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Arpaio Launches Birther Investigation

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio looks on as investigators announce the preliminary findings of his Cold Case investigation into the authenticity of President Barack Obama's birth certificate and other issues surrounding his eligibility to be President during a news conference on Thursday in Phoenix. Story here. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)

DFO: Since Arpaio visited Coeur d'Alene to much fanfare 2 years ago (and sorta endorsed Raul Labrador) and since Gary D has been banned to Spokane and since it is news today, I'll post this with fear & trembling.

Question: Why now?

Did Sheriff Joe Endorse Labrador?

Republican Raul Labrador with Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio at the Women in Red banquet Monday night. (Courtesy photo for Huckleberries Online)

Huckleberries has been told by 2 sources who talked with Sheriff Joe Arpaio at the Republican Women’s breakfast Tuesday morning that the sheriff’s endorsement of Republican Raul Labrador was less than enthusiastic. Seems he was surprised when someone presented him with the Spokesman-Review that included the story headlined: “Arizona lawman endorses Labrador.” After viewing the article, Arpaio said “Did I endorse this guy?” According to my sources, Arpaio then commented that he didn’t expect Labrador to win. On his Web site, Labrador touted the endorsement and the quote from Arpaio: “Congress needs a conservative Republican who understands immigration law; Raul Labrador will help America solve the problem of illegal immigration.” So, which is it? Did Arpaio endorse Labrador or not? Here’s the exact exchange between Arpaio and SReporter Alison Boggs from press conference:

Q: I notice Mr. Labrador’s here. Are you making an endorsement in the First Congressional District race?
A: I gotta endorse him. Look who’s running against him. The guy that I worked with when he was at the White House, I had big battles with Minnick. I didn’t know it was the same guy, then I find out it is the same guy, under Nixon.
(Sheriff Joe worked for 25 years at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency before becoming sheriff in Maricopa County.)
Q: So are you going to be doing that tonight?
A: Doing what?
Q: An official endorsement.
A: I support him. I’m doing it here, I guess. I don’t know what I’m doing. But yeah, he’s a good guy. Nice wife. It’s always the spouse you gotta look at, never mind who’s running. That’s why I get re-elected. I’ve got a nice wife.

Question: Sounds like an endorsement to me albeit not a ringing one. What do you think?

AM: Sheriff Joe Endorses Labrador

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio talks with Raul Labrador, Republican candidate for Congress, at the Coeur d’Alene Resort on Monday. At a press conference prior to the annual Women in Red banquet, sponsored by the Kootenai County Republican Women’s Federation, Arpaio endorsed Labrador’s candidacy for Idaho’s 1st Congressional District. Story on Arpaio speech at banquet here. (SR Photo: Kathy Plonka)

Sheriff Arpaio Endorses Raul Labrador

A Berry Picker sends along this photo from Buck Knives, where controversial Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arapaio, right, talks with Kellie Palm of the Kootenai County Republican Women Federation and Chuck Buck Sr. of Buck Knives. Arpaio will be the guess speaker at the Republican Women’s annual Women In Red event at the Coeur d’Alene Resort tonight.

At a press conference that ended a few moments ago at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, Sheriff Joe Arpaio endorsed Raul Labrador’s candidacy for Congress. Labrador was in attendance with his wife, Rebecca. At one point, Arpaio was asked if he was endorsing Labrador. And he said simply that he liked the Republican legislator and that he was. As you may recall, there was quite a brouhaha among Republican women when Labrador sought one-on-one face time with Arpaio before tonight’s Women in Red event.

 Question: Why was Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s endorsement so important to Raul Labrador?

Kerri Lands Interview w/Sheriff Joe

A Huckleberries hat tip to Hucks Online regular Kerri Thoreson for scoring a coup by landing an interview with controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio on KVNI radio Tuesday morning. Arpaio (shown at a press conference in AP file photo from January), of course, will be the guest speaker for the Women In Red fundraiser, sponsored by the feuding Lady Elephants, at the Coeur d’Alene Resort tonight. The 800 tickets @ $45 per head were going fast late last week. Arpaio, of course, comes with baggage re: his ways of dealing with prisoners in his neck of the woods. But he’s obviously a hero with Kootenai County Republicans.

Question: Do you think Sheriff Joe Arpaio is a hero or a goat?

AM: Arizona Sheriff To Speak In CdA

Maricopa County Sheriff  Joe  Arpaio is shown during a news conference in Phoenix July 30. The controversial Arpaio, who will speak at the annual Kootenai County Republican Women’s Women In Red gathering at the Coeur d’Alene Resort Oct. 4, was sued by the U.S. Justice Department last Thursday. (Story here.) The fedeal government says the Arizona lawman refused for more than a year to turn over records in an investigation into allegations his department discriminates against Hispanics. (AP Photo/Amanda Lee Myers, File)

Question: Why do you think the local Republican women invited Sheriff Joe Arpaio to speak at their annual gathering this fall?

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