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Joe Arpaio's Latest Offense - Running for Senate

10 January 2018
Joe Arpaio's Latest Offense - Running for Senate

"I'm a big supporter of President Trump", Arpaio told the Washington Examiner.

"I have a lot to offer".

"Every Democratic voter should give a dollar to Arpaio's primary campaign because nobody energizes Latino voters nationally better than Joe Arpaio", said Rep. Luis Gutiérrez of IL, a retiring Democrat who is considering a 2020 presidential run.

"Like Roy Moore before him, Joe Arpaio is unfit to serve", Murphy said in the email, according to The Washington Times. As member station KJZZ reports, former state Sen. Arpaio has created citizen posses to track down and arrest illegal immigrants, overseen a jail staff that has violently abused inmates (resulting in the death of three prisoners and the paralysis of a fourth), and used law enforcement resources to harass and intimidate his political opponents.

While major media outlets tend to portray Arpaio as a "fiery" political figure known for his "hardline views" on immigration, his record is far more insidious than these descriptions indicate, as Nathan Robinson of Current Affairs makes clear in a detailed examination of the former sheriff's record published shortly after Arpaio was pardoned by Trump.

"This started under Obama and Holder 60 days after they took office and it took them all these years to get me on a contempt of court charge, a misdemeanor".

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. But he is certain to be a supporter of Trump and his policies, as well as continue his opposition to illegal immigration.

Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by just 4 percentage points in Arizona in 2016, making it a much closer race than traditional swing states like Ohio, Iowa, Colorado and Virginia.

"I'm not going down there to spend 20 years as a senator", he said.

As I wrote at the time: "In pardoning Arpaio, Trump has given a free pass to an unrepentant and habitual abuser of authority, a man with insufficient regard for the Constitution he swore to uphold or the separation of powers it enshrines". "I'm sure they could find a temporary job or help the foreign countries and build up relations and come back". I'm proud being an Italian American. "So, you could kill two birds with one stone". "Why don't they say that I should make a good candidate". What am I insane about?