"I have a lot to offer".
Arpaio, dubbed "America's toughest sheriff" as a result of his proactive enforcement of illegal immigration, drew media attention after he was pardoned by President Donald Trump a year ago. "I did it right off the bat, July of 2015, so I will work hard to help him on his agenda and his policies". "I think by this time next month, he may not be in the race".
"What ego? You guys forgot me the day I left office anyway".
Arpaio told NBC News that Washington needed "fresh blood" and that he hadn't informed Trump of his decision to run. Unlike other local police leaders who left it to USA authorities, Arpaio made hundreds of arrests in traffic patrols that sought out immigrants and business raids in which his officers targeted immigrants who used fraudulent IDs to get jobs.
Eight months later, Arpaio was convicted of criminal contempt for having ignored a judge's order to stop detaining immigrants simply because he suspected that they lacked legal status.
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"That would be no amnesty, everybody would be happy, you deport them and then let them come back with all their education here", he continued.
By entering the race, Arpaio would pit himself against conservative Kelli Ward in this year's Republican primary. John McCain, has been endorsed by former Trump strategist Steve Bannon in her campaign to replace Flake.
"When Arpaio is added on to it, this guy's notorious for being a convicted felon, racially profiling against Hispanic Arizonans, it will drive up turnout within our base for the fall", said Drew Sanderson of the AZ Democratic party.
Arpaio's reign ended when a relatively unknown Phoenix police sergeant defeated Arpaio in the 2016 sheriff election, despite Arpaio raising over $12.6 million to his rival's $1 million.
Arpaio is also known for retaliating against political adversaries and using various freaky schemes for the sake of publicity.
Arpaio is Arizona's answer to Roy Moore in Alabama.
Reporters, including myself, had dismissed Arpaio's ambitions as PR stunts. Are they going to stand up immediately against Joe Arpiao's hatred and bigotry and pledge that they'll refuse to support him should he somehow win the nomination?
Arpaio, as he says, doesn't need the fame or infamy of running for Senate.