Sheriff Joe Calls Off 'Birther' Bash
The Greater Phoenix Tea Party Patriots group has pulled the plug on Pat Boone and Sheriff Joe Arpaio, cancelling their Sept. 22 "Birther" bash at the city's Celebrity Theatre "due to inadequate ticket sales."
The venue's website touts an "intimate atmosphere of this 2,650-seat theater in the round" with an "extremely rare revolving stage."
Prices of entry ranged from $10, for tickets purchased in advance, to $25 if you wanted a "Meet and Greet" with the Maricopa County sheriff, who is pushing for a "Congressional investigation into the fraudulent documents produced by the [Obama] administration."
The group's website has posted a blog entry confirming the decision to nix the show.
"We apologize for any inconivienience (sic)," organizer Chris Rossiter wrote, promising that further probes into the validity of President Obama's birth certificate "will be pursued in earnest."
When contacted by ABC News, Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin said she had no idea that Arpaio, Boone, or Lt. Col. Terry Lakin, a doctor who spent five months in prison after he refused deployment to Afghanistan, were scheduled to headline the affiliate's gathering.
"I didn't know about it about until you told me 120 seconds ago," Martin, who, along with Sarah Palin, was named to Time magazine's 2010 "Most Influential" leaders list, told ABC News today. Tea Party Patriots Group leaders in Arizona did not respond to requests for comment.