Joe Arpaio's 10 Grossest Publicity Stunts, Courtesy of His Departing Puppeteer

Arpaio shill Lisa Allen's legacy includes the "Joe Shows" below.
Arpaio shill Lisa Allen's legacy includes the "Joe Shows" below.
Stephen Lemons

For more than two decades, Sheriff Joe Arpaio's top flack, Lisa Allen, has shamelessly promoted her boss to clamoring packs of amoral bottomfeeders masquerading as journalists.

Now Allen is calling it quits and shuffling off to Boise, Idaho, to be with her new hubby, an ex-MCSO detention officer who has relocated to tater-land for unknown reasons.

Here are 10 of the dumbest and/or most disgusting Sheriff's Office PR stunts during her time as Arpaio's well-paid pimp. 

10. Arpaio's asinine investigation of President Obama's birth certificate.

Arpaio's "pedal vision" was yet another dumb stunt from Arpaio and Allen.
Arpaio's "pedal vision" was yet another dumb stunt from Arpaio and Allen.
Stephen Lemons

9. "Pedal vision," where female inmates generated electricity to power a color TV by riding a stationary bike.

8. Feeding slop to inmates: from going vegetarian to making prisoners pay for salt and pepper, this source of stories never ran dry.

7. Racial profiling: Arpaio and the MCSO were found guilty of it in 2013 by federal Judge G. Murray Snow. Allen expressed doubts privately. Publicly, she defended the unconstitutional practice. 

Arpayaso, a play on the Spanish word "payaso," meaning, "clown."
Arpayaso, a play on the Spanish word "payaso," meaning, "clown."
File photo from New Times archives

  6. MCSO's "Con Rail" planned to transport inmates in stripes via metro Phoenix's light rail, mingling with tourists and commuters. This ticked off so many that Arpaio scrapped it before it began.

Tormenting Latinos has been a PR staple for Arpaio, like this 2009 march of Mexicans to a segregated facility.
Tormenting Latinos has been a PR staple for Arpaio, like this 2009 march of Mexicans to a segregated facility.
Stephen Lemons

5. The forced march of hundreds of Hispanic prisoners into a segregated area with electric fencing.

A pit bull attacked and disfigured this little boy. Arpaio came to the dog's defense.
A pit bull attacked and disfigured this little boy. Arpaio came to the dog's defense.
Stephen Lemons

4. Saving a pit bull named Mickey from getting put down after it mauled and disfigured a little Latino boy. The dog was white, the boy was brown. Local racists loved it. 

Saban, Arpaio's constant foe, has been slimed so many times by the MCSO he deserves a medal.
Saban, Arpaio's constant foe, has been slimed so many times by the MCSO he deserves a medal.
Stephen Lemons

3. Falsely sliming Arpaio's perennial rival, Dan Saban, as a mother-raper. For this alone, Saban probably deserves to be sheriff. 

Cheesy action star Steven Seagal: A big pal of Arpaio and Russian dictator Vladimir Putin. So what does that tell ya?
Cheesy action star Steven Seagal: A big pal of Arpaio and Russian dictator Vladimir Putin. So what does that tell ya?
Gage Skidmore

2. Steven Seagal: Arpaio gave the washed-up action hero and lame reality show star carte blanche with his agency, making the MCSO even more of a laughingstock than it already was.

James Saville: Arpaio framed him in a phony assassination plot, all to score publicity. (Photo from New Times Archives.)
James Saville: Arpaio framed him in a phony assassination plot, all to score publicity. (Photo from New Times Archives.)

1. The framing of James Saville for a phony assassination plot against Joe. Saville spent four years in jail fighting the bogus charges against him, was acquitted, sued the county, and scored a $1.1 million settlement.


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