Controversial former sheriff Joe Arpaio running for Senate in Arizona

  • Controversial former sheriff Joe Arpaio running for Senate in Arizona

Controversial former sheriff Joe Arpaio running for Senate in Arizona

The former sheriff reiterated his commitment to Trump's agenda in a Twitter post where he shared the Examiner piece and announced his decision to run. Dr. Kelli Ward, a former Arizona State Senator, announced a run for the seat a year ago after unsuccessfully running against Republican John McCain in 2016.

Reporters, including myself, had dismissed Arpaio's ambitions as PR stunts.

"We beat him like a drum in 2016, and we'll beat him like a drum if he runs again", Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., told reporters a year ago.

"You're the guy that said I would never run for office", the sheriff said at the start of our phone interview Tuesday. So, I have a soft spot, but still, I'm going to do my job. "I'm going to have to work hard". "But I would not being doing this if I thought that I could not win". Arpaio was an enthusiastic supporter of Trump's candidacy and backed his 2011 claims that former President Barack Obama was not born in the U.S.

Arpaio was found previous year guilty of criminal contempt of court for intentionally disobeying a federal judge's 2011 order to stop his traffic patrols that targeted immigrants. He was convicted and facing a potential six-month jail sentence when he was pardoned.

Arpaio, not content with his pardon, is still fighting to have the conviction completely erased from his record.

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.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., is not running for reelection to the seat he has held for one term, saying he didn't believe he could win given Trump's sway over the Republican base.

"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.

"What difference does that make with me? People may say I'm insane".

Willems said Arpaio's paperwork will be filed Tuesday with the secretary of the U.S. Senate, who will in turn file with the Federal Election Commission.

GOP Sen. Jeff Flake is retiring, setting up a fight among top Arizona Republicans for the nomination.

Ward has avidly sought Trump's blessing but has been rebuffed.

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