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Joe Arpaio announces he's running for Senate

12 January 2018

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was spared the possibility of jail time by a presidential pardon last August, confirmed to 12 News on Tuesday that he will run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen.

The 85-year-old lawman tweeted he is seeking the post to support Trump's policies.

Arizona Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-9th), who previously announced she will be running for the same open Senate seat, tweeted that her campaign will work to defeat Arpaio and his "dangerous actions and exhausted rhetoric".

"I have a lot to offer", he said of his candidacy.

A protester dressed up as former Sheriff Joe Arpaio in KKK robes at an August President Donald Trump rally in Phoenix, Arizona. "You know what, I'll make a prediction: I think he's going to be just fine, OK?"

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"I think Washington needs me, the president needs me", the ex-sheriff argued. "At least I got the guts to face all the detractors - Democratic Party, you name it".

"Being a U.S. senator is a little different than being the sheriff, because you can do a lot of things in the U.S. Senate, and I have many plans, believe me".

The former sheriff's decision came as a surprise to some Democrats, who thought Arpaio's career had ended in 2016.

In July, a U.S. District judge had found Arpaio guilty of misdemeanor contempt of court for willfully violating a 2013 order from another federal judge to end the immigration arrests on suspicion.

Like Moore, he will run as a Total Trumper and bask in Trump's support.

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Arpaio 's re-election defeat came amid a crush of criticism over the $141 million in legal costs that Maricopa County taxpayers footed for defending him in lawsuits over his contentious immigration policies, deaths of inmates in his jails and a child sex abuse case that was botched by his department's investigators.

Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by just 4 percentage points in Arizona in 2016, making it a much closer race than traditional swing states like Ohio, Iowa, Colorado and Virginia.

Throughout the 2000s, Arpaio's office routinely conducted traffic stops in predominantly Hispanic neighborhoods in search of undocumented immigrants, who were then turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He is saying that I'm not going to last more than a month. And conservative Kelli Ward is already in the race - setting up another showdown between the establishment-backed candidate in McSally and anti-establishment forces after a similar battle cost the GOP a Senate seat in Alabama. "I'm looking forward to it. Let them come".

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

Republican Congresswoman Martha McSally is expected to make an announcement she's running for Flake's seat later this week.

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Joe Arpaio announces he's running for Senate