Ed Martin, the disgraced former chief of staff for Matt Blunt and proud Tea Party “leader” now running for Congress in Missouri’s Third Congressional District, seemed positively giddy to get the endorsement of “Sherrif” Joe Arpaio yesterday:

Sherif Joe Arpaio – “I’m For Ed”

Last night our campaign hosted a town hall we called Saving American Jobs, Protecting American Borders. Over 100 people attended and spoke their minds about immigration as well as a few other topics, such as runaway spending and the debt it is incurring.

My opponent Russ Carnahan was invited. He sent a representative of sorts, who videotaped my comments and those of people who attended. I hope he reviews the footage, it may be the most he’s listened to his constituents in months. Russ Carnahan voted against a number of border security measures. Immigration is a complex issue, but I think it has to begin with a secure border. Without a secure border, any other steps we take will be meaningless, and will likely make the problem worse.

My position has been noticed by Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona. Below are his comments on my candidacy.

“I applaud Ed Martin for taking a strong stand against illegal immigration.  We need people like Ed who understand the importance of protecting our country.  Too many politicians would prefer to skate around the issues especially if they might be controversial.  We need representatives who will say what they mean, and do what they say.  I’m for Ed Martin because he obviously will confront issues head on and not hide behind any bureaucratic red tape” – Sherriff Joe Arpaio

Joe Arpaio is a sheriff (note the correct spelling, Ed) in Maricopa County, AZ, well known as a racist who is now under investigation for using the police force to target political adversaries. Sounds like Ed Martin’s kind of guy.