Respect Arizona - an newly formed multi-party coalition committed to recalling Sheriff Arpaio.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio
PHOENIX (AP/CBS5) -
A political group has filed paperwork with the Arizona Secretary of State's office to launch a recall campaign against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Respect Arizona will need to collect more than 350,000 valid signatures in the next 120 days to force a recall election.
The 80-year-old Arpaio was elected in November to his sixth consecutive term in office.
He filed paperwork last week indicating that he plans to run again in 2016.
The Elect Sheriff Joe Arpaio Committee issued the following statement on the heels of the recall effort:
"Only three months ago, the voters of Maricopa County re-elected Sheriff Joe Arpaio to his sixth term in office. Voters know the Sheriff, his methods, policies and practices very well. So to launch a recall effort so soon after his being elected completely disrespects the voters of Maricopa County.
"Voters will be scratching their heads wondering why a group that calls itself 'Respect Arizona' has no respect whatsoever for the voters or the political process. To add insult to injury, this group is going to cost the taxpayers of Maricopa County millions of dollars. This group of sore losers simply cannot accept the choice the voters made last year and now they will attempt to dupe the good people of Maricopa County." - Chad Willems, Arpaio campaign manager.
In a statement Thursday, Arpaio said he believes the recall effort is over his stance on enforcing laws including those pertaining to illegal immigration.
Arpaio said if people insist on a recall drive, he believes county voters know exactly "who they want in office and they won't be fooled by outside special interests."
Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation) contributed to this report.
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