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Since when do Utah right-wingers and FOX News get to tell Pima County what to do? (video)

[tnivideo caption=”Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik’s Press Conference after the Shooting of Gabrielle Giffords” credit=”MSNBC”]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccY9lNRiUWg[/tnivideo]

After the Tucson massacre and the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords early this month, Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik called on the nation to do some soul-searching and blamed hateful, vitriolic speech for creating an atmosphere of hate in this country. Dupnik’s honesty in the face of tragedy won him hundreds– if not thousands– of supporters and enemies and catapulted him to the national stage with interviews on several television networks.

Now, a right-wing, anti-immigrant group— Americans Against Immigration Amnesty (AAIA)– from Utah has started a recall effort against Dupnik. Here is their vitriol against Dupnik from AAIA website. Compare AAIA’s totally inaccurate description of Dupnik’s comments below with the actual video footage above.

“Beginning the day of the horrific events in Tucson, Arizona that claimed the lives of 6 and injured so many others, we were deluged with emails and phone calls from members and non-members in Arizona, as well as across the United States concerning the actions of Pima County Sheriff, Clarence Dupnik.  Our members and Americans in general were bewildered by the Sheriff’s shameless political grandstanding and irresponsible comments within hours of this tragedy.  As one member of AAIA said, ‘the Sheriff has forever sullied his office, uniform and badge’.

In light of the requests from our members and Americans across the nation, we have completed our research, conferred with the appropriate legal experts and have concluded that the recall of Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupinik is the appropriate course on behalf of the citizens of Pima County.  We will therefore proceed with such a recall effort and are preparing the Petitions to be forwarded to Pima County registered voters to begin gathering the required signatures.  Our goal will be to gather 110,000 signatures in the coming weeks and this matter will promptly proceed to a recall election.”– Dan Baltes, Executive Director, Americans Against Immigration Amnesty

Americans Against Immigration Amnesty is a section 527 political organization with members in 47 states.

Dupnik’s speech is sad and soulful– not “shameless political grandstanding,” as AAIA describes it. Who is helping to promote AAIA’s efforts? FOX News (we already know what they think of Tucson), the Pima County Tea Party Patriots, and local right-wing shock jock Jon Justice.

Why are AAIA, FOX, the Tea Party Patriots, and Justice really after Dupnik? It has absolutely nothing to do with his comments after the Tucson massacre. These groups are targeting him because he was one of the few elected officials in Arizona who took a firm stand against SB1070— Arizona’s strict anti-immigrant legislation– last year. In a Wall Street Journal Op-Ed, Dupnik didn’t mince words about SB1070

I have argued from the moment that this bill was signed that it is unnecessary, that it is a travesty, and most significantly, that it is unconstitutional.

Pima County, where I am sheriff, shares 123 miles of border with Mexico. Patrolling this area for illegal immigrants is like trying to keep water from passing through a sieve.

The pro-SB1070 Pima County Tea Party Patriots (not to be confused with the Tucson Tea Party) is planning a Dump Dupnik rally for this coming Friday. There are rumblings of a counter-protest by Dupnik supporters– which locally probably outnumber his detractors. The Pima County Democratic Party is suggesting donating blood to the Red Cross as a peaceful protest to the Tea Party.

The bottomline is: the right-wing is trying to suppress freedom of speech, silence Dupnik, and intimidate politicians from speaking from their hearts. We can’t let them get away with that. I’ll let you decide what to do about it.

UPDATE: Who said it was OK for the Utah group to recall our sheriff? Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall. Doesn’t Barbara like Clarence?

15 comments on “Since when do Utah right-wingers and FOX News get to tell Pima County what to do? (video)

  1. Dianne Edwards
    January 26, 2011

    I think it’s a shame that a person can’t say what he thinks for fear of losing his job.  I, frankly, wish all our public servants would speak their mind all the time.  It would make it easier to know who to vote for.  I didn’t completely agree with Sheriff Dupnik, but I knew where he was coming from and I heard a man hurt about what had been done to his community and the people he has sworn to serve and protect.  I for one, feel safer knowing people like the Sheriff are ready and willing to handle the problems in a no nonsense way.  And let’s not forget that the talk show blowhards are hired for just that.  It’s their job to get us excited, it doesn’t matter if what they say is true or not.  If I allow them to do that to me, I’m the one whose losing.  They don’t tell me what to think, thank God!

  2. tiponeill
    January 26, 2011

    You have to wonder what kind of person gets offended by the idea of less bigotry and hatred.
    And who are so dumb that they can’t even see how irrational they appear.
    But then, that seems to be a requirement for teabaggers

    • leftfield
      January 26, 2011

      You have to wonder what kind of person gets offended by the idea of less bigotry and hatred.

      Good point.  I heard that they all agreed that they weren’t sure exactly what he was saying, but they were pretty sure they didn’t like it one little bit, what with him using all them big words like “vitriol”.  A classic case of “You think you’re better than me”?  

  3. PR
    January 26, 2011


    $12,ooo plus for each deportation, ad to this the private prison contracts being handed out from Phoenix by elected officials to their patrons one has not to think to hard whats going on here, greed, avarice in high places! 🙂

  4. Robert Rowley
    January 27, 2011

    They aren’t telling us to do anything.  They are trying a recall…if it works Dupnik is out, if it doesn’t work he stays, at least till next year when we vote him out (he turns 74 this year….manditory retirement next year).
    KGUN did a poll the other night, the results? 65% supported a recall of Dupnik.
    I’m a Democrat and I plan on signing the petition myself. He lost my support when, in regards 1070, Dupnik stated on camera that neither he nor his department would enforce that law.  Last time I checked, selective enforcement was illegal and the term “law enforcement” meant you ENFORCED THE LAW.  Judges and legislators pass and approve laws…NOT the Sheriff!

    • JoeS
      January 27, 2011

      “Dupnik stated on camera that neither he nor his department would enforce that law. ”

      It’s ironic,  Az passes 1070 because the feds are not enforcing the law.   Then Dupnik refuses to enforce 1070……did I mention that is ironic?

    • PR
      January 27, 2011

      KGUN9 is sister station to 104.1 FM there polls are meaningless, its like the “fox” in the hen house! 🙂 I seem to have read these same threats by the “extreme right wingers here in Tucson on how they were going to unseat Gifford/Grijalva, I thought then and do now a bit premature, one does not get unseated pre-election but post-election! 🙂 Polls are like my horoscope, fun, entertaining to read, but I do not live by life by them, and all polls are run by someone with a paymaster, which always opens the possibilty of a slanted poll to ones paymasters wishes! 🙂 If Sheriff Dupnik was so easily unseated one might has why do they need a outside band of Utah Mormon agitators? 🙂

      • JoeS
        January 27, 2011


        Why the name change to PR?

  5. PR
    January 27, 2011

    SB1070 is mired in federal courts, this new 14th amendment repeal will also be mired in federal courts for years possibly, all the time these politicians using them for their political platforms will be laughing at their constituients who think merely passing a “questionable constitutional law” means its law, no fact of life is only when a law has no questions as to its constitutionality does one see a immediate effect, no ironies here in Arizona other than we have some angry, white folks who are sitting in some right side up or upside down mortgaged homes, either on unemployment benefits or afraid of being on them soon, so they vent, get angry and blame the world for their woes! 🙂

  6. PR
    January 27, 2011


    Looks like one can connect the dots to this story, Neo-Nazi arrested with IED explosive devices in Arizona is a member or was a member of the Neo-Nazi’s here in Arizona, connected to his commander in Chief Neo-Nazi JT Ready, cook out buddy and spiritual child of Arizona Mormon elder/state senator Russell Pearce!

    • Pamela Powers
      January 27, 2011

      Check out the national website for the National Socialist Movement (the Nazis). Arizona is prominently featured with 2(!) videos on the home page. Jan Brewer might as well through her measly $1million for tourism down the toilet when this state is pictured as the poster child for the white supremacist movement. Sigh…

  7. Robert Rowley
    January 27, 2011

    Over half of 1070 has now cleared the courts…the rest will soon follow.

    Do your job Dupnik, enforce the law!

  8. Jim Hannley
    January 27, 2011

    I see the xenophobes have weighed in here, demanding he “enforce the law”. The Sheriff has a good deal of latitude in managing his department. If he feels that a law cannot pass constitutional muster, it is his prerogative to refrain from implementing it. Clarence Dupnick has the courage to state what many of us are feeling; that Fox News, Beck, Hannity, Limbaugh are purveyors of hate and anarchy and that while they spew their vitriol under cover of free speech, it has consequences such as the deaths of many innocents and incapacitation of a bright young lawmaker.

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The Tucson Progressive: Pamela Powers Hannley

I stand on the side of Love. I believe in kindness to all creatures on Earth and the inherent self-worth of all individuals--not just people who agree with me or look like me.

Widespread economic and social injustice prompted me to become a candidate for the Arizona House, representing Legislative District 9 in the 2016 election. My platform focuses on economic reforms to grow Arizona's economy, establish a state-based public bank, fix our infrastructure, fully fund public education, growlocal small businesses and community banks, and put people back to work at good-paying jobs. I also stand for equal rights, choice, and paycheck fairness for women. I am running as a progressive and running clean.

My day job is managing editor for the American Journal of Medicine, an academic medicine journal with a worldwide circulation. In addition, my husband and I co-direct Arizonans for a New Economy, Arizona's public banking initiative. I am a member of the national board of the Public Banking Institute, and I am co-chair of the Arizona Democratic Progressive Caucus, the largest caucus of the Arizona Democratic Party.

I am a published author, photographer, videographer, clay artist, mother, nana, and wife. I have a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio State University and a masters in public health from the University of Arizona. I grew up in Amherst, Ohio, but I have lived in Tucson, Arizona since 1981. I am a proud member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson and the Public Relations Society of America.

My Tucson Progressive blog and Facebook page feature large doses of liberal ideas, local, state, and national politics, and random bits of humor. I also blog at Blog for Arizona and the Huffington Post.

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