Laurie Roberts is breaking a sweat today, railing against Joe Arpaio’s latest election victory. It wasn’t enough to suit the sanctimonious columnist struggling to hold on to her post at the shriveling Arizona República newspaper. It clearly nettles her that Arpaio, first elected as Maricopa County Sheriff in 1992 is embarking on an unprecedented — actually historical — sixth four-year term.
Roberts says his triumph at the polls, beating out the newspaper’s endorsed candidate, Paul Penzone, wasn’t “a mandate.” In fact, she calls it “a warning,” concluding with the hilarious caution that “2016 isn’t that far off.”
It’s a good bet Arpaio’s job is more secure than hers.
Arpaio’s career in law enforcement is unmatched by any Arizona sheriff or police chief. After serving in the U.S. Army, he was a police officer in both Washington, D.C., and Las Vegas, Nevada. He then went on to build a federal law enforcement career and a reputation for fighting crime and drug trafficking around the world — first as a federal narcotics agent, establishing a stellar record in infiltrating drug organizations from Turkey to the Middle East to Mexico, Central, and South America to cities around the U.S. His expertise and success led him to top management positions around the world with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration — where he concluded his remarkable federal career as head of the DEA for Arizona, before running for sheriff.
Arpaio is one smart guy. That’s why following his advice makes sense: