Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was pardoned by President Trump in August, says he's "seriously" considering running for U.S. Senate in 2018, reported The Hill. This contradicts the rumors the outspoken and controversial lawmen will run for Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.)'s seat.
Franks resigned on Thursday in the face of reports that he discussed surrogacy with female staffers. Franks' decision is after the House Ethics Committee said it would investigate his comments.
Arpaio told The Daily Beast that he is actively looking at the possibility of running for the seat currently held by Sen. Jeff Flake. Flake announced last month that he is retiring in January.
“I am seriously, seriously, seriously considering running for the U.S. Senate,” Arpaio said, “not the congressman’s seat.”
Rep. Franks released a statement after his resignation. He said, "Due to my familiarity and experience with the process of surrogacy, I clearly became insensitive as to how the discussion of such an intensely personal topic might affect others," Franks said in a statement. "I deeply regret that my discussion of this option and process in the workplace caused distress.”
Arpaio commented on Frank's resignation in the interview, calling it a "great loss" for the state of Arizona.
“He is a great man, and a great friend, and it’s a great loss for Arizona and our country," Arpaio said.
He then once again dismissed the possibility that he'd run for Franks' seat. Arpaio explained that he does not reside within Franks's 8th District.
“No, I would not consider it, but I am considering running for the Senate, Flake’s seat,” Arpaio said. “I feel like I just gave you a little scoop there.”
President Trump pardoned Arpaio after he was convicted of contempt of court for refusing to stop racially profiling Hispanics at traffic stops for the purpose of immigration checks.
“Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now 85 years old, and after more than 50 years of admirable service to our nation, he is a worthy candidate for a presidential pardon,” the White House said at the time.
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