"In one infamous case, people working under Arpaio staged an assassination attempt against him in order to boost his popularity - framing an innocent man in the process", the AC:LU reports. His Senate run appears to be motivated in part by a desire to prove the naysayers wrong.
"I'm an independent guy, but the president and I have a good relationship, and that's going to be good for Arizona and for our country", said Arpaio. "I can do what I feel is right and not worry about raising money and campaigning the minute you take office". It was big decision to make. You thought. You thought but that didn't bother me at all. you think when I leave the Senate people will remember. "I had to talk to my wife about this, knowing that it would be very high profile and controversial, but I feel that I have some life left".
Arpaio was spared a possible jail sentence past year when Trump pardoned his conviction for disobeying a judge's order in an immigration case.
In 2015, Grimm was sentenced to eight months in prison after he pleaded guilty to tax fraud. And conservative Kelli Ward is already in the race - setting up another showdown between the establishment-backed candidate in McSally and anti-establishment forces after a similar battle cost the GOP a Senate seat in Alabama.
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Arpaio maintained his views stem from a desire to uphold the law, and that he has a "soft spot" for his state's Hispanic community.
Arpaio bragged Tuesday that he raised $13 million for his 2016 race for sheriff. National Republican leaders would like to see a run by the more mainstream Martha McSally, now in the U.S. House; she is expected to make an announcement Friday, CNN reports.
He'll enter a Republican primary for the seat being vacated by Republican Sen. I'll make a prediction. "I sure don't have to run for office to be known".
"I have a far-out plan, which may look stupid", he said. John McCain in 2016) and Rep. Martha McSally.
A Trump endorsement in the race could decide the victor. She was also backed by Steve Bannon - though Ward distanced herself from the former White House chief strategist after Bannon's comments in a new book drew condemnation from Trump.
Torunn Sinclair, the communications director for the Arizona Republican Party, said the Democrats have lost sight of what usually happens after statewide Republican primaries in Arizona - the Republican nominee defeats the Democratic nominee in the general election.