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Arizona GOP Worry Arpaio Could 'Roy Moore Us' in Senate Race

Arizona GOP Worry Arpaio Could 'Roy Moore Us' in Senate Race
Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio (Robyn Beck/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 02 February 2018 12:34 PM

There is a thought that former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio could crash and burn like Roy Moore in the Arizona Senate race, potentially even dragging down his party with him.

In a lengthy profile about the 85-year-old Arpaio, Politico quoted several Republicans as saying Arpaio's position in the race to replace Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., is not necessary and could be damaging.

"It's a stain on the party," Tyler Montague of the Public Integrity Alliance told Politico. "It brings the whole party down to clownville."

Local Republican Party chairman Paul Marchant echoed that statement, and he told Arpaio in person during the Arizona GOP's recent state convention.

"We have two great candidates," Marchant said, alluding to Kelli Ward and Rep. Martha McSally. "Someone should have told [NFL quarterback] Brett Favre to retire. Why run, sheriff?"

Marchant separately told Politico, "There are McSally people cheering [Arpaio's candidacy], but it's dangerous. There's a real sense he could win the primary and Roy Moore us."

Another Republican who wished to remain anonymous added that Arpaio is merely looking for attention.

"If someone would just give him a radio show, he never would have run," the person told Politico.

Moore ran against Democrat Doug Jones in Alabama's special election last year, but lost amid multiple allegations that he sexually harassed and/or assaulted teenage girls and women in the 1970s and 1980s. Moore edged now former Sen. Luther Strange in the Republican primary, but lost to Jones by 1.5 percentage points in the election.

The sexual misconduct allegations had a direct impact on the race, as many Republicans either wrote in another candidate or abstained from voting.

Arpaio gained national attention during his 24 years as sheriff, instituting policies that included dressing inmates in pink underwear, feeding them bologna sandwiches, and keeping them in outdoor (but covered) areas that he called a "concentration camp."

President Donald Trump pardoned Arpaio last summer after he was convicted of contempt of court stemming from his department's practice of profiling. Not long after Flake announced he would retire from the Senate at the end of this year, Arpaio threw his hat into the ring. He needs to secure 6,000 signatures by the end of May to earn a place on the GOP primary ballot.

Arpaio is close with Trump, but it remains to be seen whether the president would publicly support him in the race.

A recent ABC15 poll found that McSally had 31 percent support, Arpaio had 29 percent, and Ward had 25 percent.

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