Known for his hawkish immigrations policies, Arpaio told the Examiner in a phone interview that he expects sharp criticism during his bid for Senate, but vows to hold true to his approach. "I get that everyday, anyway". "I'm a big supporter of President Trump".
The candidacy of Arpaio represents the political antagonism that will be the protagonist of the parliamentary elections on November 6, where not only will Arizona have to decide between a radical character and possibly the Democratic candidate Kyrsten Sinema, but the entire country will have to choose between allowing the Republican Party continue to do their thing or give another opportunity to a Democratic Party that still doesn't address the communities that need it most. "The reality is that Kelly has a lot of momentum in the race".
Arpaio told NBC News that he didn't tell Trump about his decision ahead of time - and that he's running because Washington needs "fresh blood". A 2011 order barred Maricopa deputies from detaining individuals based on their immigration status - a practice endorsed by Arpaio.
In 2016, facing a flood of out-of-state money, a well-organized Latino get-out-the-vote campaign, and the criminal contempt charges, Arpaio lost by a stunning 10 points.
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The former sheriff was facing up to six months in prison after he admitted to inadvertently disobeying the court order.
Trump pardoned Arpaio's conviction a year ago for disobeying a judge's order in an immigration case. Arpaio returned to public life, speaking at a fundraiser for a congressional challenger to Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif.
"We beat him like a drum in 2016, and we'll beat him like a drum if he runs again", Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., told reporters previous year.
Arpaio, who would be 86 by the time he is sworn into the Senate, is running for the seat formerly occupied by Jeff Flake, who announced in October that he will resign at the end of his term.
The 85-year-old said he would not enter the race for a House seat made available when Rep. Trent Franks resigns in January for asking staffers to be surrogate mothers for his child. And as the Washington Post's Aaron Blake notes, Arpaio also joins two other current Republican congressional hopefuls who have been convicted of a crime.