Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio continues to rattle his political sabers (and keep the media foaming at the mouth), claiming now that he's taking the next step in getting his name on the ballot for this year's gubernatorial election.
Arpaio, who has been stirring up rumors that he would run for months, now says he is shopping around for companies that could collect enough signatures to get his name on the ballot.
"I'm just doing my homework," Arpaio tells the Arizona Guardian. "I'm looking for a company that's reliable and professional in case I need one."
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We contacted Jason Rose, Arpaio's media flak, to see if this was just a stunt to get the sheriff a little ink, but he hasn't gotten back to us.
Arpaio would be joining a crowded field of potential GOP candidates should he enter the race.
State Treasurer Dean Martin, Tucson businessman John Munger, and Owen "Buz" Mills have already declared their candidacies, and accidental Governor Jan Brewer is hoping to defy the odds by becoming an elected governor.
Arpaio would have to abandon his post as sheriff to run, and considering his current 39-percent approval rating, our guess is that this is just hoax to get some headlines that don't have in them the words "corruption" or "investigation."