Tom Horne's Snakepit, Bill Montgomery's Dirty Money, and the Problem with Carmen Chenal

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FBI SAC James Turgal: Just don't ask him about Arpaio, Russell Pearce, J.T. Ready, etc.

No coordination? I reckon we'll have to take Monty's word for it. I mean, Arpaio did endorse Monty, and the sheriff even hosted a fundraiser for him.

Oh, I'm sure they never coordinated. I would never, ever suggest such a thing.

As was the case with Arpaio's spending on behalf of Monty, this deal with Winn and Horne is a civil matter and will go before an administrative law judge, and that judge will decide whether or not a fine is merited.

After that, Horne and Winn may appeal and get the amount busted down. Just like with Joe.

So why was the FBI chasing Horne around as he hooked up with his employee Carmen Chenal and backed into another vehicle? I mean, I know this is some kind of heinous crime, but don't these agents have some terrorists to flush out or something?

More importantly, did FBI investigators dog Arpaio and his henchmen in this manner over the abuse of power allegations? Did they do wiretaps? Did they leave no stone unturned in an effort to bring Maricopa County's badge-slingin' Al Capone to justice?

And if they did, why are they so shy about discussing it? I don't recall Tugal making himself available to the press when the U.S. Attorney's Office made the criminal investigation of Arpaio go away at 5 p.m. on a Friday before a three day weekend?

You know those federal employees, they do like their time off.

"The FBI is that organization that is charged with protecting the public's trust," said Turgal to the press on Monday. "That trust is what lies at the very core of our democracy. It costs nothing but faith, but it means everything, and that's what the FBI's role is."

I practically felt like saluting the flag. Not.

I asked Turgal if the FBI was involved just because one of Horne's own investigators, Meg Hinchey, came to the agency with the allegations against Horne and Winn.

"The FBI is involved because we are that organization at the federal level, whether it is civil rights or public corruption, it is our responsibility," he explained. "If the FBI doesn't do it, nobody does. So whether you are an individual who is an elected official at the federal, state, local, or tribal level, if there are allegations of misconduct or wrongdoing, it is our responsibility to investigate that."

Uh, okay. so why didn't you investigate the 2011 recall shenanigans involving former state Senate President Russell Pearce and sham candidate Olivia Cortes?

"I'm not going to comment on that," Turgal replied.

So, no eleven month FBI investigation into ol' Russ, Cortes, and Constantin Querard.

And nope, Monty isn't interested in that one either.

Horne had that investigation at one point. He conflicted it out to Gila County prosecutor Daisy Flores, who gave it about as much scrutiny as a thirsty alcoholic gives a free fifth of Jim Beam before guzzling.

I'm not saying the Horne-Winn matter should have been ignored, but it pales in comparison to some of the other corruption here in Sand Land.

Nor do I feel sorry for Horne, who pretty much brought this mess on himself by ordering Hinchey to find a non-existent mole in his office. A mole who supposedly was telling yours truly that Horne and Chenal were playing their version of strip canasta in between meals at the Pita Jungle.

You should see the doorstop of transcripts of interviews done of AG employees in an attempt to sniff all this out. Why all this tree-killing? There were no grand jury secrets or any other kinds of privileged info involved.

Horne was obviously paranoid someone was whispering about his alleged infidelities. Not good rumors to have out there if you want to run for governor in 2014, which Horne did. Though that pipe dream is now bust.


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gulennewsfraud
gulennewsfraud

Look into the connection between the Fethullah Gulen Cult and Tom Horne. Tom Horne went after public school teachers for accents. But left the Turkish Cult owned chain of Sonoran Science Academy schools alone. Turns out many of the foreigners who run these schools gave Tom $$ for his campaign. Why is the news not covering this?

pansies1136
pansies1136

Arizona gets exactly what they vote for - period - and until the voters get enough of the charlatans that continually run and are elected to office who feel they are above the law,  the citizens will continue to pay. Use your vote wisely - it may take a few election cycles to clean house from the Governors office, the Legislature and County offices, but it can be done. I know there are citizens who wish to serve wisely somewhere out there - all we need to do is elect them and not buy into the dirt that is smeared during election contests

 

Cozz
Cozz

Arizona, known for electing only the best slimeballs possible.

HermStanky
HermStanky

Lenins is wrong. I like Horn-e. My new bumper sticker reads "Keep the Horn Dog"

Ross
Ross

No one is interested in filing a State Bar complaint concerning Horne's ethics?

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

Mr. Lemons,

 

Disbarred, disgraced former County Attorney Andy Thomas is not qualified to work at Wal-Mart.

Not even as a greeter.

 

What surprises me the most is that no one is calling for MontyPug's head on a silver platter because he benefited directly from the MCSO shurf and the $500K he dropped to insure MontyPug won the election for Maricopa County Attorney.

 

I voted for Rotellini because I thought she was the better candidate. If I was forced to vote Republican for Attorney General though, I would've voted for Horne. Candy Andy Thomas proved to be too mentally unstable to handle the job.

 

BTW, I read on azcentral.com that Horne, as AG, makes $90,000/year and MontyPug, as Maricopa County Attorney, makes $123,500/year. Any reason why the AG makes LESS than a County Attorney or a judge?

narizona
narizona

Somebody .............Please flush the TOILET!

chadsnow
chadsnow

Sad thing is, Felicia Rotellini would have made an excellent Attorney General, but the ill-informed Arizona electorate would vote for Lucifer so long as his name had an (R) next to it. 

chadsnow
chadsnow

Horne is the perfect Attorney General for this corrupt state:  where else could someone with a lifetime ban from the SEC, campaign finance violator, hit and run (on the car AND Carmen Chenal) nepotistic adulterer be elected to the state's top law enforcement position?  The fact that his main competition for the post came from someone who lost their license to practice law amid allegations of criminal activity and abuse of power a few months later underscores what a shitpile Arizona Republican politics are these days. 

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

 @chadsnow   Lucifer is a republican Chad.  I thought you knew that. 

VIMIIS
VIMIIS

 @chadsnow

 I agree.  I feel bad for Rotellini.  She was so much the better candidate for the job.

RobAZ
RobAZ

 @chadsnow Chad, you need to copyright your summary of Horne.  Mark my words, those exact words will be the bio he runs with for his 2014 Gubernatorial primary campaign.

You hit all the key  points that elevate one to the top of the AZGOP.

They'll eat that stuff up.

janimalm
janimalm

 @chadsnow And more than once he was caught sleeping in the Paradise Valley School District meetings.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

 @chadsnow Mr. Snow, it could have been worse. Far worse, actually.

 

Candy Andy Thomas could've been elected AG. And he nearly was.

 

Having someone as mentally unstable as Candy Andy as state AG would certainly have proved disastrous. Horne's not much better though.

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