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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.

By Greg Sargent  |  May 3, 2010; 1:29 PM ET
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If Sheriff Joe ever does decide to run for Governor, he would win the most lopsided election the state has ever seen. No politician on the state scene in Arizona has ever had the solid support we bestow on Sheriff Joe. Support that he has earned by simply "Enforcing the Law" something that most politicians in Congress would rather not seen being done.

Posted by: GrayGrantham | May 6, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Arizona's new "Hate" Immigrant Law, is un-constitutional, it was written in direct conjunction with a reported Supremest Hate Group, then sponsored by a former Sheriff Arpio Deputy, now U.S. Senator, that was Endorsed into office by his former Boss/King Pin, possibly financailly sponsored into office as well by Arpio?

The M.C.S.O. can no longer say: "We do not write the Laws, We only Enforce them."

Arizona has become a third World Dictatorship!

Under a Pink Panty, Racist Tyrant.

At Arpio's Bravest Moments, he likes to yell at Women on Local T.V.

To: Liberty.

Posted by: nicholsdaves | May 6, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Arizona Hate Law SB1070, dubbed the Rob Krentz Law, a Prominet Arizona Rancher that Most of Arizona Politicians claimed with no Proof whatsoever was killed by an Illegal Immigrant, therefor the desperate need for this new Immigrant Hate Law!

Now it is reported that it appears the Rancher was killed by an "American", not an Illegal Immigrant!

I wonder if Arpio, Goddard, McCain. Kyl, Brewer, J.D. Hayworth, ect. are feeling at all Racist, Wrong, or Just plain Evil about now?

To: Good and Brotherhood, from sea to shining sea.

Posted by: nicholsdaves | May 6, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

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