Tom Horne's Alleged Mistress Admits Leaving AG Office to Save Horne's Tuchis, and Dennis Wilenchik's Son Runs for State House
AG Horne: Will the GOPers be stuck with this guy come 2014? Democrat Felecia Rotellini sure hopes so . . .
Consider the following a confirmation of the obvious: an e-mail from Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne's alleged mistress, Carmen Chenal, wherein she confesses her motivation for resigning her $108,000 post at the AG's Office.
"I need to leave here," she writes in a May 24 e-mail, forwarded to Horne's gmail account, "because although I have A+ evaluations here, the false allegations out in the media are hurting Tom politically -- being on the AG's payroll is a negative for him politically."
See, in 2011, Chenal followed Horne from the Arizona Department of Education, where then-Superintendent Horne had scored her a position she was unqualified for, to the AG's Office, where Horne got her a far more prestigious, better-paying gig that she was unqualified for.
But this July, Chenal resigned her post as an Assistant Attorney General for a position with Horne supporter Dennis Wilenchik's law firm, where she was to begin July 8, according to another Chenal e-mail, acquired via a public records request.
Her departure came none too soon. Horne faces a possible Republican primary challenge in 2014 from state Gaming Commission Director Mark Brnovich, according to the Arizona Capitol Times. Though nothing's official, yet.
An excerpt from Chenal's e-mail . . .
GOPers had best pray Brnovich or some suitable R dives into the race, and that Horne takes a powder.
Otherwise, Horne's 2010 Democratic opponent Felecia Rotellini surely will bag that wounded stag and turn him into venison jerky.
True, former AG Terry Goddard previously has expressed interest in challenging Rotellini in a Democratic primary. More recently, he's been floating the idea of running for Arizona Corporation Commission or Arizona Secretary of State.
Hopefully, Goddard chooses one of those alternatives, as a Goddard re-run for AG would cause an unnecessary, internecine feud in camp D.
And, by all rights, Horne's head belongs to Rotellini.