By Raoul Lowery Contreras
Not since the armies of the United States and Mexico chased Apache hero Geronimo all over Arizona and Northern Mexico has the United States paid much attention to Arizona until a car bomb killed a reporter who was investigating deep corruption of Arizona Republican politicians who were bought and paid for by gambling interests.
The bomb’s target died and Arizona press reporters mobilized to expose his murderers and in the process started a deep political anal examination that would eventually run two Republican governors out of office and into jail.
The state’s well-connected non-profit Fiesta Bowl Association’s bowl game would be exposed for a corrupt organization that had politicians enjoying five-star hotels (e.g.: in Chicago) and who-knows-what-else on tax free dollars including State Senate President —Russell Pearce— who the press exposed for taking $40,000 in “goodies” that led along with other political foibles to his being thrown out of office by his district voters.
To prove the deep-seated corruption of Arizona politics, that same recalled State Senate President had previously been fired from his governor-appointed job as Director of the state’s Motor Vehicle Department for criminally tampering with a woman’s driving record. Why? That was a felony. Unfortunately he was not prosecuted for political reasons.
Now, a new investigation is under way of the newly elected (2010) state Attorney General of Arizona, Republican Tom Horne, for illegally working with a Political Action Committee on fundraising, comingling of funds and campaign direction of his campaign. Already under the microscope for appointing a woman lawyer to a lucrative job in his office who has been in legal trouble with the State Bar more than once and has demonstrated that she is a terrible lawyer,
Attorney General Tom Horne previously served as the State Superintendent of Education and banned teaching of subjects he doesn’t care for in the Tucson schools that are available all over the Southwest. That case is in the courts.
Into this cesspool of corruption AKA The State of Arizona is the continuing saga of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the 78-year-old former federal drug cop who runs the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) in and around Phoenix. He has been investigated by the federal government starting with complaints filed in 2008 to the Bush Department of Justice that accused him of running the worst racial profiling department in the entire country – an illegal activity by any department.
Famous for massive raids on Hispanic neighborhoods in his 24/7 hunt of illegally present aliens, specifically those of the Mexican bloodline, the irascible sheriff is to be dragged into court. A judge has ordered a July 19 trial for the case of Melendez v. Arpaio in which Arpaio is being sued for racial profiling which is illegal by all public agencies, including Arpaio’s MCSO.
This is bad news for Arpaio for he stalked out of a mediation conference with the federal government recently. It was ordered when the federal government released a report of the illegal racial profiling used by Arpaio deputies. He continues his hysterical hunt for bus boys, dishwashers, plant-tending nursery workers and waitresses.
The federal government will now sue. Arpaio says he will fight with taxpayer dollars, of course.
Arpaio’s next door neighboring Sheriff Paul Babeu (Boo-Boo) is being investigated by the State and Federal governments for allegedly threatening his former boy friend the (self-admitted) homosexual sheriff dumped when he announced for a congressional Republican nomination.
Amidst investigations, extensive racial profiling and massive corruption that has sent two governors to prison, the disgraced recalled former State Senate President Pearce has announced a run for a new unoccupied state senate seat this fall.
Worse, his pet project, the anti-illegal alien/immigrant SB 1070 law, will be scrutinized by the U.S. Supreme Court after it has been stopped cold by an Arizona federal judge and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
The corrupt State of Arizona, its corrupt Republican Party, a failed politician that was fired for committing felonies as Director of the state Motor Vehicle Department and recalled by voters, lie exposed under a bright sun’s light in more ways than one.
Currently being offered by those very same corrupt legislators and politicians is a bill that would punish “offensive” “offending” online speech, photos and references that tend to aggravate or bother people like former State Senate President Russell Pearce or Sheriffs Arpaio or Boo-boo or Attorney General Horne – like this very article. It will be e-mailed to over 600 newspapers, media and readers. In Arizona under this proposed law I could be arrested.
Arizona may or may not be a good place to visit or to do business in but it obviously is not a good place in which to live if one has brown skin and/or believes in the U.S. Constitution that is respected by 49 other states.
Contreras’ 11 books, including THE STATE OF ARIZONA v. THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA are available at amazon.com