Sheriff Joe Arpaio protesters call him 'chicken'

PHOENIX - Will he run for Governor or will he not?

It's a typical rumor during an election year involving Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

One group of protesters, known for targeting Arpaio, used a unique tactic to name-call and get his attention.

Citizens for a Better Arizona brought dozens of chickens to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Wednesday hoping to send a message.

The group, calling Arpaio a chicken, said he is too scared to run for Governor, yet wants him to remain the sheriff.

"We're here as citizens telling him to stay in his position, basically be quiet and serve your sentence you have left," said Randy Parraz who represents Citizens for a Better Arizona. 

The group brought in wine boxes that held the chickens. Each bird had one foot tethered like a leash as the animals walked around the front of the building.

"It's ridiculous, they're (CBA) hurting their cause, that's not very professional," said one man who supports Sheriff Arpaio while yelling at those who brought the chickens.

Parraz called Arpaio a chicken for threatening to run for Governor but failing to do so.

"He's the only Republican in the state who has the name identity and the money and can win the Governor like that and he refuses to do it so we want him to stay put and listen to our demands today," said Parraz.

Arpaio has an estimated $3.5 million in his re-election campaign and was not in the office at the time of the protest.

"Stay put and shut up, that's our message to Arpaio," said Parraz.

By the way, the group did clean up the mess left behind by the chickens.

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