Flashback: 298 Red Precincts In Arizona Rejected Sheriff Joe

Flashback: 298 Red Precincts In Arizona Rejected Sheriff Joe

Joe Arpaio, the controversial Arizona ex-sheriff with hardline anti-immigration views who was pardoned a year ago by President Donald Trump, announced on Tuesday he is running for the US Senate.

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

Joe Arpaio is running to fill Arizona Senator Jeff Flake's vacant seat.

"I know he doesn't like me", Arpaio told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program.

"I think he would just suck up most of her support".

"What ego? You guys forgot me the day I left office anyway". Former state senator Kelli Ward among the confirmed Republican candidates, where current USA congresswoman Marth McSally is holding a news conference on Friday, where it is expected she will announce a Senate run.

Arpaio made a name for himself as "America's Toughest Sheriff" through targeting immigrant communities in Arizona.

"You see, this is a very personal email, and I need my most trusted and dependable supporters to help me get it right, because President Trump needs my help, and I have to make a very big decision. very soon", the email said before going on to solicit donations to his defense fund.

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. President Trump pardoned him last summer.

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".

Arpaio says he understands the concerns of immigrants considering his own Italian background with two parents who came to the US legally for a better life.

Arpaio endorsed Trump as the Republican candidate during the 2016 presidential election and appeared at a number of electoral rallies.

Arpaio, who has been characterized by some as a racist, defied a court order to stop detaining undocumented immigrants.

In a telephone interview with the Washington Examiner, Arpaio shrugged off concerns about his age, dismissed Republican insiders' anxiety that his poor reputation with nonwhite voters would put the seat in play for the Democrats in the midterm, and discussed plans to work with Trump on behalf of Arizona.

Arpaio is also known for retaliating against political adversaries and using various weird schemes for the sake of publicity. With the former sheriff throwing his name in the U.S. Senate race, it could be bad news for other GOP candidates, namely Kelli Ward and Congresswoman Martha McSally. Trump carried the county by three points; Arpaio ran 12 points behind Penzone, losing by more than 130,000 votes.

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

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