Bomb­shell up­ends race to re­place Flake

The Arizona Republic - - Valley & State - Lau­rie Roberts Colum­nist Ari­zona Repub­lic USA TO­DAY NET­WORK

If you’re the Repub­li­can Party, this has dis­as­ter writ­ten all over it.

Joe Ar­paio – the 85-year-old exMari­copa County sher­iff – says he is run­ning for the U.S. Sen­ate.

No, re­ally.

“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,” he tweeted.

A guy who was Don­ald Trump be­fore Don­ald Trump was Don­ald Trump says he’s ready to rep­re­sent Ari­zona in Wash­ing­ton. In his dreams, any­way.

Ar­paio couldn’t win re-elec­tion as sher­iff in Repub­li­can-rich Mari­copa County in 2016, when Don­ald Trump won Ari­zona. It seems doubt­ful that vot­ers across the state will be run­ning to the polls to send him to the Sen­ate. Which gets me to my se­cond point. If you’re the Demo­cratic Party, the sun is surely shin­ing upon you to­day.

Ar­paio’s en­try into the Sen­ate race seems to boost Rep. Kyrsten Sinema’s chances of be­com­ing Ari­zona’s next

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