Tom Horne's Latest Defeat: Campaign Complaint Against His Critics Denied

State elections director Christina Estes-Werther agreed with Langhofer's argument, finding in a letter to Slaton dated December 9, that Langhofer had refuted Slaton's allegations.

"There is no evidence that AZPIA is a political committee," stated Estes-Werther, adding, "We find that AZPIA is not subject to registration and disclosure requirements...and there is insufficient basis to find reasonable cause that AZPIA violated campaign finance laws."

Since the beginning of November, AZPIA has been running TV ads and sending out mailers targeting Horne's ethical lapses.

The ads encourage viewers to call Horne and tell him to give back the $400,000 that two Republican county attorneys have said was illegally used to help Horne in the 2010 general election.

Horne responded with the SLAPP suit, claiming he was defamed by the group because the ad initially made an error, stating that Horne is currently under investigation by the FBI, when that investigation has been past tense for more than a year now.

AZPIA corrected the ad, and made a very mild apology for the slip-up. The group has continued to run the corrected ad. According to AZPIA, the ad buy completed its initial run the first week in December, and there will be more to come, AZPIA promised.

AZPIA Executive Vice President Tyler Montague decried Horne's bumbling legal maneuvers and the AG's attempt to intimidate his critics.

"It seems like Horne is using the power of his office to attack his critics," Montague told me. "That makes Horne one mole-stache and a Messiah complex away from being the new Andrew Thomas."

Elections law expert Tom Ryan, who offered to defend AZPIA against the SLAPP suit for free -- thereby scaring Horne into a quick retreat -- had some Christmas-time advice for the embattled AG, when I phoned him for comment.

"Mr. Horne, own up to your past," he said. "If you intend to run, be aware that people are going to point out your past to the [citizens] of Arizona. Deal with it...Go sit on Santa's lap, and ask for a Y chromosome for Christmas."

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ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

The stupidity of people is boundless. Ethics matters.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

LMAO when will HorniBoy face the State Disciplinary Committee? I want front-row seats!

Maybe Rachel Alexander can race back to Arizona to defend this fool. LMAO.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Can't we just deport the ILLEGAL HornyBoi back to his native country of Canada?  It should have happened years ago when he was banned for life by the SEC!

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

LOL...well done.

Arizona sure loves their dipshit politicians for sure.

Thankfully this POS will slither back under the rock he slithered out from soon.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Any ordinary person in Arizona or professional in Arizona would be dismissed from their jobs immediately at a hint of impropriety. Those in positions of trust are dealt with swiftly -- no presumption of innocence in Arizona's zero tolerance standard.


So why shouldn't the same policy apply to the top law enforcement and lawmakers as well?  The state Attorney General determines who lives and who dies in the state, who remains in prison for decades, while working to take away the established rights of the people. 


To operate in such a shameless manner is disturbing. There should be psych evaluations for these positions of power, held by narcissists, just as they demand for other professionals.

enigma9000aa
enigma9000aa

Well for a attorney who was barred from stock market due to illegal and unethical behavior and whom got Arizona voters to ignore this little ethics slip of character, Arizona gets what it deserves! A less than stellar attorney general who might one day be a inmate in a federal prison if he is not as slick as he seems to be so far!

Eleanor_Holguin
Eleanor_Holguin

Horny found an attorney who seems to be more ignorant than himself. How interesting...

dogbiter
dogbiter

right... you are a relentless idiot.

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

Actually it's the other way around... it will be fun next year to watch Arizona libtards crash and burn.  And when they all fall they will fall hard.  Mark my words!

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@ConcernedCitizenAZ  

Problem is in Arizona is the courts are as thick as thieves with misconduct by prosecutors and continually close their eyes to it. 

"Kozinski says it is incumbent upon the courts to hold prosecutors accountable for their misconduct, particularly since no other mechanisms for accountability are proving effective"

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Arizona's prosecutors refuse to acknowledge wrongful convictions and Brady violations. Why? 

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Where's the transparency, oversight and accountability for the out of control top prosecutors who have absolute immunity? They have shown they are fallible like so many others. It's time for absolute immunity to end oust them out of office. 


Shades of Andrew Thomas are totally unacceptable!

enigma9000aa
enigma9000aa

@robert_graham


Arizona is a divided electorate, 34% GOP, 31% democrat and remainder independents and minority parties so this mythical majority you think will rule forever is just that a myth! If the GOP had a life long majority no democrat would have ever been elected governor and attorney general as it was in that not so distant past!:-)

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

@robert_graham Well, bobby, I have read a number of your comments, and they all confirmed my first impression: Mental Midget

Here's a possible explanation for that. You might be a candidate for evaluation under the First Sentence of Mental Thermodynamics. Goes as follows:

Your actual IQ can easily be determined by taking your basic IQ digits, subtract the environmental temperature in degrees Celsius and - voila - there's your actual IQ. I heard that it is supposed to be a very reliable method. It also suggests, though, that you would be better off to stay away from the hotter areas of this country, such as Arizona or Central and Southern California.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@robert_graham  i hardly doubt the liberals could fall and crash worse than twits like Horne and Pearce have...............maybe its your personal support that is giving them the kiss of death Robert (it isnt helping Arpaio any either)

NWEng
NWEng

@robert_graham 

Right wing nut jobs like yourself are on their way out, even their leader is calling them the retards that they are.  Moderates will carry the day in the next election in a return towards common sense.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@ConcernedCitizenAZ 

Totally agree, Absolute amunity is total BS.

Time to start holding all them accountable.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

DPS, didn't little Robert threaten to kill you with a large caliber bullet? I say haul his ass to Shurf Joe....

Jukes
Jukes

@danzigsdaddyYes, an endorsement from robert_graham, or whatever his name is this week, is like getting on the Sports Illustrated cover.  A guarantee for defeat.  

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

DPS, the story is Florence Detective who was fired/rehired facing retaliation. You made a comment and then Robert stated that you need a large bullet in your skull.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

I have to find the story but Robert directed his comment at you DPS.

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