Sheriff Joe Arpaio Backs Ron DeSantis for Congress

Ron DeSantis, an attorney and veteran from the First Coast who is running in a crowded Republican primary for an open congressional seat, announced on Thursday that he had won the backing of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the Arizona law enforcement officer who has won national notice for his stances ranging from immigration to President Barack Obama’s birth certificate.

Arpaio pointed to DeSantis' record on immigration and military service as reasons he was backing him.

"I'm proud to endorse Ron DeSantis for Congress because I know he will stand up for the rule of law and get tough on illegal immigration," said Arpaio. "Ron's service in Iraq and as a prosecutor gives me confidence in his ability to take on the insiders and be a conservative leader in Congress. Ron is the conservative we can trust."

"I am pleased to be endorsed by Sheriff Joe Arpaio," DeSantis said. "Like Sheriff Joe, I believe that illegal immigration is a major problem that undermines the rule of law. We must enforce the laws we have on the books, secure our borders and deny special benefits to illegal immigrants such as in-state tuition rates. This approach is best for American citizens and is fair to those who have taken the time and effort to go through the legal immigration process."

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9:52PM AUG 2ND 2012
Yes, a valuable endorsement from one who's illegal methods are the frequent subject of unconstitutional findings by multiple courts.

Yes, a valuable endorsement from one who illegally racially profiles, and was determined to have overseen the worst pattern of racial profiling in U.S. history.

Yes, a valuable endorsement from one who is under a major grand jury investigation for criminal abuse-of-power allegations.

Yes, a valuable endorsement from one who's immigration racial profiling are 4 years into a civil rights class action suit for multiple instances of illegal detainment of hispanics who were here legally, that's just ending today.

Yes, a valuable endorsement from one who been found guilty of violating Arizona's election law.

Yes, a valuable endorsement from one who in a Maricopa County Office of Management and Budget investigation, completed in April 2011, was found to have misspent almost $100 million over the previous 5 years, including a trip to Alaska where deputies stayed at a fishing resort, and trips to Disneyland.

Yes, a valuable endorsement from one who in February 2010 was found by Judge John Leonardo to have "misused the power of his office to target members of the (Board of Supervisors) for criminal investigation." The resulting outrage led the Arizona Supreme Court to the disbarment of County Attorney Andrew Thomas and the castigation of Sheriff Joe Arpaio for the unethical, politically motivated investigations.

Yes, clearly a valuable, honorable endorsement for a Republican.

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