Tom Horne and Kathleen Winn Broke the Law, Must Pay Back $397K or Face Triple Fine
Wilenchik&Bartness Horne's alleged mistress and ex-employee Carmen Chenal, now working for attorney Dennis Wilenchik . . .
But Horne and Winn can request a hearing before the 20 days are up, which they have indicated to the media they will do, further delaying the conclusion of this repulsive, infuriating scandal.
Sound like Groundhog Day all over again? That's because we went through this last year about this same time, when Monty decided not to pursue criminal charges in the matter and instead sought a civil remedy.
Then as now, Horne and Winn rejected any payback of funds, challenging the order in an administrative hearing, which at that time crumbled because certain legal niceties were not observed.
Horne's 2014 GOP primary opponent, Arizona Gaming Director Mark Brnovich, was measured in his response to the Polk decision.
"Horne should set an example of ethical conduct and comply with the order," he told me. "At the end of the day, we need an attorney general candidate who upholds our state laws, not one who is accused of violating them."
Preach it, brother.
If Horne makes it past Brnovich next year, he's looking at a general election rematch with the woman he ripped off by 63,000 votes in 2014, Felecia Rotellini. I say ripped off because, if Horne had not cheated (allegedly), he likely would have lost.
In response to the Polk decision, the Rotellini camp issued a statement from spokesman Rodd McLeod. In it, McLeod pummeled Horne for his unlawful activity and lack of ethics.
"The investigation into Horne's illegal independent expenditure committee," McLeod said in the release, "an investigation conducted by a Republican prosecutor -- details beyond all doubt that Tom Horne flouted Arizona's elections laws and personally conducted a smear campaign using hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal campaign contributions to win our race in 2010."
"This illegal conduct wouldn't be acceptable from any candidate and it is certainly unacceptable from the state's top law enforcement official."
McLeod said Horne should pay back the loot and apologize to the state's voters, which is about as likely to happen as Horne's resigning.
Horne is like a particularly virulent foot fungus, one so bad you practically would have to set your feet ablaze to be rid of it.