By Jerry Seper-The Washington Times
Most people know him simply as â€œSheriff Joeâ€ – the self-proclaimed toughest lawman in the United States. And, apparently, the five-term boss of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office in Phoenix wants another four years.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio formally announced his re-election campaign Thursday, boasting a record $6 million war chest and promising to â€œcontinue to protect the citizens of Maricopa County by enforcing all the laws.â€ That would include immigration law that has gotten the sheriff and his department crosswise with the Justice Department in Washington.
â€œIt is an honor and a privilege to serve as sheriff of Maricopa County,â€ said the embattled 79-year-old sheriff, who had considered a run for the U.S. Senate seat in Arizona being vacated by Republican Sen. Jon Kyl but determined â€œthere was still much work to do as sheriff.â€
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