Joe Arpaio Talks to New Times About Matt Salmon Endorsement; Salmon Sought Nod of Sheriff He Doesn't Think is "Playing With a Full Deck"

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Matt Salmon sought the endorsement of a sheriff he doesn't like, doesn't respect, doesn't think is "playing with a full deck," and he compares to Barney Fife.
Congressional hopeful Matt Salmon didn't just accept the endorsement of a sheriff he doesn't like, he doesn't respect, he doesn't think is "playing with a full deck," and he compares to Barney Fife, he actually sought it.

That's what Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio tells New Times, anyway.

America's self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff" recently endorsed Salmon's candidacy in the District 6 Congressional race -- which we found pretty interesting considering some of the things Salmon's said about Arpaio in the past.

Again, the following is a rundown of what Salmon's said about the aging law dog: he doesn't like him, he doesn't respect him, he doesn't think he's "playing with a full deck," and he's compared him to TV character Barney Fife.

Click here for more Arpaio bashing, courtesy of former Congressman Salmon.

When confronted with the fact that he's given his powerful stamp of approval to a guy who compared him to Barney Fife, the sheriff says "ehh."

As we predicted, nothing's changed between Arpaio and Salmon, the sheriff says. In other words, there was no monumental apology for years of bad blood between the two men. Rather, Arpaio says, Salmon went to his office and asked for his endorsement.

"Everyone comes to my office and asks for an endorsement," the sheriff brags. He says even former President George W. Bush went to him looking for a political nod.

Arpaio says he gave Salmon a tip of his cap because he thinks he's the best man for the job.

Rewind to 2002, when Salmon ran for governor against Janet Napolitano. Not only didn't Arpaio endorse Salmon -- a fellow Republican -- but he did a TV ad for Napolitano.

Now, Arpaio says his only problem with Salmon is that "he's a better singer than I am," referencing a dinner the two attended, at which Salmon belted out a few bars, apparently impressing the sheriff.

Salmon, as we mentioned, refuses to explain his switcheroo on Arpaio. We've sent several emails to Salmon's campaign spokesman, Adam Deguire, asking for an explanation of the blatant -- but politically savvy -- flip-flop. He refuses to respond.

In Deguire's silence, we'll break it down...again: Matt Salmon sought the endorsement of a guy he doesn't like, he doesn't respect, he doesn't think is "playing with a full deck," and he compares to Barney Fife.

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Jason
Jason

Does anybody really think that former President George W. Bush actually went to the Senile Spinster's penthouse suite looking for an endorsement?

I have to agree with Mr. Salmon. The Flaccid Fool of MCSO really isn't playing with a full deck. Then again, even Joe wouldn't know if he was playing with a full deck.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

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In Deguire's silence, we'll break it down...again: Matt Salmon sought the endorsement of a guy he doesn't like, he doesn't respect, he doesn't think is "playing with a full deck," and he compares to Barney Fife."

In other words, he's a typical Az. CONservative.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Giving Salmon an endorsement guaranteed that AARPaio would have his name in the news.  Simple logic?

BleenGloob
BleenGloob

Maybe there's a Brokeback Sherff type of relationship here...........daddy and son............hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.........LOL

Coz
Coz

Only in you're dreams Bozo Joe. You know, the same dreams you had of arresting Elvis and your daily shootouts in Turkey.

Senile old fool.

>>He says even former President George W. Bush went to him looking for a political nod.

Coz
Coz

Politicians SUCK, nothing but a bunch of two-faced slimy assholes is all they are that will sell they're souls and the souls of anyone they know just to get elected.

I hope they all burn in hell.

Native Guns
Native Guns

"Ehh"......Wow, is arpaio getting more dumber by the day or what? In fact, why does the "Flaccid" old "Fool" always use the word "Everyone" in his blather? The simpleton's language doesn't even change. His feeble mind still thinks "everyone" likes him, when in fact "everyone" hates his fanny ass.

He's a stupid---stupid old man. I can't believe it.

Bob the Builder
Bob the Builder

If Arpaio proudly notes how everyone comes to his office, does that make him the village whore? Does he just put out to the first one that asks? My guess is he doesn't remember anything from 4 or 5 years ago.

James King
James King

Is this some dickhead comment about Salmon's son being gay? If so, take it elsewhere. I've had the privilege of meeting the younger Salmon a few times. Seems like a pretty good dude. He's not running for Congress, his dad is. Let's keep things in bounds.

Johnny Skee Mask
Johnny Skee Mask

I wonder who else came to him for a political nod? Yosmite Sam, Elmer Fudd and Mr. Magoo too?

Damn that Joker is a real life caricature figure. Straight out from the comic books.

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