TLP: Just Remember, Sheriff, You Do Have the Right to Remain Silent
For sheer entertainment value, it's hard to beat the field of potential 2010 Republican presidential contenders. Newt Gingrich and whichever wife he happens to be on by the time the campaign rolls around. Sarah "Mama Grizzly," "Don't Retreat, Reload" Palin and maybe Rick "Man on Dog" Santorum.
Now, there's the chance the hopefuls may include (please, please) Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his tough-on-crime pink underwear. For the prisoners. As far as we know.
"America's Toughest Sheriff" Joe Arpaio passed on running for governor earlier this year, but the Arizona lawman who has become a national figure for his tough stand on illegal immigration is not closing the door on a presidential run in 2012.Is it even necessary to detail Arpaio's resumé? Cop, DEA narc and, for the last 18 years, sheriff of Maricopa County. He's a world-class headline whore, putting prisoners in striped uniforms and pink boxers, setting up a tent city, offering voluntary chain gang work and, most recently, threatening to defy a federal court's suspension of Arizona's immigration law. The FBI, Department of Justice and a federal grand jury are all poking around, too.
Arpaio, the controversial sheriff of Maricopa County, heads to the early presidential proving ground of New Hampshire Sunday to headline the Nashua Republican City Committee lunch.
"I am honored by this invitation to speak to the largest local Republican Party organization in the great state of New Hampshire," Arpaio said in a statement. "As a native New Englander, I'm looking forward to visiting this state that historically chooses who our next President will be."
A "political adviser" to Arpaio tells CNN that the sheriff is not testing the waters in New Hampshire and then says people don't go there "if they are not interested in these things." Should be fun.