Tom Horne's Investigator Meg Hinchey Sues Horne for Retaliation, Defamation
Ray Stern General Horne-Dog: His sleaze is never-ending
Making good on her June 7, notice of claim for $10 million against Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, veteran AG investigator Meg Hinchey filed suit Wednesday in Maricopa County Superior Court, alleging that Horne and his underlings are engaged in an ongoing campaign to ruin Hinchey's law enforcement career.
As you may recall, in 2011, Horne ordered Hinchey to plug a presumed leak in his office, one Horne suspected of feeding yours truly information on his apparent mistress Carmen Chenal, whom Horne has hired as an Assistant Attorney General at a six figure salary in the AG's criminal division, despite her having zero experience in criminal law.
During her inquiry, Hinchey uncovered evidence of possible criminal wrongdoing by Horne and his employees (surprise, surprise) and turned this information over to the FBI.
The resulting scandal exposed Horne's (alleged) affair with Chenal, his embarrassing hit-and-run during an afternoon trip to Chenal's apartment, allegations of serious campaign finance improprieties, and allegations of obstruction of justice by Horne.
Though the U.S. Attorney's Office declined to prosecute Horne, he and his outreach director Kathleen Winn could be on the hook for $1 million in fines each for alleged coordination between Horne and an independent expenditure committee run by Winn.
Horne also faces a misdemeanor criminal charge of hit-and-run for the minor accident that occurred during the Horne-Chenal rendezvous.
But more importantly, Horne's plans of running for governor in 2014 are kaput, though he believes he can run for re-election as AG and win. A plan that's doubtful at best.
(Note: Horne continues to dodge responsibility for his fender-bender in Phoenix municipal court, recently putting off the day of reckoning yet again, by asking the court to delay the next hearing until February 1, a request that was granted.)
This near-fatal political wound is self-inflicted: If Horne had not been driven to cover-up his affair with Chenal, the FBI investigation would not have happened. Yet according to the lawsuit filed Wednesday, Horne is seeking revenge against Hinchey for doing her job.