Former Arizona sheriff Arpaio says he'll run for US Senate

  • Former Arizona sheriff Arpaio says he'll run for US Senate

Former Arizona sheriff Arpaio says he'll run for US Senate

Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who previous year was pardoned by President Trump in a case stemming from his immigration enforcement tactics, announced Tuesday he will run for the open Senate seat in his home state.

Former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio has announced he plans to run for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Jeff Flake.

News that U.S. Rep. Martha McSally was taking concrete steps to announce a formal Senate run was overshadowed Tuesday by former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. "I'm a big supporter of President Trump", Arpaio told the conservative Washington Examiner in an interview published today. Jeff Flake's announcement that he would not seek re-election, a decision he says he made because of the current political environment and Trump.

"And yeah, there is a lot of people that do not want me to go to Washington, including a few Republicans".

I don't know anything about Arizona politics, so I'm astonished to read AZ columnist Laurie Roberts' prediction that Trump-pardoned felon Joe Arpaio will win the state's Republican Senate primary.

"I don't think he's in it for the long haul", Flake said on MSNBC.

Which is why Roberts, the columnist, thinks Arpaio can't win the general election.

Famous for embracing the title of "America's Toughest Sheriff", Arpaio was convicted by a federal judge after defying an order to stop detaining immigrants simply due to their legal status. "But, if you're going to come across that border, you should be arrested and get the consequences of it", Arpaio said. Arpaio refused, and in July of 2017, he was found guilty of criminal contempt of court.

Democrats could also use Arpaio's record to smear Republican candidates elsewhere by association, invoking the former sheriff's criminal conviction and views on immigration. "That's just the way it's got to be", said supporter Tim McMann. Over the course of three years, ending in 2007, officers under Arpaio reportedly failed to investigate more than 400 reported sex crimes, including dozens of alleged child molestations in which numerous victims were the children of undocumented immigrants.

But he also packs nationwide fund-raising clout and strong support among the Arizona's Republican base.

Trump said Arpaio would have won again in 2016 had the filing of charges not influenced voters.

In the months to come, Arpaio's close ties to Trump will force Republicans to explain how a man known for his civil rights abuses could come to represent their party in Congress-just as Moore's alleged transgressions albatrossed the neck of the GOP in Alabama.

Arpaio endorsed Trump as the Republican candidate during the 2016 presidential election and appeared at a number of electoral rallies. Last month was my 60th year of marriage.