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Monday, November 28, 2011

Perry, Arizona sheriff coming to Hudson Tuesday

HUDSON – Joe Arpaio, the Arizona lawman who calls himself “America’s toughest sheriff” largely for his tough anti-illegal immigration stance, will accompany Texas Gov. Rick Perry to Hudson on Tuesday as part of a several-day New Hampshire swing, according to several news sources.

Arpaio, the sheriff of Maricopa County, is also expected at some point during their three-day swing to endorse Perry in the 2012 Republican presidential primary, sources said.

It wasn’t immediately known where in Hudson that Arpaio and Perry will appear.

Arpaio’s backing for Perry could help the Texas governor rebound among conservative voters concerned over the issue. Perry has been the subject of criticism from conservatives for some of his actions on illegal immigration.

Arpaio has yet to endorse a presidential candidate, though he has been courted by the likes of Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, businessman Herman Cain, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Perry.

– DEAN SHALHOUP