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Pat Boone and Sheriff Joe’s Arizona ‘Birther’ Party Scrapped

PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- The Greater Phoenix Tea Party Patriots group has pulled the plug on Pat Boone and Sheriff Joe Arpaio, canceling their Sept. 22 “Birther” bash at the city’s Celebrity Theatre “due to inadequate ticket sales.”

The venue’s website touts an “intimate atmosphere of this 2,650-seat theater in the round” with an “extremely rare revolving stage.”

Prices of entry ranged from $10, for tickets purchased in advance, to $25 if you wanted a “Meet and Greet” with the Maricopa County sheriff, who is pushing for a “Congressional investigation into the fraudulent documents produced by the [Obama] administration.”

The group’s website has posted a blog entry confirming the decision to nix the show.

“We apologize for any inconivienience [sic],” organizer Chris Rossiter wrote, promising that further probes into the validity of President Obama’s birth certificate “will be pursued in earnest.”

When contacted by ABC News, Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin said she had no idea that Arpaio, Boone, or Lt. Col. Terry Lakin, a doctor who spent five months in prison after he refused deployment to Afghanistan, were scheduled to headline the affiliate’s gathering.

“I didn’t know about it about until you told me 120 seconds ago,” Martin, who, along with Sarah Palin, was named to Time magazine’s 2010 “Most Influential” leaders list, told ABC News Tuesday. Tea Party Patriots Group leaders in Arizona did not respond to requests for comment.

It’s been an eventful summer for Arpaio, “America’s Toughest Sheriff.” On July 19, the same day he first appeared in court to face accusations he engaged in a systematic campaign of racial profiling, Arpaio convened a press conference in Phoenix, promising to unveil a big break in his “independent investigation” into the validity of the president’s birth certificate.

But supporters were to be disappointed. With no substantial revelations to report, he launched into a tirade against the White House.

“Show us the microfilm,” he said, dismissing the electronic birth certificate released last year by President Obama. "I said it a while back. Show us the microfilm and we’ll all go back home and forget this."

“We wanted to clear the President of the United States. That was my mission, but it hasn’t happened that way.”

Since then, the racial profiling suit has been dismissed and the feds have dropped a separate abuse-of-power investigation. But Arpaio still faces damaging charges that his office failed to pursue more than 400 sex crimes cases between 2004 and 2007.

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Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Defends Herman Cain’s ‘Electric Fence’

John Moore/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- Sheriff Joe Arpaio made it clear at a Phoenix press conference Monday that he was not officially endorsing anyone yet in the GOP presidential race, but took a moment to defend Herman Cain’s controversial “electric fence” comment.

At a stop last Saturday in Cookeville, Tennessee, along his Memphis to Nashville bus tour, Cain had explained how he would secure the U.S. border by building an electrified fence along the southern border of the country.

“I got an electric fence; it doesn’t kill people,” Arpaio said Monday at the press conference.

Arpaio, the sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona added that most of the GOP hopefuls had already reached out to have a meeting with him.  As for Cain, he said the two didn’t really talk.  The last time he really spoke with Cain, he said, was three months ago in Vegas.

“I was impressed with him and I’m still impressed with him,” said Arpaio.

“I’ll tell you one thing that stands out with me, he’s sort of unconventional.  I like to call myself controversia,” Arpaio, best known for his outspoken comments on illegal immigration and his harsh law enforcement tactics in the state of Arizona, said of Cain.

“I think that’s refreshing.  The way things are going in this country, that’s why the people like him and support him, he’s a new fresh face and he’s telling it like it is.  So I kind of respect people who are not typical politicians,” he said.

He also added that Cain defended his “electric fence” comment as a mere joke.

“He said it was a joke.  And all I can tell you, I take controversy too.  I have an electric fence around the tent jail.  I have illegal immigrants there, I have illegals on the chain gang.  So nobody goes after me.  So why are they worried about him making a comment during a campaign, speaking from the heart.  It just shows he’s frustrated with the government and he told a joke, I guess,” Arpaio said.

Arpaio added he’s had Perry and Romney call him but still hasn’t endorsed anyone.

“They come to me, I don’t call them,” he said.

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio, 'America's Toughest,' for Senate?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, the man who calls himself "America's toughest sheriff," says he is considering a run for U.S. Senate in 2012 and has the money and votes to be competitive.

"The issue is whether I want to leave this office and go to Washington and try to make a difference there, which I would do if I run and win," Arpaio, 78, said in an interview with The Hill.

Arpaio, first elected Maricopa County sheriff in 1992, is a popular figure among conservatives around the country for his tough approach to crime and punishment, including housing prisoners in tents, issuing them pink underwear, and putting them to work on chain gangs.

He's also known for leading aggressive sweeps to round up and jail illegal immigrants.

A poll released Monday puts Arpaio on top of a list of possible GOP candidates to replace Republican Sen. Jon Kyl, who announced last week that he will not seek reelection.

Several other prominent state Republicans are believed to be considering bids for Kyl's seat, including U.S. Reps. Jeff Flake and Ben Quayle, former Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate J.D. Hayworth, and state Rep. Trent Franks.

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