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Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio Announces Run For US Senate

Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio Announces Run For US Senate

Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who President Donald Trump pardoned after a federal conviction for defying a judge's order last summer, said Tuesday he plans to run for the U.S. Senate in Arizona this year.

For 24 years Arpaio was the sheriff of Maricopa County, where he developed a reputation as a fervent opponent of illegal immigration. Jeff Flake, who announced in October that he would not seek re-election. Having Arpaio in the race would split the "Trump-immigration hardliner" vote, Setmayer said, and hurt Republicans' chances of winning the seat.

Recognized for his aggressive methods in the persecution of undocumented immigrants, Joe Arpaio was finally forgiven by President Donald Trump, who recognized him for "more than 50 years of admirable service to our nation". Doug Jones (D) in the state's special election. Martha McSally, a United States representative for Arizona who has already suggested she would run, has scheduled "special announcement" events for Friday.

Flake dismissed Arpaio's candidacy on Tuesday.

"I'm going to have to work hard; you don't take anything for granted", Arpaio told Washington Examiner reporter David N. Drucker for the story that broke the news. But I would not be doing this if I thought that I could not win.

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The former sheriff's ambitions also sparked speculation that he could edge out a former state senator, Kelli Ward, in the GOP primary and could potentially create an opening for Republican Rep. Martha McSally, who colleagues have said is planning a Senate run but has not yet made an announcement. He was subsequently pardoned by President Trump.

Arpaio said in December that he was 'seriously, seriously, seriously considering running'. "And for all intents and purposes he's going to be wearing a Donald Trump mask and run as if he is Donald Trump, and with that added together he can not be dismissed as a candidate". But he remained in the spotlight as legal challenges to his tenure continued. A judge ruled he had willfully violated a 2011 injunction barring his officers from stopping and detaining Latino motorists exclusively on suspicion that they were in the country illegally.

Trump issued the controversial pardon to Arpaio last August, after the former lawman was found guilty of criminal contempt for intentionally ignoring a federal judge's orders. As a senator, he noted, he'd have more power than he did as sheriff. Arpaio also once referred to his outdoor "tent city" jail as a "concentration camp".

Arpaio's fundraising emails were common for many Republican voters.

Democrats say they're not anxious if Arpaio ends up getting the nod heading towards November. Arpaio has made it clear that he's running in Trump's name, writing on his campaign website: "President Trump needs my help in the Senate". Right now she represents Arizona's 9th Congressional District in the House.