Arpaio Says Ward Camp Offered Paid Gig if He Dropped Out

The Republican declined to say where he stood on Trump’s proposed tariffs.

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Zach C. Cohen
May 23, 2018, 11:21 a.m.

Former state Sen. Kelli Ward’s (R) campaign manager, Shawn Dow, asked former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (R) twice in May “to get out of the race, saying he could set up a paid speaking gig for” him at Great America PAC, “Arpaio and his campaign said Tuesday. … The PAC’s executive leadership has ties to Ward.”

“A spokesman for Ward’s campaign denied the assertion,” saying “no such offer was made.” (Arizona Republic)

“Arpaio declined at a news conference Tuesday to explain how Trump’s earlier plan to impose tariffs on Chinese imports would affect Arizona residents and whether the withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal would make Americans less or more safe.”

“He also was asked whether he knew what a tariff was. ‘I know what tariffs are, but I’m not here to do a history—to educate you on what a tariff is,’ Arpaio said.” (AP)

Arpaio at his signature filing: “I know that there’s been a lot of word out there—subtly or not—that I’m not going to run; I’m just doing this to get my name in the paper. Which is kind of stupid. I get my name in the paper around this country when I go to the toilet.” (KPHO)

“Maricopa County is budgeting a record amount [$30 million] to carry out Sheriff’s Office reforms in the wake of a racial-profiling lawsuit over illegal traffic stops of Latinos under … Arpaio.” (Arizona Republic)


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