Tag Archives: 2018 Arizona US Senate race

Arpaio is trying to get his criminal conviction erased…

His buddy Donald Trump may have pardoned him….

But he IS STILL on the record as a CONVICED criminal…

Arpaio is currently trailing GOP Rep. Martha McSally in the polling…..Trump’s endorsement could help …Maybe…The last few people Trump ‘helped’?…Lost….

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has filed to have a contempt of court conviction cleared as he officially kicks off his bid to be Arizona’s next senator.

Local Arizona news station KTAR reported Friday that Arpaio has filed an appeal with the U.S. District Court, arguing that Judge Susan Bolton “refused to give the Sheriff a trial by jury,” and that her “verdict was completely unsupported by the evidence, among numerous other reasons” when she found him in contempt of court for refusing to stop racially profiling Hispanic people at traffic stops for immigration checks.

In October, following a presidential pardon of the sheriff, Bolton accepted that Arpaio would not face sentencing but did not vacate her ruling that found Arpaio guilty.

The former Arizona sheriff, who lost his reelection bid in 2016 after two decades on the job, was known as “America’s toughest sheriff” for his “tent city” prison complex and oft-criticized brutal treatment of prisoners….


Arizona Sen: Rep. Martha McSally (R) will Run for Senate..

We already Know that ex-Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio (R) has stolen all the media attention in this race for now…

image…Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., is running for Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Martha McSally (R) will announce a bid for the Senate seat of Sen. Jeff Flake (R) today. McSally, a former fighter pilot who won and then held down her purple seat in two competitive elections, will be a strong establishment choice in the race. So far she faces two much more antiestablishment contenders, ex-Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio (R) and ex-State Sen. and 2016 Senate candidate Kelli Ward (R). McSally would likely be a much stronger general election candidate for the tough race against Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D) relative to Arpaio or Ward.

McSally’s decision opens up AZ-2, an R+1 seat covering most of the Tucson area, except the Hispanic-heavy central and southern portions of Tucson and some of the city’s northern suburbs, as well as Cochise County in the rural southeast corner of the state. The Mathismander actually probably made this seat very slightly more Republican than a fair map by stretching it east out of the Tucson area. However, it is still likely to be one of Republicans’ toughest holds this year as an open seat with a large white liberal base in urban Tucson. One Republican, businesswoman Lea Marquez-Peterson (R), is already in the race anticipating a McSally Senate run; however, the field may grow significantly from there. State Sen. Gail Griffin (R) and State Reps. Becky Nutt (R), Drew John (R), and Todd Clodfelter (R) all live in the district, as does ex-State House Speaker David Gowan (R), who considered and aborted a run for AZ-1 in 2014. From local office, there is Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier (R), Pima County commissioners Ally Miller (R) and Steve Christy (R), and Douglas City Councilman DJ Morales (R). Miller and Morales have been pegged as being interested in a run already.

Democrats’ major candidate in the race so far is ex-Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D), who carpetbagged here from Flagstaff to take on McSally….


Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio could run for the US Senate from Arizona…

From bad to worst out there?

Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he’s “seriously” considering a run for U.S. Senate in 2018, throwing cold water on rumors the outspoken lawman who was pardoned by President Trump earlier this year will run for Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.)’s seat.

Arpaio told The Daily Beast on Thursday that he is actively looking at the possibility of running for the seat currently held by Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who is retiring in January.

“I am seriously, seriously, seriously considering running for the U.S. Senate,” Arpaio said, “not the congressman’s seat.”

Arpaio’s comments followed Franks’ announcement Thursday that he would resign his House seat after the House Ethics Committee said it would investigate his comments about surrogacy with female staffers…..