Tom Horne's Alleged Hit-and-Run at an Address Listed for Carmen Chenal (w/UPDATE)

My sources tell me that Horne was on his lunch break at the time and backed into the unoccupied vehicle. He apparently left without leaving a note for the driver.

In 2011, I wrote at length about Chenal being hired for a post in the criminal division of the Arizona Attorney General's Office, despite her lack of experience in criminal law and despite the fact that she had been suspended by the state Bar of Arizona, and only recently had been reinstated.

What I did not address were allegations that Horne was engaged in a longstanding affair with Chenal that stretched back to their time at the Arizona Department of Education, when Horne was Superintendent.

Horne's spokeswoman Amy Rezzonico told me that she didn't know if Horne was with Chenal at the time of the accident. She claimed the Attorney General was parked in a public lot at the address so that he could eat at a nearby Pita Jungle.

She said Horne didn't know that he had bumped into the vehicle, and that he was "happy to pay" for any damage. Horne sent a message to the county attorney to this effect, she said, after being informed of the accident.

"Carmen Chenal and Tom Horne have been friends for a very long time," Rezzonico stated when I asked if the two had ever been in an affair. "She worked at the Superintendent's [office] and she also works at the Attorney General's Office. I'm not aware of anything other than they're friends."

Over time, multiple sources have alleged to me that Horne and Chenal are an item. One source even claimed to have spotted Horne coming out of Chenal's apartment.

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Assistant Attorney General Carmen Chenal....

Horne is married. Chenal is divorced. Her ex-husband Tom Chenal also works at the AG's office.

So what, you might ask? Well, my initial story about Horne and Chenal is what prompted Horne to order an internal investigation into who my source was for the story.

Suspicion quickly fell on Kathleen Winn, the AG's outreach director. As I've written in the past, though I've spoken to Winn on a number of occasions, she was not a source for that story. In fact, everything in the original piece about Horne and Chenal came from public records.

And yet, the investigator seeking out this non-existent mole in the AG's office ended up turning whistleblower, and handing off to the FBI allegations regarding Horne and an independent expenditure committee run in 2010 by Winn.

Needless to say, if I had never written about Chenal or inquired of her at the AG's office, the Attorney General would not have the tsouris he has now.

Montgomery's press release and the response from the AG's office are below. I'll have more to say about the campaign finance allegations in a subsequent blog post.

But I do find it more than a little annoying that the FBI's Special Agent in Charge James Turgal was able to make this press briefing by Montgomery, but was nowhere to be found when the U.S. Attorney's Office dropped the ball on the criminal investigation into Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his office.

Which is more outrageous, the feds ending the criminal probe into Arpaio or anything alleged of Horne in this mess?

I'm sure you can guess my thoughts.


County Attorney Announces Civil Enforcement Action against Tom Horne and Kathleen Winn for Campaign Finance Violations

PHOENIX, AZ (October 1, 2012) - Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery is initiating a civil enforcement action against Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne and Kathleen Winn, General Director of Community Outreach for the Attorney General's Office, for alleged campaign finance violations committed during the 2010 election cycle. The allegations stem from an 11 month-long FBI investigation into Business Leaders for Arizona (BLA), an independent expenditure committee chaired by Winn and operated in close coordination with Horne in violation of A.R.S. § 16-917. The investigation also uncovered evidence of a misdemeanor vehicular hit-and-run incident, which was referred to the City of Phoenix for review.

"While various alleged details of this investigation have been shared with several media outlets by people not conducting the investigation, the conduct of this investigation is an example of how sensitive matters should be dealt with: conclusions reserved after all facts and circumstances have been determined, dispassionate review of evidence, and decisions made to further the interests of justice without political consideration," said Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery. "The conduct in question is expressly prohibited by Arizona's election laws and we will work to hold those responsible accountable," he added.

According to the results of the FBI's investigation, Horne actively directed BLA's fundraising and communications strategy with Winn in the final weeks of his 2010 campaign for Attorney General. During this time period, BLA raised more than $500,000 from the Republican State Leadership Committee and individual donors which paid for television advertisements advocating against Felicia Rotellini, Horne's Democrat opponent.

After reviewing the investigation, Secretary of State Ken Bennett determined there was reasonable cause to believe Horne and Winn's actions violated civil statutes governing independent expenditures, and directed the Maricopa County Attorney's Office to initiate an enforcement action pursuant to its statutory authority. The County Attorney intends to issue an order requiring compliance by BLA and the Tom Horne for Attorney General campaign committee, followed by an order assessing a civil penalty. The penalty for violating A.R.S. § 16-917 is three times the cost of the literature or advertisement that was distributed.

In August 2012, the County Attorney initiated a separate civil enforcement action against the Committee for Justice and Fairness, an independent expenditure committee that paid for commercials advocating against Tom Horne's candidacy for Attorney General and which failed to register with the Arizona Secretary of State's Office. Oral argument in this matter is scheduled for October 8, 2012.

PRESS STATEMENT FROM ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE

The charges regarding the 2010 election are totally false. There was no coordination between the campaign and the independent campaign. The law permits people to have contact, so long as there is no coordination or direction of the expenditure by the candidate, which there was not in this case. This will be completely proven to be true during the legal process.

The chairman of the independent campaign, Kathleen Winn, chose from whom to request contributions, made the requests, chose the consultant, prepared the ad, and did all other tasks associated with the expenditure, independently and without any input from Horne. Horne never referred anyone to an independent campaign to make a contribution. He never suggested to anyone with the independent campaign names of people to be solicited for contributions. He never attended an event for an independent campaign. He never spoke to anyone about making a contribution to an independent campaign. He never spoke to anyone about choosing the consultant, preparing the ad, or any other aspect of the independent expenditure.

This can be seen from the results. For example, Horne's Campaign had 1,900 contributors. The independent campaign had seven. If there had been coordination, the independent campaign would have had hundreds of contributors.

Mr. Montgomery stated that he had taken action against the independent campaign that supported Felecia Rotellini and that opposed me. It should be added that an independent law judge has already found that that campaign violated campaign law by not registering or making required disclosures. Also, on September 14, 2010, Felecia Rotellini attended a meeting of the Democratic Attorney General's Association and gave a speech there, which led to their decision to fund her independent campaign. Tom Horne never did anything like that.

In this case, by contrast, it will be fully and completely proven that the claims are false.

UPDATE 9/2/12: Below is an excerpt from a summary of a meeting between an MCAO investigator and the FBI.

Um, I told you so.

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porcupine
porcupine

It's shit like this that disproves any government conspiracy theory. These idiots can't even get laid on their lunch hour without people finding out about it, they certainly aren't collectively meeting in secret to control global economics or shield the public from space invaders. I'd respect a guy who after being stone cold busted like this, owned up to having been wrong. A guy with some bullshit about mixing up parking lots, relayed through his publicist nonetheless, that's a clown

weedlawyer
weedlawyer

Needless to say, if I had never written about Chenal or inquired of her at the AG's office, the Attorney General would not have the tsouris he has now.

 

That is excellent use of the word tsouris.  It is nice when karma works out.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

I love how the update is dated 9-2 whereas the article is written on 10-2

 

guest
guest

I once overheard a conversation between two Romney supporters.  Both individuals agreed that Horne would most likely become the U.S. Attorney General, and Babeu would become the Sec for Homeland Security if Romney was elected.      

 

The Arizona Attorney General's Office has serious issues.  Horne and Babeu, there was a reason Brewer made you guys stay home and not attend the big GOP dance.  

 

Horne's Office cleared Babeu, what a joke.  Horne's office had to clear Babeu, if not Horne knew he would be cutting his own throat. 

 

Horne we are not paying you to date your subordinates.   Oh, I forgot, you hired them.  How should we refer to you, Gov or AG. 

 

 

HermStanky
HermStanky

Lenins, do you think some dirty fucking be getting down between Horn-e and this bokany? Say it son.

OnlyInArizona
OnlyInArizona

If you're DIRTY and you know it work for Horne

If you're DIRTY and you know it raise funds for Horne

If you're DIRTY and you know it, and you really want to show it, if you're DIRTY and you know it

 

SUPPORT TOM HORNE

wtf...
wtf...

ha! i knew it!... I don't think this drama is over...wonder what his wife thinks about all this.

Lisa Perez
Lisa Perez

Thank you Zack!!! WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!

Linda Evans
Linda Evans

I'm not surprised--he seems to have built an entire career on getting lucky one way or another. Still, I didn't need that visual in my head.

Zack McInelly
Zack McInelly

What's the big deal lol it's like a requirement these days for politicians to be cheats or crooks... All that conservative/ liberal talk is just to persuade voters who don't know any better

Chip Wilson
Chip Wilson

So much for family values by conservative Republicans.

Ron Pies
Ron Pies

Horne is corrupt and,yet is our chief law enforcement official. Why is he still on the job?

Eric W. N. Mulenfeld
Eric W. N. Mulenfeld

Tom horne was superintendent when i was in school, and i defenitely remember he was a huge idiot, no one really like the guy, and soon enough he gets promoted... good to see karma kick someone in the ass.

Alfredo Moncayo Sr.
Alfredo Moncayo Sr.

He had to have had his eyes shut every time...and his nose pinched with a wooden close pin and had to sneak up to it...lol...what an ugly bitch...Tom must have be Horne-y

rationalbeing
rationalbeing

"The investigation is expected to take several weeks to complete."  As in; how soon do we think people will forget?  How much can we bury and how much will have to be admitted to?  That kind of several week long investigation?

Pony Up
Pony Up

What's your email at the New Times?

Pony Up
Pony Up

Sheeze first Dennis Burke and now this. Who am I supposed to contact to uphold the law?

member
member

5 minutes listening to Horne and you know he is a freaking idiot. Blame the voters for this fiasco being in office. And Tom, really? If you are going to do the old covert thing to get a nooner, don't drive a freaking gold jaguar. Even Barney Fife could have followed you!

fairymagic13
fairymagic13

I have more than a passing interest in seeing corruption weeded out.  It was Keating who funded John McCain's first congressional campaign.  I worked hard for Democrat Harry Braun against McCain.  Without Keating's financial backing, McCain would have lost that election and we would have had an ethical man with some great ideas which were WAY ahead of his time (renewable energy and Hydrogen fuel economy for one).  It sucks that McCain has shit on his Senate seat and ruined the chances for the American people to live a decent life without the life draining, war creating, fossil fuel addiction we are subject to now. 

 

fairymagic13
fairymagic13

I can just see the Republican Party bluehairs across the State holding their heads in a state of embarrassment - This is the kind of bullcrap that could get Obama and a full democratic slate elected to our legislature.  I had my "last straw" as a Republican in this state in the 1980s when John McCain was found to have used "poor Judgment" in cozing up to that fugking pedophile Keating.  I'm sure other Republican had it with the party long before that as scandals abound - Arizona is one of the most CORRUPT states in the Union according to many measures of the States.  All with a Republicant administration throughout - It's time to turn these turncoats out on their asses!

http://contemporarycondition.blogspot.com/2011/01/corruption-and-class-struggle-what-its.html

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Wow.

 

I'm surprised that MontyPug even determined that Tom "Banned for Life by the SEC" Horne actually violated the law and is actually considering going after a fellow Republican.

 

Then again, MontyPug has a bit of history with something like this, given that the Old Fool of MCSO paid for MontyPug's entire election.

 

Let's review some of the controversies surrounding MontyPug, shall we?

 

>>His refusal to prosecute any legislators during the Fiesta Bowl. He claimed that they could not be prosecuted due to too many vague Arizona laws.

 

>>His refusal to prosecute twice disgraced, corrupt, narcissistic and mentally sick Pearce for running sham candidate Olivia Cortes during the recall. Running a sham candidate is a Class 5 FELONY.

 

>>His refusal to go after the MCSO shurf.

 

>>His refusal to prosecute 345 sex crimes that MCSO messed up. He refused to prosecute 59 of them, 28 of them needed 'further investigation', and he refused to go after 345 more sex crimes.

 

Suffice it to say, MontyPug does not deserve a second term as Maricopa County Attorney.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

Please tell me the Arizona Bar Association is not going to sweep these obvious violations of the rules set by the Bar for attorneys practicing in Arizona under the rug AGAIN!!!

Arizona55
Arizona55

Sounds a lot like the then gov Symington and Annette Alvarez love affair, just saying

shadeaux14
shadeaux14 topcommenter

From the picture, Chenal is one scary looking woman. She also looks like she's had tee many martoonis.

 

Probably has to be shit faced drunk to be able to see Horne naked and not run away screaming.

 

P.S. Congrats Arizona electorate, you has did it again. Another crook in law enforcement.

marcy
marcy

The Republic is reporting that the FBI team said Horny's girlfriend was in the car and they both went into her residence.

 

But Horny says he just can't remember who was in his car at the time.

 

Oh, the report also says they played a bit of a game for their hookup, they both left the office in different vehicles, met in another parking garage where they got into the same car for the drive over to Horny's girlfriend's house. 

 

Hey, that's perfectly normal behavior, for some married guy having an affair at least.

 

Horny is a slimeball, a liar and a worthless pile of human excrement.  He should resign from office, but he won't because then he would be jobless with no skills under than running for office and doing whatever the Republican party tells him to do.

 

 

marcy
marcy

Tom Horny, like many politicians, thinks laws are for other people.

 

But what did voters expect from a scumbag, barred for life by the SEC, teat sucker like Tom?

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

Did Montypoodle talk about the illegal campaign stuff that happened by Arpaio in 2010 for Monty's own election?

 

Joke did have to pay the triple penalty for his part, and Montypoodle just licked his own ass!  But that's Monty.  Licking ass is what he does best!

narizona
narizona

Lives by the Golden Rule ........He who has the  gold Rules!

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

The man has been a self serving scum bag since he went after ethnic studies.  He can't open his mouth without twisting the truth. He has no morals or integrity. He deserves what he gets.  

Karma

Brochacho
Brochacho

What a bunch of cheatin' scumbags!   Thus has been going on for years....he is not fooling anyone.  No wonder he has the nickname "Tom Horny" .  Affairs have been a long standing tradition for Horne and he does what all men do when hand is caught in the cookie jar............"we're just friends"

SeedyWard
SeedyWard

I wonder if Horne can still function as a man? As one of my older friends once remarked, "When you're too old to cut the mustard, you can still lick the jar!"

BlackShadow
BlackShadow

He was eating that Pita Jungle all right.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

 @member The people had two choices for Attorney General on the Republican side. And one of them is disbarred.

 

Not that Horne is much better. I supported Felecia Rotellini.

pansies1136
pansies1136

 @fairymagic13 The Republican Blue Hairs are not holding their heads in a state of embarrassment, unfortunately. This is business as usual in the State of Arizona and for the Republican Party. I am hoping that the thinking Independents, the less conservative Republicans and the Democrats get out November 6 and vote this state as Blue as the Arizona skies.

I still cannot get past the picture of the cozy breakfast Brewer and Horne were having discussing their futures in Arizona politics a couple of days after she took office, they were absolutely gleeful.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

 @ExpertShot I was thinking the same thing. But then again, the Bar prosecuted Candy Andy and the Miscreants....

member
member

PLEASE, stop referring to attorneys, whose greates danger are paper cuts, as being in "law enforcement." Only cops are in law enforcement.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

 @shadeaux14 That second line just planted a VERY bad visual in my mind shadeaux. Now I'm reaching for the Gentleman Jack.

marcy
marcy

 @WhoKnows Licking ass and making a big deal about pursuing a civil case that involves no personal liability to anyone and no way to collect.  In other words, every penny Monty spends pursuing the civil case is another penny down the drain.

 

Going to jail is what gets people's attention.

 

 

fairymagic13
fairymagic13

 @MaskedMagician1967  @ExpertShot They only went after Candy Andy because Arpaio needed a scapegoat for all his misdeeds and the attorneys at the Bar Association obliged him - it was a public lynching to quell the mob, nothing more.  The Bar Association needs to get our their BROOM and get to sweeping these corrupt attorneys from our legal system.  There's lots of termite invested dead wood out there that needs clearing.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

 @arizonaeagletarian  @marcy Horne is a Cato wannabe (not the Green Hornet sidekick, look it up, teabag cretins) who would preface his comments about the TUSD MAS program with "Carthage must be destroyed."  He is more of a Commodus or Caligula - a degenerate hypocrite who panders to the mob while pursuing his own narcissistic agenda. What a piece of hypocritical, egomaniacal shit.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @marcy  going to jail is what gets peoples attention? well........arpaio is always craving attention, maybe someday we'll get lucky and he'll get all the attention he wants 

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