Matt Salmon Picks Up Endorsement From South Dakota Senator John Thune. Still Silent on Joe Arpaio Switcheroo

Categories: Election 2012
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Matt Salmon: "do I care for Arpaio? Do I like him? No."
Congressional candidate Matt Salmon picked up the endorsement of South Dakota Senator John Thune yesterday, but he still won't explain his recent about-face in regards to how he feels about Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Last month, Arpaio endorsed the former congressman in his bid to become the GOP nominee for the seat getting vacated by Congressman Jeff Flake. Salmon then penned a glowing review of the sheriff's job performance.

"Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been a tireless advocate for the safety of Maricopa County citizens for almost two decades," Salmon says in a press release announcing the endorsement. "He understands how important it is to protect our national borders against illegal immigration and he knows I will make that a top priority in Washington. I am grateful for his confidence in my ability to represent the best interests of our communities."

But Salmon wasn't always Arpaio's number one fan. As we've noted in prior posts, New Times dredged up several comments made by Salmon about Arpaio. In short, as of 2005, Salmon's feelings towards America's self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff" are as follows: he doesn't like him, he doesn't respect him, he doesn't think he's "playing with a full deck," and he compared him to Barney Fife.

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

Salmon's campaign spokesman Adam Deguire has flat-out refused to respond to New Times' multiple requests for an explanation of the switcheroo. As such, we've come up with our own explanation: Salmon has no principles and has caved to Arizona Republican politics in order to get elected -- and he refuses to talk about it because why bother, he's leading the polls?

If you'd also like Salmon's explanation as to why a Congressional candidate, who once said he had no respect for Joe Arpaio, would now refer to the sheriff as a "tireless advocate for the safety of Maricopa County citizens for almost two decades" now that he's running for Congress, email Deguire at Adam@SalmonforCongress.com. 
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Devil went down to Mesa!!!!!
Devil went down to Mesa!!!!!

Matt  Salmon sold his soul for a few votes for satan's blessing!!! I am sure  this was not his first opportunity to back track his stance to get elected ! It probably the first time he has been called on it!!! This MORmON flip flops more than a fish out of water!!!!

Coz
Coz

With leadership like Salmon, no wonder Arizona is so fucked up.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

"Salmon has no principles and has caved to Arizona Republican politics in order to get elected -- and he refuses to talk about it because why bother, he's leading the polls?"

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

Coz
Coz

Matt Salmon, you Sir, are a fucking moron.

>"Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been a tireless advocate for the safety of Maricopa County citizens for almost two decades," Salmon says in a press release 

Bobunf
Bobunf

It's called pandering to the lowest common denominator.  With leadership like Salmon, we don't need followers.  He must have a hard time keeping  straight face.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

By "Lowest common denominator", you must mean Mr average Az republicon?

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