Joe Arpaio Is Running for the US Senate

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Arpaio lost a re-election bid in 2016 but was spared a possible jail sentence a year ago when President Donald Trump pardoned his criminal contempt conviction for disobeying a judge's order in an immigration case.

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

In a fundraising email to supporters sent immediately after the announcement, the 85-year-old said: "President Trump needs my help in the Senate". Jeff Flake will retire from at the end of the year.

Sen. Jeff Flake
Sen. Jeff Flake

"I have a lot to offer".

"His candidacy shows that conservatives in Arizona are fed up with the status quo and know that we need senators who support President Trump and the America First agenda".

The field of candidates for the U.S. Senate seat held by Arizona Republican Jeff Flake is growing and may grow some more. In another interview, with liberal-leaning site Talking Points Memo, Arpaio said he didn't discuss his decision to run with either the president or White House officials. "But, if you're going to come across that border, you should be arrested and get the consequences of it", Arpaio told The Washington Examiner.

Last year, he was convicted of criminal contempt of court for intentionally disobeying a 2011 court order in an immigration case. This past summer, facing the sentencing phase of a trial in which he was convicted of contempt of court after engaging in civil rights abuses in arresting individuals he suspected were undocumented immigrants, Trump used his pardon power to effectively dismiss those charges, for what appeared to be political reasons.

Arpaio's entry into the race could be a boon for Arizona Democrats who will lean on Latino turnout in hopes of winning the Senate race. He was defeated on the same day that saw Trump elected president. Over the course of three years, ending in 2007, officers under Arpaio reportedly failed to investigate more than 400 reported sex crimes, including dozens of alleged child molestations in which numerous victims were the children of undocumented immigrants. "I have a soft spot for the Mexican community having lived there", Arpaio said.

"I am outspoken. I'm looking forward to it. Let them come".

Arpaio says he understands the concerns of immigrants considering his own Italian background with two parents who came to the USA legally for a better life.

In the Arizona Republican primary, Arpaio will face a crowded field that includes Rep. Martha McSally and former state senator Kelli Ward. You thought. You thought but that didn't bother me at all. you think when I leave the Senate people will remember.