Sheriff Joe Arpaio has made a huge decision that will have large ramifications. After 24 years as an elected official, he’s throwing his hat into the political ring of Congress.
Arpaio has never wavered from his position against illegal immigration and protecting the citizens of Arizona. He’s a strong advocate and supporter of President Trump, and he claims “I would not be 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.”
Sheriff Joe has a lot to offer in the way of experience and ruggedness that will not be forced to change by D.C. lawmakers. He would be seen as a rock, steady, pillar of strength if elected but he has to win the nomination. State Senator Kelli Ward has already had a huge headstart within the state already, but things will get close when the polls include Arpaio.
According to 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.
Arpaio’s sharp rhetoric and law enforcement practices also drew intense criticism. Democrats, some Republicans, and advocates for immigrants — both legal and illegal — accused him of unconstitutional racial profiling and even bigotry. Arpaio said he expects more of the same in his Senate campaign, but vowed not to alter his approach.
“My mother and father came here from Italy, legally of course. I have a soft spot for the Mexican community having lived there,” he said. “I’m not going to get into my personal life, but I will say we have four grandkids and some have a different ethnic and racial background. I don’t say that. I don’t use my grandkids. So, I have a soft spot, but still, I’m going to do my job. You have to do it.”
“Being a U.S. senator is a little different than being the sheriff, because you can do a lot of things in the U.S. Senate, and I have many plans, believe me. 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 added.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) January 9, 2018
Republican Joe Arpaio, a close ally of President Trump and former sheriff known for his provocative approach to combatting illegal immigration, is running for Senate in Arizona. via @dcexaminer https://t.co/pjnCrMOfQK
— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) January 9, 2018
He is definitely better than Flake and McCain, but he is so controversial.
I think Joe was a great sheriff and patriot; however, Joe lost his sheriff seat by 11 points. During the 2018 midterms, Republicans are at risk of losing both majorities in the house and the Senate.
Joe is a very controversial candidate, and with Arizona becoming a battleground, lean Republican state, we need to put up candidates that can win. We don’t need another Alabama, think about that. Republicans need to elect a Conservative that will win. We can’t have another Roy Moore situation.
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