U.S. Rep. Sandy Adams is facing a challenging primary in August when she clashes with fellow Florida Republican U.S. Rep. John Mica. Adams played up her stances on immigration on Tuesday when Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the Arizona law enforcement official who has won national attention on immigration and investigating President Barack Obama’s birth certificate, backed her re-election.
In his endorsement, Arpaio pointed to Adams’ record in law enforcement and in Tallahassee.
“As a former deputy sheriff, Sandy Adams knows what it takes to keep our citizens safe,” said Arpaio. “From introducing E-Verify in the Florida House of Representatives to her strong stance on illegal immigration in Congress, Sandy has always been at the forefront of keeping our borders safe.”
Arpaio also said that Adams had compiled a solid record in her one term in Washington.
“After our nation lost a border patrol agent as a result of Operation Fast and Furious, Sandy helped lead the charge to hold Attorney General Eric Holder and this administration accountable,” Arpaio said. “I strongly back Sandy in her re-election, and I urge Central Floridians to do the same.”
Adams used the opportunity to pledge to crack down against illegal immigration.
“I am honored to receive the support of Sheriff Joe Arpaio,” said Adams. “As a former law enforcement officer myself, I have a great amount of respect for the sheriff and his work to protect our nation’s borders. With an A+ record from Numbers USA, I believe we must stand strong against illegal immigration. I look forward to working with Sheriff Arpaio on ways to protect our borders and crack down on illegal immigration.”