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Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio announces run for US Senate

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio announces run for US Senate

The 85-year-old former Maricopa County sheriff, whom President Donald Trump pardoned last year, said he will pursue a bid for the U.S. Senate seat now held by outgoing Republican Jeff Flake.

Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was pardoned by Republican ally President Trump previous year, is throwing his hat in the ring for Arizona's open Senate seat.

Because there can never be any unadulterated good news lately, on the day that President Trump indicated he'd support a deal to protect young undocumented immigrants brought to this country as children, Joe Arpaio announced that he was running for Senate. Jeff Flake, who announced in October he would not run for re-election, citing his dismay with Trump and the direction of the Republican Party.

Arpaio said he had not told President Donald Trump about his campaign.

"I think at this point in his career, you have to question the motive behind anything he's doing where there's money involved", Setmayer said.

Which is why Roberts, the columnist, thinks Arpaio can't win the general election.

If elected, Joe Arpaio, 85, would be among the oldest senators in US history.

Dubbed "America's toughest sheriff, ' he was best known for running a 'tent city" jail in Arizona's populous Maricopa County, and for targeting suspected illegal immigrants for arrest.

Arpaio was spared a possible jail sentence a year ago when President Trump pardoned his conviction for disobeying a judge's order in an immigration case.

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Trump issued a pardon to Arpaio last year shortly before the 85-year-old was set to be sentenced on a contempt-of-court charge related to his department's work aimed at apprehending people who crossed the border illegally.

A guy who was Donald Trump before Donald Trump was Donald Trump says he's ready to represent the state of Arizona in Washington.

"I have a far-out plan, which may look stupid", he said, noting there would be no amnesty provisions. He was later convicted of criminal contempt for disregarding a court order that said he needed to stop racially profiling Latinos. Kelli Ward and U.S. Sen.

Even before Arpaio jumped into the race, the long-red Arizona was in danger of tinting blue.

Welch, however, also wondered exactly how serious Arpaio is about becoming a senator.

12 News' political reporter Brahm Resnik tweeted that McSally will officially announce her campaign this Friday. He was instrumental in the opening of the Maricopa Animal Safe Hospice (MASH), a no-kill animal shelter operated by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) in what was formerly Phoenix's First Avenue Jail.

It's still unclear, however, how seriously Americans should take Arpaio's bid to win the seat being vacated by anti-Trumper Jeff Flake.

"There's hardly been an election cycle from the early 90s that Sheriff Joe hasn't talked about running statewide", Flake told Tapper.