Perry Gets “Sheriff Joe” Endorsement

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.

Photo from Gage Skidmore via flickr creative commons


Newguest C.
W. C6 years ago


Ann G.
Ann G6 years ago

They could add Joe Paterno to their pac! A match made in heaven!

Joe R.
Joe R6 years ago

Perry and Arpaio are quite a team - both living in their own reality.

Sue T.
Susan T6 years ago

Sheriff Joe I like. I cannot even begin to trust Rick Perry. so this is something I don't know is really true

John E.
John E6 years ago

Sadly, I can think of nothing to add.
Other than to say, I am sure Louise D has summed the situation up perfectly!

Terri M.
Terri M6 years ago

I think I'd rather be endorsed by Bob the Builder.

David Conn
David Conn6 years ago

Loonies of a feather.............

Dotti Lydon
Dotti L6 years ago

To Belinda, I tried to send a green star to Louise D., but have aleady starred her this week.
Her comment is as cute as her avatar and so true.

Evans P.
Evans P6 years ago

If Sheriff Joe supports Govenor Perry, that's one more reason I will not vote for him.

Karen and Ed O.
Karen and Ed O6 years ago

Golly gee! What a big surprise.