An advertisement that calls for the resignation of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will air during Wednesday's Republican presidential primary debate in Mesa. The ad is funded by Citizens for a Better Arizona, which has been critical of Arpaio and worked on the 2011 recall of former Senate President Russell Pearce.
Citizens for a Better Arizona said Tuesday this is the first ad of its kind. The organization has been scrutinizing Arpaio since December, when a U.S. Department of Justice civil-rights investigation found MCSO policies led to discrimination against Latinos in its jail and police operations.
The organization said more than 60 elected officials have called for Arpaio's resignation in the past two months, including members of Congress, state legislators, supervisors, city council members and others.