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. Thomas

    My mother is a retired police officer so I have a great deal of respect for law enforcement and especially the men and women who really dedicate their lives to public service.

    I do not, however, have much respect Joe Arpaio – he's an ego-maniac and is addicted to the media spotlight. The whole "law and order" guise is just his schtick – this guy is nothing but a politician who would be a dictator if he thought he could get away with it.

    May 3, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  2. Arizona

    Arpaio is a first class jerk.

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

    really? cause i thought my state (Michigan) was the laughing stock.....

    May 3, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  4. DemspartyofHypocrites

    Whine whine whine, thats all some of you people do. The sherrif enforces laws that pertain to entry into the USA, if you do it legally you have nothing to be afraid of, only the people who ILLEGALLY enter the US need worry. You race baitors need to read the facts and quit pitting race against race. HYPOCRITES!!!

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

    sherif Joe would make a helluva president. its bout time we got rid of all the colored rifraf. america for americans

    May 3, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  6. Steve Garland

    Adhee...please, please, please run Sheriff Joe for President...please. How about he run with Jan Brewer, or even second on the ticket with Sarah Palin...pick any two of the three idiots and run them please.

    May 3, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  7. Marc

    Wish him luck – You gotta be kinding me!!!

    May 3, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  8. jackofalltrades

    He is POLITICAL....he has to run for Sheriff and be ELECTED. He is one of the ONLY people in all of law enforcement that makes sense. God Bless this man!

    May 3, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  9. former az resident

    Praise God! Now if AZ would just elect a new sheriff, some good may come out of this year.
    Real World Soldier stated it best! Don't be fooled by the words of an arrogant coward.

    May 3, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  10. Frank in valparaiso indiana

    Ah great, so all these furrineers can see how dumb Americans area again.

    Hey, vote the guy in for governor. Why should Illinois be the only state to have a recent governor in jail. Maybe he can work a deal and get in his old jail. Has to take Blago though. They'll love each other. Same cell.

    May 3, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  11. Pam, Eugene, OR

    Great news!

    May 3, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  12. Mike

    Being a Fascist sheriff that has been roundly and routinely condemned by Amnesty International costing the AZ taxpayer tens of millions for each of many lawsuits for unlawful death and mistreatment of many SUSPECTS convicted of no crime but unable to afford bail does not equate to leading any government; including the received ultra-conservative State of Arizona (remember we passed medical marijuana not once but twice, repulsed by popular vote an attempt to limit rights of gay partners and approved our MLK holiday by popular vote). He may have gotten the republican party nomination from the tea-bagger and ultra-right wing but a general election has independents and moderate republicans electing such statewide officeholders as the former Governor Janet Napalitano and the current Attorney General Terry Goddard. If, as many predict, jug-head Hayward knocks off McCain in the primary because of these tea-baggers, it will be a great year for democrats in Arizona.

    May 3, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  13. Jared

    Sheriff Joe is THE MAN.

    May 3, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  14. ogleme

    Woot! Sheriff Joe is a disgrace to law enforcement. ...

    May 3, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  15. Keith Long

    Good for sheriff Joe. Had he become governor he would have been lost in the political swamplands. Politicians as a group, both democrat and republicans, are dishonest and greedy. They are interested only on their own reelection and lining their pockets.

    May 3, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  16. mike

    Hey Rusty and other proud Americans - how about you submit to a lie detector test to see if you've done anything illegal in your life. You know, DUI or cheat on taxes or touch little kids or something. And if it turns out that you did, oh boy, we'd throw you in the slammer and let you take it up the cornhole. Those with nothing to hide should be happy to submit to it. Right, my fellow citizens? I want a lie detector every time you go to the government. Like in the Post Offices. About time we weeded out all the criminals.

    May 3, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  17. Californian

    He has a "tough approach to law enforcement "? Please come to California and run for governor, we'd love to have you when Arnold's term is over! (Arnold can't run again and we'll miss him.)

    May 3, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  18. David B.

    White Trash! Racist Coward= Joe Arpaio. Jerk of Jerks along with Palin, Romney, Nixon, Ike, Hoover, Woody Hayes, Etc, Etc.

    May 3, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  19. Bob

    Run Joe with Sarah Palin, on the" Crazy Peoples" ticket, they will win!!

    May 3, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  20. Marie MD

    Thank goodness. We need people who can implement ideas and the law without the hitler syndrome.
    We need to do something about illegals, but racism (=brown) is not the way to go if you don't go after the white illegals also.
    This guy sounds scary!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 3, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  21. Saint Genesius

    I wish he would run, that way the Democrats would pick up the Governor's seat in Arizona and maybe start fixing the mess the Republicans have made of things there.

    May 3, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  22. Ricky

    He's a criminal himself, I'm sure the Feds will see his day is coming (long overdue).

    May 3, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  23. Eli

    Halleluiah!!! There is a God in heaven...

    May 3, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  24. MikinAZ

    Good – Glad he's not running. Needs to retire so this state can progress he and that dinosaur mccane are part of our problems here. odl thinking, do it the way its always been done, my way or highway – bubye!

    May 3, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  25. Gary NC

    Lets see Joe. When Mexicans protest they take to the streets and smear beans on a window.
    When Republicans protest they fire guns into buildings, throw bricks through windows, spit on congressmen, use racial slurs, make threatening phone calls.
    Hhhmmmm, I'll side with the Mexicans on this one.

    May 3, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
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