Stories are now circulating that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will run for Governor of Arizona:
[KNXV-TV] is reporting that Arpaio already has made the decision to take the plunge and will announce his candidacy on Monday.
According to “several high-ranking sources within the Sheriff’s Department,” all the necessary paperwork “has been filled out and is ready to file.” These sources say Arpaio has spent the last two weeks meeting with Republican brass, and several of those meetings have been to discuss Arpaio running for governor.
Given the fact that roughly 60 percent of Arizona’s population is in Maricopa County, Arpaio would have no trouble with name recognition, even if he hadn’t spent the last couple of decades burnishing his reputation as “America’s Toughest Sheriff.”
But can he win? Not out of the question:
Unfortunately, he may well win. There are two things an outsider needs to know about people in Arizona:
1. They have an insane, irrational fear of Mexican immigrants, who they see as disproportionately made up of gang lords who make Tony Soprano look like a pansy. Of course, no one seems to have any actual personal experience with such violence or to be an actual victim, but they heard that the lady who put her cat in the microwave was threatened.
2. They believe that only Joe Arpaio has been standing between them and total annihilation at the hands of the brown-skinned hordes.
Out here in Soonerland, the immigrant gang lords seem to be from places farther away than Mexico, but let that pass.
I suspect some of Arpaio’s detractors are actually hoping he will run, if only because he’d have to resign his position as Sheriff.