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Joe Arpaio to Jeff Flake's Criticism of Campaign Plans: 'Who Cares?'

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By    |   Wednesday, 10 January 2018 08:31 AM

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio Wednesday said he's seeking retiring Sen. Jeff Flake's seat in order to help support President Donald Trump's agenda, and he doesn't care if Flake likes it or not.

"I know he doesn't like me," Arpaio told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program. "Who cares? He is not running. He is saying that I'm not going to last more than a month. That I will leave. What about him leaving?

"He didn't have the guts to face the people to get re-elected. At least I got the guts to face all the detractors, Democratic Party, you name it. He can have his opinion; I got mine. It doesn't bother me at all."

Flake, who will leave the Senate after his term ends this year, told CNN on Tuesday that he will not support Arpaio's campaign to replace him.

"No, no, no, no — not at all," Flake told CNNs' Jake Tapper. "That's not our best forward as Republicans."

He also told reporters, after Tuesday's immigration meeting at the White House, that Arpaio's race for the Senate will be short-lived, and to "write about it fast cause it won't last long."

Arpaio on Wednesday told Fox News that at 85, he's running for the national office "for the people of Arizona, for our country and to support our great president."

"I was with him from the day he ran in July of 2015," he said. "I said then that he would be our next president. I guess it did happen."

Arpaio said his 24 years as a sheriff, fighting the drug and illegal immigration problem, will be good experience in becoming a senator, even though it "got me in trouble."

"I have had [Barack] Obama and [Eric] Holder zero in on me," he said. "It took them eight years to get me on contempt misdemeanor. So, I will be talking more about that in the future. But don't forget, I spent 55 years in law enforcement.

"You name it, so I wasn't just a sheriff. So I'm going to take all the experience that I have gathered in my career and use it in the Senate."

The former sheriff was pardoned last summer by Trump in 2017 after his conviction of ignoring a federal court order in regards to racial profiling. He became a conservative favorite over the years because of his strict policies on immigration and crime.

The controversial sheriff, nicknamed "America's Toughest Sheriff," had served Maricopa County in that position for 24 years before losing re-election in 2016.

Despite Trump's pardon, Arpaio insisted there would be no "rubber stamps" for the president.

"I'm an independent guy, but the president and I have a good relationship, and that's going to be good for Arizona and for our country," said Arpaio. "And yeah, there is a lot of people that do not want me to go to Washington, including a few Republicans. But, that's okay."

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Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio Wednesday said he's seeking retiring Sen. Jeff Flake's seat in order to help support President Donald Trump's agenda, and he doesn't care if Flake likes it or not.
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