Olivia Cortes' "Pro Bono" Attorney Anthony Tsontakis Scores Legislative Gig (w/Update)

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Cortes' lawyer Anthony Tsontakis, now a state employee

Tom Ryan, the crusading Chandler attorney who in 2011 exposed the shenanigans behind the diversionary candidacy of Russell Pearce's fave Latina Olivia Cortes, is calling foul on news that Cortes-attorney Anthony Tsontakis has just scored a plum gig working as a legal beagle for the Republican-led state Legislature.

Tsontakis defended the clueless Cortes against an action Ryan brought last year in superior court. He recently Tweeted that he was leaving his short-lived private practice for "a warm offer" to be an attorney for the Arizona Legislative Council.  

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Tsontakis receives a "warm offer" 

Apparently, Tsontakis told a reporter with the Arizona Capitol Times' Yellow Sheet that, "his new job, which he started today, is in no way connected to his pro bono work for Cortes."

You'll recall that Cortes, a bumbling-but-useful idiot, was run as a candidate by local Tea Partiers, Pearce supporters and Pearce family members in an attempt to "dilute" the vote in Legislative District 18

This, in the hopes of helping then-state Senate President Pearce beat off a challenge from recall candidate and fellow Republican Jerry Lewis.

Ryan foiled the plan by dragging the whole lot of Pearce loyalists into a court hearing and placing them under oath

Cortes bowed out before a second hearing could occur, where Constantin Querard --the political operative many believe to have been behind the Cortes candidacy -- was to have been subpoenaed.

Never at a loss for words, Ryan had this to say of Tsontakis' appointment:


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Terisita
Terisita

Nice. It's good to see a decent human rewarded for doing a great job and it's fun to antagonize liberal filth.

Chad Snow
Chad Snow

Hopefully Tsontakis has learned that it's not "Hearsay" if the person is there to testify in court.  If I had a dollar for every time he made a hearsay objection about something one of his own witnesses said, I could pay for Olivia Cortes' signs and signatures. 

More "chicanery, skullduggery, and outright fraudulent conduct" (Tom Ryan's words, not mine...)

Tina
Tina

I wondered if it could have been attorney Lisa Hauser, who's got her own baggage with Pearce and the Republican party and who touts herself as an expert in election law (despite all her losses) who put the bug in somebody's ear to contact Tsontakis.  I think neophyte Tsontakis.  I'm pretty sure that Tsontakis also declared his "specialty" to be election law when he represented Olivia Cortes.  

Phoenix Justice
Phoenix Justice

He supposedly was representing Ms. Cortes, but the Cortes campaign reimbursed him for "court costs"?

Jason
Jason

Tsontakis would be a perfect fit at the state Capitol. He's as clueless as the lawmakers selected, hired and paid by the people to represent the people.

Then again, I think Laurie Roberts over at the Arizona Republic said it best when she said that these are the same lawmakers who actually author the statutes, but are too dumb (a perfect description of them. Really.) to know what they (the laws themselves) say.

Now we know why Monty, Bennett and Flores couldn't prosecute the wrongdoing. The lawmakers are, simply put, too dumb to know what the laws say.

This is an election year. This should also be the year that the people clean house.  

AnotherMesaVoter
AnotherMesaVoter

I like that, Tsontakis said "the only clarification for your readers I would put forward concerns the $515 paid..."
Even he seems to understand that the rest is VERY clear and doesn't seem to care.  I'd like to know who was involved in getting him the job. We know the group of people, but specific names...
 

Stacy
Stacy

This is the reward he gets for towing the party line and helping the SHAM CANDIDATE Cortes get off from being prosecuted.   None of this should surprise anyone.  C'mon, Tom Horne the Attorney General had endorsed Russell Pearce.  Do you think he's gonna file charges?  NO

And this guy, for helping out, he gets his little reward too.  

This is a a vicious incestuous pot of filth.

Oblivious Cortex
Oblivious Cortex

My guess is that those "fees" are court costs and related expenses that he could not ethically pay out of his own pocket.   Then again, maybe it went to petition circulators.

Expert Shot
Expert Shot

Next time I see any of these people involved in the coverup of the criminal acts of these corrupt power brokers, I'm gonna spit on the ground they walk on.  It's disgusting that they call themselves conservatives - they're nothing more than opportunistic muthafugin gangsters.  I can't believe they're in power in a State where people have to worry about nuclear power plants getting maintained by responsible people for the next 10,000 years.  Thanks Mr. Lemons.  Come out to the Wigwam Resort tonight and I'll buy you a beer.

Tina
Tina

I just re-read the PNT's  Oct. 7 account of the press conference held by attorneys Tom Ryan and Mike Wright. (Cortes had just withdrawn "her" candidacy.)
It reports, "He (Ryan) stated that he is making the evidence that he and Wright have amassed available to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, the Arizona Attorney General's Office, and the Arizona Secretary of State, evidence supposedly linking political operative Constantin Querard and Pearce's campaign directly to Cortes' diversionary and fraudulent candidacy."

So WHO passed this legal matter on to Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores?  Was she provided with all the evidence?

wherewasi
wherewasi

Sometimes I find myself peeking around corners, expecting to see the Queen of Hearts, The White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat, The Mad Hatter and Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum.  Arizona politics read like the stuff of drug induced fiction.

Hock
Hock

He's been a lawyer for a year according to the state bar website.  Pretty good gig for no experience.

teknik1200
teknik1200

he has the ideal ethics to be in local politics.

slimy and shady.

Royalphoenix2
Royalphoenix2

Republicans and Democrats since 1965 have done nothing but lie and steal from the American people. Between Washington & Lincoln 5 different political parties held the white house...been 2 since. It is way past time to show them all the door. peace

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Flying Dead Cactus

Now there is a lawyer in the most famous entertainment act in sandland-The Village Idiots with shurf Joe singing the lead:

Its fun to stay at the S-A-N-D
its fun to stay at the L-A-N-D

Tina
Tina

Oops, disregard the half-sentence "I think...."

Adrian Cruz
Adrian Cruz

True dat.  If he was representing Cortes the individual, why was her campaign reimbursing him for her personal court costs?  If the lawsuit was entirely personal, why is she reporting the $515 on her campaign finance disclosures? 

Tina
Tina

Which job?  The "job" to represent Cortes in court?  Or the recent job at the capitol?

Jason
Jason

Tom "Conflict of Interest" Horne had conflicted it out to Monty, from what I'd heard.

It's possible that Monty, being the weak MCSO shurf lapdog that he is, supported mentally sick and corrupt Pearce during the recall, or maybe Monty was intimidated into silence by Pearce & Co as well as the Flaccid Failure. Hence the reason(s) Ms. Flores took the case. 

We'll never know, though.

Triple-6 Gun Mane
Triple-6 Gun Mane

That it is. Especially reading about that tidbit in which neo-Nazi J.T. Ready is running for Sheriff on the "D" ticket in Pinal County............

Welcome to AZ politiKKKs, eh?

Jenna
Jenna

Or the Teabag Cartel.

Tina
Tina

Ditto, wherewasi.  

Not Surprised
Not Surprised

My take is Tsontakis  is replacing Andrew Thomas as the next up and
coming golden boy groomed by the GOP.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Pro bono can turn into 'pro benefits' in a hurry.

He had nothing to lose and experience to gain.

Jakethesnake
Jakethesnake

and should Daisy Flores not be re elected, Daisy will accept a job with the az legislature also

AnotherMesaVoter
AnotherMesaVoter

Cortes in court, I guess I just thought Greg Western and the East Valley Tea Party.  Valid point. I guess both! I think Stephen Lemons and Tom Ryan should collaborate on a book concerning the Cortes scandal.  I think this is proving it goes even deeper than I thought...

Triple-6 Gun Mane
Triple-6 Gun Mane

Yes a "bigot" just like your sorry self, and those lurking in your hindquarters.

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