Famous for embracing the title of "America's Toughest Sheriff", Arpaio was convicted by a federal judge after the Maricopa lawman defied an order to stop detaining immigrants simply due to their legal status. "Write about it fast", Mr. But I would not be doing this if I thought that I could not win.
"I'm not here to get my name in the paper", he said.
Arpaio was pardoned by President Donald Trump in August 2017 after he was convicted of disregarding a court order with respect to alleged racial profiling. "They'll have their political firing squads and bring tons of money here, because they don't want to lose", Arpaio told The Examiner, adding "I just want to do everything I can to support our president".
Before Trump granted the pardon, the American Civil Liberties Union, which sought the court injunction against Arpaio, said it would be 'a presidential endorsement of racism'. Two Republicans familiar with McSally's plans say she'll announce she's entering the race.
Arpaio, who was soundly defeated in November 2016 in a bid for a seventh term in office, has floated possible runs for governor or senator for years.
Ward is supported by a super PAC funded by the GOP megadonor Mercer family. She also has been aggressively courting pro-Trump Republican voters.
Trump won the state by 4 percentage points in 2016.
Arpaio 's re-election defeat came amid a crush of criticism over the $141 million in legal costs that Maricopa County taxpayers footed for defending him in lawsuits over his contentious immigration policies, deaths of inmates in his jails and a child sex abuse case that was botched by his department's investigators. But Arpaio was pardoned before his sentencing date arrived in October.
"Every Democratic voter should give a dollar to Arpaio's primary campaign because nobody energizes Latino voters nationally better than Joe Arpaio", said Rep. Luis Gutiérrez of IL, a retiring Democrat who is considering a 2020 presidential run.
Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy immediately sent supporters a fundraising email seeking contributions to be split between his campaign account and Sinema's. The race looks like it could be a rare Senate pickup opportunity for Democrats in the 2018 campaign.