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12 January 2018, 10:45 | Devin Moran
Flake who's openly criticized the President since he took office is set to retire at the end of 2018
Controversial former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio is running for U.S. Senate to replace retiring Republican Senator Jeff Flake.
Arpaio said on Twitter he would be "unwavering" in his support of the agenda of Donald Trump, who issued a controversial pardon on his behalf previous year. As if this were not enough, the presidential pardon freed Arpaio from any impediment to pursue a political career, which is why he has made a decision to run as a candidate to replace Senator Jeff Flake in Arizona, after he announced his retirement.
"I have a lot to offer", Mr. Arpaio told The Washington Examiner. They'd say they don't know where their home country is, so let them go there and spend six months, because it might take that long to do paperwork to get them here legally and let them see their home country and see what it's really like. But I would not be doing this if I thought that I could not win. "At least I got the guts to face all the detractors - Democratic Party, you name it". But this time, it looks a little more plausible - he's set up a website and changed his profile pictures to an "Arpaio for U.S. Senate" graphic.
Arpaio declined to discuss any policy agenda other than immigration enforcement. Unlike other local police leaders who left it to US authorities, Arpaio made hundreds of arrests in traffic patrols that sought out immigrants and business raids in which his officers targeted immigrants who used fraudulent IDs to get jobs.
Arpaio was spared a possible jail sentence past year when President Trump pardoned his conviction for disobeying a judge's order in an immigration case.
Arpaio also led the state in efforts to end animal abuse.
Starting in 2008, Arpaio designated a special unit to conduct raids at workplaces across Maricopa County, where undocumented immigrants were suspected of seeking employment. Kelli Ward, another Trump acolyte, and will soon include U.S. Rep. Martha McSally of Tucson, a retired Air Force colonel who has successfully defended a Republican-leaning swing district over the past few cycles - and is likely the preferred candidate of Washington GOP elites.
Arpaio's reputation for being tough on crime was undermined by his failure to adequately investigate more than 400 sex-crimes cases, including dozens of child molestation reports, over a three-year period ending in 2007.
"There's hardly been an election cycle from the early 90s that Sheriff Joe hasn't talked about running statewide", Flake told Tapper.
Arpaio's candidacy injects new uncertainty and attention into the race that's already among the year's most watched.
"He's proven he can definitely raise the money to be competitive and ruin a major campaign here for the U.S. Senate seat.", Welch continued.
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