Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the controversial former Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, has thrown his hat into the ring for the Senate Seat left vacant by Republican Senator Jeff Flake
Sheriff Arpaio is a bold and unapologetic supporter of President Trump. He was charged with contempt of court and subsequently pardoned by President Trump in August of 2017.
Sheriff Joe and President Trump
“You get the same time for barking dogs.”
Arpaio said that Flake, and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., with whom he said he has a “love-hate” relationship, opposed the pardon.
“This [the issue with him being charged] started under Obama and Holder 60 days after they took office and it took them all these years to get me on a contempt of court charge, a misdemeanor. You get the same time for barking dogs,” he said.
Arpaio dubbed himself “the toughest sheriff in America”.
Starting in 2005, he took an outspoken stance against illegal immigration.
Arpaio is also known for investigating former President Barack Obama’s birth certificate believing it to be a forgery.
He reinstated chain gangs, making inmates wear uniforms that were pink or old-fashioned black and white stripes.
Sheriff Joe’s jail controversies
Is he the best Republican candidate to win the state?
He has certainly not been shy to the public stage. He was re-elected time and time again from 1993 until 2016 when he was beat by Democrat Paul Penzone.
As of June 2014, the amount paid of settled lawsuits against him and his office was over $44 million dollars.
He is 85 years old.
All of these are things that the Republican party is going to have to consider when it puts up the candidate with an eye to win the Seat in Arizona. Right now, he is due to battle it out with osteopathic physician Dr. Kelli Ward for the nomination.
Who will have the best chance to win?
As colorful and interesting as Sheriff Joe is, that is going to have to be the question that the Republican voters answer in the primary.
Source: CSC MediaGroup USA