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Bazta Arpaio Targets Sheriff Joe In Largest Canvassing In Arizona History

 

Late last Friday, former Gov. Jan Brewer said she wasn’t concerned about the Latino vote in Arizona, saying Latinos “don’t get out and vote. They don’t vote.”

We’ve got some news for her.

Bazta Arpaio — the group organizing to end the troubled career of the beleaguered Maricopa County sheriff — recruited more than 500 volunteers from all over the country to knock on more than 13,000 doors over the weekend.

According to organizers, it was the largest GOTV canvassing in Arizona’s history.

“200,000 Latinos have turned 18 since Arpaio’s last election. Arizona is at a tipping point,” Alejandra Gomez, leader and activist with the Bazta Arpaio, said during a conference call before the canvassing.

“This political shift happened by organizing our community to reclaim our state.”

Arpaio’s polling and standing in the state has never been worse. A recent poll has him trailing his Democratic opponent, Paul Penzone, by nearly 15 points.

Further polling shows that the mass deportation and border wall stances favored by both Arpaio and his Presidential candidate, Donald Trump, are overwhelmingly unpopular with Maricopa County voters, and Arizona voters overall.

Aside from political defeat, Arpaio also faces jail time after being charged with criminal contempt of court by federal prosecutors earlier this month.

Thanks to the ceaseless work of local organizers on the ground, Arpaio’s days in office appeared to be numbered.

Said Debbie, one of the voters Basta Arpaio mobilized during the weekend: “I’ve lived in Arizona for 30 years, and Arpaio needs to go.”