Racist Former Arizona Sheriff Arpaio Says He’ll Run for U.S. Senate

Arpaio promised in an email to supporters that he would represent “a conservative vote.”


(Reuters) — Joe Arpaio, a former Arizona sheriff known for his tough stance on illegal immigration and a close ally of President Donald Trump, said on Tuesday he would run for the U.S. Senate to replace retiring Republican Senator Jeff Flake.

“I am running for the U.S. Senate from the Great State of Arizona, for one unwavering reason: to support the agenda and policies of President Donald Trump in his mission to Make America Great Again,” Arpaio said on Twitter.

He promised in an email to supporters that he would represent “a conservative vote” on which Trump could count.

Arpaio’s candidacy adds a twist to the hopes of the Democratic Party in one of only two Republican-held Senate seats Democrats see as possible to flip in November’s mid-term elections. Republicans hold a 51-49 edge in the U.S. Senate.

Arpaio, 85, was convicted last July of criminal contempt in a racial profiling case that highlighted tensions over U.S. immigration policy, but was pardoned by Trump the following month.

A federal judge had ruled that Arpaio wilfully violated a 2011 injunction barring his officers from detaining Latino drivers solely on the suspicion that they were in the county illegally.

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The U.S. Department of Justice said in a 2011 report that Arpaio had nurtured a culture in his office of racially discriminating against Latinos in breach of the U.S Constitution, a charge Arpaio denied.

Arpaio, who dubbed himself “the toughest sheriff in America,” lost a bid for re-election in 2016 in Arizona’s Maricopa County, one of the largest counties in the United States, after 24 years in office.

His tenure, including his tough stance on illegal immigration, made him one of the most widely known sheriffs in the country. He reinstated chain gangs; made inmates wear uniforms that were pink or old-fashioned black and white stripes; and forbade them coffee, salt and pepper.

Flake said in October he would step down from his Arizona seat in a speech on the Senate floor that criticized Trump, saying there “may not be a place for a Republican like me in the current Republican climate.”

Arpaio, in his email to supporters, said he would defend gun owners, oppose abortion and work to reduce the national debt.

Krysten Sinema, a Democratic congresswoman, is hoping to flip the seat to her party in November. Kelli Ward, a former doctor and Arizona state senator, positioned her candidacy as a Republican to the right of Flake.

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  • I am sure his buddy tRump will be campaigning for this geezer. Hopefully Arizona voters will have the sense to not vote for him.

  • Michael J. "Orange Mike" Lowrey

    “Conservative” did not always signify “racist moron” in Arizona, although William Rehnquist did a pretty fair job of enabling bigotry and discrimination there, thus setting up his career as a serial abuser of the Constitution.

  • I’m hoping he gets the nomination and goes down just like his Comrade-in-Arms, Roy Moore.

    • Me too, grannybunny. He needs to give it up. He is no longer relevant or needed. He’s not fit to hold any political office.

  • He is 85 years old! What is wrong with these old men? Are they that afraid of giving up the power they have? I think once you reach retirement age, you should be made to retire from politics and not be allowed to run for any elected office anymore.

    • The big four accounting firms retire everyone at age 60. Now that I’m 58, I especially see the wisdom in that policy. Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer added together are 144 years old. They need to get out of the way.

      • I’m a lot older than you, Luke, yet still work hard — every day — to make this World a better place, and hope to do so until I die (hopefully, many years from now). I cannot agree with age-based attacks on anyone. Ageism is a serious problem, and discounting people — merely because of their age — is the cause. My Dad was forced to retire at 65 and — because work had always been such a central part of his life — it almost killed him. He lived another 25 years and — up until almost the very end of his life — was sharp as a tack and in full command of his mental and physical faculties. He was 40 years older than I and still — in his 80’s — could beat me at golf (and, I’m a pretty good golfer). And he was no “Trump golfer,” either, riding around in a golf cart even onto the greens! To the contrary, we walked the full 18 holes and carried our own clubs, factors that I fully believe contributed to his good health and longevity (and, hopefully, mine). Papa read the Dallas Morning News from cover to cover every day and could intelligently discuss just about any topic of general interest. I’m highly-educated, well-read and considered intelligent, but I always learned from our discussions and — frequently — solicited his opinions and advice. Due to mandatory retirement, he had to quit working at the very height of his career, even though he retained the ability to have remained a major contributor for — at least — another 2 decades. I’m glad that — with only a few exceptions — mandatory retirements are no longer the norm. It’s such an incredible waste of resources and extremely detrimental to the elders so arbitrarily ousted from their careers. If you don’t like Pelosi’s and Schumer’s politics — or even, if you feel they have failed to adequately adapt to the passage of time — those are legitimate grounds of attack. But, their mere ages, per se, are not.

        • I have had the pleasure of working with several older people who were magnificent. However, in my experience, many people work far longer than they should, often for selfish reasons.

          They kill innovation and drive away talented young people. That’s exactly what’s happening in the Democratic Party. And it’s destroying our country.

          While Pelosi held one of the most powerful positions in our government, the democrats lost the house, then the senate and many state legislations. When she was speaker, their handpicked person (Hillary) lost to a political nobody (Obama), so what does she do? Force Hillary on the new administration Where she plants the poison seed, fooling around with her email and secret material. Doubling down on the error, she supports Hillary to run again in 2016. Remember, Hillary almost lost to a socialist from a state with fewer people than most counties.

          Like many of the old people I’ve seen destroying boards and organizations, Pelosi doesn’t have any new ideas, she doesn’t have a way of communicating that connects with young people and she can’t get the job done. She needs to leave. And it is related to age. Schumer has the same problem. No offense to your dad.

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