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Joe Arpaio 'Seriously' Considering Running for Flake's Senate Seat

Joe Arpaio 'Seriously' Considering Running for Flake's Senate Seat
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By    |   Friday, 08 December 2017 09:08 AM

Joe Arpaio is "seriously" considering running for retiring Jeff Flake's Senate seat from Arizona, telling The Daily Beast he has no interest in Rep. Trent Franks' suddenly open seat in Congress.

The former Maricopa County sheriff, who lost his last election and was pardoned President Donald Trump earlier this year after a court found him in criminal contempt, expressed his preference to run for the Senate instead of the House, the website noted.

"I am seriously, seriously, seriously considering running for the U.S. Senate, not the congressman's seat," the 85-year-old Arpaio told The Daily Beast.

"No, I would not consider it (Franks' seat), but I am considering running for the Senate, Flake's seat. I feel like I just gave you a little scoop there," the ex-sheriff added.

Franks, a staunch conservative representing Arizona's 8th congressional district, announced on Thursday he plans to resign after reports surfaced that he had approached two female staffers about the possibility of serving as gestational surrogates for him and his wife, The Daily Beast said.

That charge had sparked a House Ethics Committee investigation into whether Franks "engaged in conduct that constitutes sexual harassment and/or retaliation for opposing sexual harassment," the website wrote.

Arpaio first floated the idea of running for Flake's seat in August after his pardon. Flake had announced on October that he would not seek re-election to the Senate next year, saying "there may not be a place for a Republican like me in the current Republican climate or the current Republican Party," the Arizona Republic reported then.

"I'm sure getting a lot of people around the state asking me (about challenging Flake)" Arpaio told the Washington Examiner in August. "All I'm saying is the door is open and we'll see what happens. I've got support. I know what support I have."

The controversial lawman, nicknamed "America's Toughest Sheriff," had served Maricopa County in that position for 24 years before losing re-election in 2016. He was convicted this summer for defying a judge's order that his department not arrest suspected illegal immigrants without suspicion that they committed a state crime, according to the Examiner.

If he does run, he would likely face Kelli Ward, a former state senator, in a Republican primary, The Daily Beast noted. Ward has already won the support of the pro-Trump Super PAC as well as the Mercer family, which is closely associated with Steve Bannon, the website said.

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Joe Arpaio is "seriously" considering running for retiring Jeff Flake's Senate seat from Arizona, telling The Daily Beast he has no interest in Rep. Trent Franks' suddenly open seat in Congress.
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