Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Arpaio in race for Senate, McSally expected to declare, and Fryer enters race for Governor.

Dylan Smith at the Tucson Sentinel has reports on entrants, one new and one likely, into the race for the US Senate seat to be vacated by Sen. Jeff Flake. Also in the news is a new entrant into the Democratic primary race for the AZ Governor seat.

First, let’s recall the definition of a pardon: “A pardon is a government decision to allow a person who has been convicted of a crime to be free and absolved of that conviction, as if he were never convicted.” (Wikipedia)

So, with that in mind, Joe Arpaio, convicted & pardoned ex-sheriff, declares Senate run.

Joe Arpaio, the ex-Maricopa County Sheriff who lost a 2016 re-election bid and was found guilty of criminal contempt in a racial-profiling case before being pardoned by President Donald Trump, said he’s seeking a U.S. Senate seat.

“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,” Arpaio tweeted Tuesday.

Arpaio — who reveled in his self-description as “America’s Toughest Sheriff” — was pardoned last year by Trump after being convicted of disobeying court orders in a case that found his department had racially profiled Latinos in Maricopa County.

The 85-year-old Republican … will face a tough GOP primary, with Tea Party favorite and Steve Bannon-endorsed former state legislator Kelli Ward out in front of the pack. Arpaio’s announcement came after a rift developed last week between Trump (who has often praised his work as sheriff) and Bannon, a former Trump campaign manager and top White House advisor.

AZBlueMeanie has lots to say about Arpaio in Crazy Uncle Joe Arpaio to run for the Senate to pick the pockets of the rubes who support this racist.

Oh sweet Jesus! Are we really going to do this? Alabamians are relieved today that an Arizona exists to make them look not so bad by comparison.

Crazy Uncle Joe Arpaio is just a grifter, like his buddy Donald Trump, and is only interested in picking the pockets of the racist and white nationalist rubes who see him as a hero (sic). He doesn’t want to be a senator.

Arpaio’s announcement triggered predictable responses. The Blue Meanie quotes from the The Republic’s online story: Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, announcing run for U.S. Senate, says, ‘I don’t run to lose’.

Tom Perez, the Democratic National Committee chairman, called Arpaio’s Senate candidacy a symptom of “moral decay in the modern Republican Party” and vowed that Democrats “will fight tooth-and-nail” to make sure he never holds public office again.

… Cecillia Wang, deputy legal director of the national ACLU and a lead planitiffs’ attorney in the long-running racial-profiling case against Arpaio’s office … wrote: “Arpaio couldn’t even win re-election to the sheriff’s office he held for decades. The people had enough of his racism and the high costs of his refusal to obey the Constitution and the courts. I don’t know whether to laugh or shake my head in disgust.”

Senator Jeff Flake, the retiring incumbent, was dismissive and suggested Arpaio’s candidacy wouldn’t last.

“You can argue that it splits up the vote, the more Trumpy-vote, and makes it easier for Martha McSally,” Flake told reporters in Washington. “That assumes that Kelli Ward stays in the race — too little is known. But I will be supremely surprised if Joe Arpaio was in the race a month from now.”

The BlueMeanie concludes on a positive note.

What we saw happen in Alabama last year could easily replay here in Arizona. Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema just improved her chances of becoming Arizona’s next senator.

It will be fun to watch the two of them,Ward and Arpaio, and maybe soon another. out-grovel each other at the feet of Donald Trump. They will be joined in their sycophancy by another Trump supporter now, apparently, about to announce entry into a Senate race. After lengthy dilly-dallying, or I might say, silly-McSallying, “Poised to enter the race is U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, who has scheduled a trio of ”special announcement“ events across the state on Friday. She and her staff have for months refused to comment on her political plans.” Martha McSally set for campaign announcement.

She may have flown attack jets in the Air Force, but the rollout of Martha McSally’s impending U.S. Senate campaign has been more like the slow, methodical preparations for a battle on the ground. That looks to be about to change.

Poised to join the race to succeed U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake is U.S. Rep. McSally, who has scheduled a trio of “special announcement” events across the state on Friday. She and her staff have for months refused to comment on her political plans, but it’s been apparent for months that she planned a run.

Already in the Republican primary race are former state legislator Kelli Ward and ex-Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who announced his run Tuesday. On the Democratic side, U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema is facing off with activist Deedra Abboud in the Senate primary.

McSally will hold three events Friday — beginning at Tucson International Airport, with a quick stop at a hanger at Sky Harbor in Phoenix and on to the steps of the courthouse in Prescott — the location where U.S. Sen. John McCain has traditionally launched his campaigns.

The second-term Tucson Republican narrowly won election in 2014, and prevailed again in 2016. She faces the potential of another bruising race in Arizona’s CD 2, with a bevy of Democrats vying to challenge her. Among them are Ann Kirkpatrick, the former CD 1 congresswoman who lost the U.S. Senate race to John McCain last year; former Assistant Army Secretary Mary Matiella; Matt Heinz, who lost to McSally in November 2016; political newcomer Billy Kovacs; and former state representative Bruce Wheeler.

With Ward and Arpaio potentially dividing the right-wing vote, McSally — who has dithered on formally announcing her campaign — may face a smoother path through the primary.

Yeah, but the general election is another story. McSally has been tagged as a political twin sister to President Trump whose approval ratings are in the tank.

While McSally won her seat a second time (after losing a 2012 special primary and the 2012 regular general election to former U.S. Rep. Ron Barber) by more votes seen in several previous election cycles in CD 2, the district voted against Donald Trump by a significant margin.

A new candidate enters the Democratic race for Governor: Tucsonan Fryer makes 3rd Dem running for Az governor.

Another Democrat has jumped into the gubernatorial primary: Local YWCA head Kelly Fryer is joining Tucson legislator Steve Farley and ASU professor David Garcia, who lost a 2014 race for state schools superintendent.

Fryer announced her campaign Tuesday, saying she’s running “because I believe there are enough of us who are ready to stand up for ourselves, for our families and neighbors. I believe that together, we can solve every single problem we are facing in this state.”

Fryer has been the CEO of YWCA Southern Arizona, a nonprofit working to empower women and end racism, since 2013. For a year before that, she was the head of Arizona List, which raises money for women candidates.

Prior to that, she was for nearly a decade the head of A Renewal Enterprise, a Chicago-area communications consulting firm serving faith-based nonprofits and political groups.

Fryer was the senior pastor for a progressive Lutheran church in the Chicago area in the 1990s.

Although Fryer works and rents a home in downtown Tucson, she and her wife Tana own a home in Bisbee, where she is registered to vote.

Fryer will face off with Garcia and Farley — who has termed out in the state Legislature — in the August primary to determine who will meet GOP Gov. Doug Ducey in the November general election.

Of the three Farley is most experienced in state government, especially in matters of finance and the budget.

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