Joe Arpaio, the controversial Arizona lawman who recently received a pardon from President Donald Trump from charges of criminal contempt, is reportedly considering a run for the U.S. Senate following his brush with prison time.
âI could run for mayor, I could run for legislator, I could run for Senate,â Arpaio said, taking aim at Flake and other Republican politicians who have failed to support the presidentâs agenda in recent months in order to curry favor with left-leaning constituents.
âIâm sure getting a lot of people around the state asking me to [run against Flake],â Arpaio revealed. âAll Iâm saying is the door is open and weâll see what happens. Iâve got support. I know what support I have.
When he left office in January, Arpaio vowed that he would not run for public office again. But âwith what Iâve seen happening in recent months, especially whatâs happening with our president, I said, âHey, why not?ââ
He also took aim at critics who have dismissed Arpaioâs political ambitions based on his age alone.
âWhy do you say âwowâ?â he wondered. âThey just say Sheriff Joe Arpaio comma 85 years old. Why do they always say that? âŚ Iâm proud to be my age. I work 14 hours a day. If anyone thinks my age is going to hold me back, Iâve got news for them. The bottom line is thereâs no way Iâm going to go fishing. I have no hobbies.â
Flake is already facing a primary challenge from former state Sen. Kelli Ward, who is more ideologically aligned with Trump. In a recent campaign ad titled âNaming Jeff Flake,â Ward pointed to the presidentâs remarks at last weekâs rally in Phoenix, where he declined to directly refer to Flake.
âThe president doesnât need to name names because I will,â Ward said in the 45-second ad. âJeff Flake is weak and heâs failed us in the Senate.â