Arpaio’s Spokeswoman Lashes Back At Sheriff’s Critics

A spokeswoman for Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Thursday night struck back at critics who called for the US Justice Department to either charge the Arizona lawman with a crime or else clear his name.

Spokeswoman Lisa Allen said the four prominent Arizonans who sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder last week asking him to bring a swift end to the lengthy criminal investigation of the sheriff were little more than longtime critics trying to get some new attention.

“These former officials have joined the chorus of open border activists by being overtly displeased with the Sheriff’s stance on illegal immigration,” Allen said in an email to TPM. “With little else in their crosshairs, they continue their years long tirade against Sheriff Arpaio by pleading with the federal government to pay more attention to their complaint.”

The four Arizonans included former US Attorney Paul Charlton, a longtime GOP member who told TPM on Wednesday that he believed federal prosecutors have enough evidence to charge his fellow Republican with a crime.


Nick Martin is an associate editor at TPM in New York City. He came to the site in 2011 as a reporter for TPMMuckraker. Previously, he worked in Arizona, first as a staff reporter for a local newspaper and later as a freelance journalist. He also ran the news blog Heat City. Contact him at