“Senator, you’re one of us.” Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu to John McCain in McCain’s latest border security ad.
The ad is wrong on so many levels. First, Sheriff Paul Babeu’s office is in Florence, AZ, some 133 miles from the ad’s setting. He had to travel across two other counties to get to the fence location in Nogales, Santa Cruz County, Arizona.
Second, McCain apparently couldn’t get the endorsement of the local Sheriff, Antonio Estrada, who is opposed to SB 1070; thus, the Sheriff of Pinal County, a self-identified Republican, is walking the line with him. In a second edition of the ad, Sheriff Babeu says he’s not appearing in the ad in his official capacity as Sheriff of Pinal County. So, why is wearing his official Sheriff’s uniform?
Third, McCain, just three years ago, said he didn’t want a fence to separate people and families from the United States and Mexico. Now, in 2010, and facing a more reactionary right-winger in the primary, JD Hayworth, he wants the “danged fence finished.”
And, fourth, if McCain and Babeu think they’re now together as “us,” who do they think is “them?” Is the Sheriff deliberately trying to divide Arizonans one from another or Anglos from Hispanics? Governor Brewer says she won’t tolerate racial profiling, so who are “they” if not those crossing the border, legally or illegally, recently or five or six generations ago?
Shame on McCain and shame on Babeu!