Cobb Says Campaign Worker Arrest Was "Politically Motivated"

May 14, 2018

Sue Bell Cobb
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A candidate for Alabama governor says the arrest of a campaign worker accused of violating the state's sex offender registration and notification act was "politically motivated."

Democratic candidate Sue Bell Cobb tells AL.com she accepted Paul Littlejohn III's resignation late last week. Littlejohn was her campaign's Jefferson County field director.

As a registered sex offender, Litlejohn is charged with working too close to a school or daycare through his work at a church and failing to update his employment status.

Cobb says the warrant was issued after she publicly defended Littlejohn's character. She says the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is led by a Republican, indicating Republicans don't want to face her in the general election for governor.

Chief Deputy Randy Christian says Cobb wanted law enforcement "to just look the other way."