Collier County Sheriff Don Hunter appeared this week with Fred Thompson when the former Tennessee senator unveiled his get-tough-on-illegal-immigrants plan.
But it is another Republican presidential contender -- Mitt Romney -- who announced this morning he has been endorsed by the Florida sheriff.
Hunter's support could help Romney in appealing to Republican primary voters on the hot-button issue of illegal immigration. The former Massachusetts governor's campaign is certainly playing it that way.
In a Romney campaign statement, Hunter said that Romney "is the candidate with the most impressive record of accomplishment in the public and private sectors and the strongest record of enforcing our immigration laws."
"Sheriff Hunter is a respected leader in the Florida law enforcement community and has been on the forefront of working to curb illegal immigration in the state," Romney said in the statement. "I am pleased to have his support. We agree that illegal immigration is a critical issue for our country."