Joe Arpaio Apologist Rick Perry Still Thinks "Toughest Sheriff" Will Help His Campaign

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Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's been in Iowa for the past few days to help his horse in the GOP presidential primary, Texas Governor Rick Perry, in his final push before state's January 3 caucuses.

Apparently, Perry still thinks the sheriff's support is a good thing -- despite Arpaio's recent (ahem) rough week.

Just this month, Arpaio's come under fire for hundreds of sex-crime investigations botched by his deputies. Then there's the Department of Justice's scathing report about the MCSO under Arpaio's leadership, which claims the sheriff is on the hook for the worst racial-profiling practices in U.S. history.  

And let's not forget about Marty Atencio, an assault suspect who died after getting repeatedly tased -- for no apparent reason, and while already in custody -- by the sheriff's detention officers.

Despite all that, Perry still considers Arpaio a "great American."

"The Justice Department's action smacks of politics, as do so many of the Obama Administration's misguided actions and excuses," Perry campaign spokesman Ray Sullivan wrote in an email to TPM. "Governor Perry knows Sheriff Arpaio as a dedicated law enforcement professional fighting to keep his neighbors safe in the wake of federal failures to secure the border and deal with border crime."

According to the most recent poll from Public Policy Polling, Perry's being a Joe Arpaio apologist has earned him a tie for fifth place in the GOP primary -- he's currently tied with Rick Santorum and "undecided."
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our pie hole
our pie hole

TEXAS ISN,T THAT WHERE BUSH IS FROM DUH.NO WONDER WE ARE IN A REPRESION I MEAN RECESION OR IS IT DEPRESION .BETTER QUIT WHILE I'M AHEAD HERE COME'S SHERIFF OUR PIE HOLE DUH .

malasangre
malasangre

he's hoping on a pardon now.  gotta keep his snout firmly in place now.

Coz
Coz

Damm, what kind of drugs is he on ?

>>"Governor Perry knows Sheriff Arpaio as a dedicated law enforcement professional fighting to keep his neighbors safe in the wake of federal failures to secure the border and deal with border crime."

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Anon
Anon

Rick Perry: "Executing Innocents".... "Rick Perry and the Death Penalty: Executing Innocents" - The Daily Beasthttp://www.thedailybeast.com/a...

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

The man obviously is religiously lobotomized and intellectually challenged!

tubes fan
tubes fan

I'd like to.see somebody kicked out of Texas for being too ignorant..

Perry's only fan!!!!
Perry's only fan!!!!

Perry's good ole boy charm got him every where in the Re-Pubic of Texas, but in the real world; he is a racist, an elitist, and bible thumping POS.  He and Joe deserve each other and when Perry loses big, he should go back to Texas and Shut the Hell up before they kick his ass out for being way too ignorant!  

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

Keep in mind, the world is watching this fiasco. He is an "exceptional" embarrassment for this country. Presidential candidate! Ha!

85014
85014

And Rick hasn't done a stellar job of securing the borders in Texas. Hell, he hasn't done a whole lot of anything except suck on the Government tit for 25 years.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

And give away the state of Texas to the highest bidder...

maybe368
maybe368

It's probably not gonna help that he called the Hawkeyes, Buckeyes. He is priceless, isn't he?

malapai
malapai

Silly I know. The Buckeyes are from the 57th or was it 58th state?

malasangre
malasangre

apparently he can make a verbal gaffe and be elected.  too bad for you. boo hoo waah neener neener

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

Yes, indeed! What a contender for the Presidency !

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