Best of Phoenix 2013 Political Edition: The Worst of the Best
Editor's Note: In honor of this week's edition of Best of Phoenix, we bring you the Worst of the Best - the political edition. Enjoy.
Best Head in Sand Politician
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne
When Tom Horne bested former Maricopa County Attorney Andy Thomas in a squeaker of a GOP primary for Arizona Attorney General, we were elated. Horne, a relative moderate, was a Republican we could live with. He was no power-mad, wild-eyed right-wing fanatic like Thomas, who was later disbarred for his shenanigans. But Horne has turned out to be corrupt in a whole different way, hiring his alleged mistress as an Assistant Attorney General to the tune of $108K per year, and creating a mini-Watergate in order to cover the affair up. This led to an FBI investigation, allegations of flouting campaign finance laws and obstruction of justice, and an embarrassing fender-bender outside his mistress's apartment, witnessed by FBI agents. But Horne is shameless, and so is determined to run for re-election, despite his laundry-list of transgressions. Head in sand? Actually, head in different dark corner, one connected Horne himself, seems more appropriate.