Sheriff Joe Arpaio was set to win decisively against his newly minted Democrat challenger Dan Saban. With a big lead against the challenger most people would take the opportunity to run some positive ads about what a great job the incumbent has done. But no. The Arizona Republican Party had to channel Nathan Sproul and run a despicable hit piece on Dan Saban. Even if the ad against Saban is factual it is so far from the issues that most people care about that is serves to do little more than besmirch the state GOP more than Saban.
The Arizona Republican Party was not content to just run the ad so Sean McCaffrey, Executive Director of the Arizona Republican Party, followed up with a press release. McCaffrey supports the three attacks in the ad and includes the following statement:
Finally, Mr. Saban has claimed that he ‘passed a polygraph test’ regarding the claim of masturbating on duty. The point is in the polygraph, he admitted it. The source for this claim comes from a deposition between Mr. Saban and an attorney for KNXV news in Saban’s lawsuit against the station. Finally, it’s worth noting that it was revealed in court records that the president of the company which administered the polygraph to Mr. Saban was in fact a political supporter of Saban’s and made a campaign contribution to Saban’s previous campaign for Sheriff.
I do not have much respect for Emily DeRose but I am not sure even she is capable of issue a press release so far off message as this one. Does the Arizona Republican Party think this is the issue on voters minds in 2008? Another amazing question is why is the Arizona Republican Party wasting money on a slam dunk election when there are so many close legislative and congressional races that they could work on winning.
Nice work Mr. Pullen. You and your “team” have outdone yourselves.
Update: A late July Rocky Mountain poll showed Arpaio ahead by 14 points, 52% to 38%.