Does Rick Perry not know that Joe Arpaio makes fun of the mysterious Mexican deaths in his prisons? Does Rick Perry not know the torture he puts immigrants through in the Arizona prison system? Does Perry know that Arpaio shackles immigrant women while giving birth in his prisons?
Rick Perry has made a fatal mistake in consulting with Joe Arpaio. Just because Mitt Romney is attacking him on immigration does not mean Perry should consult with Arpaio in order to make himself look ‘tough on immigration’.
What happened to strong GOPers with backbone? To do the right thing? The GOP is moving further and further away from the Party of Ronald Reagan. Looks like 2012 will be a year of cleansing. None of the Presidential candidates have backbone to do the right thing on immigration, and certainly none of them had the conviction that Ronald Reagan had.
Perry chats with Sheriff JoeBy MAGGIE HABERMAN | 9/3/11 11:48 PM EDT Updated: 9/5/11 6:57 AM EDT
Rick Perry, who’s currently getting bracketed by Mitt Romney on the topic of immigration and asked about it on the trail in New Hampshire today, apparently chatted by phone this afternoon with nationally-known Arizona immigration hard-liner Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Arpaio tweeted at around 5 p.m. Eastern time, “Just received phone call at my house from TX. Gov. Rick Perry. Had a great conversation especially about immigration and other matters.”
Arpaio, who also tweeted two weeks ago that he’s been contacted by the Romney and Michele Bachmann camps, has been a nationally controversial for awhile (including, most recently, an issue involving actor Steven Seagal) for a range of issues, as well as allegations of racial profiling.
Perry is currently being hit from Romney on immigration, an attack the former Massachusetts governor and faltering frontrunner is attempting to lob from the right. It’s an issue, as we noted the other day, that is potentially complicated for the Texas governor, who has a business-centric donor base in his home state that views it differently than, say, some early-state Republican activists.
A Perry spokesman didn’t respond to an email about Arpaio’s tweet.