January 22, 2018

US President Trump ally Sheriff Joe Arpaio launches Senate bid

12 January 2018, 10:47 | Taylor George

Ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he's running for Senate in Arizona to push Trump agenda

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks in support of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a Trump campaign rally

Joe Arpaio, who was convicted of criminal contempt and later pardoned by Donald Trump, will run as a Republican to replace retiring Senator Jeff Flake.

Arpaio was pardoned by Trump past year after he was found guilty of contempt of court for willfully violating a federal judge's order to stop a program of racially profiling Latinos.

The controversial lawman whom Donald Trump pardoned previous year following a federal conviction for criminal contempt in a racial profiling case. "I'm a big supporter of President Trump", Arpaio told the Washington Examiner. Jeff Flake, a Republican who has been a critic of Trump and who announced in October that he would not seek re-election.

"I know he doesn't like me", Arpaio told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program.

Arpaio said he wanted to push the policies of President Trump, who granted a controversial pardon to the lawman in August.

"I think he brings a great knowledge from his own experience on immigration issues", said Hodgson.

"I'm doing this for the people of Arizona and also I support President Trump".

"What ego? You guys forgot me the day I left office anyway". But this time, it looks a little more plausible - he's set up a website and changed his profile pictures to an "Arpaio for U.S. Senate" graphic. Arpaio served as sheriff in Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix, for 24 years until he lost his re-election bid in 2016 to a Democrat. "But, if you're going to come across that border, you should be arrested and get the consequences of it", Arpaio added.

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He was later accused of investigating the judge who presided over a racial profiling case against the sheriff's office and whose order Arpaio ignored, leading to his conviction.

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

Former Arizona State Senator Kelli Ward said at the end of 2017 she would enter the primary race. He was later found guilty of criminal contempt by a federal judge for refusing to halt a policing tactic to catch undocumented immigrants.

The tent-city jail that Arpaio enjoyed showing off to reporters was a magnet for inmate lawsuit.

David Berman, a senior research fellow at Arizona State University's Morrison Institute of Public Policy, said if Arpaio follows through on his announcement, his candidacy will likely hurt Ward's chances. The House of Representatives lawmaker is expected to announce her run on Friday, CNN reported.

"From now until the primary, in Arizona and across the country, Joe Arpaio is now a face of the Republican Party", Jesse Ferguson, a Democratic strategist and former senior spokesperson for Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign, told Newsweek.

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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