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Friday, January 12, 2018

When Joe Arpaio, the former Maricopa County sheriff, announced his Senate candidacy on Tuesday, he became the fourth viable Republican 2018 congressional candidate who's been convicted of a crime. And like two of the other GOP cons running for office, he has cited his criminal record as a partial justification for his candidacy. 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 West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin (D); 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-Montana), who is running for re-election.

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there oughta be a law.

#1 | Posted by ichiro at 2018-01-10 05:44 PM | Reply

there oughta be a law.

There is.

There are three, and only three, standing qualifications for U.S. Senator or Representative in Congress which are expressly set out in the U.S. Constitution: age (25 for the House, 30 for the Senate); citizenship (at least seven years for the House, nine years for the Senate); and inhabitancy in the state at the time elected. U.S.Constitution, Article I, Section 2, cl. 2 (House); and Article I, Section 3, cl. 3 (Senate). The Supreme Court of the United States has affirmed the historical understanding that the Constitution provides the exclusive qualifications to be a Member of Congress, and that neither a state nor Congress itself may add to or change such qualifications to federal office, absent a constitutional amendment. Powell v. McCormack,395 U.S. 486, 522 (1969); U.S. Term Limits, Inc. v. Thornton,514 U.S. 779, 800-801 (1995); Cook v. Gralike,531 U.S. 510 (2001). fas.org (emphasis added)

#2 | Posted by et_al at 2018-01-10 06:09 PM | Reply

So if you're a convicted felon you likely can't vote but you can run for office.

Interesting.

#3 | Posted by truthhurts at 2018-01-10 06:12 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

There are more future convicted criminals in congress right now.

#4 | Posted by squinch at 2018-01-10 06:24 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

So if you're a convicted felon you likely can't vote but you can run for office.

Depends on the state but not any of the four listed. www.ncsl.org

#5 | Posted by et_al at 2018-01-10 08:52 PM | Reply

Who else to better run the party of "law and order" than the people that routinely violate those laws?

The GOP has become the party of adulterers, criminals and morons.

#6 | Posted by 726 at 2018-01-11 06:59 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

#2

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#8 | Posted by Corky at 2018-01-11 12:44 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The founding fathers excluded that requirement for a good reason. The crown government often charged and convicted individuals for political reasons. They knew that anyone with the power to do so would do the same. So old Joe got convicted for enforcing the law, strange.

#9 | Posted by docnjo at 2018-01-11 01:28 PM | Reply

"So old Joe got convicted for enforcing the law" nope he was convicted for not abiding by the law. Big difference. If the government decided to search your house without cause because you were a white middle age white man and they found a gun that was not registered then it would be all right with you because they were just "enforcing the law" same with pulling over people because they were brown and might not be citizens.

#10 | Posted by THomewood at 2018-01-12 03:56 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

But THOMEWOOD, those brown folks came from ****hole countries.

#11 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-12 06:38 AM | Reply

These candidates are a reflection of their voter base...

#12 | Posted by catdog at 2018-01-12 08:20 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

If you include all those that turn a blind eye to treason, they have hundreds of criminals running this year.

#13 | Posted by Bubba10 at 2018-01-12 09:44 AM | Reply

Republicans want candidates they can relate to.

#14 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-01-12 12:02 PM | Reply

The fact that Arpaio is running for senate and may get the GOP nomination is all we need to know when it comes to GOP claims about being the Party of law and order.

#15 | Posted by moder8 at 2018-01-12 01:48 PM | Reply

The GOP has become the party of adulterers, criminals and morons.

#6 | POSTED BY 726

Don't you worry. They talk to Jeebus, so all is perfectly fine!

#16 | Posted by jpw at 2018-01-13 03:21 AM | Reply

So old Joe got convicted for enforcing the law, strange.

The only thing that's strange is your intentionally misrepresenting the reality of the case.

If you have to lie to make your case just keep your mouth shut.

#17 | Posted by jpw at 2018-01-13 03:23 AM | Reply

is all we need to know when it comes to GOP claims about being the Party of law and order.

Please tell me you never actually believed any of that --------...

#18 | Posted by jpw at 2018-01-13 03:23 AM | Reply

Looks like for the GOP felons are the new war veterans.

#19 | Posted by Tor at 2018-01-13 02:35 PM | Reply

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