Arpaio repeated his "unfounded" protestation in an email announcing that he would be running for re-election in 2016 - rather than running for Governor or stepping down. (The entire email is reproduced here, below the jump.)
At the bottom of the email - after vowing to fight "Barack Obama's political machine, Hollywood leftists and their millions as well as a hostile local and national media..." - Arpaio also warns his fellow Patriots to not give money to any of the "fraudulent groups" that either pretend to be him or to support his campaigns. Arizona's Politics has written about some of those groups in the past, including "Defend Sheriff Joe", run by current Corporation Commission candidate Vernon Parker.
However, the sentence about opponents using "their massive show of force" to level "Rampant, UNFOUNDED charges of racism and racial profiling in my office" is most surprising given yesterday's federal court hearing. ("U.S. judge rebukes top aide of Arpaio") Judge Snow, who after a 2012 trial, found last year that the MCSO had in fact engaged in racial profiling, summoned Arpaio and his Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan after the pair had "undermined" his subsequent order for a court monitor during training sessions with MCSO deputies.
Arpaio was silent during the hearing, Sheridan acknowledged to the Court that he had "mischaracterized" the order and that he was "ashamed."
Today's email with the Sheriff's signature - whether written directly by him or not - is certain to add to the Court's concerns about the MCSO's commitment to follow the Court's directives.
(The Arpaio e-mail is below the jump. Please click "Read More", below.)
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