The Arizona Republic's Laurie Roberts posted this update on the effort to recall Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio earlier today, writing that activist group Respect Arizona has run out of money less than two weeks after boasting that they had raised more than 120,000 signatures in their recall effort.
Lilia Alvarez, campaign manager of the Arpaio recall, confirmed the campaign is out of money and can no longer pay petition circulators. Instead, Respect Arizona will rely on volunteers to get to the promised land of 335,317 valid signatures by May 30.
Alvarez remains optimistic that it can be done.
“Money isn’t really the answer,” she said. “It’s whether people are hungry for change or not.”
Others, however, say the lack of cash is a major setback. One Democratic strategist says “recall fatique” has set in among donors and that young Arizonans who campaigned against him last year now have moved on to Phoenix City Council races.
“Joe Arpaio is passé and so is any effort to get him out of office,” said Democratic strategist Mario Diaz.
Interestingly, Arpaio seems to have actually made an effort in recent months to keep himself out of the spotlight (for him at least, considering that he didn't appear to do a victory lap after Maricopa County Sheriff's Office busted a Phoenix-area fast food chain for illegal hiring practices) — though his recent broken arm may have something to do with that.