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

Flake who's openly criticized the President since he took office is set to retire at the end of 2018 Flake who's openly criticized the President since he took office is set to retire at the end of 2018
Kenny Thornton | 12 Января, 2018, 22:44

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

Sheriff Joe Arpaio is pictured waiting for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during a campaign event in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S. October 29, 2016.

The 85-year-old says "fresh blood" is needed in Washington and that he has not spoken to President Trump about his decision to run.

Arpaio, who is running to replace retiring senator Jeff Flake, outlined his political ambitions to the Washington Examiner, and they appear to center squarely on illegal immigration.

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

Arpaio, who had garnered national attention for his anti-immigrant policies, was an early supporter of President Trump, who issued his first pardon in August to spare the former lawman from a possible six months in prison. "I did it right off the bat, July of 2015, so I will work hard to help him on his agenda and his policies".

"I love this state, the people in this state, so I think I can give something back. 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".

Trump previous year pardoned Arpaio, who had been convicted of criminal contempt in a case that centered on racial profiling by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. He lost re-election for sheriff by 13 points in 2016, even as President Trump defeated Hillary Clinton both statewide in Arizona and in Arpaio's Maricopa County. He was subsequently pardoned by President Trump.

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And so is Seagal, whose account is much more, shall we say, compelling, as he told a local news station: "Animal cruelty is one of my pet peeves, I came in on the 150 and we broke down the gate", Seagal said of riding an MCSO tank onto Sanchez's property.

Arpaio blames the agency for his criminal conviction over intentionally defying a judge's order to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants, though the charge was recommended by the judge. Flake had grown increasingly unpopular among Arizona voters over his fierce opposition to President Donald Trump.

Arpaio's reputation for being tough on crime was undermined by his failure to adequately investigate more than 400 sex-crimes cases, including dozens of child molestation reports, over a three-year period ending in 2007.

But Arpaio's Senate quest will be a decidedly uphill journey.

Arpaio is also a committed birther.

Arpaio will enter a Republican primary field that already includes prominent Trump supporter Kelli Ward and is expected to soon include Rep. Martha McSally, who is widely perceived to be the best general election candidate and will likely be favored by the Republican establishment.

"So was Sheriff Joe convicted for doing his job?"

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