Arpaio to run for sheriff again

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- It’s official but hardly a surprise.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced Friday that he is running for yet another term.

"This campaign is not going to be easy. In fact it will probably be the toughest campaign I have ever run," Arpaio said in a fundraising email to supporters.

There are plenty of reasons to believe that Arpaio has a steep hill to climb.

For starters, Arpaio, who turns 84 in 2016, is coming off his worst political performance since winning the office in 1992.

Despite pumping millions into his 2012 campaign, the sheriff barely won 50 percent of the vote.

There’s also fact that a federal judge found his office guilty of racially profiling Hispanics.

Currently the lawman is facing contempt of court charges relating to that case. The penalties include potential jail time.

Arpaio has also been hit with numerous lawsuits. In Friday’s email Arpaio blamed President Barack Obama for his legal troubles.

"As you are aware, going up against Barack Obama's political machine, Hollywood leftists and their millions as well as a hostile local and national media is extremely expensive, which is why I need your financial support," Arpaio stated in the email.

His announcement shouldn’t come as a shock anyone.

Since his reelection two years ago Arpaio hasn’t stopped his aggressive fundraising.

Last week he made a big splash in the Big Apple when supporters paid for a giant billboard in New York City’s Times Square.