Want to know the best way to ensure that Joe Arpaio will stay in the Senate race until the bitter end, even if he ultimately has to run it from a walker or a wheelchair?
Tell him to get out.
The Republic’s Dan Nowicki is reporting that there’s a draft state resolution on tap, for this weekend’s Arizona Republican Party Convention, urging Arpaio to step aside in the race to replace Sen. Jeff Flake.
“WHEREAS two well qualified candidates, former state Senator Kelli Ward and U.S. Representative Martha McSally, are in the race for U.S. Senator for Arizona; THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Arizona Republican Party expresses its gratitude to Sheriff Arpaio for his many years of service, and respectfully urges him to exit the race for U.S. Senator from Arizona.”
Why would Joe Arpaio quit?
Note to Arizona Republican Party: Have you met Joe Arpaio? Do you remember him telling us (ad nauseum) that “Nobody can tell the sheriff what to do?”
Likewise, when it comes to the ex-sheriff, the one whose phone is now ringing again with requests for interviews.
Arpaio may be Kelli Ward’s worst nightmare but no doubt Martha McSally would like to see him gone from the Republican primary as well.
Unlike Ward, who’s not likely to have any money, Arpaio has a deep well from which to raise the money needed to go after the well-funded McSally, hobbling her as she heads into the general election race against Kyrsten Sinema, the Democrats’ best hope in 30 years to pick up an Arizona Senate seat.
Arpaio will be well funded
Arpaio’s professional fundraisers send out a request and money comes flying in from across the U.S. …
…From those who believe he that he’s the only one who will do anything about illegal immigration.
…From those who believe that Obama personally orchestrated his ouster by bringing federal charges against him.
…From those in places like Davenport, Iowa, and Birmingham, Alabama, who actually believe Arpaio when he assures them he will win.
(Note: he won’t.)
Forget about a Trump endorsement
He parachuted into the race, no doubt banking on getting an endorsement from President Donald Trump. Arpaio was there for him early on his campaign, stumping across the nation for him. Say one thing about Arpaio, but he’s a loyal sort and he likely figures Trump will be as well.
But no endorsement has been forthcoming and longtime Republican Party strategists tell me not to hold my breath waiting for one.
After Alabama, there is no upside for Trump in edging out onto that particular limb and risking another high-profile illustration of his modest coattails.
As for those who want Arpaio to run? Rejoice in that GOP resolution urging him to get out of the race. Pray even that it passes.
That GOP resolution will be like a shot of campaign Viagra to the 85-year-old former sheriff.
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