(Apple Valley) – America’s Toughest Sheriff Joe Arpaio spoke to a crowd of supporters Saturday afternoon at a rally for Phil Liberatore who is a candidate in the race for the 8th Congressional District.
The crowd jumped to its feet and cheered as Arpaio took the stage. He hit all of the highlights that the crowd came to hear, including his policies for prisoners in his home county of Maricopa in Arizona, which is tents for living quarters, the requirement to wear pink underwear, meals that cost the county 50 cents a day, and no TV or movies that are rated R. The crowd cheered at every point and voiced their support for the sheriff.
One crowd member asked how San Bernardino County could do the same thing in this county. Arpaio replied, “I have extra tents, just have the governor call me.”
He also spoke about his life experience, his background in the army during the Korean war, his work as a drug enforcement agent where he lived and worked in Mexico and Turkey, among other countries, and then his term as sheriff of Maricopa County.
Arpaio explained that he is supporting Liberatore for Congress because, “I trust him, he’s religious, he’s honest, and we need new blood in Washington.”
He continued, “People get up to Washington and they just talk, they don’t do anything. Phil doesn’t want to be a career politician, he is a numbers guy, and he will go over the books in Washington.”
Arpaio explained his association with Libatore, “I met Phil when I was supporting Bill Hunt running for sheriff in Orange County many years ago. I was very impressed with him, and I endorsed him when he ran for congress two years ago and I’m doing it again. Very proud of doing that.”
It is his stance on illegal immigration that the crowd seemed to appreciate the most. “Illegal immigration is against the law. I am doing my job as Sheriff of this county when my deputies arrest illegal immigrants.”
It is this firm stand on illegal immigration that brought protesters to the event. Since this event was taking place on Cinco de Mayo there were a group of protestors that brought out a mariachi band to play while Arpaio spoke. After he answered questions from the crowd Arpaio went out and addressed the protestors directly.
After speaking with the protestors Arpaio went to a lunch at the Apple Valley Inn where he mingled with supporters before catching a plane back to Arizona.
Arpaio is about to begin his sixth term as sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona. For more information visit his website: http://www.sheriffjoe.org/