Are you ready for Senator Joe Arpaio?

Erika Holt
January 12, 2018

Arpaio was found past year guilty of criminal contempt of court for intentionally disobeying a federal judge's 2011 order to stop his traffic patrols that targeted immigrants.

The 85-year-old Arpaio could shake up the late August Republican primary in a critical open-seat race to replace retiring Sen.

Arpaio, who would be 86 by the time he is sworn into the Senate, is running for the seat formerly occupied by Jeff Flake, who announced in October that he will resign at the end of his term.

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

"His candidacy shows that conservatives in Arizona are fed up with the status quo and know that we need senators who support President Trump and the (president's) America First agenda", Rollins said. "I'm going to have to work hard; you don't take anything for granted".

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

Arpaio joins a crowded Republican field already vying for the seat, alongside establishment candidate U.S. Rep. Martha McSally and pro-Trump candidate Kelli Ward, a former Arizona state senator.

Arpaio flirted with running for governor five times while he was sheriff but ultimately decided against doing so each time. Previous year he was found guilty of criminal contempt after repeatedly ignoring a court order and faced up to six months in jail.

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The former Maricopa County Sheriff was convicted in 2017 for violating a 2011 court order to stop traffic patrols aimed at immigrants.

"I have a far-out plan, which may look stupid", he told the Washington Examiner.

If elected, the 85-year-old Arpaio would be the oldest freshman senator in USA history. He was defeated on the same day that saw Trump elected president.

Trump said Arpaio would have won again in 2016 had the filing of charges not influenced voters.

Luckily for Arpaio, by that date the White House was inhabited by someone who shared his racial animosity towards Latinos, and he was pardoned by Trump.

Arpaio enters the race with substantial baggage, from his 24 years in office and the presidential pardon.

The Examiner noted Arpaio is "virtually guaranteed" to rev up a Republican base that pushed Flake into retirement because of his feud with the president.

Arpaio said he has not spoken with Trump about the Senate bid, and did not ask for the pardon. But some immigrants' rights advocates publicly opposed that strategy, noting that Arpaio once formed an "illegal immigration posse" to track down undocumented immigrant families. People may say I'm insane.

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