Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Joe Arpaio announces bid for US Senate seat from Arizona

Joe Arpaio announces bid for US Senate seat from Arizona

Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio will run for the Senate seat which will be vacated by Jeff Flake in 2018, the Washington Examiner reports.

Arpaio served as Maricopa County's sheriff for 24 years until 2016 when a Democrat replaced him. Then Trump offered the pardon last summer.

"I don't think you can compare what happened with Roy Moore to the actions that people may find controversial in Arizona", Gardner added. The new candidate said he "relishes" the fight whether it be from the left or from supporters of McSally on the right, noting he has a "love-hate" relationship with both Flake and McCain who have both been critical of the president and opposed the pardon. Trump said the former sheriff was treated "unbelievably unfairly". Trump, in turn, has denounced the senator, who is not seeking re-election after acknowledging that he could not win a GOP primary in the current political climate.

A U.S. District Judge denied that request in October, but Arpaio's lawyers have filed an appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Asked whether the White House supports Arpaio's candidacy, spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined to comment.

Arpaio, in his email to supporters, said he would defend gun owners, oppose abortion and work to reduce the national debt. During a rally in Phoenix a year ago, Trump provoked cheers when he asked the audience if they liked Arpaio. "You never see me with a list of endorsements".

"Every Democratic voter should give a dollar to Arpaio's primary campaign because nobody energizes Latino voters nationally better than Joe Arpaio", said Rep. Luis Gutiérrez of IL, a retiring Democrat who is considering a 2020 presidential run. Arpaio will face off with Arizona state Senator Kelli Ward and likely candidate Congresswoman Martha McSally.

Arpaio will probably siphon off support from some Trump voters and tea party supporters. "I'm not going to get into my personal life, but I will say we have four grandkids and some have a different ethnic and racial background".

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Zachery Henry, a spokesman for Ward's campaign, said the campaign is not concerned that Arpaio would split the GOP vote to Ward's detriment.

Arizona will hold its primary in late August, with the midterm election scheduled for November 6.

Maricopa County, Arizona's chief law enforcement officer is famous mostly for publicly degrading inmates: forcing them to live in a tent city, work on chain gangs, wear pink underwear. He also conducted dozens of immigration crackdowns over a nine-year period, retaliated against political enemies and failed to adequately investigate more than 400 sex-crimes complaints made to his office. President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for "serious case of amnesia" after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don't want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE pardoned Arpaio past year after he was convicted of ignoring a court order related to racial profiling in his division.

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