Sheriff Arpaio to campaign with Perry
November 26th, 2011
06:22 PM ET
2 years ago

Sheriff Arpaio to campaign with Perry

Hudson, New Hampshire (CNN) – Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona will campaign with Rick Perry in New Hampshire on Tuesday, the Texas governor's campaign told CNN on Saturday.

The man famous for his tough stance on illegal immigration has not endorsed a presidential candidate, though he has been courted by the likes of Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, businessman Herman Cain, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Perry.

Arpaio is a hard-liner on illegal immigration in a state known for its tough 2010 law on the issue. Among other provisions of the law, it would require that local police, during the enforcement of other laws, check the immigration status of anyone they suspected of being undocumented.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit said the measure overstepped Arizona's authority, and the state is seeking a U.S. Supreme Court ruling to settle the issue.

Arpaio's endorsement could be helpful to Perry, who has been the subject of criticism from conservatives for some of his actions on illegal immigration.

Perry caused a firestorm of complaints when he suggested people didn't "have a heart" if they did not support educating the children of illegal immigrants.

The governor later said his remarks were "inappropriate."

Arpaio is a well-known and controversial personality who is running for his sixth term as sheriff. In an interview with CNN earlier this month he brushed off concerns about a federal investigation into abuse of power and allegations of racial profiling by his office.

Perry will spend three days in New Hampshire on his eighth visit to the state, where he ranks in the single digits in recent polls.

– CNN's Ed Lavandera and Tracy Sabo contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Joe Arpaio • Rick Perry
soundoff (208 Responses)
  1. appmonger

    Another two bit racist twit joins another. Perry was so high in that controversial speech, that i'm surprise people are still giving press time to another unfit candidate along with all the other republican losers. I'm glad i've seen the error of my ways. I would never ever vote republican again after voting for so many years for idiots who aren't for the American people but rather only to make the 1% richer. Wake up people!

    November 26, 2011 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  2. DYBO

    I like JA, but I am afraid he is aligning himself with a loser. The only thing Perry has left is good looks. That won't buy him a cup of coffee.

    November 26, 2011 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  3. Phattee

    Stupidity plus hate is a terrible combination.

    November 26, 2011 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  4. grb

    well there goes my vote democrats have just gained a few million latino votes

    November 26, 2011 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  5. Dixie AZ

    Almost too silly a subject to comment on. Why would any candidate bring a racist lawman from az to campaign in New Hampshire? Mr Perry, is Joe going to explain college for illegal folk in your state?

    November 26, 2011 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  6. Tony in Maine

    What does the Neanderthal, Arpaio, have to do with jobs or the economy?

    Oh, that's right. I forgot. It's all about illegals, guns, God, gays – the good stuff that'll wind Bubba and Erline's clock.

    November 26, 2011 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  7. ArizonaYankee

    Hey Joe, I love ya, but you are backing the wrong horse in this race. He killed himself on the immigration issue, and you have to know it...

    November 26, 2011 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  8. pikerover

    Perry said what he really meant about educating kid than had to backtrack. Anything for a vote eh Rick? Sad

    November 26, 2011 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  9. Slothtrop

    Dumb and dumber

    November 26, 2011 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  10. billy davis

    This should be fun 2 idiots on the campaign trail.

    November 26, 2011 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  11. Rick1948

    That's funny. If this is the best Perry can do, he's a goner.

    November 26, 2011 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  12. jojo

    Cant' see the connection of this jerk with NH voters. Don't think the people of NH are too concerned about Canadians sneaking into NH.

    November 26, 2011 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  13. Nam Vet

    What a relief for two states; AZ will be celebrate one sheriff out of state and Texas will not miss a governor. Sorry about that, New Hampshire.

    November 26, 2011 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  14. Frank Cardenas

    Perry is an idiot if he thinks linking his campaign with this guy will get him votes!

    November 26, 2011 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  15. John

    Couldn't be two bigger Racist Bigot. These two will make a great team.

    November 26, 2011 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Arpaio is so smug which makes him dangerous. Inhumane soul.

    November 26, 2011 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  17. carl0z

    Perry once accused his Republican opponents for being heartless to illegal immigrants. Now he's walking back that dog by taking the meanest dog in town for a walk around the neighborhood.

    November 26, 2011 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  18. CedarRapids

    Courted by the gop, theres a huge surprise to no one.

    November 26, 2011 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  19. t-jan

    Whoo hoo! Here's a man who dresses prisoners in pink shorts, houses them in tents in the middle of the 110-degree Arizona desert and has been accused of abuse (really?) racial profiling, and uses chain gangs. How's the recidivism rate working for you Sheriff? Oh wait, you're not about rehabilitation. Ah Rick, you're known by the company you keep. Pucker up governor, here comes the kiss of death.

    November 26, 2011 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  20. Jose Chung

    I guess candidate Perry hasn't been keeping up on local events in Seriff Joe's own Maricopa County (a solidly Republican bastion). He was roundly and loudly booed as he rode down Mill Avenue in a light-festooned light tank/armored car at this evening's Tempe holiday parade. Joe is history and so is Perry if he thinks an endorsement by our legally-challeged shreiff is a positive.

    November 26, 2011 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  21. Phil

    My uncle in the early to mid 60's lived outside of Nogales. Illegal immigrants crossed his property all the time. He was big on guns, but left water out for the migrants. This whole illegal immigration thing, which has existed for at least 51 years of my life, has gotten way out of control. We have the "Berlin Wall" which is absolutely insulting. The real question after 9-11 is "who are you and what are you doing here"? It was Saudi Arabians who attacked us, not our neighbors to the south. The real problem is the message, not the messengers. Our immigration process is totally broken, and it would seem to me if we are busy chasing down poor Mexicans who are trying to work and take care of their families that we are missing the really dangerous people, who may look just like you or me. There must be some alternate agenda at work here. Read and support HR 1148!

    November 26, 2011 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  22. Jose Chung

    I guess candidate Perry hasn't been keeping up on local events in Sheriff Joe's own Maricopa County (a solidly Republican bastion). He was roundly and loudly booed as he rode down Mill Avenue in a light-festooned light tank/armored car at this evening's Tempe holiday parade. Joe is history and so is Perry if he thinks an endorsement by our legally-challeged shreiff is a positive.

    November 26, 2011 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  23. Phil

    Give them a free cell phone and let retailer's track everybody who crosses the boarder. Bust anybody who doesn't shop at least once per day.

    November 26, 2011 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  24. pakman

    Seems like Perry is tying the "sweet and salty snack" method to appease to his ever dwindling zealot followers.....we'll check your papers if we even THINK you may be an illegal, but we'll educate your kids with in-state tuition grants if you are. I'm sure this RACIAL PROFILING bigot of a sheriff will surely drum up more of the Latino vote the GOP seeks and desires.....After seeing these scary, albeit VERY ENTERTAINING debates, I have sound reason to call myself a Democrat. Are the democrats and Obama perfect? No, but at least they give a damn about us, the common folk.

    November 26, 2011 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  25. It is sad

    Good news is that he can pardon this criminal if he becomes President. Bad news is that he won't be elected president which means this tough sherrif is going to wish he had followed the law instead of abusing his power.

    November 26, 2011 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
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