Joe Arpaio Announces Senate Run

Cheryl Sanders
January 12, 2018

After 12 months of constant attacks against the communities of color and immigrants in the country on the part of the Trump Administration, the controversial ex-sheriff of Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio, has chose to add his name to the race for the Senate in 2018.

The 85-year-old said he would not enter the race for a House seat made available when Rep. Trent Franks resigns in January for asking staffers to be surrogate mothers for his child.

Arpaio told the Washington Examiner, "I have a lot to offer".

Joe Arpaio was charged and convicted of contempt of court following civil rights abuses as sheriff - but those charges were dismissed after President Donald Trump pardoned him.

"You're the guy that said I would never run for office", the sheriff said at the start of our phone interview Tuesday. "I think by this time next month, he may not be in the race".

"Being a U.S. senator is a little different than being the sheriff, because you can do a lot of things in the U.S. Senate, and I have many plans, believe me", Arpaio told the Examiner. During his 24 years as sheriff, Arpaio made a name for himself as a strict opponent of immigration. Unlike other local police leaders who left it to USA authorities, Arpaio made hundreds of arrests in traffic patrols that sought out immigrants and business raids in which his officers targeted immigrants who used fraudulent IDs to get jobs.

Trump a year ago pardoned Arpaio, who had been convicted of criminal contempt in a case that centered on racial profiling by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

Flake has sparred with Trump over free trade, immigration reform and opening relations with Cuba, even while supporting parts of the president's agenda, like recent tax cuts.

"I am outspoken. I'm looking forward to it. Let them come".

Hook asked Arpaio if the battle to clear his name was in preparation for the Senate run.

Arpaio admitted to inadvertently disobeying the court order but said his behaviour did not meet a criminal standard. He will face another pro-Trump candidate, former state Sen.

Arpaio endorsed Trump as the Republican candidate during the 2016 presidential election and appeared at a number of electoral rallies. His last run for public office in 2016 fell short, resulting in him leaving the Maricopa County Sheriff's office.

Arpaio is also known for retaliating against political adversaries and using various freaky schemes for the sake of publicity.

Republican Congresswoman Martha McSally is expected to make an announcement she's running for Flake's seat later this week.

As I wrote at the time: "In pardoning Arpaio, Trump has given a free pass to an unrepentant and habitual abuser of authority, a man with insufficient regard for the Constitution he swore to uphold or the separation of powers it enshrines".

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