Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is disturbed that the Republican presidential candidates haven’t supported his quixotic effort to get to the bottom of President Obama’s birth certificate, and is begining to wonder if they’re part of the cover up.
In an interview with fellow birth certificate investigator Aaron Klein, Arpaio explained how government law enforcement agencies and the media are carrying water for Obama. When asked about Republican lawmakers and presidential candidates, Arpaio implicated them as well:
KLEIN: We understand the media, but what about GOP lawmakers on this? Are Republican lawmakers afraid of this too?
APRAIO: I’ve had presidential candidates visit me in my office. I’ve talked to every one of them. … I don’t see anybody talking about this. I don’t see any senators talking about it. But when the mention me, they seem to forget my name. So isn’t that interesting? On both sides of the fence, they don’t want to talk about it. … How come everybody’s hiding this?
Arpaio was a kingmaker earlier on in the GOP primary. Every major presidential candidate visited his office or spoke with him on the phone to try to secure his endorsement (he ultimately endorsed Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who made Arpaio his Arizona campaign chair).
But Arpaio’s political star may have fallen along with his legal one. Arpaio is now on the verge of losing his badge thanks to accusations from the Department of Justice that his department systemically profiles based on race and has mishandled hundreds of sex crimes cases.
Still, Arpaio should be heartened by the growing number of GOP lawmakers in recent weeks who have raised questions about the veracity of Obama’s birth certificate, including Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) and Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL).