Walking presidential pardon, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is looking for his next trick, and he seems to have settled on what would be a showstopper.
With the announcement of Representative Trent Franks’ (R-AZ) “resignation, Arizona has a vacancy to fill. But Sheriff Joe wants to go big, not go home. He says he’s seriously, seriously, seriously considering running for the U.S. Senate, not the congressman’s seat.”
Sheriff Joe has quite a resume already, fashioning himself as “America’s Toughest Sheriff” after presiding over Arizona’s largest county for almost 25 years. Highlights from his storied career include accusations of law breaking in pursuit of his enthusiastic anti-immigration stance. He’s managed to rack up counts of unconstitutionality – for the horrendous living conditions at his “Tent City” outdoor jail; general abuse of power; and contempt of court, for continuing to detain Latinos based on his personal belief that they must all be here illegally.
It was that last one that won him the Presidential Pardon from Trump.
The 85 year-old would definitely be a wildcard. On the one hand, he lost big time to a democratic opponent in his 2016 bid for re-election. On the other hand, he’s got the blessing of President Trump himself. On the third hand, another right-wing candidate is preparing to run; and former state senator Kelli Ward is already closely associated with a big pro-Trump Super PAC and Steve Bannon’s cronies.
The guy’s not known for his strict adherence to the law, so the prospect of Joe Arpaio throwing his giant cowboy hat into the ring for the role of professional lawmaker doesn’t inspire confidence. Let’s hope contempt of court is enough of a disqualifier, if professional racist is not enough to do the job.