He urges his "Fellow Patriots" to give generously today because "the situation was (is) dire". (The complete text of today's e-mail is below the jump.) Last week, he also e-mailed out a pleading video, which is also posted below the jump.
Meanwhile, the groups collecting the signatures to recall Arpaio seem to following a strategy of camping and marching to the finish line. They have set up a round-the-clock camping/headquarters on the public plaza outside the County Courthouse (also the home of the County Recorder's Office, where they will have to turn in their signatures on Thursday afternoon).
And, coalition partner Promise In Action is marching this morning to the Board of Supervisors' offices, Arpaio's offices and in the afternoon to the Phoenix City Council's chamers. While they are collecting signatures at their makeshift headquarters, they also appear to be collecting and notarizing filled petitions, and sending out volunteers to gather last-minute signatures elsewhere.
While Respect Arizona appears to be striving to be able to turn in more than the 335,000+ signatures necessary to qualify for the ballot, they are not likely to have attempted to verify the validity of most of the signatures collected in the last two weeks, since they had to re-suspend the paid circulating effort.
The paid circulators, Sign Here Petitions, had persons specifically tasked with verifying the validity of the signatures (since it is on that basis that they pay the circulators, so as not to turn in a bunch of "Mickey Mouse" signatures). RA has to do the cost/benefit analysis of the best use of their volunteers' time - verifying signatures or collecting new signatures (or, calling out more volunteers, etc.).
They also are faced with the quandary of what do they do if they have, say 350,000 total signatures, but it is highly likely that -
RA is deliberately being vague when asked the number of signatures or valid signatures that they currently have. But based on the most recent announcement (three weeks ago) of 200,000 valid, how much it is likely that the paid circulators got in their 2nd go-round, how many others the volunteers may have verified in the last couple of weeks, and other hints gleaned from e-mails/conversations/etc., Arizona's Politics thinks that the situation may not be as "dire" as the Sheriff is claiming today (though do send money if you are so inclined), but that he will want that money to pay his own signature-checkers and attorneys.
And, RA did get a gust of wind from the U.S. District Court ruling on Friday, and they seem to be making a big final march to the Thursday finish line. But, even if they do file much more than the minimum number of total signatures, they will be holding their breath as their signature-checkers and attorneys will be doing battle. (Do send money if you are so inclined.)
At noon, the PAZ in Action procession will move to the Maricopa County Sheriff's offices at 100 W. Washington Street in downtown Phoenix where PAZ in Action volunteers and supporters will demand the Sheriff's resignation. At 2:30 p.m., PAZ In Action will gather at the Phoenix City Council Chambers to ask the Council to pass a resolution demanding that Arpaio be fired.