Tom Horne Targeted by Conservative Group's New TV Ad, While Horne Snuggles Up to Jerry Simms, with Chuck Coughlin's Assistance

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It ain't 2014 yet, and already Attorney General Tom Horne is taking it on the chin in a new TV ad, demanding that he return the nearly $400,000 in donations that two county attorneys say were improperly used on Horne's behalf in his successful 2010 general election run against Democratic foe Felecia Rotellini.

The Arizona Public Integrity Alliance, a conservative-leaning 501c4, began running the ad on Fox News this Friday, targeting Horne's notorious absence of ethics, specifically the allegation that in 2010 he illegally coordinated with an independent expenditure committee headed by supporter Kathleen Winn, now Horne's outreach director at the AG's office.

"Attorney General Tom Horne, we trusted him to enforce Arizona's laws," the ad begins, "but Tom Horne does not even follow Arizona's laws himself."

General Slime gets the once-over in this new ad by AZPIA

The 30-second spot urges viewers to call Horne's office and tell him, "It's time to return the illegal money."

Additionally, the ad pimps the website unethicalhorne.com, which refers to Horne as, "An Embarrassment to Arizona," and asks readers to sign a petition ordering Horne to give back the loot.

The ad also indicates that, "Now Tom Horne is under an FBI investigation," referring to a 2012 story regarding that probe, during which Horne was shadowed by FBI agents looking into the possibility that he had obstructed justice and tampered with witnesses as part of a cover-up.

Most embarrassingly, FBI agents witnessed Horne engage in a vehicular hit and run at the apartment complex where his alleged mistress Carmen Chenal lived. Horne, who is married, had hired Chenal to an Assistant AG's job at a salary of $108,000 a year.

Chenal has since left the AG's office and is now working for Horne-supporter Dennis Wilenchik's law firm. Horne pleaded no contest to the hit and run and paid a $300 fine.

Thing is, in October of last year, the U.S. Attorney's Office released a statement saying that, "The U.S. Attorney's Office has no ongoing investigation regarding Tom Horne."

Typically, the FBI will neither confirm or deny if an investigation is ongoing, but last year, the FBI turned its investigative file on Horne over to the office of Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, who subsequently made it public after deciding not to go after Horne criminally.

Instead, Monty sought a civil sanction, specifically, that Horne pay back the ill-gotten booty.

When I spoke to former U.S. Attorney Paul Charlton last year about the Horne saga, he told me that, "It is unusual for the FBI to share its investigative reports . . . if there's going to be a future federal prosecution on those same issues."

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stopabuseofpower
stopabuseofpower

when Tom Horne goes down;  his whole office can go with him. from the witch hunter, over paid ax woman,  beth Campbell, who uses old fashioned , 1800 methods of taking woman down, to the clerks . clean house!!     Talk about abuse of power. 

slappy
slappy

Tom "babyface" Horne is a walkin talkin crime scene. Tom's person needs to have yellow crime scene tape on his person.  His office should have crime scene at the entrance. 

arizonaeagletarian
arizonaeagletarian

As Lemons finally alluded to at the end of his post, this campaign against Horne is ALL about getting him knocked out of office and/or made vulnerable enough to lose the Republican primary.

These people contributing to the alliance that bought the ads aren't dummies. They KNOW Horne is a sitting duck and that Rotellini is just waiting to get her hands on and wring the political life out of him.

Jukes
Jukes

If he no longer has the money, I have no problem with him going to jail instead of paying it back.  Preferably following the most public of perp walks. 

afdhm
afdhm

Nice to see the GOP business model at work. No mention of Joe AARPiehole or John McCain. Trent Lott - not mentioned. Cindy McCain is sitting pretty in Prescott. I am not surprised. It's all about the Benjamins.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

If only Arpaio's misdeeds were targeted like this...Not that Horne isn't a douchebag like the anonymous guy said. Horne's a corrupt POS but one far less corrupt than Candy Andy Thomas :)

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

Since Arizona just LOVES it's corrupt politicians, this might just be enough to get him re-elected.

marcy
marcy

The big money white collar crooks like having a friend in the AG's office.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

LOL....sweet !.

Showing Horne for the POS he is.

royalphoenix
royalphoenix

The Weeble does fall down...Horne ain't got the $. peace

66rock
66rock topcommenter

Best thing we can do is donate to Rotellini campaign.  Wouldn't it be nice to get a hard working non sleeze , real Attorney General running that top law agency again!! 

Dontbelieveit
Dontbelieveit

From the very top ....to the bottom ..the infestation of CROOKS AND GANGSTERS  ...................Is being dishonest and unethical .....a requirement to being a politician .or for that matter ANY PUBLIC OFFICE IN ARIZONA ? It seems we (the public) have not been able to root these crooks out . We vote against them and they STILL WIN>>>>.whats up with that ?

vinagreyagua
vinagreyagua

I can't believe this guy Horne thinks people don't care about his affairs, dishonesty, and cheating.  He's supposed to be the top law & order guy!  Leave, Horne.  Just leave.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@Jukes  

Not sure what state you live in, but here in Arizona, they don't put corrupt politicians in prison, they re-elect them.

HAHA
HAHA

You Tom Horne's friend aren't you

FRONTERA
FRONTERA

@afdhm Nothing better than drinkin a few silver bullets and watching "RAISING McCain"....

FRONTERA
FRONTERA

@MaskedMagician1967 Well said. I  think Horne has a very good chance of LOSING his next election. He is weaken mucho...Elmer Fudd  going down the rabbit hole....

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Now if we can hit the insidious old man of MCSO the way these guys are hitting Horne... I think the Old Fool will actually fall next election. It doesn't help him to not comply with Judge Snow's rulings.

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