Arizona’s firebrand ‘Sheriff Joe’ is running for Senate

Joe Arpaio, then Maricopa County’s sheriff, in Anthem, Arizona, in 2013 announcing a program aimed at providing security around schools.

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Joe Arpaio, then Maricopa County’s sheriff, in Anthem, Arizona, in 2013 announcing a program aimed at providing security around schools.
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  • Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Arizona’s Maricopa County, says he will run for US Senate in 2018.
  • President Donald Trump pardoned Arpaio last year after Arpaio violated the terms of a court order in a racial-profiling case.

Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Arizona’s Maricopa County whom President Donald Trump pardoned last year, is running for Senate in the Grand Canyon State.

In an interview with the Washington Examiner published Tuesday, the 85-year-old Arpaio said he intended to run for the seat Sen. Jeff Flake will retire from at the end of the year.

“I have a lot to offer. I’m a big supporter of President Trump,” Arpaio said. “I’m going to have to work hard – you don’t take anything for granted. But I would not being doing this if I thought that I could not win. I’m not here to get my name in the paper – I get that every day, anyway.”

“Being a US senator is a little different than being the sheriff, because you can do a lot of things in the US Senate, and I have many plans, believe me,” Arpaio added. “It’s tough. It’s a tough decision. But if you’re going to come across that border, you should be arrested and get the consequences of it.”

Arpaio, who often made headlines for strict enforcement of the state’s immigration laws, was found guilty in 2016 of criminal contempt for violating the terms of a 2011 court order regarding a racial-profiling case. A month later, Trump pardoned him.