PHOENIX (AP) — Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says his office will examine claims by a Tea Party group that's questioning the authenticity of President Barak Obama's birth certificate.
Arpaio says Friday that he'll determine whether he has jurisdiction for such an investigation or whether another agency should handle it.
Arizona Democratic Party spokeswoman Jennifer Johnson says the examination is a publicity stunt and that Arpaio should instead focus on clearing his county's backlog of criminal warrants.
Obama released a copy of his birth certificate in April in an attempt to quell questions about his citizenship.
Many so-called "birthers" contend Obama's birth certificate must be a fake.
Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill in April that would have required presidential candidates to prove their citizenship before their names could appear on the ballot.