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Arizona Sheriff, Limbaugh Feud Over Comments

Atlanta Journal Constitution via YellowBrix

January 11, 2011

ARIZONA – A war of words has erupted between radio commentator Rush Limbaugh and the sheriff investigating the Tucson shooting spree that killed six and wounded 14, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik told ABC News that Limbaugh is “irresponsible” in the rhetoric he uses against elected officials.

“The kind of rhetoric that flows from Rush Limbaugh, in my judgment he is irresponsible, uses partial information, sometimes wrong information,” Dupnik said in the interview. “[Limbaugh] attacks people, angers them against government, angers them against elected officials and that kind of behavior in my opinion is not without consequences.”

Dupnik added that “the vitriol affects the [unstable] personality that we are talking about. You can say, ‘Oh, no it doesn’t,’ but my opinion is that it does.”

Limbaugh railed against Democrats who would draw a link between the shooting and political rhetoric, and the conservative talk show host said Dupnik “made a fool of himself” for making that same connection.

“Don’t kid yourself,” Limbaugh said. “What this is all about is shutting down any and all political opposition and eventually criminalizing it.”

Investigators have not said what motivated the assassination attempt by the alleged shooter, 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner. Loughner is accused of opening fire Saturday at Giffords’ political event outside a Tuscon grocery store. Giffords, shot in the back of the head, remains in critical condition.

Six people were killed, including a federal judge, a congressional aide and a 9-year-old girl.

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  • Larry_apache_dist_13_max50


    over 3 years ago


    AZ Politics as usual, Dupnik looks normal with his foot in his mouth, you don't hear any Pima County Deputies or Detectives taking crap like this !!!!. As far as the criminal history of shithead and his prior contacts with Pima County Sheriff Office, his juvenile & adult record was not that extreme. I think he just wanted his minute of fame and he is not as nuts as every one wants you to believe. A moment of silence for the Victim's _______________

  • Policelinkbadge_max160_max50_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Sheriff, you, Sir, are a sick individual. Quit grandstanding and do your job.

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    over 3 years ago


    The Sheriff needs to get his priorities in order. The investigation should be first and time for ranting and blaming.

  • John_groh_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Retlelo hit this right on the head with his observations and comments. GREAT BIG BUMP

  • Silver_warrior_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Let one of the deputies that work for Sheriff Dupnik say something just as biased as what the sheriff said but on the other end of the ruler and see how hard and fast the sheriff comes down on that deputy. Rank may have it's priviledges but everyone has to answer to someone at some point in time. If he keeps it up, his constituents may run him out of his sheriff's position on a rail!

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    over 3 years ago


    Hey Doc looks like we got us another maroon here........

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    over 3 years ago


    Man!!!! That all I can say Robocop33

  • 1979_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Information is now coming out that the Sheriff was fully aware of this idiot and people had reported his violent rantings and his apparent danger to the community to the Sheriff. The Sheriff told them that he was under control and not a problem and they should not keep talking about it because after all, one of his family members actually worked at the PSO and he didn't want it to reflect on them. Seems to me Sheriff that if falls right back on YOU who did not do his job. So I guess I can understand why you immediately came out and blamed so many other people and groups that had absolutely nothing to do with this tragedy.

  • Badge__hat_max50


    over 3 years ago


    The Sheriff is grandstanding and using his law enforcement office to promote his liberal political viewpoints. He needs to go back to his office and shut the hell up. He already has both feet in his mouth.

  • Meangreen01_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Dupnik sure ain't no Sheriff Joe...

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    over 3 years ago


    Sheriff Dupnik is a nit-wit! Time for this man to retire, his idiotic comments have only provided the shooter a defense. Dupnik its time to go, 1950 was a long time ago!

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    over 3 years ago


    Bump retleo... we should never stop dreaming, for if we do so we lose hope.

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    over 3 years ago


    LOL.. Bump Ret!

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