Controversial former sheriff Joe Arpaio running for Senate in Arizona

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Joe Arpaio, a former sheriff in Maricopa County, Ariz., announced he is running for the Senate seat being left vacant by Sen.

"I am running for the U.S. Senate from the Great State of Arizona, for one unwavering reason: to support the agenda and policies of President Donald Trump in his mission to Make America Great Again." the 85-year-old ex-lawman tweeted Tuesday morning.

Arpaio had been an ardent Trump supporter, though, and the president returned the favor. "I can do what I feel is right and not worry about raising money and campaigning the minute you take office".

"I think Washington needs me, the president needs me", the ex-sheriff argued. "I'm not here to get my name in the paper, I get that everyday, anyway".

Arpaio will be 86 on Election Day, but said his age was an advantage in the race. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat Sasse: RNC help for Roy Moore "doesn't make any sense" Sasse calls RNC decision to resume support for Moore "bad" and "sad" MORE (R-Ariz.). President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for "serious case of amnesia" after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don't want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE pardoned Arpaio a year ago after he was convicted of ignoring a court order related to racial profiling in his division.

He'd first have to win an August primary, where he's likely to face off against Rep. Martha McSally. John McCain in 2016, the Washington Examiner reports.

Arpaio said in December that he was 'seriously, seriously, seriously considering running'. She was also backed by Steve Bannon - though Ward distanced herself from the former White House chief strategist after Bannon's comments in a new book drew condemnation from Trump.

As I wrote at the time: "In pardoning Arpaio, Trump has given a free pass to an unrepentant and habitual abuser of authority, a man with insufficient regard for the Constitution he swore to uphold or the separation of powers it enshrines".

Murphy added half of donations earned from the email would go to Sinema's campaign war chest.

"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.