Tom Horne's Pals Fife Symington and Randy Pullen Call for Mark Brnovich to Drop Out of AG Race, Hilarity Ensues
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne's good buddies, former Arizona Governor Fife Symington and onetime Arizona Republican Party chair Randy Pullen, want Horne's foe in the GOP primary, Mark Brnovich, to tap out of the fight.
In a campaign fundraising e-mail sent to Republican faithful, Symington and Pullen argue that Brnovich is behind in the polls and in fundraising and that his staying in the race only helps Horne's once-and-future Democratic rival, Felecia Rotellini.
"In my opinion, Brnovich is not a viable candidate and should get out of the race," claims Symington in the mass e-mail. "His continued presence will only aid the Democrats in the General Election."
Pullen and Symington demand Brnovich withdraw? Puh-lease . . .
Nah, Fife, what Rotellini wants more than anything is to run against "Hit-and-Run" Horne, the guy who didn't leave a note when he backed into another car in a parking structure at his alleged mistress Carmen Chenal's apartment complex.
Because of this -- and because Horne put Chenal on the state payroll at a yearly salary of $108K, and because of the FBI investigation, and because of Horne's alleged campaign finance shenanigans in 2010, which will be the subject of a court hearing to begin Monday --Horne is considered damaged goods and ripe for a knockout punch.
The last thing Rotellini wants is to face a relatively scandal-free Republican in a general election. Against Horne, she can just go the high road and let independent expenditure committees eat the AG alive with attack ads that quote transcripts from the FBI investigation.
There are a lot of Republicans who will vote for Rotellini over Horne. That's why Horne allegedly cheated in 2010, because Rotellini was peeling off too many Republican voters. He needed an attack ad to help do her in. That ad was provided by Business Leaders for Arizona, an IE run by Kathleen Winn, now Horne's outreach director.
The argument regarding poor fundraising is pretty funny, considering that the $300K war chest Horne's been bragging about is artificially inflated by $100,000 lent to him by his sister Christine Newman.
That loan is already a joke in political circles and has spawned its own Twitter hashtag #whatmysistergaveme.
The "polls" that the Horne camp seems to be referencing are way old. And in Horne's case, the only polls that matter are informed polls, where likely voters are told about Horne's various ethical transgressions.
As the Arizona Capitol Times' Yellow Sheet pointed out Thursday, Pullen's call for Brnovich to bail is pretty ironic considering that Pullen was not known as a money-magnet when he was GOP chair.
Also, Pullen currently is seeking the GOP primary nod for state treasurer along with two other candidates, each of whom has raised considerably more cash than Pullen. By the same logic, Pullen should be a good soldier and fall on his sword.
The Yellow Sheet did not remark on the tight bond between Symington -- who donated to Business Leaders for Arizona in 2010 -- and Horne. Nor did it comment on an amusing coincidence.