'America's toughest sheriff' aims for Ariz. Senate seat

Joe Arpaio

Joe Arpaio Ross Franklin AP

Arpaio, dubbed "America's toughest sheriff" for his anti-crime stances, was found guilty of criminal contempt of court previous year for disobeying a judge's 2011 order to stop patrols that targeted illegal immigrants.

That's one clear scenario if former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio runs in Arizona, as he announced on his website on Tuesday. As if this were not enough, the presidential pardon freed Arpaio from any impediment to pursue a political career, which is why he has made a decision to run as a candidate to replace Senator Jeff Flake in Arizona, after he announced his retirement.

"And yeah, there is a lot of people that do not want me to go to Washington, including a few Republicans".

In a tweet, he stated he is seeking the post to support President Donald Trump's agenda "in his mission to Make America Great Again".

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"Sheriff Joe has been a patriot, but at the end of the day in terms of running for this election, Kelli Ward is going to be hard to beat", said Eric Beach, a political strategist for Ward's campaign. But I would not be doing this if I thought that I could not win. "At least I got the guts to face all the detractors, the Democratic Party, you name it, so he can have his opinion, I got mine, but It doesn't bother me at all". "But, if you're going to come across that border, you should be arrested and get the consequences of it", Arpaio told The Washington Examiner. Arpaio refused, and in July of 2017, he was found guilty of criminal contempt of court.

Over the years, he has been very vocal of his support for the president's stance on immigration policies.

In 2016, facing a flood of out-of-state money, a well-organized Latino get-out-the-vote campaign, and the criminal contempt charges, Arpaio lost by a stunning 10 points. "I did nothing wrong and our president knew that when he pardoned me".

In the early 1990s, Arpaio directed construction of a tent city for immigration detainees, a measure he said was intended both to alleviate overcrowding and to underscore his aggressive enforcement measures.

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Arpaio had been an ardent Trump supporter, though, and the president returned the favor. On Tuesday, the ACLU boasted that they "won every time" they sued Arpaio.

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

National Republicans have landed their top recruit for the seat: Rep. Martha McSally is set to holds events Friday in Tucson, Phoenix and Prescott where she'll make what's being billed as a "special announcement".

Some are warning that in such a politically competitive state, Mr Arpaio's bid could fuel Democrats to organise with more force as they did in December's Alabama race, where Democrat Doug Jones beat Republican candidate Roy Moore. I don't say that.

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