Joe Arpaio, who was just recently received President Trump’s first pardon, is considering the possibility of running for Senate, in the state of Arizona.
The former Maricopa County Sheriff, Arpaio, was convicted not long ago for ignoring a court order. In the snap of a finger, Trump pardoned him from these convictions, and now he is strongly considering challenging Senator Jeff Flake for a seat in the Senate. Flake is a well-known Trump critic.
On Monday, Arpaio said, “I could run for mayor, I could run for legislator, I could run for Senate.”
Arpaio went on to state, “I’m sure getting a lot of people around the state asking me to challenge Flake. 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.”
Despite swearing off another candidacy, Arpaio said “with what I’ve seen happening in recent months, especially what’s happening with our president, I said, ‘Hey, why not?'”
Arpaio, who is 85, added that the public should not laugh at the thought of his potential candidacy.
He said, “Why do you say ‘wow’? They just say Sheriff Joe Arpaio comma 85 years old. Why do they always say that?”
Arpaio added, “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.”
Arpaio has also said that considering suing journalists who have called him racist or misreported details of the case against him. His lawyers are currently exploring the possibility that he was “surprised” by the negative reaction to his pardon by Jeff Flake and Arizona Sen. John McCain.
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Credit: Washington Examiner