Arpaio was in Coeur d'Alene Monday for a fundraising speech for the Kootenai County Republican Women. The Raul Labrador congressional campaign issued a news release announcing the endorsement Monday night.
“Congress needs a conservative Republican who understands immigration law; Raul Labrador will help America solve the problem of illegal immigration,” Arpaio said in the news release.
Arpaio, sheriff of sprawling Maricopa County, Ariz., which includes Phoenix, has been sheriff for 18 years. He's famous for setting up tent city jails in the desert heat, making inmates wear pink and getting sued for alleged civil rights violations by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Labrador, an immigration lawyer who has been accused of being soft on illegal immigration by Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick, welcomed the stamp of approval from an iconic figure among foes of illegal immigration.
“I am honored to receive the endorsement of a man who has spent his life fighting the drug trade and enforcing the laws of the United States," Labrador said in the release. "Joe Arpaio understands the seriousness of the subject of illegal immigration and once elected I too will put my energies into enforcing federal laws on immigration that the Democrat-controlled Congress has chosen to ignore.”
Said Minnick Campaign Manager John Foster: "When the sheriff learns more about Raul's troubling record and background, I'm sure there will be second thoughts."
The Coeur d'Alene Press published a story this morning on Arpaio's visit. Make sure you check out the sheriff's cool tie pin.
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