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More 2012: Sen. Joe Arpaio?

Maricopa, Ariz. Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks to the media outside the Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum after making a speech last week in Yorba Linda, Calif.

ARIZONA: “Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio said Monday he is open to the possibility of running for the seat of retiring Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) in 2012,” The Hill writes. This comes after a robo poll showed him leading the potential field of GOP candidates.

MASSACHUSETTS: “Local Democrats and political insiders are holding a fundraiser for [Massachusetts] Governor Deval Patrick next month — and seeking up to $5,500 per person — despite the Democrat’s assertion he will not seek a third term in 2014 or challenge Republican Senator Scott Brown next year,” the Boston Globe reports, adding, “A Patrick spokesman said the governor has over $200,000 in debts he is trying to repay and the fundraiser is for that purpose.” But “Patrick could be a particularly effective counter-puncher if his immediate predecessor as governor, Mitt Romney, wins the GOP’s presidential nomination. Meanwhile, over the weekend, Patrick made an overnight trip to Chicago to meet with political strategist David Axelrod, who previously served as a Patrick political adviser and left the Obama administration last month to prepare for a re-election role. Today, Patrick is seeing Obama himself as he visits the White House to attend a ceremony to award the Presidential Medal of Freedom.”

NEW YORK: “It looks as if Rep. Charlie Rangel wants to come back for a 22nd term,” Roll Call reports. “The 80-year-old New York Democratic Congressman filed a 2012 statement of candidacy Monday, according to a filing with the Federal Election Commission.”