Reprinted from The Cholla Jumps (HT to James Kelly)
The effort to recall Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik is gaining strength and the leaders of the effort have great confidence in its accomplishment. The executive director of Americans Against Immigration Amnesty, Dan Baltes has over 4,000 members locally in Pima County. He told me that over 200 volunteers are ready to hit the streets with the petitions to gather the necessary signatures to force a recall. “We have businesses in Tucson who have offered to have the petitions at their place of business for customers to sign and approximately 200 Pima County Registered Voters who have volunteered to gather signatures. We also have 200 signs being sent to Tucson to be used for the recall effort.”
January 28th, a protest is planned at the Pima County Sherriff Office Headquarters. Local TEA Party activists have organized the event.
I brought up a couple of issues that were discussed by a number of people this last Saturday at the Arizona GOP state convention.
Why not just put a war chest together to help the conservative candidate win in 2012?
“It’s important to do it now while the issues that brought Dupnik to national attention are still fresh. We believe the momentum is with us to do it now as opposed to waiting two years.”
Will you have the support of the GOP leadership?
“It doesn’t really matter, this crosses party lines. I have received hundreds of e-mails in support of the recall from Democrats and Independents alike. This will be grassroots will of all the people of Pima County and as the momentum builds I think we will see local party leaders supporting the effort.”
Will this be a sustained effort for the long haul or is it just a publicity stunt?
“We are in it for the long haul; I wouldn’t go out with a national appeal for support and then just abandon the whole thing. Ultimately it will be the signatures of the people of Pima County that bring it to fruition but they should be encouraged that so many people nationally will support them.”
Is there anyone waiting in the wings to run for the office presently?
“ Some people have shown interest but it will up to the people of Pima County.”
Mr. Baltes will be on Fox and Friends Monday morning discussing the recall effort. A Facebook page called Recall Sheriff Dupnik states its purpose as “Sheriff Dupnik has abused his position as the top law enforcement officer of Pima County, potentially endangering the case against the perpetrator of attempted assassination of Congresswoman Giffords, and the murder of (as of now) six people.”
An interesting side note: the State Senate in Phoenix may decide to hold hearings on the impeachment of Sheriff Dupnik. Senate staff is seeking names of credible sources to subpoena them to testify. (This is a strong possibility from an unimpeachable source in the Senate). The crux of the investigation will be on if the Sheriff follows his own rules of conduct and if he has purposely muddied any aspect of the overall investigation of the murders and assaults that took place in the Safeway parking lot on January 8th.
Pima County Sheriff’s Department Rules and Regulations:
Chapter 7, Section XXII, see pg. 62
“No member, while acting in an official capacity, shall make any oral or written statement to the media, which presents a personal opinion or point of view.”
(source: http://pimasheriff.org/about-us/rules-and-regulations/ )
A correction to TCJ’s column is below from Dan Baltes,
“I will be in Tucson for a scheduled press conference at 2:00 January 28 to officially announce the kickoff of the recall . I do plan on dropping by the protest to introduce myself and give them petitions but we are not organizing the protest.”
“Sheriff Dupnik abandoned his oath, potentially compromised an ongoing investigation of a mass murder and disparaged the good people of Pima County. His actions warrant a forceful, immediate and a clear message to be sent to him and any other elected official that voters will not tolerate statements such as those made by the Sheriff. In this case a recall is both warranted and appropriate”.
“The recall effort itself is non partisan (AAIA is a non partisan rule of law organization) and as with anything, once the effort gains momentum, there will be those who will join in and support it”.
“We have heard from some imminently qualified people who are considering a possible run against Sheriff Dupnik should his recall be successful. Let’s not put the cart before the horse however. Our first order of business is a successful recall effort. There will be plenty of time for candidates to decide if they wish to run in and eventual recall election”.