Rick Perry Bails on Presidential Campaign; Joe Arpaio Picks the Wrong Horse...Again

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Rick Perry's presidential campaign is done-zo.
If you happen to be running for president, do yourself a favor and avoid Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio like grim death -- for the second time in two presidential elections, Arpaio's horse in the race has crashed and burned.

Just two days before the pivotal South Carolina primary, Texas Governor Rick Perry announced this morning that he's ending his presidential campaign.

"I have come to the conclusion that there is no viable path forward for me in the 2012 campaign," Perry said at a press conference in North Charleston, South Carolina this morning. "I know when it's time to make a strategic retreat."

Perry was one of several candidates who courted America's priciest sheriff last year, and was the candidate Arpaio finally settled on -- after months of Arpaio's gobbling up the attention he was getting from national political figures seeking his political nod.


The Hispanic Republican group Cafe Con Leche Republicans said in December that Arpaio's endorsement was the final nail in Perry's coffin because of the sheriff's draconian approach to solving the illegal immigration problem.

"We believe the Arpaio endorsement is a colossal blunder from which Rick Perry will never recover, and we call on Rick Perry to leave the presidential race," the group Cafe Con Leche Republicans said at the time.

Perry, albeit briefly, seemed as though he could win the Hispanic vote in the primary. During a debate with his GOP opponents, the Texas governor defended his policy of giving instate tuition to the children of illegal immigrants who wanted 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 debate last year.

He's since backed away from the comments -- and adopted a more hawkish attitude towards the immigration problem -- which is what earned him the nod from a border bully like Arpaio.

Arpaio's endorsement of Perry wasn't the final nail, though -- Perry went on to make several blunders on the campaign trail (not knowing how many Supreme Court justices there are, thinking you need to be 21 to vote, etc.) that helped knock him out of front-runner status.

Perry now is endorsing former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and is urging whatever supporters he has left to do the same.

Arpaio, who endorsed Mitt Romney's failed 2008 GOP primary campaign, didn't immediately respond to New Times' request for comment. 


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Zona
Zona

Aaaannnddd Palin picked Newt.  Republicans, stay away from those two.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

I figured with OSB's endorsement we would be saying President Rick Perry before long.  What happened?

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Gerry, the bag of flatulence exploded and Mr. Perry became enveloped in the stench of the Flaccid Fool of MCSO. Reality can be such a bummer.

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

two peas in a pod. Governor Perry has executed the innocent even when presented new evidence of flawed forensic evidence that put Todd Willingham on death row. The GOP audience applauded. That arrogance for political gain + arpaio = out of control power abusers who do not belong in office. 

Jason
Jason

Rick Perry is a douchebag. Even he knew he didn't stand a chance against President Obama and possible Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

Joe Arpaio is a corrupt and scared old man who will be facing a federal indictment and perp-walk hopefully sometime this year.

Perry was a douchebag for accepting this old fool's worthless endorsement.

browniepointcounter
browniepointcounter

If only Joe would use a more sophisticated polling technique besides whose tongue is farthest up his ass he just might pick a winner one day.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

There is another way?

Coz
Coz

Not for politicians.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Joe, Joe, Joe, your idea to endorse someone to the Presidency in hopes of this person winning and giving you a Presidential Pardon for your crimes just crashed and burned, for the second time, there is no longer a need for you to keep stalling, you now need to drop a set of balls and pay the piper.

BTW, if feel sorry for your asshole (not!, LOL), it must be stretched out to the limit and raw from the consistently larger bricks you have had to shit lately, but hey, look at it on the bright side, but the time the Feds stick their size 12 boot in your ass, your asshole will be so stretched out it wont hurt as much.  LOL.

Not Surprised
Not Surprised

Well, at least Arpaio won't need to waste our time and money (he still works for and gets paid by us, the Maricopa County taxpayers, right?) being Perry's Arizona champagne chairman, and he'll have one less excuse for not doing the job HE was elected to do...

Vic
Vic

As much as I agree with your sentiment about the goon we call sheriff, do you have to use such crudeness!  My god that was painful just to read, have some mercy on us please, I beg of you.

Chad Snow
Chad Snow

So here's a list of his high profile endorsements in the last couple years:  Hayworth, Pearce, Thomas, Perry.  Arpaio is toxic - any politician with a brain avoids him like the plague. 

Anon
Anon

except MCAO Montgomery.

Coz
Coz

Montgomery is Bozo Joe's replacement lapdog after Thomas left office.

Anon
Anon

Bill Montgomery, Maricopa County Attorney, Binds Himself to Arpaio/Thomas Scandal Through Lawyer Mark Goldman's Fundraiser - Phoenix News - Valley Fever

http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.c...

maybe368
maybe368

You are so right, hopefully the magic works on himself soon...

BleenGloob
BleenGloob

Poor ol' Joe. I'll bet this made his prostate swell up.....................LOL

Roro
Roro

Maybe a TURP w/o anesthesis should be in order?

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