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. Lou50

    This is great, if Perry gets elected maybe he will be put in charge of Home Land Security and get this place back under control. Round up all the illegals and deport them with a letter to get some skills and how to immigrate legally.

    November 26, 2011 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  2. Wicked Fairy

    Close the Borders: Use illegal aliens to build a wall between the US and Mexico. Hire Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio to oversee the project. Pay illegals for their labor in the form of a one-time worker fee. Upon finishing building the wall, deport them.

    November 26, 2011 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  3. DennyB

    Way to go Sheriff Joe go get them stinking ILLEGAL Mexicans. Sheriff Joe Arpaio should be ICE director not Morton !

    November 26, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  4. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Misery loves company!

    November 26, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  5. KeithTexas

    Perry is trying to prove that he is totally clueless. So, what other reactionary zealots will he choose to accompany him on his quest for infamy? I can't see how anyone could vote for that imbecile; I live in Texas and have seen Mr. Good hair get elected four times. I always marked it up to the “do no harm theory” since Texas governors don’t do anything, but I really can't figure it out now. Voting for another Texan would seem like such a high stakes gamble that no one would even contemplate it.

    Sheriff Arpiao is under investigation for civil rights abuse, so someone like Perry probably looks up to him. He would have loved George Wallace and Bull Conner too.

    November 26, 2011 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  6. PulTab

    Dumbest & Dumbester!

    November 26, 2011 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  7. Gemini Girl

    Obviously, he would campaign for Perry as Perry is the most racist of all the crazy Repub candidates!

    November 26, 2011 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  8. lisa

    i love that sheriff, he puts into action what most americans are thinking. why should the criminals have a nice cool room when its 110 degrees outside when most people ,who have not committed a crime, can not afford their electric bill. all the politicians want to do what is politically correct. they dont care how much of our tax dollars are spent in doing it. this sheriff has more guts than most law enforcement officals any where in the USA.

    November 26, 2011 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  9. Mark

    This guy should go back and STAY in Texas. His archaic ways of thinking about the so called war on drugs are a joke. The only reason he has a job are because of drugs and the inmates the Texas law put behing bars. There is to much money to be made on this so called war. Just look at CCA, one of the largest private correctional companies. They house imates, put them to work for slave labor and make billions a year. I won't be voting for you Joe!!!

    November 26, 2011 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  10. The Dude

    So Perry wants to lose?

    November 26, 2011 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  11. Tewrobert

    Just what we need...........

    November 26, 2011 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  12. sam Barber

    Well, if there ever was a desperate, final nail in the coffin of a ridiculously flailing candidate, this is it.
    Come back to us Texans, Rick, so we can have the fun of voting you out of office in 2014!

    November 26, 2011 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  13. Arizona CowGirl

    Arpaio should run for President!

    November 26, 2011 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  14. JohnRJ08

    Turds of a feather.

    November 26, 2011 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  15. Boo

    Tweedle-dee and Tweedle-dum.

    November 26, 2011 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  16. Charlie from the North

    Two peas in a right wing-nut extremist pod. They deserve each other- we don't deserve them.

    November 26, 2011 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  17. Harry Baxter

    If they held hands, they'd be a Dope Ring!

    November 26, 2011 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  18. Dennis K. Biby

    Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is to be admired for his harsh, no coddling stance on criminals.

    But there are criminals and there are folks seeking a better life. America should understand the difference. I'm proud to say that most Americans understand.

    November 26, 2011 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    I for one am an imegrint but it took our family four years to come .you needed a sponcership from relatives and a place to live before you come to the good old us of a

    November 26, 2011 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  20. Starstuff

    Two wrongs doesn't make a right.

    November 26, 2011 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  21. NPhxAz

    Perry is flip flop pro illegal. Arpio is already disliked by the staunch pro illegal alien crusaders. Now the rest of us have to be real cautious about continuing our support for him.

    November 26, 2011 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  22. SA Wallick

    You are calling him a "hardliner". We say he is enforcing the laws that the U.S. government doesn't want to enforce. What part of illegal do they not understand, and non of the BS they try to hand out as excuses. If we were to go to another country illegally and demand what illegals demand in AZ and other states, they would laugh us right out the door, if not worse than long hard laughing. Thank you Joe. We love you in AZ.

    November 26, 2011 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  23. VinnieBoombotts

    Reminds me of crazy Uncle Joe. Check out the hand gun tie tack. That bulbous nose wouldn't be from being a raging alcoholic, would it?

    November 26, 2011 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  24. Joey Chestnut

    This is the same dirtbag sheriff who stomped on anybody who wrote anything negative about his dishonest methods. He belongs with that nincompoop Perry.

    November 26, 2011 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  25. James Santiago

    There goes the Mexican American vote for Perry.

    November 26, 2011 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
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