When Republican candidates for president meet the pope, they only have to kiss his ring. As has apparently been decided by GOP political strategists, when they meet Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, they have to kiss his ass.
According to Arpaio, four GOP presidential candidates have reached out to the sheriff for campaign advice thus far. Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann even paid the sheriff a visit yesterday, begging for his endorsement -- apparently without letting Governor Jan Brewer know she was in town (a major campaign faux-pas).
According to Arpaio's ghost-tweeters, in addition to Bachmann, GOP presidential candidates Herman Cain, Mitt Romney, and Rick Perry have also reached out to America's self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff" to chat about the Conservative issue-du-jour: illegal immigration.
Bachmann gave us her
talking points take yesterday:
"We need to make sure we don't have magnets that induce more people to come up into crossing our border and into the interior," she crowed, "and of course that would be everything from tuition tax credits for illegal aliens to other inducements."
Then she puckered right up.
"Sheriff Joe's the nation's sheriff," Bachmann gushed.
The ass-kissing continued when Bachmann was asked if she's seeking the sheriff's endorsement.
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"[Arpaio's] a great guy -- anyone would want his endorsement," Bachmann told a gaggle of reporters crammed into the sheriff's downtown Phoenix office.
Arpaio's yet to say to whom he'll give his political nod, but we want to know what you think: who will Arpaio endorse for the presidency?
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