Arpaio to endorse Perry in GOP presidential bid
PHOENIX — (AP) - The leader of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's re-election committee confirms the Arizona lawman will endorse Texas Gov. Rick Perry in his bid to become the Republican presidential nominee.
Perry, Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann all have sought Arpaio's endorsement, but the 79-year-old lawman had held off on picking a candidate.
His planned endorsement of Perry was first reported by ABC and NBC.
Chad Willems, who runs Arpaio's re-election committee, confirmed that the sheriff has decided on Perry.
Arpaio will campaign this week with Perry in New Hampshire. The sheriff endorsed Romney over Sen. John McCain in Arizona's 2008 Republican presidential primary.