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. Chloe in Chatsworth, CA

    What kind of name is "Arpaio"? It doesn't sound American to me.

    November 27, 2011 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  2. Ramon F. Herrera

    Does this work?

    November 27, 2011 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  3. Margaret

    Good reason not to vote for Perry. Does he know that there are people considering recalling Arpaio? The sheriff has lost more money in Maricopa county, and paid out move money in law suits, than all the larger cities.

    November 27, 2011 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  4. shawn

    these right wingers just get funner by the moment! go Perry!

    PS. I heard Joe the Plumber is working for work...again...

    November 27, 2011 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  5. Jack

    Wow. Classic flip flop. He really should be president.

    November 27, 2011 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  6. PorkNBeans

    There's a scary duo. So, Perry comes out supporting the education of children born of 'illegal' immigrants, then recants and hires the fascist pig to campaign with him. Sad.

    November 27, 2011 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  7. Anonymous

    Perry i

    November 27, 2011 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  8. Silence Dogood

    Kids, if you ever want to know what the people looked like who bodily barricaded schools so that black children couldn't enter, who held the leash of snarling german shepards, and who preached from under white hoods, here's a good look. Study the photo and remember well.

    November 27, 2011 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  9. Ezo

    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. Now, he's campaigning with someone who's famous for his tough stance on illegal immigration. So, what's Rick's stance again? I'm confused. Another case of shameless political pandering.

    November 27, 2011 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  10. Adam

    Dumb and Dumber.

    And nice tie clip, sheriff. Nothing says "compensating" like adorning yourself with tough-guy jewelry. Though, since you apparently take it upon yourself to reveal your passions with pins, why no flag pin? (If the GOP can dish it [flag-pin whining], it can take it.)

    November 27, 2011 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  11. BeverlyNC

    Oh great. Two arrogant racists who want exremist immigration laws and punishments working together. If Republicans went after the corporations who hire illegals the problem would resolve itself. People risk their lives to come here for a jobs. The real criminals are the corporations who hire the illegals but Republicans always protect the greedy corrupt corporations above all else. Republicans are our nation's largest problem. We can solve that in 2012 by removing all of them from every local, state and national seat. America can then really move forward with the solutions Republicans have constantly obstrucited to intentionally destroy our lives and our economy for corporate bribes.

    November 27, 2011 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  12. T'sah from Virginia

    ►Sheriff Arpaio to campaign with Perry◄
    Okay – who in the HECK is Arpaio???? Oh, I get it – another immigrant hater!!!

    Obama 2012

    November 27, 2011 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  13. Super-D

    Perry almost started to sound rational on the issue of illegal immigration, but when you're running for the Republican ticket that can only hurt you. It's like a circus, watching this constant struggle to see who can be the most radical, most hard-line, farthest right-wing possible in order to play on the fears and prejudices of a country going through a difficult time.

    November 27, 2011 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  14. HarvardLaw92

    And Perry thinks this will help him in New Hampshire? 😀

    November 27, 2011 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  15. Jose M. Pulido

    It goes to show that Rick Perry is as racists against Latin American people, especially Mexicans, as Sheriff Arpaio.

    November 27, 2011 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  16. ThinkAgain

    Arpaio is a thug and a disgrace to law enforcement personnel everywhere.

    November 27, 2011 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  17. NanookoftheNorth

    Ahhhh, Sheriff Joe.....the Foghorn Leghorn of the West 😉

    November 27, 2011 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  18. munkittrick

    What marketing guru decided that piling a handful of dog poo on top of another pile of poo makes for a better result? Arpaio is a nut-job who makes himself the butt of some terrific jokes and Perry has a hard time recalling his stance solidifying his place as a joke as well.

    November 27, 2011 01:58 am at 1:58 am |


    November 27, 2011 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  20. Hoofleau

    They are wasting their time and money. Perry's a gonner.

    November 27, 2011 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  21. Bob Wilson

    Do we really need another conservative, Texas governor as president? I think the last time that happened a large aircraft ran into one of our buildings.

    November 27, 2011 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  22. Mark

    another idiot endorsing a Southern Confederate bigot.

    November 27, 2011 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  23. Marry

    Arpaio and Perry = a dream team of primitive, ignorant, bullying, power-hungry creeps that make your skin crawl!

    November 27, 2011 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  24. Donkey Party

    Not surprised. They're both the typical items you'd find in a cess-pool.

    November 27, 2011 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  25. Jon

    A more important endorsement cannot be found in these United States.

    November 27, 2011 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
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