US President Trump ally Sheriff Joe Arpaio launches Senate bid

Flake who's openly criticized the President since he took office is set to retire at the end of 2018

Arpaio, dubbed "America's toughest sheriff" for his anti-crime stances, was found guilty of criminal contempt of court a year ago for disobeying a judge's 2011 order to stop patrols that targeted illegal immigrants.

News that U.S. Rep. Martha McSally was taking concrete steps to announce a formal Senate run was overshadowed Tuesday by former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Doocy opened by asking him, "At 85, why do you want to do this?" and closed by giving him an opportunity to respond to Flake, who made clear during a CNN interview on Tuesday that he doesn't support Arpaio and thinks his candidacy is "not our best foot forward as Republicans".

Arizona Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-9th), who previously announced she will be running for the same open Senate seat, tweeted that her campaign will work to defeat Arpaio and his "dangerous actions and exhausted rhetoric".

"I'd have a lot of fun".

Former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio is running for U.S. Senate.

"I'm not here to get my name in the paper, I get that every day, anyway", Arpaio told the newspaper.

The field of candidates for the U.S. Senate seat held by Arizona Republican Jeff Flake is growing and may grow some more.

Arpaio flirted with running for governor five times while he was sheriff but ultimately decided against doing so each time. "But, if you're going to come across that border, you should be arrested and get the consequences of it", Arpaio added. A year ago he was found guilty of criminal contempt after repeatedly ignoring a court order and faced up to six months in jail.

He was convicted of criminal contempt and was later pardoned by President Trump.

"If you know my history, you know they (other candidates) ask for the endorsements", Arpaio said.

Arpaio joins an already contentious primary contest - the latest example of an ongoing internal struggle in the Republican Party between mainstream officials and more conservative factions.

While he was sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, Arpaio staged any number of freaky publicity stunts, from "making prisoners pay for salt and pepper" to framing an innocent man for a phony assassination attempt. "Why don't they say that I should make a good candidate".

Arpaio had been an ardent Trump supporter, though, and the president returned the favor.

As the Trump administration and Congress negotiate a legislative fix to save the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Arpaio offered the Examiner his own solution.

The lawman known for immigration crackdowns says in a fundraising email that he's concerned about so-called sanctuary cities refusing tougher enforcement of immigration laws.

"He's saying that I'm not going to last more than a month, that I'll leave, but what about him leaving?"

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