Pinal County Sheriff Paul "studboi1" Babeu has endorsed Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin for Congress.
Perhaps Babeu's serious that he's not considering a run for Congress himself.
Although a healthy chunk of Pinal County and Arizona's First Congressional District -- where Tobin's running -- overlap, parts of it, including the town of Florence, fall into the Fourth Congressional District, which is currently represented by another Republican, Congressman Paul Gosar.
The winner of the Republican primary in AZ-1 would face Democratic Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick.
"Andy has a proven record of fighting to enforce the law and protect Arizonans from illegal drug cartels and human smuggling," Babeu says in his canned statement. "We need more people in Washington who have stood tall against illegal immigration and understand its negative effects not only on Arizona but the entire country."
(Babeu knows all about undocumented immigrants -- he even dated one!)
Although it would seem that Babeu's endorsement is something a candidate would hope he doesn't get, he did get reelected as sheriff, didn't he?
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