This will be a big year for Congress. The mid-term elections could secure a stronger majority for Republicans. Or it can spell doom, should Democrats get the upper hand.
Several long-serving conservative senators are retiring. That leaves their seats up in the air. Democrats will be fighting tooth and nail to steal those seats. In order for Republicans to enjoy a majority in Congress, they must fight with everything they have.
As it turns out, Sheriff Joe Arpaio might become an unlikely victory in the Arizona race.
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. https://t.co/ANppBdDOtp
— Sheriff Joe Arpaio (@RealSheriffJoe) January 9, 2018
From Fox News:
Republican Joe Arpaio, a close ally of President Trump and former sheriff known for his provocative approach to combatting illegal immigration, is running for Senate in Arizona.
The 85-year-old Arpaio could shake up the late August Republican primary in a critical open-seat 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.
The polarizing yet iconic former Maricopa County sheriff, beloved by many conservatives for his hawkish immigration policies, presents an alternative to state Sen. Kelli Ward and a potential obstacle to Rep. Martha McSally. She is expected to launch within days and is widely viewed as the Republicans’ strongest general election candidate.
In a telephone interview with the Washington Examiner, Arpaio shrugged off concerns about his age, dismissed Republican insiders’ anxiety that his poor reputation with nonwhite voters would put the seat in play for the Democrats in the midterm, and discussed plans to work with Trump on behalf of Arizona.
While Arpaio looks like a shoe-in, thanks to his support for Trump, there are several obstacles. His controversial reputation might jeopardize republican’s changes in a general election. Remember what happened in Alabama, when an “outsider” was nominated. The long conservative state elected a Democrat to the Senate.
In order for Arpaio to be the right candidate, Arizonians have to think long and hard. That’s not easy to do. In this age of social media, it’s almost impossible to get all the facts. Liberals love to push false narratives. These made up stories spread like wildfire. Only after millions retweet a lie does the truth come out.
Will Arpaio be able to fight off the criticism over his indictment and age? Those might be two major factors that prevent him from winning. Considering there are strong conservative rivals seeking that seat, we’ll have to wait and see.
All I can say is: Arizona conservatives better do their job.
Source: Fox News