Joe Arpaio Slams Sen. Flake: ‘He Didn’t Have the Guts’ to Run for Re-Election

This article was originally published by Fox News on January 9, 2018. Read the original article.

By Fox News
January 9, 2018

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio joined Steve Doocy on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday morning to discuss his bid for Senate in Arizona.

Arpaio, a strong supporter of President Donald Trump known for his hard stance on illegal immigration, could shake up the August Republican primary in the race to replace retiring Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.).

Trump pardoned Arpaio last summer, sparing the former sheriff jail time after he was convicted of ignoring a federal court order in a racial-profiling case.

“I’m doing it for the people of Arizona, for our country and to support our great president I was with from the day he ran,” Arpaio said.

He said he would welcome the opportunity to help the president in his mission of “draining the swamp” in Washington, D.C.

“I’d have a lot of fun. I’m an independent guy. There’s no rubber stamps,” Arpaio said. “The president and I have a good relationship, and that’s going to be good for Arizona and for our country. There’s a lot of people who don’t want me to go to Washington, including a few Republicans.”

He said one of those Republicans is Flake, who said in an interview on Tuesday that he “cannot see” supporting Arpaio.

“He’s saying that I’m not going to last more than a month, that I’ll leave, but what about him leaving?” Arpaio said. “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.”