Joe Arpaio Makes It Official: Rick Perry's the Sheriff's Horse in GOP Presidential Primary; Hispanic Groups Already Lashing Out at Perry

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Texas Governor Rick Perry has accepted Joe Arpaio's potentially toxic endorsement.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio today ended months of speculation about who he'd support in the GOP presidential primary by officially throwing his weight behind Texas Governor Rick Perry.

Arpaio is currently in New Hampshire campaigning with Perry, which is where he gave his official nod. 

"I'm endorsing Rick Perry because we need a tough-on-crime president who will champion and fund full-time border security operations from Brownsville to San Diego," Arpaio says. "Governor Perry has a superior border security record and plan to make our border and our nation safer."

Arpaio's endorsement comes after Perry took heat from his GOP opponents for being soft on illegal immigration after defending his policy of offering the children of undocumented immigrants in Texas in-state tuition fees to attend state universities.

"If you say that we should not educate children who have come into our state for no other reason than they've been brought there by no fault of their own, I don't think you have a heart," Perry said during a GOP debate earlier this year, drawing criticism from far-right-wingers.

Perry has since backed away from his comments, saying they were "inappropriate."

Perry today took his brown-bashing even further, saying he would support a federal program "to detain and to deport every illegal alien that we apprehend (more on that here)"

Sounds a little "heartless" when you consider many of those illegal immigrants were "brought here by no fault of their own."

The sheriff's nod, as we mentioned in prior posts, could come back to bite Perry in the butt in the general election, where -- unlike the primary -- the vast majority of voters aren't far-right-wing border hawks.

Hispanic groups will also likely give Perry the cold shoulder in the general election. For example, the Arizona-based Tequila Party -- a non-partisan Hispanic group -- is already expressing its disgust with Perry for accepting Arpaio's endorsement.

"In 2008, Mitt Romney Presidential campaign was endorsed by Sheriff Joe Arpaio and [he] was later made the Arizona State Chair for his campaign," Tequila Party founder DeeDee Blase tells New Times. "Today, we see Rick Perry receiving the endorsement of Joe Arpaio. We believe Rick Perry raced for Arpaio's endorsement to make up for his compassionate DREAM Act history as he took harsh Republican political arrows for his compassion for our DREAMers. Out of all the Republican candidates we have heard so far this year, it appears that 2012 Presidential Candidate Newt Gingrich is on the right path."

Gingrich is one of the few GOP presidential candidates who didn't seek Arpaio's endorsement -- aside from Perry, other GOPers who smooched Arpaio's rump hoping to gain his support include Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain (who's currently dealing with his own bag of issues), each of whom came to the Valley to court the sheriff. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney -- who Arpaio supported in the 2008 presidential campaign -- also tried to win Arpaio's nod.

We've asked the sheriff's office if we could speak with Arpaio about what made Perry standout amongst his opponents. We'll let you know if we hear back.
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scobob
scobob

What if like, you know, Perry actually won? Then like he made Sheriff Joe The head of DEA and then Joe could payback all those people who called him nickle bag Joe and  like he wouldn't be here anymore. Wouldn't that be cool

Lash out
Lash out

sorry but this perry guy is a loser as is  sheriff Joe. what are those Beaners moaning about 2 losers for? get a life Hispanic group. both of these these guys are unimportant.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

you wouldn't think that if you were a Hispanic that lived in Maricopa county, since Sheriff Joke loves to have "those kinda people" (who must be illegals) dealt with.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Did anyone other than the MCSO shurf actually speculate as to whom he might 'endorse'? I seriously doubt it.

But, it all keeps the old asshole's name out there....

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

Well Tommy, as long as the old asshole's name is out there people like you and others can continue to call him out publicly regarding his dirty work as being the Sheriff.

If he wasn't always pushing his agenda and people weren't reporting on it it would be far more difficult for us to point out his ineptitude as the leader of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Dept.

Bnbk
Bnbk

So once again Rick Perry sabotages his own primary campaign,this time by accepting AARPiehole's endorsement.This clown show just gets better & better.I just love watching these GOP bozos self implode their campaigns.The one Republi-Con canidate that tells the truth or makes any kind of sense,ex Gov. Buddy Roemer, cannot even get on the debate stage.Of the canidates that are presently debating,John Huntsman makes the most sense & he doesn't have a chance in hell of winning the GOP nomination. The GOP is doomed to defeat in both the Presidential & congressional races becuase of their insistance to cater to the whims of the Tea Bagger Party & Grover Norquist. Note to Congress: Keep ignoring the needs of the 99% & you may soon find yourselves getting kicked out on your asses.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

I dont know too much about Buddy Roemer, but I would never vote for a republican anyways. My message to Congress....Repeal the Bush Era tax cuts and start taxing the 1%.

Bnbk
Bnbk

If you would like more info about Buddy Roemer, I suggest you google www.BuddyRoemer2012. You may find some of the of the information interesting,for example Buddy Roemer is only one of few bankers that didn't accept TARP money. He is running on a platform to get the money out of politics. He is the only Republican to visit the Occupy Movement in New York & support the movement.He is a regular guest on the Rachel Maddow show. He has many other interesting positions which deserve consideration.His position on many issues go against the Tea Bagger influenced Republi-Cons. I actually think that an Elizabeth Warren/Buddy Roemer ticket would be a step in the right direction,but that will never happen. Take a look at his website just for shits & giggles.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

lol ok I will. I dont spend much time checking out republican sites because I usually end up getting annoyed. But I will check his site out when it's not 5 am.. :)

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Please, please, please, please nominate Newt and please, please, please, let him pick Bachman as his VP.

The Dems will be easy to spot at the polling places. They'll be having laughing fits.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

lol I wouldn't be able to control myself at the voting booth if those two were on the ballot. My vote might not even be counted because I might get kicked out for laughing so hard (maybe that's what they are going for?)

Seedy Ward
Seedy Ward

I don't know. Newt is a shifty and evil SOB. He'd be more difficult to beat than Perry.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

how? He's the biggest hypocrite ever! He makes Cain look like he is a nice guy. At least he didn't cheat on and divorce his wife, WHEN SHE WAS on her death bed!

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