Controversial Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is calling top Republicans in Arizona, soliciting advice over a possible Senate run, according to sources.
Arpaio, best known for his hard line against illegal immigrants, his constant battles with the Justice Department over immigration sweeps and his forcing county inmates to wear pink underwear, is expressing at least initial interest in running for the seat that will be vacated by Sen. Jon Kyl (R) next year.
Whether his interest is a publicity stunt or a serious contemplation, the 78-year old is unlikely, in the end, to make a bid. Still, he's making it known to players in Arizona Republican circles that he wants his name included on the list of potential candidates.
Rep. Jeff Flake is expected to get in the race to succeed Kyl within days, sources close to the congressman told Hotline On Call. Meanwhile, Rep. Trent Franks is exploring his options, while former Rep. J.D. Hayworth is making his own calls to gauge support for a bid.
Most expect former Rep. John Shadegg to take a look at the race as well.