Randy Gene Kaufman, a Trump-loving Republican candidate for the Maricopa County Community College District Governing Board, was arrested for public sexual indecency after he was caught allegedly watching porn and masturbating in his car near a preschool on Oct. 4.
According to an affidavit, a Maricopa County police officer noticed a Ford F-150 parked across three spaces with a shade screen across the front windshield. The officer wrote that he approached the car and “immediately became alarmed as I saw [Kaufman] had his pants down mid-thigh and was exposed showing his fully erect nude penis,” Kaufman was reportedly so engrossed in his activities that he did not notice the officer at his passenger side door until he moved around the car to the drivers side window.
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The officer wrote that the car was parked “with a full view of the Wirtzels Preschool and Child
Care Center,” about 190 feet away, and that he saw “several preschool age children having outdoor activities in the playground,” as well as vehicles passing within 10 feet of the car.
Kaufman was asked to step out of the vehicle and was questioned by the officer. Kaufman claimed he had been in the area buying rebar and that he didn’t normally do this. “I’m just really stressed out. I have a lot of things going on,” he told the officer, admitting to having been watching intteracial porn in his car. When questioned as to if he knew he was so close to a preschool he responded, “I didn’t notice it until you came up and I got out of my truck.”
“I really fucked up; this is bad. You have no idea, Kauffman told the officer, “I’m running for the Governing Board for the colleges. I didn’t even know this was one of your sites but now I see the signs all over in the parking lot.”
A review of Kaufman’s social media by Law & Crime found that he is an ardent Trump supporter, with praise for the former president appearing on Kaufman’s Facebook page. “We are locked in an ideological war with the Godless/ progressive/ left-wing/ Marxist/ Democratic Party. These people are working towards nothing less than a totalitarian government they control. Not only do they seek to control our country but our state.” he wrote in another post.
Kaufman’s opponent, Kelli Butler, released a statement on Twitter indicating she found the allegations against him “extremely troubling.”
— Kelli Butler (@KelliButlerAZ) October 18, 2022
As a result of the incident, the Maricopa County Colleges police officers association has withdrawn their endorsement of Kaufman, who announced a suspension of his campaign on Tuesday stating that “a personal legal matter has recently arisen.” A statement from the Republican Party of Arizona indicated they respected his right to due process and supported his decision to end his campaign.
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