Skip to comments.Joe Arpaio may challenge Jeff Flake for Arizona Senate seat: Exclusive
Posted on 08/28/2017 9:31:36 AM PDT by monkapotamus
After receiving President Trump's first pardon, Joe Arpaio's plans have gone from possible prison to book-writing, speeches and potentially another run for office in Arizona, with Sen. Jeff Flake's seat one opportunity he is eyeing.
The former Maricopa County sheriff told the Washington Examiner he's upset at negative reaction to the Friday pardon, and that he feels Republican politicians are insufficiently supportive of the president, who he calls a great man.
"I could run for mayor, I could run for legislator, I could run for Senate," Arpaio said Monday. One particular race, however, is likely to gain significant attention: the GOP primary next year facing Flake, R-Ariz., a forceful Trump critic.
"I'm sure getting a lot of people around the state asking me" to challenge Flake, said Arpaio, who served 24 years as sheriff before losing reelection in 2016. "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..."
Arpaio, who is 85 years old, said people should not scoff at his potential candidacy.
"Why do you say wow'?" he admonished, adding: "They just say Sheriff Joe Arpaio comma 85 years old. Why do they always say that?"
Arpaio said he believes "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."
"The bottom line is there's no way I'm going to go fishing. I have no hobbies," he said, declining to say how likely he is to seek office.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonexaminer.com ...
Does Arizona have run-offs? If not we better settle on one challenger.
That would be rich, but at 86 (in 2018), I’m not sure Joe is up for a 6 yr. term.
No! Joe is 85 years old.
Arizona conservatives please pick just one candidate, and not split your vote.
I love Sheriff Joe!!! Even at age 85 he’s as a tough as nails.
Sweet. He’d get my biggest political contribution ever!
I really like Arpaio, but he is 85. He should get behind some other younger Conservative Candidate.
All Muslims who believe in the Koran have and are part of a crusade for a principle or belief and to annihilate all non-believers.
I agree with the consensus - too old. We’d just end up replacing him. Maybe a House seat? But it’d be fun, either way, while it lasted!
....got carried away...Sheriff Joe is too old to keep up with swampy Washington, D.C. He can be and is a strong voice from the ‘outside’.
Too old. Time to step off the stage, Sir.
And Dr. Kelli can take McCain’s place. She said she wanted it!
Oh, Joe is active. He would be a perfect senator to take Flake’s place. This gives me such belly laughs. It would be just too perfect!
For Flake. Arpaio would be the fifth candidate in the primary. Split it five ways and Flake waltzes back in.
Wouldn’t that be a head exploein event! Especially he did and won the Election! hehehehehehehe
Joe is 85, and his wife has cancer, IIRC. I believe he should concentrate on his family at this time. His wife deserves that, IMO.
Even though I would vote for him, if eligible.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.