Controversial Arizona Lawman, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Endorses Ed Martin for Congress
|Sheriff Joe Arpaio wants you to vote for Ed.|
The Republican congressional candidate looking to unseat Russ Carnahan announced Arpaio's endorsement in a newsletter this morning -- just hours after Martin held a town hall meeting Wednesday night in which he promised to crack down on illegal immigration. Sayeth Arpaio (as quoted in the newsletter):
"I applaud Ed Martin for taking a strong stand against illegal immigration. We need people like Ed who understand the importance of protecting our country. Too many politicians would prefer to skate around the issues especially if they might be controversial. We need representatives who will say what they mean, and do what they say. I'm for Ed Martin because he obviously will confront issues head on and not hide behind any bureaucratic red tape." -- Sherriff Joe Arpaio
Funny that Arpaio would mention hiding behind red tape as that's exactly what Arpaio's detractors say he's doing in Arizona by refusing a court order that he turn over financial records for his department. (Arpaio is accused of using money earmarked for jail construction and operation to pay for his infamous immigration sweeps.)
But what's really funny (perhaps "disturbing" is a more appropriate word) is that Martin would want anything to do with Arpaio considering the long list of grievances made against the sheriff including accusations that:
- He investigates and terrorizes damn near anyone who dares to question him,
- Keeps his jails in such deplorable condition that they've cost the county $40 million in lawsuits and,
- So abuses his authority that it earned a newspaper a Pulitzer Prize for its investigation into Arpaio.
Oh, and by the way, it's not like it's all that hard to get yourself an endorsement from Apraio.
Considering that he'll have his chauffeur pull over so he can get pictures of himself with neo-Nazis, endorsing a Missouri congressional candidate is as easy as, well, wading across the Rio Grande.
|Stormfront.org via Feathered Bastard|
|Arpaio posing with a neo-Nazi last May in Arizona|