As anticipated, Paul Babeu announced the opening of an exploratory congressional campaign for the new AZ-4 River District today. The ubiquitous Pinal County Sheriff has been not-so-coyly campaigning for at least a year.
Babeu is best remembered partnering with John McCain in McCain’s last senate campaign as the two walked Arizona’s porous southern border which provides the major gateway for millions of illegal aliens to enter the United States. A worried Señor Juan McAmnesty suddenly veered to the right and needed a cohort in uniform to give him what he hoped would be a newfound credibility on a topic where he had none. After his re-election, he dropped the issue like a hot rock.
Babeu’s campaign communiqué includes this line: “I believe it may be time for a new Sheriff in Washington,” adding in his pitch for contributions: “you can be sure that Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama and the liberal fundraising juggernaut led by George Soros will do everything they can to stop us. They’ll spend whatever it takes.”
That’s an interesting line for Babeu to employ, since Whatever it takes is the title of J.D. Hayworth’s book. The former Congressman was McCain’s adversary, and was responsible for McCain’s momentary rightward lurch.
Look for McCain to hop aboard the Babeu Express, with some more of his “straight talk.”