85 YEAR OLD SHERIFF JOE SAYS HE IS RUNNING FOR US SENATE …
As reported at The Washington Examiner, former Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio is running for Senate in Arizona in open-seat race to replace retiring Sen. Jeff Flake. If Joe wins, it would be a tremendous feather in the cap for President Trump replacing the likes of Flake with Arpaio. This is an extremely important Senate race, one the GOP cannot afford to lose.
Republican Joe Arpaio, a close ally of President Trump and former sheriff known for his provocative approach to combating illegal immigration, is running for Senate in Arizona.
The 85-year-old Arpaio could shake up the late August Republican primary in a critical open-seat race to replace retiring Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. Trump pardoned Arpaio last summer, sparing the former sheriff jail time after he was convicted of ignoring a federal court order in a racial-profiling case.
In a telephone interview with the Washington Examiner, Arpaio shrugged off concerns about his age, dismissed Republican insiders’ anxiety that his poor reputation with nonwhite voters would put the seat in play for the Democrats in the midterm, and discussed plans to work with Trump on behalf of Arizona.
“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 everyday, anyway.”