Pardoned Arpaio Considering Arizona Senate Run Against Jeff Flake

Over the past couple of days, Sheriff Joe Arpaio's future has shifted from one focused on court appeals and potential prison time to one of book deals and potentially even a Senate run.  According to an interview this morning with the Washington Examiner, Arpaio is considering a variety of future job options including a run for mayor, Arizona's state legislature or maybe even a U.S. Senate run against Jeff Flake.

The former Maricopa County sheriff told the Washington Examiner he's upset at negative reaction to the Friday pardon, and that he feels Republican politicians are insufficiently supportive of the president, who he calls a great man.

 

"I could run for mayor, I could run for legislator, I could run for Senate," Arpaio said Monday. One particular race, however, is likely to gain significant attention: the GOP primary next year facing Flake, R-Ariz., a forceful Trump critic.

 

"I'm sure getting a lot of people around the state asking me" to challenge Flake, said Arpaio, who served 24 years as sheriff before losing reelection in 2016. "All I'm saying is the door is open and we'll see what happens. I've got support. I know what support I have."

 

Arpaio said he swore off another candidacy in January, when he left office, but that "with what I've seen happening in recent months, especially what's happening with our president, I said, 'Hey, why not?'"

Of course, it's hardly a surprise that there is no love lost between the President and Senator Flake after Trump has recently described him as "toxic" and "weak on crime and the border."

 

And clearly Flake is likewise not a 'yuge' fan of Trump after suggesting last week that he is "inviting a 2020 primary challenger" (see: Flake Fires Back: Trump Is "Inviting" A 2020 Republican Primary Challenger).

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said Thursday that President Trump is "inviting" a presidential primary challenge in 2020 because he's paying too much attention to appeasing his base.

 

Flake, whose public attacks on Trump could provoke the president to back a primary challenger against him, made the comments Tuesday during an interview with Georgia Public Broadcasting when asked if Trump will face a primary challenge.

 

"I don't know, I think that certainly depends on him. I think he could govern in a way that he wouldn't," Flake said.

 

"But, I think that the way that, the direction he's headed right now, just kinda drilling down on the base rather than trying to expand the base, I think he's inviting one."

Not surprisingly, Flake joined Senator McCain over the weekend in describing Trump's pardon of Arpaio as an exercise in lawlessness.

 

Meanwhile, in anticipation of a future run, Arpaio has already laid the groundwork for a new protest movement: Senior Citizen Discrimination.

"Why do you say ‘wow'?" he admonished, adding: "They just say Sheriff Joe Arpaio comma 85 years old. Why do they always say that?"

 

Arpaio said he believes "there is discrimination against senior citizens, big time" and that "I'm proud to be my age. I work 14 hours a day. If anyone thinks my age is going to hold me back, I've got news for them."

 

"The bottom line is there's no way I'm going to go fishing. I have no hobbies," he said, declining to say how likely he is to seek office.

And, just like that, Jeff Flake's re-election bid looks even more difficult than it was last week.

Comments

LindseyNarrate… (not verified) Publicus Mon, 08/28/2017 - 14:25 Permalink

Mr. Publicus, Sheriff Arpaio WILL run, and when he runs, HE WILL WIN. "The Lunatic Left" has created this situation, because of their outrageous libel and slander against MANY in "The Right", and this will be a very real wake-up-call to people that their literally violent rhetoric has very real consequences that are non-violent, but substantial, regardless. Lindsey

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LindseyNarrate… (not verified) Son of Loki Mon, 08/28/2017 - 15:00 Permalink

Mr. Loki, read this: John Sydney McCain was pardoned by President Nixon for LITERALLY COMMITTING TREASON AGAINST THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AMONG A MYRIAD-OF-OTHER-FELONIUOS-CRIMES, AFTER HE RETURNED TO THE USA, FOR THOSE CRIMES THAT HE COMMITTED, WHILE IN-CUSTODY OF THE NORTH-VIET-NAMESE, AND HERE IS A RECORDING OF ONE OF HIS LITERALLY TREASONOUS BROADCASTS TO THE NORTH-VIET-NAMESE, THAT WAS RECORDED BY THE CIA, OF HIM SHIT-TALKING THE USA, TALKING ABOUT HOW HORRIBLE THE USA WAS TO THE NORTH-VIET-NAMESE, AND HOW WONDERFUL THE NORTH VIET-NAMESE ARE. I-shit-you-not, People:  http://youtu.be/zO0mHEJyC3Y What you, ALL, need to ask yourselves is, WHY-THE-FUCK HAS NO ONE MENTIONED ONE MOTHER-FUCKING WORD ABOUT THIS, INCLUDING THOSE ASS-HATS WHOM RAN-AGAINST THAT LITERAL TRAITOR, AND WHY HAS NOT ONE SOUL EVER MENTIONED THIS ON-THE-MEDIA PROGRAMS, AS A RETORT, WHEN THOSE TALKING-HEADS PRAISE "HERO JOHN MCCAIN"????????????????????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!This is just pure insanity...  Lindsey NB:  Do you people want to see REAL CHANGE begin in our nation, taken-over by literal traitors, abject-criminals, malefactors, and the-corrupted?  Share the following prima-facie evidence of LITERAL TREASON with EVERYONE you people are able, particularly those in the media, and local-politicians, and you WILL, EVENTUALLY, have enough people aware of what this literal traitor did, and that will mean that it will begin to make-its-way into the national- and international-media, like CNN, etc., and the paradigm-of-change WILL BEGIN TO TAKE-PLACE.

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Simplifiedfrisbee MrFriskles Mon, 08/28/2017 - 18:45 Permalink

Hi degenerate, the solution is to go after corporate and wealthy interests who hire undocumented immigrants. Nothing more and nothing less will solve the issue. Continued support of ICE and abiding by the constitution will provide a healthy future for American citizens.

Your twisted, racist fuled ideology of ripping families apart while ignoring due process and escalating hate is why you are going to suffer tremendously before your meeting with DEATH. Keep sipping the cum laced kool aid at your own risk if you so choose.

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Simplifiedfrisbee slightlyskeptical Mon, 08/28/2017 - 18:40 Permalink

ZH has become a propaganda outlet owned by right wing conservatives. Bots, fake votes, and fake news. The morons on the comment section decry when their urine faced messiah betrays them only to lick the shit around his asshole the following week. Angry and depressed these deplorables are. God bless you all. Hell is your destiny but I won't wish it upon the enemies of virtue.

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az_patriot (not verified) Mon, 08/28/2017 - 14:27 Permalink

Speaking from Arizona:  If Arpaio runs, he'll win.  In a landslide.  Flake might as well begin planning his retirement now.

az_patriot (not verified) chunga Mon, 08/28/2017 - 15:35 Permalink

The issue isn't at the polls.  It's that political animals like McCain work to ensure that anyone who opposes him is a dumbass that no one would consider.  There's nothing illegal about doing that -- but it's underhanded as hell.

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David Wooten Mon, 08/28/2017 - 14:37 Permalink

Dr. Kelly Ward, who ran a credible campaign against McCain in last years Republican primary, has already announced she is challenging Flake. Arpaio lost an election to a pro-amnesty guy. If Arpaio, who's 85, tries to run against Flake, he will hurt Ward's chances and he certainly won't become Senator.

Chauncey Gardener David Wooten Mon, 08/28/2017 - 16:53 Permalink

Agreed. Kelli Ward will easily defeat Flake. What we need is a younger patriot to run against McCain's seat. That old backstabbing McCain won't live til the 2018 elections. And, I love what Sheriff Joe has done over the years, treating prisoners as prisoners, and not coddling them with luxuries and a balanced, free-range diet. Then there's his unwavering loyalty to law enforcement regarding illegal aliens who are illegal aliens, and not "economic refugees living in the shadows." He's all about law and order, just like Sheriff David Clarke.

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order66 Mon, 08/28/2017 - 14:39 Permalink

Nah, that doesn't make the Arpaio pardon look like an even more scumbag move by Trump than it already is.Right is fucking desperate. What a shit show.