Disgraced ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio is officially running for Senate

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- Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio sets his sights on our nation's capitol.

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona has announced he is not running for re-election.

Officials agreed in 2015 to pay $3.5 million to settle a lawsuit that alleged Arpaio botched the investigation into the rape of a 13-year-old girl and failed to arrest the suspect who then went on to attack her again. Martha McSally, a U.S. representative for Arizona who has already suggested she would run, has scheduled "special announcement" events for Friday.

Through strict opposition to illegal immigration and unorthodox policing methods, Arpaio cultivated a national image as a tough, law-and-order cop.

Which is why Roberts, the columnist, thinks Arpaio can't win the general election.

"I'm going to have to work hard; you don't take anything for granted", Arpaio told Washington Examiner reporter David N. Drucker for the story that broke the news.

The former sheriff was pardoned last summer by Trump in 2017 after his conviction of ignoring a federal court order in regards to racial profiling.

For his first TV appearance since launching his campaign for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Sen.

"So no, it had nothing to do with it. A lot of people still support me", he told Scott Pasmore in a candid interview two weeks after being voted out of office. Trump said the former sheriff was treated "unbelievably unfairly". "I'm not here to get my name in the paper, I get that everyday, anyway".

"I was with him from the day he ran in July of 2015", he said.

"Write about it fast (because) it won't last long", he said. I didn't do it to be known.

"I know he doesn't like me". I run my own campaign.

While he was sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, Arpaio staged any number of freakish publicity stunts, from "making prisoners pay for salt and pepper" to framing an innocent man for a phony assassination attempt.

Perhaps most notably, Arpaio sued then-President Barack Obama over an executive order that created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to provide deportation relief to some undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S.as children. His campaign manager says they filed the paperwork with the U.S. Senate on January 9th. Such a campaign-like Roy Moore's doomed run in Alabama last month-could divide Republicans and hand an easy seat to the Democrats, experts say. His Senate run appears to be motivated in part by a desire to prove the naysayers wrong. John McCain in a 2016 primary, is also running in the GOP primary as well. He has spent his career tearing apart immigrant families and devastating Latino communities, and he has no place in the U.S. Senate. It seems doubtful to think that voters across the state will be running to polls to send him to the Senate.