From The Huffington Post: Republicans Have 4 Convicted Criminals Running For Congress In 2018

Three of them are bragging about it.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Thanks to Liles Taylor for sending us this. Louisville Courier-Journal scribe Joseph Gerth recently wrote a story about a bullying, profanity-laced twitter message sent by First District Rep. James Comer, R-Tompkinsville. That's not a crime but is it another example of what the GOP means by "family values?"

By PAUL BLUMENTHAL

WASHINGTON ―  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.

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 himone 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.

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