Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel’s implausible quickie cure

After making this September 10, 2021 announcement that she was seeking residential treatment for alcoholism, anxiety and eating disorders, Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel now says she’s ready to return to the rigors of heading the nation’s third largest prosecutor’s office.

A week is record time to deal with not one, but three, major problems. It’s not unusual for residential rehab programs to extend from three to six months or up to a year. Adel initially received treatment in a California facility, followed by a local rehab.

Allister Adel might have hastened her decision after the leftist local newspaper that approves of her lenient policies called for her to step down, even after she hung a seasoned prosecutor out to dry to burnish her own image and curry media favor. Still editorial columnist Elvia Diaz, cuts Adel no slack, four days after going into treatment, as she called for Allister Adel to  “go —for good.”  Diaz accused Adel of charging too many “people of color.” ignoring the fact that they are charged because they disproportionately commit crimes. Diaz also judges the lawyers in the office by their skin pigment, claiming there are too many who are “white.” Although Adel is a Republican, her bent is decidedly left. But that’s not enough for Diaz who wants DNA to trump all other considerations.

After initially being elected Nov. 2, 2021, and suffering a brain bleed that night, Adel returned from medical leave, four months later, in February. She has been absent from the office she is supposed to be leading more than she’s been there.

Allister Adel needs to be challenged by an experienced conservative who will actually show up for the job and return professionalism to this very important office. In the interim, she should concentrate on her recovery and turn the duties of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office over to her chief deputy and do away with the drama.

7 Responses to Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel’s implausible quickie cure

  1. Arizona Conservative Guy says:

    Drama is a perfect description of the chokehold the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office is in. As crime spirals due to Biden’s open borders policy, we need to support law enforcement and have a full-time, competent county attorney. That’s not too much to expect. Adel needs to resign.

    • Maggie says:

      Anything less is a recipe for disaster. Adele know this is not a part-time job, but her ego is bigger than her dedication to the citizens of Maricopa County or, apparently, even to her family who need a healthy mother and wife.

  2. no one says:

    What, if any, action can be taken by the legislature to remove her for medical reasons?

    A recall is a waste, yet I can’t find anything like the 25th amendment for State or County Offices…..

    She obviously has serious “issues” she is dealing with, and is too ‘sick’ to have the intelligence/common sense to step down….is ANYONE giving her advice to help her???

    • Frankly Speaking says:

      Advice is not likely to impact Adel. She needs the imposition of swift action to remove her. The Board of Supervisors initially appointed her to replace Bill Montgomery, before she was elected. It seems they could also remove her….not for incompetence, but for failing to execute the constitutional duties of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. She’s been absent more than she’s been present.

  3. Villanova says:

    Arizona Revised Statutes Title 38 – Public Officers and Employees
    § 38-291 Vacancy clearly defines what constitutes a vacancy: An office shall be deemed vacant from and after the occurrence of any of the following events before the expiration of a term of office.

    Number 7 states: The person holding the office ceasing to discharge the duties of office for the period of three consecutive months.

    Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel has exceeded that time, having been absent FOUR months. In her case, it’s not just an option, it’s a mandate.

    • Concerned Citizen says:

      After reading the statute, there is no ambiguity. County Attorney Allister Adel has exceeded the time away from the office, making it clear that a valid vacancy exists. What’s holding up the movement to replace her?

    • no one says:

      Thanks – I just didn’t look far or hard enough! Time for ACTION!!

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