The man who “can’t distinguish between false and true”
Dan Saban, a perennially losing candidate for Maricopa County Sheriff, has had his share of problems — both professionally and personally. The Arizona Republic gave them ample coverage, yet nevertheless endorsed the political opportunistic switch-hitter who challenged Arpaio first in 2004 as a Republican and then again in 2008 as a Democrat. The endorsement contained these words:
“The Arizona Republic firmly believes that, if elected, Dan Saban would make an effective and professional county sheriff.” [Note that “firmly” but “if elected” equivocal two-step?]
Now, seemingly back for yet another campaign, Saban is gifted with a My Turn column in the pages of the same newspaper, as it brings in the third stringer to prove there are no problems that override the merger of political ambition and the daily’s determination to savage Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio — even if it means reaching into the barrel‘s bottom dregs.
Let’s recap. Here’s Saban in 2006, caught in a lie during a deposition in his failed lawsuit against Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Watch this man and listen closely to his words
Saban lost the Republican primary in 2004, taking just 44 percent of the vote. Arpaio easily trounced him with 56 percent.
In 2008, incumbent Joe Arpaio effortlessly carried the election with 55.2% of ballots cast. Saban, once known as Dan Day, also switched his party affiliation to Democrat. With just 42.2%, he pulled in fewer votes than the in the previous election.
The man of many changes, now shedding wife number five, was gearing up for yet another bite of the law endorsement apple when he filed his documents December 16, 2010. We expected him to do at least as well as in his previous efforts. But then the unpredictable Saban modified his plans again, terminating his campaign March 21, 2011 — then refiling 3 days later on March 24, 2011. Where he is now is anybody’s guess, but for sure he’s peering out from the pages of his waffling endorser today.