Politics has everything to do with comparison of actual sheriff to fictitious hayseed
The daily’s columnist E.J. Montini is always looking for a pretext to configure a means of slamming Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Montini’s latest gambit is to compare the fictitious, folksy Mayberry Sheriff Andy Taylor of the 1960’s to Maricopa County’s flesh and blood career law enforcement officer. In the world of the liberal columnist, Arpaio will always come up wanting. Mayberry was crimeless. Taylor, played by recently deceased actor Andy Griffith, lived with his Aunt Bea and was raising a motherless son. Too many questions and too few answers, but Montini slides right past them.
Besides the obvious quirky lifestyle, there is another reason Montini would find Griffith so appealing. It has nothing to do with the home-cooked meals served to the town drunk who opens the jail cell with a key on a convenient hook, enabling him to sleep off his toot.
The actual basis behind Montini’s negative comparison is that Joe Arpaio is a Republican. Andy Griffith was a committed Democrat who donated 100% to liberal candidates and shilled for ObamaCare. We covered the expensive and misleading propaganda campaign that cost taxpayers nearly $3,200,000 (that’s millions, folks!) for advertising placement and more than $400,000 to produce — noting at the time, it’s not just politicos that disappoint. Old reliables can do it, too
Here is the former television icon, homespun Mayberry Sheriff Andy Taylor — aka actor Andy Griffith — at age 85, pimping for ObamaCare. The ad was paid for by Medicare, which disingenuously said the campaign was not political but part of an “outreach to skeptical senior citizens.”
Then check out the horrible influence ole Andy was on cute little Opie — better known today as director Ron Howard. No doubt Montini will approve of him as well in a future column.