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Retired Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake revealed his latest political donation Wednesday, which he made to the Democratic sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona.
Flake tweeted a picture of a $100 check made out to “Penzone for sheriff.” The check was dated Tuesday with “county over party” written in the description. Also included in the tweet was a link to a Washington Post story about former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s campaign.
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The tweet appears to be Flake’s announcement that he is supporting Democratic Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone, who is up for reelection in 2020, over Arpaio.
Penzone defeated Arpaio in the November 2016 elections, ending Arpaio’s 24-year reign on the job. During his career as Maricopa County’s top lawman, Arpaio famously branded himself as “America’s toughest sheriff” and became a household name for a number of tough-on-crime policies he implemented.
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Arpaio, for example, built “tent city,” an outside jail of tents for convicted and sentenced inmates. He also launched a volunteer “posse” organization to help law enforcement apprehend suspected illegal aliens. “America’s toughest sheriff” also took flak for reinstating chain gangs and forcing male prisoners to wear pink underwear.
However, his management style didn’t come without legal issues. Arpaio was slapped with a criminal contempt charge related to his handling of suspected illegal aliens, something he referred to as a “witch hunt.”...
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