Joe Arpaio’s Chief Deputy Cites Conspiracy Theory Involving President Obama To ‘Muzzle’ His Boss

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano

During a recent deposition as part of a racial profiling lawsuit against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Arpaio’s Chief Deputy David Hendershott came to his boss’ defense and claimed that the racial profiling allegations being waged against him are false.

According to Hendershott, the lawsuit is part of a conspiracy theory that goes all the way up from the attorney questioning him, David Bodney, to the Obama administration:

BODNEY: Do you believe there is an organized conspiracy to muzzle Sheriff Joe Arpaio?

HENDERSHOTT: Yes.

BODENY: Who is leading this conspiracy?

HENDERSHOTT: Well, I don’t know…it has become clear that you, Bill Straus, Phil Gordon, members of the Anti-Defamation League, and your firm is extremely political. And you have a political agenda. And the association with the Obama administration. And so that is uh, we have caught the federal government…

BODNEY: Whose association with the Obama administration?

HENDERSHOTT: Janet Napolitano.

Watch it:

This isn’t the first rumor of a conspiracy theory has come out of the Marico County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Arpaio has often stated that his federally-granted power to enforce immigration law on the streets of Phoenix was stripped because the Obama administration is out to get him because it has “a political axe to grind over immigration policy.”

andreaHowever, back in November, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Janet Napolitano explained that Arpaio was simply “unwilling to accept” to new standards that the administration was implementing in an attempt to prioritize the removal of dangerous undocumented immigrants.

During his own deposition testimony, Arpaio admitted to not reading his own book and blamed the references to the wingnut reconquista conspiracy theories contained in it on his co-author.

Andrea Christina Nill

Republished with permission from the Wonk Room/Think Progress

Published by the LA Progressive on February 22, 2010
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Andrea Nill is an Immigration Researcher/Blogger for ThinkProgress.org and The Progress Report at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Andrea holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in Political Science with a concentration in Latin American Studies and Law and Society. Prior to joining the center, Andrea was a Communications Associate at the Immigration Policy Center where she founded the blog, Immigration Impact. Andrea was also a Communications Specialist at the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), specializing in bilingual public relations. Andrea was born in Guatemala and grew up in upstate New York.