May 3rd, 2010
04:12 PM ET
13 years ago

Outspoken sheriff won't run for governor in Arizona

(CNN) – Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a fixture in Arizona politics, announced Monday that he will not seek the Republican nomination for governor in his home state.

"I just don't want to leave my 4,000 dedicated employees," Arpaio said. "I am going to contribute my service and fight as the Sheriff of Maricopa County."

"I don't want to be egotistical, but I could be the governor if I ran," he boasted. "My polls are very high. I got the money. I got the polls. I got the support."

Arpaio made the announcement in an interview set to air on CNN’s "John King USA" on Monday night.

Had he decided to jump the race, Arpaio would have faced a crowded GOP primary featuring incumbent Gov. Jan Brewer, state Treasurer Dean Martin, Tucson attorney John Munger and and Yavapai County businessman Buz Mills.

Arpaio’s tough approach to law enforcement has earned him a following among anti-illegal immigration activists both in Arizona and around the country. He welcomed the recently-passed Arizona law that grants state police officers greater power in questioning suspected illegal immigrants.

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soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. SocialismBad

    Too bad... This country needs more no-nonsense, common sense people like him in office. I am, owever, VERY PLEASED he will continue in his LAW ENFORCEMENT role! Keep up the good work Joe!

    May 3, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  2. ronalde

    Joe should run it seems like he is the only one who can get a handle on things.

    May 3, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  3. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Would anyone listen to this little egoist if he did not carry a gun?

    May 3, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  4. Mr. BigMouth

    **"I don't want to be egotistical, but I could be the governor if I ran," he boasted. "My polls are very high. I got the money. I got the polls. I got the support."**

    Yeah, me too, I don't want to be egotistical, but I can make you see Jupiter if you allow me make love to you. Afterall, I got the mojo. i got the stamina. I got the magic-stick!


    May 3, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  5. Ruty

    If I were a legal immigrant in Arizona I would be PROUD to show my papers. I believe only the illegals are protesting. Try going to another country and doing what the illegals are doing and you WILL be thrown in jail. If you don't like what is happening in America–GO BACK WHERE YOU CAME FROM. Joe I wish you would run for President.

    May 3, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  6. Duck Fallas

    How do you know his parents came here legally? Were you there?

    May 3, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  7. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Wow! Talk about eating their young! I thought Republicans had it written in stone that they were not to run against incumbent Repbulicans in primaries (unless Sara, Rush or Glenn tells them to)! Let me guess, each of the others running is claiming he or she is more conservative than the others. Here is the real test – let's see if any of them can spell the word "Constitution" and describe it and all the ammendments. If so, they are too liberal for the Tea Baggers and should drop out of the race.
    Yes, the Republican Party base is who turns out for their Primaries. Same with the Democrats. Remember, though, those bases will make up less than 20% of the respective party electorates on most election days! If they want their candidates to win, those candidates will need to play more to the Center and less to the fringes.

    May 3, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  8. Jerry D

    Sure Joe, why be under the microscope of the State's head office when you can run your underground operation and make millions off of the blood sweat and tears of those you oppress? This man does not deserve to be the dog catcher in town much less any office he now holds or will in the future.

    May 3, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  9. key

    He Would never get past the primaries really

    May 3, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  10. Scott Anonymou-S

    Obviously yet another publicity stunt by Nicklebag Joe...

    May 3, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. John

    This guy should run for President; it sure would be a safer country then instead of this pacifist we have now.

    May 3, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  12. TCM

    We need this guy to run for president, and oust that limp-wristed, nancy-boy waffle that's squating in the White House.

    May 3, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  13. Michael

    Shame he's not running...that would have been the final nail in the coffin for the GOP.
    This old nutbag is the inspiration for Boss Hogg: a relic from the Old South; I don't know if he looks better in Fascist Brownshirt & Jackboots, or Planter Whites and bullwhip. This sheriff is everything the USA has grown out of since WWII.

    May 3, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  14. JJ in NY

    Sheriff Joe Arpaio is a patriotic American, who doesn't cowtow to political correctness .

    May 3, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  15. Michael

    You know, some Tea Bagger is going to make a fortune selling Sheriff Joe action figures at rallies now, if my last post ever makes it out of moderation that is.

    May 3, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  16. Tom

    If Joe Arpaio would have run for governor, yes, he probably would have won.

    He won his last county-wide election with well over 60% of the vote.

    Regarding the recent SB 1070 controversy, Arizonans welcome legal immigrants, they do not welcome illegal aliens who sneak into our country,cutting in line in front of others from around the world trying to come here legally.

    May 3, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  17. kefly

    Can we let the good people out of AZ then build a wall to keep people like this guy in?

    May 3, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  18. steve

    Does anyone now doubt the sincerity of the Sheriff when he says illegals are ruining this country? Just look at what happened in Times Square.

    May 3, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    "tough approach to law enforcement"

    This is what passes for journalism today at CNN?Joe Arpaio is a murderer that runs his prisons in a way that would make even the most seasoned Abu Graihb interrogator blush.

    May 3, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  20. oklahoma

    This clown knows he would never win a state wide election.

    May 3, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  21. BinMESA

    Wow! John King interviews another rightwing crook. Did John ask the sheriff about any ot the investigations that are happening in the sheriff department? Of course not – that would be reporting the news not making it. Joe will be lucky if he stays out of jail. He has been sheriff way to long and his "I am way better than everyone else" is getting a bit old and expensive. You should see some of the in jail video of his deputies killing an in-mate.

    May 3, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  22. jp hill

    Joke Arpaio is a CLOWN!

    May 3, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  23. mike

    look lets face it do you honestly think that by passing any law this
    problem in boarder crossing is going to go away I don't think so
    as along as there is a demand by scum employers there will always
    be someone willing to cross that boarder its the same thing with drugs
    as long as there is a demand for drugs there will always be someone
    willing to bring it across the boarder don't change our law go after
    the employers who hire them but the old saying goes crap flows
    down hill don't it

    May 3, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  24. andrew s. rostolder

    sorry to hear that.............

    May 3, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  25. Robert in FL

    Governer hell! Arpaio for President!!!

    May 3, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
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