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Updated Mar 1, 2012 - 4:55 pm

Penzone: Arpaio's 'reality TV show' needs to end

PHOENIX -- After Joe Arpaio's press conference on the Obama birther issue Thursday, candidate for Sheriff, Paul Penzone says resources were wasted.

"Every resource, whether it comes at an expense or not, has value, so you can't justify it by saying that these were volunteers that didn't come at a cost to the sheriff's office," Penzone said.

Arpaio was trying to support his own public image in the election year, and trying to focus his supporters on issues that will ‘rile them up', Penzone says.

The reason being that Arpaio is taking stances on issues that he was not elected to support.

"In the past few weeks, I've heard the sheriff talk about a few things. This birther issue, the tents, and a copy- cat McDonald's sign, none of these things do anything to promote the needs of the people who live here in this community, who voted him into office, and that pay tax dollars to ensure their own safety," Penzone said.

Penzone termed Arpaio's investigation a ‘reality TV show' and says his time could have been invested in real issues that will make a difference for Maricopa County.

"Those very same resources could have been committed to working on other unsolved cases that involve criminals that are right here on our streets."

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