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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  1. He'sNoAndyTaylor

    there was no way that Arpaio was going to run for governor. He would have gone from being boss to being answerable to a group of people (state legislature) he went out of his way to upset. It would have been like Hoover leaving the FBI to run for President. His 'approach to law enforcement' is to see how far he could push the law to fuel his ego.

    May 3, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  2. point

    this guy is an idiot.

    May 3, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  3. Had enough of neanderthals like Arpaio

    Arpaio is a disgusting, racist person who is full of himself and doesn't even realize how backwards and ignorant he appears.

    May 3, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  4. themoi

    Why stop at governor? I think he needs to be President!

    May 3, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  5. Lisa Moore

    Unfortunately he propably could win. I think Sherrif Joe is a charter member of the "nice truck, too bad about your dick" club. Maybe he is waiting to run for President.

    May 3, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  6. music711

    u run u r in!!

    May 3, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  7. Steve Garland

    He should be in jail instead of running for Governor. Here are just a few reasons:

    2,700 Lawsuits Filed Against Arpaio
    Between 2004 and 2007, 2,700 lawsuits were filed against Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Federal and County Courts – 50 times the number of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston combined. [Phoenix New Times)

    Study Finds Arpaio Targets Latinos
    The Arizona Republic examined Arpaio‟s arrest logs from eight of his notorious and high-profile sweeps. The study “showed that deputies arrested more Latinos than non-Latinos during each of the operations; that even when the patrols were held in mostly White areas, deputies arrested more Latinos than non-Latinos; and that deputies arrested Latinos in greater numbers than non-Latinos following minor traffic violations.” [Arizona Republic, 11/24/08]

    Mesa Police Chief: Arpaio’s Approach Hurts Community Safety
    Mesa Chief George Gascón thinks “a wedge is being driven between the local police and some immigrant groups. Some law enforcement agencies are wasting limited resources in operations to appease the public‟s thirst for action against illegal immigration regardless of the legal or social consequences… If we become a nation in which the local police are the default enforcers of a failing federal immigration policy, the years of trust that police departments have built up in immigrant communities will vanish.” [New York Times, 7/31/08]

    Arpaio Stages Phony Murder Plot Against Himself, Accused Released for Wrongful Imprisonment, County Pays Over $1 Million to Settle
    In 2004 a man was released from prison after being wrongly accused of plotting to kill Arpaio. Evidence suggested that Arpaio‟s office staged the plot and the County agreed to pay over $1 million to settle the case. The County‟s insurance policy paid an additional un-released amount. [Phoenix New Times, 10/28/08]

    Phoenix Mayor Asks US Department of Justice to Investigate Arpaio
    The Mayor of Phoenix, Phil Gordon, “wrote a letter to U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey asking that the Justice Department's civil-rights division and the FBI investigate Arpaio's immigration crackdowns. He alleged that the sweeps included "a pattern and practice of conduct that includes discriminatory harassment, improper stops, searches and arrests.”” [Arizona Republic

    May 3, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  8. johnkc

    Joe took the resort out of resort jail. If you go to his jail, everybody is treated the same. He feeds you on $1.00 a day and will sit there and eat the same food as the inmates. They all wear pink underwear, and work in his tent city. He tells you what you can watch on tv and what magazines you can read. There are no weight rooms to work out in, and no Playboy magazines. He doesn't care if you are an illegal, a bandit, or behind on your child support. If you go to his jail, you never want to go back for a second visit. His jail is what all jails should be.

    May 3, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  9. Mike

    I would vote for him to be the President of The United States. I like what he has done for the prisons. Making the prisoners work and cutting out costly privileges, that some free people cant afford, makes good sense. I believe he would cut out a lot of nonsense spending in government.

    May 3, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  10. billybob 'n NC

    Arpaio... name sounds foreign. Were his parents immigrants; and would they have to show their "papers" under this new law?

    May 3, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  11. Central Phoenix

    He has a lot of baggage that is why he didn't run it would all be aired out like yesterday's laundry if he did plus he likes power and if here were governor he wouldn't have as much power like he does as Sheriff. Also the Federal Indictments are on their way for you Joe and if you did run and win the primary it would be a shoe in for Terry Goddard since you will be indicted. Hey Joe also why don't you ENFORCE the law that is already on the books and go after employers of illegals and also bust drug rings instead of torment abuelita in the heavily latino nieghborhoods of Maricopa County.

    May 3, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  12. diane

    If only California had a brave man like you we could solve most of our problems. You are one of the few people who stands up for the rules applying to immigration. I came here years ago from Canada and would never think of staying in a country illegally. My relatives on the east coast sponsored me, had a background check, x-rays and some money in the bank. At that time, you could expect the US government to support you which is the way it should be today. Illegal means it is not legal. Good luck and wish you were running in California.

    May 3, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  13. Duane Bernard, Tucson, Az

    He had "NO" chance for governor! In fact, he will be lucky to stay as sheriff next election. He is "all hat and no cattle"! Arizona needs a sheriff that works with the citizens and makes the towns safer ... not starting wars between ethnic groups and making everyone "pissed off"! Dump this guy and get a good sheriff in office!

    May 3, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  14. Nellie Bly

    When Joe Arpaio first ran for office, he guaranteed he would only be sheriff for one term. This was in the late '80s/early '90s. Joe doesn't have a problem with immigrants. He has a problem with Spanish speaking immigrants. Their legality isn't important.

    May 3, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  15. RufusVonDufus

    A no nonsense approach from Sheriff Joe is just what his state and this country need in our fight against these illegal brown-skinned invaders from Mexico. The feds won't do anything so it is left up to the regular citizenry. Go, Joe! Capture, tag and deport these welfare sucking freeloaders (including their so-called anchor babies)!

    May 3, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  16. cbs in arizona

    THANK GOD!!!!! The last thing we need is dictator Joe in a state that already has more than it's share of problems.

    May 3, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  17. jj

    John, then he didn't make any news!! give it up Johny!

    May 3, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  18. Anon

    Too bad. There's no way he would have won and we would have been rid of this racist moron as a sheriff since he would have to resign to run.

    May 3, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  19. chuck d

    What a blow hard this guy is "I don't want to be egotistical"
    Really? but you are, I can't wait till you get busted with the B.S. he serves up to the people of Az. He already has cost Arizona millions in lawsuits
    Scott Norberg, (google his name)who died in jail, is an example. Arpaio said the $8.25 million settlement cost the county nothing and was covered by insurance. What he does not say is that, at the time of the settlement, the county had a $1 million deductible. how is that saving money for AZ?
    Hes a dirt bag in my opnion

    May 3, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  20. Charlotte

    Uh – good.

    May 3, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  21. Wish him luck

    Another amazing republican that is going to bring the republican party to the forefront fo politics and dominate the loony liberals.

    May 3, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  22. Athee

    Sheriff Joe does not need to run for Governor....We need him as PRESIDENT!

    May 3, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  23. Real World Soldier

    The best news I have heard all day. This tool would not have a chance of winning in Arizona after what is happening over the last few weeks. Himself and other Politicians have made Arizona the laughing stock of the nation.
    Do not be fooled by the words of an arrogant coward. This sheriff would rather hide behind a badge than take a chance in Politics because he can not take loosing.

    May 3, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  24. Marc

    The guy's tenure as a sheriff had cost so far more than 40 million dollars to the Maricopa County, imagine how much it would cost for the whole state to have him as their governor!

    May 3, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  25. A.B.

    Sheriff Arpaio has sense enough not to enter a race he cannot win. One third of Arizona's residents are Hispanic and most of whom would probably vote against him. Twenty percent of the other residents would also vote against him as well. Arpaio is not as popular as he thinks. People say they support him, but do they really? I think not!! When the rubber meets the road, Arpaio will find that he has little support and not enough money to mount any campaign for governor. He knows that. This is why he decided not to run. There is rhetoric and then there is reality. Arpaio knows the difference between the two. Very Wise decision Sheriff!!

    May 3, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
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