Arizona Trump surrogate drew legislative salary but didn’t work

Former House press secretary Stephanie Grisham poses with then GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump in 2016.

Stephanie Grisham was paid $19,000 but never showed up for work at the House, records show

By Hank Stephenson | Arizona Capitol Times

Stephanie Grisham, a staffer on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, was supposed to resume her full-time job as a spokeswoman at the Arizona House of Representatives less than a week after he won the election.

There’s no evidence she did. She still got paid.

Arizona taxpayers paid Grisham roughly $19,000 over an eight-week period, although she rarely set foot in the state, never showed up for work at the House, and did little to nothing to earn the money, records show.

Instead, Grisham was hitting the road with President-elect Trump’s multi-state “thank you tour,” and working for his transition team, according to a review of public records, newspaper articles and social media posts.

Grisham initially took a long-term, unpaid leave from the House to work on Trump’s campaign, but lame-duck House Speaker David Gowan put her back on the public payroll for his remaining eight weeks in office, House payroll records show.


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