This is a redacted copy of the March 18, 2003 Glendale Police report referred to in a campaign ad that is garnering protests from Maricopa County Sheriff candidate Paul Penzone. At the time this report was filed, Penzone was employed as a Sergeant with the Phoenix Police Department.
Penzone, a Democrat, challenging Republican Sheriff Joe Arpaio for a second time, claims Arpaio’s television commercials drawing attention to the two count criminal offence of domestic violence against his then-wife, Susan, is unfair.
Indignant Penzone has hired a lawyer, righteously alleging the allegations contained in the police report are “defamation, old and untrue.” Since when do the police agencies take time to file “untrue” reports against one of their own? And does the passage of time lessen the crime? The couple was living separately and had filed for divorce. Rarely is this a time of cordiality. But facts are facts. In the intervening years both parties have remarried and their son is now an adult. For whatever reason, Susan has now backed off her charge of being roughed up by Paul.
The people of Maricopa County still have every right to expect our law enforcement personnel will enforce the law, not break it.
Penzone touts his liberal endorsements, including “Republicans” such as Grant Woods and Jerry Lewkowitz a nearly 90 -year-old former Phoenix city councilman, who are tucked in among the myriad left-wing labor unions and political Hispanic advocacy groups.
Laurie Roberts, a columnist in the daily newspaper, who has full employment taking the side of victims of abuse, has taken a left turn, calling the commercials “despicable.” Roberts concludes her column with the reliable slur used by the newspaper, writing Arpaio is “nothing but a politician.” That was the same description editorially used to negatively describe Jeff Flake. While running for the U.S. senate, Flake deceptively employed political expediency, briefly backing off his commitment to amnesty to get elected. The newspaper needlessly went apoplectic. Flake, partnering with amnesty proponent John McCain, reverted to his old shenanigans as soon as the ballots were counted.
Seeing Red AZ stands with Republican career law enforcement professional, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who does the job Maricopa County citizens elected him to do for six consecutive terms. He speaks plainly and speaks the truth. It’s not difficult to understand.