Tom Horne's GOP Rival Mark Brnovich's Not-So-Veiled Video Swipe at the AG

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Just in time for a settlement conference today at the offices of Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk, where Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne hopes to put an end to the campaign-finance case against him, Horne's rival for the GOP nomination, Mark Brnovich, has released this YouTube video, portraying Brnovich as a hardcore family man with, like, values and stuff.

You know, as opposed to Horne, who put his alleged mistress on the state payroll to the tune of $108,000.


Brnovich with wife Susan and the kids...

Speaking of his role as a dad to their two young daughters is Brnovich's wife, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Susan Brnovich. She calls her hubby "a good father" who spends time with their kids and instructs them on the "life lesson" du jour.

Brnovich himself notes the importance of having a "value system," one of the reasons he says his family tries "to go to church every Sunday."

The former Gaming Department Director explains that it's important to teach children to "know that even when no one's watching, it's still important to do the right thing."

Such as leaving a note when you hit a parked car, even if the FBI is nowhere to be seen.

The video is titled "Live Your Values, Do the Right Thing," and was mass e-mailed today.

Text accompanying the video takes a shot at the AG:

I sincerely thank you for the continued support I am receiving from across the state as I work to become Arizona's next Attorney General.

As you know, I am running against an incumbent Attorney General that has been plagued with scandal after scandal. It will take help from Arizonans like you to help me win in August and be afforded the opportunity to run in the General Election in November.

Arizona's Attorney General should be able to work with law enforcement, not have their personal lawyer on speed dial.

Ouch.

Campaign spokesman Ryan Anderson said the video is meant to introduce folks to Brnovich's family, though there is another message.

"We don't have to say it [in the video], but there clearly is a contrast in this race," Anderson told me. "Mark Brnovich may not be the sitting Attorney General, but he is far more qualified than Tom Horne, even when it comes to résumé experience.

"But on the personal side, there's a clear contrast there, too."

I know my liberal pals, who support Democrat Felecia Rotellini, will be critical of Brnovich's work for the Goldwater Institute and the public prisons' giant Corrections Corporation of America.

Worry about that if Brnovich takes out Horne in the primary. Those ties are non-issues to GOPers, for the most part.

To tell you the truth, I don't care who extracts the Horne tumor from Arizona's body politic this year. It's time for that sleaze to go. The sooner the better.

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TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

I suppose the smart thing for some folks might be to vote for Horne in the Primary so they can vote for Rotellini in the general election. This way we would have a decent chance at getting a decent state attorney general.


Not that I, personally, would consider such an action.

DNichols
DNichols

I bet ex Governor Rod Blagajevich wishes that he had been Governor of Arizona.

In Arizona he would have never even been charged with anything!

Our Crooked Politicians cover each others backs.

vagabond545454
vagabond545454

Horne might be indicted if he cannot squash these campaign law violations, Arizona is not immune from DOJ investigations and am sure putting ones mistress on the pay roll at tax payer expense if some type of crime!

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Rampant Prosecutorial Misconduct

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/05/opinion/sunday/rampant-prosecutorial-misconduct.html?ref=todayspaper&_r=1

"In the justice system, prosecutors have the power to decide what criminal charges to bring, and since 97 percent of cases are resolved without a trial, those decisions are almost always the most important factor in the outcome. That is why it is so important for prosecutors to play fair, not just to win. This obligation is embodied in the Supreme Court’s 1963 holding in Brady v. Maryland, which required prosecutors to provide the defense with any exculpatory evidence that could materially affect a verdict or sentence."

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

With a Superior Court judge as a wife, I wouldn't trust him as an AG anymore than I trust HorneDog, or her for that matter as a judge.

AG, CA, Prosecutors, Judges and Courts here are a joke. Nothing honorable about any of them in general.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Mr. Lemons, Your courageous reporting is a great public service. 


The Attorney General determines who lives and who shall die, and who gets sent to prison for decades - defacto life sentences in Arizona's broken criminal justice system.


Ethics, a conscience and integrity matter for the top prosecutor in the state, which has been in question for years now. Folks, who would you want to handle your life?  


Time to Vote in the Primary, where the extremists emerge!

rickaz59
rickaz59

What are the ethical implications of a Superior Court judge campaigning for her husband?  Have they renounced any contributions from lawyers who potentially may appear before her?  What does Russell Pearce's brother, the Justice of the Peace, have to say about this?

JustSayin
JustSayin

An AG whose wife is on the bench?  

arizonaeagletarian
arizonaeagletarian

Meh... It's obviously aimed at GOP primary voters. It doesn't say anything about his ability to handle the job of Attorney General.

I might vote for the guy for dad of the year in some parallel universe.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Prosecutors: "Ministers of justice" (fair justice for all) or a politician (concerned for party politics only, at the exclusion of everyone else)?

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

After the Duke/Nifong case, 2007, the ABA created a model to amend ER 3.8.  Ethics responsibility of a prosecutor. Arizona ignored it for years. Finally, the amendment was passed by the Arizona Supreme Court, late 2013, while the prosecutors opposed it. Why?

Withholding evidence should be a felony, NOT an ethics violation. Arizona's justice system is under scrutiny nationwide in the media and legal community. Read the petition:

R-11-0033 Petition to Amend ER 3.8, Rule 42, Arizona Rules of the Supreme Court > Court Rules Forum > Arizona Judicial Branch

http://azdnn.dnnmax.com/tabid/91/forumid/7/view/topic/postid/1530/afsort/DESC/Default.aspx 

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

@Cozz  All eat out of the same trough, protecting decades of precedent, of manifest injustice and decades long sentences for the non-violent offenders. Innocent and wrongfully convicted - decades and sllenced behind bars: Ray Krone, Louis Taylor, Lisa Randall, Bill Macumber, Debra Milke among others.

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@rickaz59 Rick, I watched the video a couple times to be sure I hadn't missed something. I had no idea she is a judge until I read the article. The video doesn't identify her as such and she doesn't imply that her opinion is based on her position as a judge, rather as a wife.


I will assume she will not be standing at a Republican gathering, such as a Pearce clan sibling did, and campaigning for dear old hubby.


I don't agree with the implication that going to church weekly teaches ethics and character. However, if that's what trips his trigger I'm sure it doesn't hurt for the kids to see the hypocrisy of some folks who do attend church on Sunday and get their sinning energy for the remainder of the week.


We do need a professional attorney general and we don't currently have one.


I am expecting the Mr. Brnovich will beat Horne hands down... unless Horne comes up with some kind of sleaze tactics as he did in the last election cycle.


I just hope Mr. Brnovich is not hiding a skeleton. 

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@rickaz59 Actually, a judge speaking for a spouse is allowed.  The judicial rules of conduct permit that.

TheyCallMeMrTibbs
TheyCallMeMrTibbs

@rickaz59 She's not campaigning for him. All she's doing is describing their relationship. It doesn't even use her name. Lemons ID's her, but the Utube vid doesn't.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@arizonaeagletarian 

The fact that he's wise enough to fight one battle at a time (win the primary before going after your vote) could be seen as a clue about his qualifications.  

Urmom
Urmom

Nope.  

Mr. Lemons, you are apparently already an expert on this subject.  Consistency at its finest.   

http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/bastard/2011/11/russell_pearces_brother_judge_2.php


Canon four of the Arizona Code of Judicial Conduct states that a judge may not "publicly endorse or oppose another candidate for public office," nor may a judge "actively take part in any political campaign other than his or her own campaign for election, re-election or retention in office."

There is good reason for such a prohibition. Judges are in a unique position to retaliate against those they oppose politically. A judge coming to someone's door, being present when signatures are solicited, or speaking publicly for or against politicians, conveys an implied threat, and with it an aura of menace and intimidation. 

Which is why Judge Pearce must be held accountable by Arizona's Commission on Judicial Conduct. Those who come before Judge Pearce have to know that they will not be ruled against or otherwise be affected negatively by their opposition to Pearce's sibling.


Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@ConcernedCitizenAZ  

90% of these slimeballs belong in prison themselves.

If normal everyday people did 25% of the bullshit they get away with, we'd be in prison for many, many years.

JustSayin
JustSayin

Wouldn't he (and his department) be representing cases (for the state) being presided upon by his spouse?   Educate me if that's incorrect.

CaptainAmerica
CaptainAmerica

@Urmom  Read the link you posted: "I recently obtained a copy of the finalized minutes. Item six clearly states, "Lester Pearce, North Mesa Justice Court - Lester Pearce spoke in support of Senator Russell Pearce and against the recall."

Pearce through the weight of the judiciary behind his brother to help him get elected. I watched the video. She is never identified as a judge. She never says "vote for Mark." No photos of her as a judge. 

Big difference between Lester Pearce and this video IMO. What about her 1st Amendment right to appear with her husband? Should she not be allowed to attend events and functions? Should she stay off of mailers with the family? 

Sounds like the video struck a nerve with someone in the Tom Horne's campaign. 

You don't want Burnovich's wife to appear in the video because you want there to be a conflict. Meanwhile, Horne's wife won't appear with him in material because he's a scumbag.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

@Cozz @ConcernedCitizenAZ   You mean the school-to-prison pipeline?

Along with the almost 7,000 un-investigated CPS cases under the "new" CPS, with AZ Dept. of Corrections #2 exec. heading it and answering only to the Governor? What happened to health and human services and the social welfare side? Data base "prospects" for the prison state Arizona has become.

The self-destruction of Arizona's people continues as a handful of profiteers get obscenely rich. Shameful.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@ConcernedCitizenAZ @Cozz 

Yes, they're just getting them used to what to expect when they are adults from the so called justice system.

Indoctrinate them young.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

@Cozz  Yes, sent to prison...

"Kids for Cash: Two Judges, Thousands of Children, and a $2.6 Million Kickback Scheme
http://www.amazon.com/books/dp/1595586849
"When thirteen-year-old Matthew appeared in front of Judge Mark Ciavarella for throwing a piece of steak at his mother’s boyfriend, he was sentenced to seven weeks at PA Child Care, a private, for-profit juvenile detention center in northeastern Pennsylvania. Angelia was fourteen when she and a friend scrawled “Vote for Michael Jackson” on five stop signs. Charged with vandalism and defacing public property, Angelia was sent by Ciavarella to PA Child Care without her epilepsy medication and suffered a grand mal seizure her second night. Fifteen-year-old Charlie, arrested for unknowingly purchasing a stolen motorbike, was convicted of a felony and sent to PA Child Care for six weeks.

Matthew, Angelia, and Charlie are just three children among the thousands who appeared in Ciavarella’s courtroom between 2003 and 2008 and were sent away—often with no attorney present and after only cursory hearings—to a detention facility in which, it later came to light, Ciavarella had a personal financial stake. As Kids for Cash reveals, this miscarriage of justice underscores a multitude of problems with our juvenile justice system, which too often criminalizes standard adolescent behavior, treats adolescents more harshly than if they were adults, and denies them their most fundamental constitutional rights.

William Ecenbarger, a Pulitzer Prize and George Polk Award–winning investigative journalist who covered the case for thePhiladelphia Inquirer, now gives us the first book-length account of this shocking story. In the tradition of true-crime legal thrillers from The Executioner’s Song to A Civil Action, Ecenbarger exposes a deeply corrupt and broken system that ruined the lives of many children and ultimately led to the judge’s conviction on charges of racketeering, fraud, tax violations, money laundering, extortion, and bribery. Fastidiously researched and utterly propulsive, Kids for Cash takes us deep inside a profoundly flawed legal system, revealing the twisted and haunting realities of America’s juvenile justice system."

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@JustSayinSorry, I got distracted while posting and was thinking of a different situation.  She wouldn't be able to sit on any case involving him.

JustSayin
JustSayin

I wasn't aware that judges worked for firms...  I thought she was an employee of Maricopa County.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@JustSayin 


There's no conflict until there's a conflict, then she and possibly her firm, wouldn't be allowed to proceed.   There's no reason to believe that would ever come up, though.


ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

@valleynative @phxjustice @JustSayin "...understand what an Attorney General does."

The awesome power of a top prosecutor, has no oversight, no transparency, no accountability and has absolute immunity. And controls the money and the rights of the people. Who wouldn't like a job like that?

Did I describe a dictator? 


TheyCallMeMrTibbs
TheyCallMeMrTibbs

@arizonaeagletarian @TheyCallMeMrTibbs @valleynative 

Not really, that's your gig.



arizonaeagletarian
arizonaeagletarian

@TheyCallMeMrTibbs@arizonaeagletarian@valleynative 

 I've heard the name Alex Jones but really don't know (or care) who he is. 


You're partly correct on the rest. "all Rs are evil" is not something you've read on my blog. That's YOUR projection onto me. That it will be nearly impossible to convince me to vote for your guy, I will grant you. I know Felicia and I believe she is the best candidate for the job.

It's really that simple.

The closest you come to the truth/reality of how I view Rep'licans is to recognize (IF you get this far) that I look at the world much differently than most of them.


By the way, not all Republicans are Christian Dominionists. My view also includes that Dominionists are not really Christian.


Thanks for reading my blog.


Cheers. :)

TheyCallMeMrTibbs
TheyCallMeMrTibbs

@arizonaeagletarian @TheyCallMeMrTibbs @valleynative 

I know what's going on between your ears. An echo. 


Sheeple? Watch a lot of Alex Jones, do u?


As far as the video goes, it's just one YouTube video tweaking Horny because Horny is Horny. If you want his resume, look at his FB page.


Thing is, nothing's gonna convince you to vote for him cuz ur a D, u only vote for Ds, and all Rs are evil, according to you. My source is ur dumb blog where you love Ds and hate Rs all the livelongday.


arizonaeagletarian
arizonaeagletarian

@valleynative@arizonaeagletarianOnly within the constructs of your mind does that message say anything about his qualifications for the job. He might be this and he might be that is not a solid foundation for electing a person to the highest law enforcement office in state government.


How do you have any idea what I've overlooked? On one hand you claim to know what's going on between my ears and on the other hand, you spell out what you want this candidate's message to be. He didn't say any of what you suggest.


That's how sheeple do things. I'd bet you don't think you're a sheeple.

TheyCallMeMrTibbs
TheyCallMeMrTibbs

@arizonaeagletarian @valleynative  what's Felecia's? she and Brn are evenly matched. both former prosecutors. F is a D that's why u luv her. If F was an R u'd hate her guts. Ur as partisan as they come. Ds walk on water. Rs rot in hell, in ur world.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@arizonaeagletarian@valleynative 

Yes it actually does.  You've overlooked the message "I know what to say to win the primary", which tells us that he's at least somewhat competent.  He might even be as bright as his wife keeps saying (another message you missed).


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