Well-known attorney Larry Klayman announced that he had been retained as General Counsel for CPFER, rather than just an attorney retained by the LLC for possible litigation. He reiterated the claim that the recall was filed unconstitutionally early, ignoring the six-month waiting period. He riffed on the name of the recall group, saying that Respect Arizona was disrespecting voters and disenfranchising them. He called the recall proponents "vigilantes" and he said they are violating the 1st, 5th and 14th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.
He sat down and allowed CPFER member Linda Brickman* dramatically read a manifesto promising that the Arpaio recall was result in electoral war and that it is already prompting responses that will attempt to recall numerous other elected officials. (It may, in fact, be a hint of the "blocking" strategy that Arpaio campaign manager Chad Willems hinted at last weekend: flooding the streets with competing recall petitions, thus turning off potential signers and public opinion.)
Klayman then praised Brickman's "excellent recitation", and refused to take any questions. Here is his demand letter:
* Brickman was on November's election ballot along with Arpaio. She ran unsuccessfully for one of five open positions on the Central Arizona Water Conservation District's Board of Directors; she received 214,000 votes and finished 8th (out of 13 candidates)
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