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.
For the president, therefore, to persecute immigrants is an "admirable service".
Joe Arpaio's illegal-immigration crackdown made him a polarizing figure and an early ally of President Trump. "But I would not being doing this if I thought that I could not win".
"I have a lot to offer", Mr. Arpaio told The Washington Examiner.
The former sheriff is 85 years old and would be one of the oldest ever first term Senators in congressional history. Brutal police tactics, racial profiling and his ignorance of the judicial orders, were just some of the reasons why he was convicted in early 2017, until President Trump chose to pardon him, in a gesture of gratitude for his loyalty.
"You're the guy that said I would never run for office", the sheriff said at the start of our phone interview Tuesday.
The candidacy of Arpaio represents the political antagonism that will be the protagonist of the parliamentary elections on November 6, where not only will Arizona have to decide between a radical character and possibly the Democratic candidate Kyrsten Sinema, but the entire country will have to choose between allowing the Republican Party continue to do their thing or give another opportunity to a Democratic Party that still doesn't address the communities that need it most. Last month was my 60th year of marriage.
"I'm not going down there to spend 20 years as a senator", he said.
The misdemeanor criminal conviction had carried a maximum sentence of six months in jail and a fine. And as the Washington Post's Aaron Blake notes, Arpaio also joins two other current Republican congressional hopefuls who have been convicted of a crime.
Arpaio said in December that he was 'seriously, seriously, seriously considering running'. "I'm not going to get into my personal life, but I will say we have four grandkids and some have a different ethnic and racial background. Why don't they say that I should make a good candidate".
In 2016, facing a flood of out-of-state money, a well-organized Latino get-out-the-vote campaign, and the criminal contempt charges, Arpaio lost by a stunning 10 points.