By Jim Kouri -- (February 21, 2013)
A newly formed group of Arizona citizens, who call themselves the Citizens to Protect Fair Election Results (CPFER), held a press conference on Wednesday to announce its legal demand that an organization calling itself Respect Arizona immediately stop their recall campaign against Maricopa County’s controversial and popular Sheriff Joe Arpaio, or legal actions will be pursued against Respect Arizona and its officers personally.
On its web site, CPFER states it’s concerned that recall actions taken by groups such as Respect Arizona against fairly elected officials are being improperly instituted outside of the law, are being initiated solely to overturn election results which recall proponents simply do not like, and have the real potential of voiding and thereby disenfranchising the votes of the majority of voters.
CPFER hired the well-known attorney Larry Klayman, who founded Judicial Watch and later founded Freedom Watch. However, Klayman said he will be appearing in his private capacity in the Arpaio recall case.
According to CPFER and Klayman, Arpaio is being subjected to an illegal and unconstitutional recall effort in a politically if not criminally motivated attempt to harass and prevent Arpaio from carrying out his duties as the chief law enforcement officer of Maricopa County.
Since Arpaio was only recently reelected to a sixth term on Nov. 6, 2012, Respect Arizona’s petition is not only untimely but fails to set forth any valid grounds for a recall so soon after this election.
“If Respect Arizona’s illegal recall effort were to become the norm, then all public officials in the state could be recalled without cause, thus severely harming the electoral system. Even judges could be subject to this sort of harassment. And, at a time of severe fiscal crisis, this illegal recall effort wastes the scarce resources of the taxpayers, the county and the state,” Klayman says.
Some law enforcement officials believe this latest attempt at removing Arpaio is being coordinated by the Democratic Party using one of its front groups. The reason for this particular political attack is that Sheriff Arpaio has joined a number of law enforcement officials who are refusing to enforce federal anti-gun laws being pushed through congress by the Obama administration.
Maricopa County sheriff told a local radio host the federal government is “going to have problem” if they expect him to confiscate guns from private citizens.
“I took [multiple] oaths of office, and they all say I will defend the Constitution of the United States,” Arpaio told Mike Broomhead of KFYI Radio in Phoenix,
“Now if they’re going to tell the sheriff that he’s going to go around picking up guns from everybody, they’re going to have a problem. I may not enforce that federal law,” Arpaio said to World Net Daily.