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Sheriff Joe goes birther on the taxpayers’ dime

Sheriff Joe Arpaio
Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Arizona’s iconic lawman and world-class loon, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, is not afraid to put his money -- or rather, taxpayers’ money -- where his mouth is. In an interview with the Arizona Republic, Sheriff Joe admitted that he sent a detective from his office to Hawaii as part of Arpaio's ongoing investigation into the authenticity of President Obama’s birth certificate.

Arpaio told the paper that he sent the on-duty and publicly funded detective to Obama’s birth state this week, along with a regular member of Arpaio’s volunteer, Obama-sleuthing “posse,” to examine the certificate, which Arpaio believes is a forgery.

“It’s one deputy, so what?" said Arpaio with characteristic Arpaio charm. “When you’re doing investigations sometimes things change, you put more resources into it.” Arpaio said that he launched the "investigation" last year at the urging of a group of Arizonans, called the "Surprise Tea Party."

Arizonans who don't belong to the Surprise Tea Party might be interested to know that in addition to the detective’s salary, their tax dollars will be paying for the certificate sleuths’ airfare and hotel in Hawaii. But hey, it’s only one deputy -- so what?

By the way, did no one tell Sheriff Joe that the birther thing died a well deserved death months ago -- that the only people still whipping that particular horse are two guys named Bubba living in an Idaho cave, and of course, those who are too unimaginative to come up with something a little less preposterous and so obviously racist.

If Arpaio must get his face on TV, he should try “Obama is a Socialist” or something -- this birther stuff is just too embarrassing. Even Donald Trump has moved on.


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