Arpaio's Decision to Run Shakes Up Senate Race in Arizona

Arpaio's Decision to Run Shakes Up Senate Race in Arizona

Now, it's possible that the left could see another big win in a red state with the announcement that Sheriff Joe Arpaio hopes to replace Republican Senator Jeff Flake.

Arpaio, whose parents immigrated to America from Italy, said he is ready to be challenged by the Democratic Party who he says tries to label him as anti-immigrant and a racist. They have education here and help out and be good ambassadors from the United States to their country.

During an interview on NPR's Morning Edition, Arpaio called to deport beneficiaries of an Obama-era program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which grants work authorization and deportation relief in two-year increments to almost 800,000 applicants. He was one of the loudest voices in the birther movement, which suggests that the country's first black president was not born in the US, and sent a deputy to Hawaii in 2012 to investigate. The former Maricopa County sheriff was convicted for defying a court order to stop racially profiling Latinos, and he has been widely criticized for his hard-line stances on immigration. Trump consistently attacks the Justice Department for its investigation in whether his campaign colluded with Russian Federation to win the 2016 election.

The immigration firebrand's entrance into the Arizona race could have far-reaching consequences for the party, as Arpaio's views will likely receive an outsize megaphone. Kelli Ward, in the GOP primary.

Arpaio was spared a possible jail sentence previous year when President Trump pardoned his conviction for disobeying a judge's order in an immigration case.

Questioned yet again by Cuomo about Obama's document, Arpaio said it's phony. But Trump pardoned him. Bobblehead dolls of Arpaio and Trump stand side by side atop a shelf.

However, Arpaio told Chris Cuomo of CNN that he had forensic evidence to prove that Obama forged his birth certificate.

Until now, Ward was considered to be the Republican front-runner. She demanded that Arpaio cease being so aggressive, and Arpaio ignored her.

"I love this state, the people in this state, so I think I can give something back. He is a much more prominent and visible person, he's been around so long", said David Berman, a senior research fellow at Arizona State University's Morrison Institute of Public Policy.

But Mr Arpaio's record as a demagogic, law-breaking attention-seeker could allow Ms McSally to cast herself as the only candidate who is capable of winning the general election.

With her compelling personal story and high-powered fundraising record, most observers had expected Ms McSally to easily dispatch Mrs Ward in the Republican primary.

Steve Bannon publicly endorsed Ward at a Scottsdale rally in October just days before Flake announced he is not running.



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