A new political battle is brewing – between the toughest sheriff in America and the liberal billionaire who seeks to influence politics all across America.
Phoenix Sheriff Joe Arpaio, campaigning for re-election in November, has already been slapped with possible criminal charges by a judge who claims he was targeting Latinos in illegal immigration roundups.
Now Soros, who supports open borders and illegal immigration, has launched a full-fledged attack against Arpaio.
A new group funded by Soros, called Maricopa Strong, registered in Arizona on August 29, and has started sending out fliers to Phoenix voters, flinging accusations at Arpaio. Some of the allegations are that he separated a mother from her child over an unpaid traffic fine, and “botching hundreds of sex crimes investigations, scaring immigrants so much that they don’t report crimes.” The flier says Arpaio is “obsessed with immigrants at the expense of his job.”
AZ Family reports that Arpaio has plenty of money in his campaign to strike back, having already raised $2.9 million, while his Democrat challenger Paul Penzone has only $326,000.
Because Arpaio is so well-liked, his campaign doubts the Soros attack will prevent him from winning reelection, but Soros’ outside influence and deep pockets have affected many elections across the country.
Soros’ anti-Arpaio campaign could also affect the presidential race in Arizona, as Arpaio is a huge supporter of Donald Trump.
Over the last year, Soros contributed $3.9 million to Democrats in law enforcement political races in Chicago, St. Louis, Orlando, Houston, Albuquerque, Lowndes County in Mississippi and Caddo Parish in Louisiana, according to campaign finance records.
Of the seven district attorney candidates Soros-linked groups have backed, two have already been elected and four won primaries. Only one lost.
In New Mexico, Soros gave $107,000 to Raul Torrez, the winner of the Democrat primary in June for the county that encompasses Albuquerque – prompting Republican Simon Kubiak to drop out.
The list of local law and order campaigns Soros has bankrolled have targeted other incumbents criticized for decisions involving race. They include a $408,000 donation to a first-time candidate for prosecutor in Chicago who won the Democratic primary in March against an incumbent criticized for charging a white police officer a full year after the officer shot a black teenager dead.
In Florida, the incumbent prosecutor for the Orlando area known for prosecuting the Casey Anthony case attributed Soros’ money to tipping voters against him during the last month of his campaign before the Aug. 30 primary.
Jeff Ashton said opponent Aramis Alaya gained momentum after a Soros-funded group started running a TV spot on alleged legal system racial disparities.
“She was done,” Ashton said. “And then the huge amount of money started pouring in.”