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Updated Oct 12, 2012 - 11:06 am

Arpaio ad accuses challenger of abusing wife

PHOENIX — Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has launched a TV commercial
that accuses his Democratic rival Paul Penzone of abusing his wife in a 2003
domestic dispute, an allegation that the challenger vigorously denies.

No charges were filed in the dispute.

The ad reiterates allegations made by Paul Penzone’s then-estranged wife that
Penzone had caused her to hit her forehead in March 2003 by pushing her on a
doorway.

Arpaio’s commercial said Penzone has tried to explain away the allegations, but
that there’s no excuse for hitting a woman.

Penzone called a news conference Thursday to deny that he ever struck or pushed
his wife, point out that he reported the dispute to police and said that it was
his wife who hit him in the head during the dispute with a hockey stick.

The campaign for the Republican sheriff released a statement Thursday saying it
stands by the ad.

The dispute came as Penzone went to pick up hockey equipment for his
10-year-old son from Susan Penzone’s house and an argument over visitation of
their child ensued.

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