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Congressman Luis Gutiérrez of Chicago Calls Sheriff Joe Arpaio a Bully

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Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is a desperate man.

And a bully, says Illinois Congressman Luis Gutiérrez.

"I am proud to stand with Mary Rose Wilcox and the people of Arizona who can see through the Sheriff's publicity stunts and are not intimidated by his bullying," Gutiérrez says in response to Arpaio "offering" to send armed militia posse members on Friday to "secure" a Town Hall on immigration reform hosted by Gutiérrez and Wilcox, a Congressional candidate in Arizona's Seventh District.

"I travel all over the country talking about immigration and gun-violence prevention, and I have never had any problem," Gutiérrez said in a statement. "My position on those issues is immensely popular with most Americans. But I have also never had a local elected official use taxpayer dollars to call on local anti-immigration activists and other opponents to bring guns and form a posse at one of my events."

Welcome to Arizona, Luis.

See also: -Joe Arpaio Offers to Send Armed Posse to Mary Rose Wilcox Immigration Rally -Sheriff Paul Babeu Floundering to Keep Congressional Campaign Afloat

It could be that Arpaio is clamoring for attention now that Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu is getting so much love from talking heads at FOX News. The self-dubbed "Sheriff Paul," who styled his nickname after the one-time immensely popular "Sheriff Joe," has been desperately pushing for a come-back since his very public fall from grace.

And he's no doubt trying to ride the media attention surrounding Gutiérrez's visit to the Valley. Sad, and desperate.

Wilcox and Gutiérrez, who has been the national figure on immigration reform, are hosting their Town Hall to pressure President Barack Obama to take executive action related to the children from Honduras, El Salvador, and other parts of Central America seeking asylum at Arizona's borders.

Their event begins at 5 p.m. on Friday with a 30-minute press conference and a Town Hall meeting immediately followed by a escaramuza charra -- a Mexican rodeo -- at Corona Ranch, 7611 S 29th Avenue in Laveen.

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