Arpaio

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

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.
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. 

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
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