Though undoubtedly he would have been met with thunderous applause if he'd been given a speaking slot at the RNC, "America's toughest sheriff," the notorious (some say racist) sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, Joe Arpaio, will be speaking in Tampa on Thursday — at Lowry Park Zoo.
Waiting in the security line early Wednesday evening to enter the Tampa Bay Times Forum, CL realized that the controversial cop, 80 years young and running for a sixth four-year term this November, was standing before us. We then exchanged in some extremely small talk.
We asked what he thought of the most recent national story written about him, a piece in Rolling Stone published earlier this month.
"It's all a rehash," he said of that story, which is actually pretty accurate, only interesting to those who have never heard of some of the sheriff's outlandish antics over the years.