“The hope inside” Rep. Martha McSally’s (R-02) ”campaign and among her establishment backers is that” former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (R) “paves the way for her to win in the August primary by splitting the Tea Party vote with” former state Sen. Kelli Ward (R).
“Mostly, Arpaio likes to talk about” President Trump. “Arpaio likes to brag that the two men share a birthday, and he credits Trump with calling his wife during the campaign while she battled cancer.”
“Arpaio doesn’t see a presidential endorsement coming,” saying, “I think it’s smart for him to wait it out.”
“McSally still has to beat Arpaio and his well-regarded political operation, which several Arizona operatives” said “posed a bigger threat than Ward’s.”
“As for his age, Arpaio insisted he wouldn’t run away from it. He plans to tell voters that he won’t have to spend a minute raising money because he will serve only one term.” (Politico)