Sometimes, the politics of our country scare the crap out of us.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona will campaign with Rick Perry in New Hampshire on Tuesday, the Texas governor’s campaign told CNN on Saturday.
The man famous for his tough stance on illegal immigration has not endorsed a presidential candidate, though he has been courted by the likes of Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, businessman Herman Cain, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Perry.
Arpaio is a hard-liner on illegal immigration in a state known for its tough 2010 law on the issue. Among other provisions of the law, it would require that local police, during the enforcement of other laws, check the immigration status of anyone they suspected of being undocumented.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit said the measure overstepped Arizona’s authority, and the state is seeking a U.S. Supreme Court ruling to settle the issue.
Arpaio’s endorsement could be helpful to Perry, who has been the subject of criticism from conservatives for some of his actions on illegal immigration.
Perry caused a firestorm of complaints when he suggested people didn’t “have a heart” if they did not support educating the children of illegal immigrants.
The governor later said his remarks were “inappropriate.”
That was inappropriate? And after all of the people who protested Arizona’s immigration laws, this is who Perry thinks will win him votes. What does that tell you about your fellow Americans?