Disgraced former Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, has announced he will be running for Sen. Jeff Flake’s seat. Flake announced last year he would not be running for re-election, opening the field to the likes of Kelli Ward and now Arpaio.
Despite Arpaio’s contempt of court conviction, of which President Trump pardoned him, he remains popular among Arizona Republicans. He also has a lot of name recognition due to his infamous treatment of prisoners and targeted patrols, which earned him the contempt of court conviction in the first place.
The 85-year-old Arpaio dismissed concerns about his age and past controversies in a phone interview with the Washington Examiner.
“I have a lot to offer. I’m a big supporter of President Trump,” Arpaio said. “I’m going to have to work hard; you don’t take anything for granted. But I would not being doing this if I thought that I could not win. I’m not here to get my name in the paper, I get that everyday, anyway.”
Trump has already proved that he will jump to Arpaio’s aid and if he does, Arpaio’s ascension to at least the GOP nominee in November is essentially on lock.
The only upside of a potential Arpaio senatorship is, at his age, his tenure won’t be long.