Or close to town, anyway. Sheriff Joe Arpaio, of Maricopa County, Arizona, is attending a Joe party tonight in Montara (along with Joe the Plumber and senate candidate Joe Miller of Alaska). Speaking to the Chron’s own Joe (Garofoli), Arpaio took the opportunity to rip on his former nemesis, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon:
He ripped sanctuary cities like San Francisco — and his former Arizona law enforcement colleague/San Francisco police chief/current DA George Gascon.
“He didn’t last long very long, did he (as police chief) in San Francisco,” Sheriff Joe said.
He’s still here. He’s the district attorney now.
“So what? What’s the district attorney? A prosecutor. That’s not a promotion. You’re trying to telling me that a prosecutor is more important than the top law enforcement officer. What’s a prosecutor?” Sheriff Joe said. “He’s always bad-mouthing me.”
A Gascon spokesperson declined to respond
Gascon has cited the Republican party’s Arpaio-style anti-immigrant fever as the primary reason he left the party–and one of the reasons he left his post as chief in Mesa, Arizona.
Ironically, the vote-of-no-confidence from a person like Arpaio could bolster Gascon’s reputation in a city like San Francisco, where the DA’s former Republican ties have caused a minor stir.
Arpaio also called on Bay Area activists to come out and protest him:
“I’d love to have demonstrators in San Francisco. I’d love to talk to these people. I’d go right in their face if the guts to come and demostrate against me — which they probably won’t have.
“But,” writes Garofoli, Arpaio has “one request”: ”‘Make sure the TV is there — I’m not going to talk to them if there’s no TV there.’”