Congressional candidate Kirk Adams got a political tip-of-the-cap from Congressman Ben Quayle yesterday. Meanwhile, his opponent in the GOP primary for the District 6 Congressional seat, former Congressman Matt Salmon, boasts the support of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a man he doesn't like, doesn't respect, and compares to Barney Fife.
"Kirk Adams has the courage to remain true to the conservative principles that will get America back on track," Quayle says. "As speaker of the House, Kirk led the effort to reform Arizona's state government - cutting spending thirty percent, reforming the state pension system, taking important measures to secure our border and creating an environment for job growth. That's the kind of boldness we need in Congress to return our country to the founding principles that made America great."
Adams also has the support of retiring Senator Jon Kyl, who is the honorary chair of his campaign.
As we mentioned, Salmon currently boasts the support of Arpaio, despite having publicly bashed the guy on multiple occasions.
See what Salmon has to say about Arpaio -- now that he's running for office -- below.
"Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been a tireless advocate for the safety of Maricopa County citizens for almost two decades," Salmon says of the sheriff (now that he's running for Congress). "He understands how important it is to protect our national borders against illegal immigration and he knows I will make that a top priority in Washington. I am grateful for his confidence in my ability to represent the best interests of our communities.
However, because Salmon's campaign has repeatedly ignored New Times' multiple requests for an explanation of his sudden switcheroo when it comes to Arpaio, we'll once again rundown some of the highlights.
Despite Salmon's recent glowing review of Arpaio's job performance, in a In a May 2003 article in the East Valley Tribune, when asked about Arpaio, Salmon told the paper "do I care for Arpaio? Do I like him? No."
He goes on to compare the sheriff to Mayberry's inept top sheriff's deputy, Barney Fife.
While Arpaio may have high poll numbers, his support is not deep and people are growing weary of his antics, Salmon said. He cited the millions of dollars the county has paid in lawsuits against the sheriff's office, as well as Arpaio's well-publicized acquisition of an armored personnel carrier complete with a .50-caliber machine gun for the department.
"It almost looks like Barney Fife after a while," Salmon said of Arpaio's tenure. "It's like drilling on people's teeth without Novocaine. It just hits a raw nerve."
Salmon made similar remarks about the powerful sheriff in a 2005 interview with New Times.
In 2005, when asked about Arpaio, Salmon told New Times "I don't respect him. I don't think he's playing with a full deck."
So, as of 2005, Salmon's feelings towards Arpaio are as follows:
-He doesn't like him.
-He doesn't respect him.
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-He doesn't think he's playing with a "full deck."
-He compares him to Barney Fife.
Again, Salmon's campaign has ignored several opportunities to explain the switcheroo.
If you'd also like an explanation as to why a Congressional candidate, who once said he had no respect for Joe Arpaio, would now refer to the sheriff as a "tireless advocate for the safety of Maricopa County citizens for almost two decades" now that he's running for Congress, email Salmon's campaign staffer Adam Deguire at Adam@SalmonforCongress.com.