America's most famous -- or infamous -- sheriff will be in Iowa this weekend campaigning for the GOP candidate in a Jones County special election and attracting a little national attention and speculation.
Joe Arpaio, a Republican from Maricopa County, Arizona, is the self-proclaimed "America's Toughest Sheriff," known for tent city jails and pink inmate underwear. Arpaio is spending all of Saturday in Anamosa and Monticello campaigning for Rick LaMere, the GOP candidate for sheriff in an October 4 special election.
On Sunday he'll make two more stops in Cedar Rapids and Coralville. The press release (how'd I get on THIS list?) seems designed to court speculation:
While in Iowa, Sheriff Arpaio will also be visiting several locations, meeting Iowans from all over the state and delivering his message regarding the importance of getting involved with your local politics and making sure your opinion counts – whether you are voting for your local Sheriff or the President of the United States. Previously, Sheriff Arpaio spoke in New Hampshire, invited by the Republican Party, and he now looks forward to addressing the people of Iowa!The Newt Gingrich/Sarah Palin/Mike Huckabee strategy. Book coming out? Go to Iowa and New Hampshire.
As for the Jones County election, it was called by petition after the sheriff resigned and an appointment was made. It's a four-way race. Democratic candidate Harvey L. Desotel is in the job as the interim appointee. Chef deputy Greg Graver is running as an independent, as is Scotty Shover.
The full Arpaio release is worth a read:
Sheriff Joe Arpaio Campaigns in Iowa
“America’s Toughest Sheriff” to Headline Fundraisers for Jones County Sheriff Candidate Rick LaMere
ANAMOSA, IA – The Citizens for Rick LaMere Campaign will host a fundraiser for Jones County Sheriff candidate Rick LaMere September 17, 2011. Joining the Jones County GOP candidate will be the controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio, “America’s Toughest Sheriff”, of Maricopa County, AZ.
WHO: “Jones County Sheriff Republican Candidate Rick LaMere” and “Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, AZ”
WHAT: Fundraiser for Jones County Sheriff Candidate Rick LaMere
WHERE: J&P Cycles, 13225 Circle Drive, Anamosa, IA (speech by candidate Rick LaMere & Sheriff Joe Arpaio) and National Motorcycle Museum, 102 Chamber Drive, Anamosa, IA (spaghetti dinner)
WHEN: J&P Cycles reception and speeches from 3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. followed by a Spaghetti Dinner at the National Motorcycle Museum from 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
Special guest for the event will be “America’s Toughest Sheriff”, Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona. Sheriff Arpaio manages the nation’s third largest Sheriff’s Office.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, Sheriff Arpaio has served as a top U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Agent infiltrating drug organizations around the world. With over five decades of law enforcement experience, Sheriff Arpaio is now famous for making his inmates wear pink underwear and for opening Tent City in 1993, for convicted inmates.
While in Iowa, Sheriff Arpaio will also be visiting several locations, meeting Iowans from all over the state and delivering his message regarding the importance of getting involved with your local politics and making sure your opinion counts – whether you are voting for your local Sheriff or the President of the United States. Previously, Sheriff Arpaio spoke in New Hampshire, invited by the Republican Party, and he now looks forward to addressing the people of Iowa! He will be at the following locations (times are approximate):
Friday, September 16, 2011
04:50 PM Arrival at Eastern Iowa Airport
07:00 PM McOtto’s Restaurant Highway 151 & 64, in Anamosa.
Saturday, September 17, 2011
09:00 AM Darrell’s Restaurant, 225 S. Main Street in Monticello.
04:00 PM Guest Speaker at J & P Cycles located at 13225 Circle Drive in Anamosa
05:00 PM National Motor Cycle Museum – Spaghetti dinner, 102 Chamber Drive in Anamosa.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
09:30 AM Granite City Food & Brewery, 4755 1st Avenue SE in Cedar Rapids.
11:30 AM Food Court Coral Ridge Mall, 1451 Coral Ridge Avenue in Coralville.