It’s been a long time since Texas Governor Rick Perry fell out of the lime light in the GOP presidential race. But that hasn’t stopped the once heavily recruited candidate from campaigning as hard as he can.
Now, in an effort to thwart Republican criticism that he hasn’t been tough enough on immigration, Perry has unveiled a new supporter — Arizona’s own “Sheriff Joe” Arpaio, a Tea Party superstar known for his strict anti-immigration policies.
Sheriff Joe is expected to endorse the governor later this week, and will be doing campaign stops with Perry throughout New Hampshire, according to MSNBC. But although Sheriff Joe is popular with the Tea Party crowd, he does not come without his own controversial past. Arpaio has been sued by the Department of Justice for refusing to hand over requested documents, accused of mishandling public funds, chastised for proposing a vigilante group to “hunt down” undocumented immigrants, and even sent former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin pink panties.
Sheriff Joe announced previously that he and Tea Partiers Joe Miller, the former Alaskan senate candidate who lost the race to Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s write in candidacy, and Joe the Plumber, were launching an “anti-Obama” PAC to be active in the 2012 election. Hopefully, Sheriff Joe is keeping this campaigning with Perry separate from his work with the PAC, as is legally required.
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