Sheriff Joe Arpaio Throws His Hat in for Senate Seat

Arizona’s former sheriff Joe Arpaio has announced he will be taking his chances for the Senate in Arizona.

The close Trump ally is well known for his aggressive approach to combatting illegal immigration.

“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,” reports Fox News.

Arpaio faces opposition in the primary from Sen. Kelli Ward and potentially from Rep. Martha McSally, who is supposed to start campaigning in days and is considered the strongest general election candidate for the Republican ticket.

Speaking with the Washington Examiner, Arpaio wasn’t concerned about his age, or that Republicans fear his reputation with nonwhite constituents might throw the seat to the Democrats. He looked to the future and discussed how he planned to work with Trump on behalf of the state.

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