Joe Arpaio is Arizona's Roy Moore

Joe Arpaio is Arizona's Roy Moore

Joe Arpaio, the infamous former sheriff who was convicted of violating a court order on racial profiling and then was pardoned by President Trump, will be running for senate in Arizona for the open seat now held by SEn.

Former Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio will run for Senate in 2018.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio (R) of Maricopa County, Arizona endorses Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump prior to a rally on January 26, 2016 in Marshalltown, Iowa.

Beach expects additional Republican candidates to announce their intentions to make a run for Flake's seat as the primary draws closer, but doesn't think Arizona voters will support McSally or anyone else who is pro-illegal emigration and pro-amnesty.

Republican Jeff Flake said in October he would not seek re-election.

Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio has announced he is running for Senate in Arizona. "You know what, I'll make a prediction: I think he's going to be just fine, OK? At least I got the guts to face all the detractors - Democratic Party, you name it".

Arpaio will have to compete for right-wing support with candidate Kelli Ward, a former doctor and Arizona state senator who has already made a failed bid for the U.S. Senate as a conservative.

Arpaio gained national prominence, a rare feat for a local sheriff, for his aggressive immigration sweeps. "If you're going to come across that border, you should be arrested and get the consequences of it", Arpaio told the newspaper.

He was found guilty of contempt past year by a federal judge for violating a court order to halt immigration-related arrests.

Eight months later, Arpaio was convicted of criminal contempt for having ignored a judge's order to stop detaining immigrants simply because he suspected that they lacked legal status.

CNN, the New York Times, the Arizona Republic and the Washington Examiner all have stories.

Arpaio will challenge former state Sen. But he is certain to be a supporter of Trump and his policies, as well as continue his opposition to illegal immigration.

Ward has "great respect" for Arpaio and welcomed him to the race, her campaign chairman, Ed Rollins, said in a statement.

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.

"I have a far-out plan, which may look stupid", he said, noting there would be no amnesty provisions. People may say I'm insane. National Republican leaders would like to see a run by the more mainstream Martha McSally, now in the U.S. House; she is expected to make an announcement Friday, CNN reports.

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