Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio held a press conference in Tucson Wednesday, announcing his support for Adam Kwasman, who is running for the Arizona House of Representatives, District 26.
Kwasman, a Republican, said he was proud to receive support from Arpaio, especially because of the controversial sheriff’s hard-nosed stance against illegal immigration.
Kwasman went on to call Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik a “disgrace,” when it comes to fighting drugs and illegal immigration.
“We have to do whatever it takes to fight drug smugglers, cartels and illegal immigration,” said Kwasman.
Kwasman and Arpaio teamed up to hold the press conference in the wake of Republican Senate President Russell Pearce being recalled in a recent election.
Kwasman said liberals are trying to get Republicans out of office, but noted that for every one lost, there will be 10 more conservatives running.
Kwasman stressed he is conservative first, and Republican second.
While Kwasman and Arpaio spoke about illegal immigration, the Occupy Tucson movement interrupted the press conference.
The group of protesters shouted, “go away Joe,” among other things. Arpaio then proceeded to question the protestors about their message along with Kwasman.
Kwasman, who has been endorsed by Oro Valley Councilman Joe Hornat, is seeking his first term with the Arizona Legislature.
Rep. Vic Williams, who has formed an exploratory committee to possibly run for the Pima County Board of Supervisors, District 1 in 2012, will likely vacate the seat.
Supervisor Ann Day is not running for reelection.