Sheriff Arpaio to campaign with Perry
November 26th, 2011
06:22 PM ET
10 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. Dave

    Wow!! Two losers on one stage!! Such a deal.

    November 26, 2011 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  2. us1776

    What a duo !!

    Sheriff Nazi and Governor Alzheimer.


    November 26, 2011 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  3. POS Perry

    What a pair! A match made in Redneck Heaven.

    November 26, 2011 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  4. unsub

    perry is finished!

    November 26, 2011 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  5. paul

    Will gov. Perry and Sherriff Joe be campaigning for the death penalty in all 50 states? I heard that was a Perry platform for cutting down on cost of incarceration.

    November 26, 2011 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  6. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Yes, let's get rid of all illegal immigrants. Oh wait, does that mean we have to pay more for real, American labor? Nevermind...

    November 26, 2011 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  7. FoMo

    Good luck with that one!

    November 26, 2011 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  8. Dan

    You're the man Sheriff Joe!!!

    November 26, 2011 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I never thought 'abuse of power' Joe was very bright, so that will appeal to the GOP baggers.

    November 26, 2011 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  10. Robert Paulson

    I'm going to file a missing person report: Gov. Rick Perry has been missing from Texas since 2000. If you see him please tell him we're wanting him to come back to Texas and do his job. We're tired of paying the Lt. Governor our tax dollars to do a job Rick Perry is suppose to do!

    November 26, 2011 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  11. arizonamom

    Well, there goes Perry's hope for living in the White House.

    November 26, 2011 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  12. Sandy

    Great! Two extremists out of touch with America.

    November 26, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  13. Splinter48708

    Gee, I guess Sheriff Joe feels safe leaving Maricopa County to the loving embrace of his second-in-command when the county needs him to stay put. He's also up for election in 2012 and should be more concerned in making sure that voters there are still happy with his service, despite what newspapers like Phoenix New Times say...With him running up the taxpayer tab in legal actions that are shady at best and an outright abuse of power at worst, he really needs to be cautious or whoever is going to run against "America's Toughest Sheriff" might dethrone the man whether he likes it or not. Sure, let him endorse one of the candidates as it is a valuable endorsement to have (or, conversely, a rotten endorsement to have depending on how voters react.)

    November 26, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  14. FeralUrchin

    I've tended to view Arpaio approvingly for his approach to illegal immigration. It hasn't bothered me that he's a colorful–not to say controversial–public figure. But his decision to campaign for Perry has definitely lowered my esteem of him a couple of notches. Perry seems to me an out-and-out jerk. Arpaio should have kept out of the GOP mess and stuck to law enforcement.

    November 26, 2011 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  15. Jon

    Sheriff Arpaio is a modern boss tweed. His family is making quite a bit of money from jail contracts, he has conducted armed raids on offices of other governments, and his "tough on crime" stance includes throwing people in jail for a few days (sometimes costing them their jobs) for a few unpaid parking tickets.

    November 26, 2011 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  16. Tewrobert

    That Joe is all business 🙂 He looks mean........Just what we need...........

    November 26, 2011 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  17. SFC Mike

    Hey, New Hampshire, the circus is coming to town!

    November 26, 2011 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  18. Odd Couple

    Interesting to see that one who is so tough on immigration suddenly starts campaigning with and for one who isn't! How's that for the Odd Couple?!

    November 26, 2011 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    will they both be wearing thier KKK robes??

    November 26, 2011 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  20. Bud Smith

    Seig Heil Herr Arpaio!!!

    November 26, 2011 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  21. Call HimDone

    No matter who campaigns with Perry, Perry is DONE! D-O-N-E, Done! He's Toast and Good Riddance!

    November 26, 2011 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  22. Chris

    The fact that Rick Perry and Joe Arpaio see eye-to-eye tells me all I need to know about Rick Perry.

    November 26, 2011 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  23. Dennis

    WOW! I would have "Out Right Rejected" any support from this man! Don't be surprised if this proves to be a liability to his campaign.

    November 26, 2011 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  24. MaryM

    lol, thats all the Perry needs to help his compagin, sheriff joe, lol

    November 26, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  25. fred

    Like the sheriff or not, at least this pretty much defines the Perry clan.

    November 26, 2011 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
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