In my last message I told you about the effort to remove me from office through a recall campaign.
Well, just this week, the group behind this recall effort posted a comment on their site from an individual who stated the following:
"He should see the color of his skin and where he comes from...stupid motherf***er...let's kill him. I will kill him for free. I am going to Arizona to kill that a**hole."
Ignacio Carbajal is a U.S. Citizen living in Arizona who wrote these words while visiting Mexico.
As disappointed as I am about this, I understand that there are still elements and people in this country that have no respect for the Rule of Law; that there are those who cannot accept the majority will when it comes to fair elections; that there are those who want to thwart the will of the voters and make them pay for a costly special election.
What I don't understand is why some of these groups would tolerate the idea of violence committed by their members.
The threat was posted on a Facebook site called "People Against Sheriff Joe Arpaio." This site is one of many dedicated to raising money and organizing the effort behind my recall campaign.
And, this is not the first threat made against my life. Many threats have come in from drug cartels in Mexico to other suspects around the country. And several people have been arrested for making these threats.
It's one thing to disagree about public policy but threatening violence against specific individuals is way beyond reproach.
The same people who tried to beat me in last year's election are now trying to recall me from office and now appear to be tolerating murder threats by individuals within their organization. That's wrong.
I'm going to continue to do the job you elected me to do despite these threats against my life. I will always work for you and I will never back down one inch because of political or physical threats against me.
Clearly the people behind this recall effort are serious. So serious that not only do they want to end my term in office, they seem to want to end me, period.
P.S. Please don't delete this email. This effort to forcibly remove me from office was launched just three weeks after I took the oath to serve another term as Sheriff. I need your help to ensure I am able to continue doing the job I was duly elected to do.
Once you make a contribution, I hope I can count on your continued support by forwarding this email to at least five of your friends and family who agree that enough is enough. We can have disagreements about public policy, but we should never threaten anyone’s life. Thank you.