GOP Running Four Criminals For Congress In 2018

By on January 11, 2018

When voters head to the polls this fall, they will have a colorful group of GOP candidates to consider when filling out their ballots.

Perhaps the most notable on the list is former Maricopa County Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who will be be running to fill the seat of Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) who announced last year he would not seek re-election. An outspoken critic of President Trump, Flake had been thought to be vulnerable. Arpaio has a national profile for his long and storied history of racial profiling and bizarre jail practices. So obviously the Republican Party thinks he, along with other figures who have had their own run-ins with the legal system, will be perfect candidates this fall.

The Huffington Post breaks it down:

Arpaio was convicted of misdemeanor criminal contempt of court in July 2017 for defying a court order requiring him to stop illegally detaining people he suspected of being undocumented immigrants based on their race. President Donald Trump pardoned him one month later.

The other convicted criminals running for office as Republicans are Don Blankenship, the former head of the coal mining company Massey Energy who is running in the Republican primary to challenge Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.); former Rep. Michael Grimm, who is challenging incumbent Rep. Dan Donovan (R-N.Y.) to reclaim the Staten Island congressional seat he once held; and Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.), who is running for re-election.

The “best and brightest” of the GOP will face the dubious task of having to defend a president with unprecedented unpopularity and an agenda that is maligned by a majority of the country. That alone would be a tall order, but in addition to dealing with the spectre of Trump looming over them, these four will also have to deal with their checkered pasts as Democrats look to re-take control of Congress.