PHOENIX - On one of the latest covers of Globe magazine the headline read, ‘Cops Probe Obama’. Also on the cover, front and center was a picture of Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
“He should focus on something that matters,” said Julie German.
German said the authenticity of President Barack Obama's birth certificate was already proven.
“I believe that he was born in the United States,” said German.
In April, the White House released Obama's original long-form birth certificate.
Even so, Sheriff Arpaio said nearly 300 people have asked him to do some digging.
“I’m listening to my constituents; they asked me to look at it. When I get complaints on anybody whether politicians or anyone else, I don't throw it in the waste basket,” said the Sheriff.
Arpaio said his cold case posse of volunteers are not investigating, but inquiring.
“They're looking into it to see if there is any smoke there," he said. "Once they’re done I'll look at it and see if there's any jurisdiction that I have, as a county sheriff. If I feel there isn't, maybe I'll give it to other authorities in the state."
3TV asked the sheriff if he believes the president's birth certificate is fraudulent.
“I don’t know because I haven't looked at it," Arpaio said. "I'm not going to spend hours and hours looking at volumes of information. Give it to them, they’re not being paid, they’re doing it for nothing.”
German said Arpaio should find better ways to use his volunteer posse.
“Have them picking up the trash is more productive than the birth certificate issue,” said German.
Arpaio didn’t have a specific date the inquiry would wrap up.
The sheriff said the inquiry could take up to five years to complete.