To County Republican Chair

Two of the leaders of the group gathering signatures to recall Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio have issued their own "cease and desist" demand today, to the chair of the Maricopa County Republican Committee.

The Phoenix New Times was the first to report on and reproduce the letter from Randy Parraz and Chad Snow on Citizens for a Better Arizona letterhead.  They refer to comments that MCRC Chair A.J. LaFaro made last week in his "call to arms" for a "shadow army".  He called the recall proponents "thugs" and "domestic terrorists".  The letter notes that such statements are "defamatory."

At 2:00pm, a new group supporting the Sheriff is holding a news conference to issue their cease and desist demand letter to the recall proponents, claiming that the recall is illegal because it is too early and does not show sufficient grounds to recall.

The timing of the new letter - especially considering the gap between LaFaro's remarks and this response - seems designed to make the pro-Joe folks think about the raised stakes.

The Phoenix New Times has also released an article that will hit newsstands tomorrow, with apparent inside comments from the no-media-allowed "call to arms" meeting that LaFaro called (and Arpaio campaign manager Chad Willems apparently spoke at).  The article promises that they will put up video from that meeting shortly.


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