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Arizona's firebrand 'Sheriff Joe' is running for Senate

12 Января 2018

Jeff Flake announced he would not seek re-election in 2018, former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced he will run for the seat.

Arpaio reportedly said the two share a focus on immigration, an ability to recover from incidents that would normally sink the careers of other politicians and the ability to amass consistent media coverage.

"Isn't it great to be compared to the president of the United States?"

The pair were both vocal proponents of the "Birther Movement", which promoted the false idea that President Barack Obama was not a US citizen.

After the Maricopa County sheriff's office detained a Latino man with a valid visa for nine hours in 2007, a class-action lawsuit led to an injunction requiring Arpaio's office to end its immigration-related stops.

Trump has attacked the Justice Department over the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

And while Flake quickly denounced Arpaio and predicted that his fledgling candidacy wouldn't last much longer than the time it takes to write about it, the right-wing propaganda machine that is Fox News is already doing its part to get him elected anyway.

Arpaio's entrance in the race could complicate things for former state Sen. Republican Representative Martha McSally has reportedly told colleagues she plans to run and has scheduled "special announcement" events in Tucson, Phoenix and Prescott on January 12th.

"I started this because of a fake document", Arpaio said in response to the host's claim that he was trying to delegitimize Obama.

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The paperwork from Arpaio's pardon, which spared him a possible jail sentence when Trump granted it four months ago, is framed on a wall next to his office desk.

National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Cory Gardner, a senator from Colorado, declined Wednesday to explicitly rule out throwing the NRSC's support behind Arpaio if he wins the primary.

President Barack Obama's birth certificate. Arpaio's entry could hurt her chances. "I don't think they would". Many conservatives embraced his hard-line policies and Arpaio reveled in the publicity.

Flake seems to have likened Arpaio, 85, who is embroiled in a lawsuit with Flake's son Austin, to those of the GOP candidates he has previously denounced. Arpaio said. "He didn't have the guts to face the people to get re-elected".

Ward, who lost a 2016 GOP primary to Sen. Ward falls to 13% with a potential endorsement from former Trump strategist Steve Bannon.

Trump has since backed away from the baseless claims. She was also widely criticized for blaming McCain for the rise of ISIS.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema also has positioned herself as a moderate candidate. He flirted with running for governor no fewer than five times over the years before finally abandoning the idea.

Hook asked Arpaio if the battle to clear his name was in preparation for the Senate run.

"If I go to my grave, I don't think I'd be happy if I didn't take the shot to run", Arpaio said.

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Arizona's firebrand 'Sheriff Joe' is running for Senate