Tom Horne's Pals Fife Symington and Randy Pullen Call for Mark Brnovich to Drop Out of AG Race, Hilarity Ensues

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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."

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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.


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TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

It looks like Mr. Horne may be taking the stand this week, trying to defend himself and not have to pay back $400K or the $1.2M fine.....


So, with the local shurf as his mentor, I fully expect Mr. Horne will be ill with 'flu' and his memory will be flawed anytime his answer could be harmful to his cause, "I don't recall".



Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

The wrong Criminals are in prison.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

The e mail should have read Former Republican Governor who is also a former convicted felon, Fife Symington.

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

Like hemorrhoids, they seem to return to once again be a pain in the tukus of the taxpayers: Pearce, Pullen, Symington and a host of others.


Pullen was last seen slithering away after he pulled the campaign smear debacle on Dan Saban in the 2008 election cycle. He used a guy known as Joel to perpetrate that one, knowing Joel would take the fall for him.


Then Pullen lost his state chair position. Seems fitting.


Pearce, of course was once again fired by the very people who supposedly elected him in the first place. How embarrassing is it going to be for his family in twenty years? "Yeh, Russell was the ONLY sitting state senate president in the history of the United States to be removed from office by a recall vote of those who put him in office". Then, not being real smart, he ran for the same office and was beaten by 12% by a person who had never held public office. In his own district. The district that he was referred to as his friends and family. I guess he wasn't that well thought of by friends and family. Ouch, Russell, that had to hurt.


So, the R party has these dimwits trying to guide their ship through the troubled waters of Arizona politics? Scary for them, it is.


Someone in the R party needs to grow a pair.


Soon. Very soon.

vagabond545454
vagabond545454

Division in GOP is not unusual, nationally the tea party is cannibalizing the GOP now will they destroy the GOP no, this party has been around long before the tea party wanna-be's were created by two GOP billionaires and their operative Dick Armey, now they have left the tea party, one got booted by the rebellious tea party, the others publically via the NYT newspaper sent them a dear john letter! The tea party is like the Ralph Nader/Ross Perot movements they divide the vote on the side their members lean, Nader's leaned left, Perot's leaned right! A primary vicious battle will leave the Horne fans angry, if he loses and if this other fellow loses his fans will be angry and doubtful the two camps can become bosom buddies quickly post all the vicious hate being thrown at each other!

Nick Vudrag
Nick Vudrag

If Arizona voters are smart and do their homework, Mark Brnovich WILL be the next Attorney General of Arizona.

Susurro_Perforado
Susurro_Perforado

Randy Pullen is a complete douchebag who ran the Republican Party structure into the ground.  And Fife Symington's moral and ethical failures are well documented.  And I had forgotten the part about hiring an incompetent mistress to work in the office.  Douchebags support Horne.  Perhaps that's the tie that binds here.  

To me, their endorsements of Horne represent a death hug for Horne.  Why not get Bernie Madoff, Jerry Sandusky, and OJ Simpson's endorsements for Tom Horne while you're at it?

NWEng
NWEng

Wait, let me get this straight.  A convicted felon is advising a relatively unknown candidate to drop out of the GOP race for AG, to give a man who has had is own moral and ethical lapses, including a lifetime trading ban by the SEC, a better chance of winning?  Is that what I'm reading?

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

I find it interesting that anyone in the R party is actually standing behind Mr. Horne. If they REALLY care about the outcome of the election they need to stand behind Mr. Brnovich..... he has the best chance to actually give a challenge to Ms. Rotellini.


I'm fairly sure a lot of Rs will vote for Brnovich. I'm fairly sure a lot of Independents will vote for Horne in the primary and for Rotellini in the general election.


Either way I think Ms. Rotellini will be our next state attorney general.


Imagine, a professional in office as an elected official.


Quite a concept.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Seems the criminal HorniBoy should be the one to drop out if the GOP wants a chance at winning.  But how long will it take HorniBoy to raise the $400k fine for his campaign corruption fines, when it works in a brothel with his mistress?

rickaz59
rickaz59

They're desperate for Horne's re-election because he has something on them, but he can be controlled.


What Horne knows, Rotellini no doubt knows also, and if she's elected, she can't be controlled.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@shadeaux14  What ever happened to Fife's new job of backing nutty cookies?  Seems he's now just giving cookies to nuts!

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

@TommyCollins  

Not to change the subject Tommy but I just heard a story on ch 15 that said that America's Most Pathetic Sheriff is going to be personally questioned by the Feds next month about his racial profiling and his false accusations against his critics.


Have you heard anything about this? I'm assuming that this involves the on-going DOJ investigation which is separate from Melendres,


Anyway, I hope it's televised just to see if Joe develops another case of "Situational Amnesia"

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@Susurro_Perforado "an incompetent mistress". Hmmmm... I suppose one might be able to apply a competency test and see where she failed. Again and again and again....

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@NWEng  

Yes, amazing isn't it. Even more is the voters that have their heads up their ass and will for vote the slimeball.

jonnyquest
jonnyquest

The convicted felon was pardoned by the impeached liar.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@NWEng  Welcome to (Arizona) Republican party politics....

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Tommy,

Just a thought but if Brnovich doesn't win the Attorney General's Office i'd throw my weight behind him to take down Gulf War veteran MontyPug.

Imagine two professionals in office. One keeping the Flaccid Fool in check and the other one keeping the old man looking over his shoulder...

NWEng
NWEng

@TommyCollins And I will vote for her, again.  Imagine, an experienced prosecuting attorney as state AG, what would this world come to?

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@shadeaux14 @TommyCollins  The Joker has his deposition where he mumbles "I don't recall" and "it was Dave's fault", but henderbimp also gets deposed a few days before where he just will sit and fart.....

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967 If Mr. Brnovich doesn't get the state AG seat I likely would support him for the county job in '16. That said, however, it's likely Montgomery is pretty well glued to that seat unless he finds something more interesting, such as the McCain job. Interesting thoughts...

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