Disgraced ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio was officially pardoned by President Donald Trump last week — and now he might help the president exact revenge against one of his rivals within the GOP.
In an interview with the Washington Examiner, the 85-year-old Arpaio said he’s weighing several options for what to do next now that he’s been pardoned by the president.
“I could run for mayor, I could run for legislator, I could run for Senate,” Arpaio explained.
Arpaio said that a lot of people asked him to challenge Flake in a primary race next year, although he hasn’t made any firm commitment either way yet.
“All I’m saying is the door is open and we’ll see what happens,” he said. “I’ve got support. I know what support I have.”
According to the Examiner, Arpaio would be motivated to run for senate to help give President Donald Trump a loyal supporter on Capitol Hill. Flake has been very outspoken in his criticism of Trump and has not been shy about calling on members of his party to stand up to the president.