Since he first opened his mouth on Saturday night to address the nation about the terrible shootings at a Tucson Safeway, Sheriff Clarence Dupnik (pictured) has been inaccurate, wrong, or completely biased in his handling of the case.
Never have we witnessed a prominent public figure so inaccurately and viciously politicize a national tragedy like Sheriff Dupnik did this week. And in all of his statements he has either been wrong or misdirected.
Sheriff Dupnik told reporters that shooter Jared Loughner may not have acted alone. It was a group effort. There were others involved. "We have photos." Sheriff Dupnik was wrong. Loughner acted alone.
Sheriff Dupnik told reporters that the killer Jared Lee Loughner had made similar threats in the past. Then yesterday the sheriff backtracked. He said there were no previous threats before the shooting.
It is not uncommon for a sheriff in less populated counties to do favors for a lot of influential people in exchange for votes. If this is how Dupnik kept being re-elected time after time, it may not work in the future.
Even if many voters owe him favors, our secret ballot system may do him in. He is an embarrassment to the county in the eyes of the entire nation and a constant reminder of those avoidable deaths including a 9-year-old girl.