Arpaio Eyes Another Important Political Spot

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Trump’s first presidential pardon got the controversial former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio out of jail. The pardon was met with a wall of opposition, but critics hoped that the 85-year-old retired lawman is too old to cause more trouble. They were wrong.

Arpaio Wants Office

Arpaio announced that he might seek elected office once more.

 I could run for mayor, I could run for legislator, I could run for Senate,

He told the Washington Examiner Monday.

Arpaio noted that the Senate seat is the most appealing option since many people in his home state asked him to challenge the GOP’s pick Jeff Flake who also happens to be a staunch Trump critic. Arpaio and Trump are close pals since they have similar views on illegal immigration and the former sheriff acted as a campaign surrogate for the Commander in Chief last year.

Arpaio had served as sheriff more than two decades before losing reelection last year. In the recent interview, he said that the “door is open” when it comes to the GOP primary in 2018. “I’ve got support. I know what support I have,” he told reporters.

It’s a Tough Race for Sen. Flake

Sen. Flake is already facing rabid competition from Sen. Kelli Ward who has a strong conservative support. One of the high-profile conservatives to endorse Ward is Fox News star, Sean Hannity. Trump recently endorsed Ward on Twitter, and Robert Mercer donated 300,000 to her campaign. It is worth noting that Mercer heavily backed Trump financially last year as well.

Arpaio was stripped of his office last year by Democrat Paul Penzone. Months later, Arpaio was convicted of criminal contempt of court over his racial profiling efforts. He was convicted to six months behind bars, but he appealed the decision and Trump pardoned him in the meantime.

In recent interviews, Arpaio threatened to sue media outlets that called him “racist” or lied about him in their reports.

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