A tough loss came for “America’s toughest sheriff.” Arizona’s Joe Arpaio lost his bid for a seventh term as Maricopa County’s top law enforcement officer.
The news came fairly quickly for the long-serving sheriff.
In the winner’s circle was Democrat Paul Penzone, a former police sergeant.
“Arizona stands for something greater, no matter where we come from or what we look like, we are all entitled to respect,” Penzone said, according to PBS station KJZZ.
Arpaio, 84, became a national sensation with his tough-minded treatment of prisoners by forcing them to wear pink-colored jail clothing, eating sparse meals, and by cracking down on illegal immigration.
But Arpaio has been under a lot pf pressure after federal prosecutors brought a contempt-of-court charge against him for his refusal to obey an order to stop “targeting” illegal immigrants in his jurisdiction.
Arpaio also faced the might of up to two million dollars spent by extreme left-wing billionaire George Soros who worked hard to oust Arpaio from his position.
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