TUCSON, AZ - The group Americans Against Immigration Amnesty based out of Salt Lake City, UT is heading up a national effort to oust a sheriff in southern Arizona.
They say it stems from the comments Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik made at a news conference the day Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and eighteen others were shot in Tucson.
Dupnik urged civility and “the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government.”
Dan Baltes, executive director for the anti-illegal immigration group said they were flooded with angry e-mails from the roughly 4,500 members who live in Arizona.
They urged them to take action.
The Utah-based group is now doing just that, by starting an effort to recall the Sheriff.
Baltes said they have established a political action committee in Pima County to organize the recall effort and are now waiting to hear back about their filing with the Department of Elections.
He said in times of crisis people want their law enforcement officials to reassure and simply deliver the facts, not express personal opinions.
While they were not happy with what the Sheriff had to say it appears nearly 10,000 other people were.
More than 9,600 people “liked” the new Facebook page “Clarence Dupnik is my Hero” .
Under a picture of the sheriff it states: “The Sheriff is a Voice of Reason that has finally come forward. He is not afraid to call the bullies out on their part in this mess. Civility without hate speech is our mission!”
The last comment about Dupnik posted on the website Friday reads: “The attack on The Sheriff is intense and so unjust. Please share this page as much as you can to continue showing support for this brave man. His whole life has been in service to his state. What a shame the far right is attacking him so. It's disgusting. Show your support!”
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