By E.J. Montini | Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 03:32 PM | Source: AZCentral.com
U.S. Senators John McCain and John Kyl took a weak shot at Sheriff Joe Arpaio's mishandling of sexual abuse cases, not mentioning Arpaio's name or expressing any outrage in their joint statement. If anything, their criticizing reads like kowtowing.
Here it is:
STATEMENT BY SENATORS McCAIN AND KYL ON REPORTS OF ALLEGED SEX-CRIMES CASE
December 8, 2011
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators John McCain and Jon Kyl today made the following joint statement regarding recent media reports of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office’s handling of alleged sex-crimes cases:
“We are concerned by the recent press accounts of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office’s handling of alleged sex-crimes cases, some of them involving children. Victims of abuse not only deserve the respect of law enforcement, but their rights must also be protected throughout the criminal justice process. Laws that we have championed are intended to give a voice to victims of crime. We intend to support state and local authorities’ requests for any additional assets from the Justice Department that are necessary to properly investigate and prosecute these and other cases, including those which need to be investigated by other law enforcement agencies.”
It's a testiment to the political clout Arpaio has in local Republican circles that even the state's two U.S. Senators don't want to point fingers at him directly.
Don't believe me?
Ask yourself this: Imagine the sex abuse investigation scandal has happened in the office of Attorney General Eric Holder.
As for Arpaio, he brushed off the two big boys from Washington D.C., issuing his own statement saying, “I appreciate the offer of assistance by Senators McCain and Kyle (sic) to help this office and other major law enforcement agencies in the valley that currently have the same problem we did back in 2007.”