Sheriff Arpaio NOT running for governor, source suggests
Controversial Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who has repeatedly gotten national attention for his tendency to swagger around as a self-styled border version of Robocop, is set to announce today whether he's running for Governor, and those opposed to the Arizona immigration law are dreading the possibility that he'll run.
But a source close to Arpaio essentially told me just now that he's not going to do it.
I'm told that Arpaio, the Sheriff of Maricopa County, will not be holding a press conference today, and will only be issuing a one-page statement at 4 P.M. eastern time explaining his decision. Asked if this meant he isn't running, a source close to him said: "That would be a smart reading of the game plan here."
Arpaio is a profoundly polarizing figure on an issue that already has passions running at white hot temperatures on both sides. The Federal government is probing whether his office has engaged in a "pattern and practice of racial profiling." If he had run, it would have cranked up the heat even more under a pot that's already boiling over. So it's a good thing that he's not going to make the race.
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