Tom Horne Falsely Claims Representative Brenda Barton's Endorsement, After Barton Endorsed Mark Brnovich
When a candidate begins poaching the endorsements earned by his or her rival, consider it a sign that things are not well. You know, like Captain Queeg playing with his ball bearings in The Caine Mutiny.
Last week, shortly after Mark Brnovich's campaign sent out an announcement that state Representative Brenda Barton was endorsing Brnovich in the Republican primary for Arizona Attorney General, incumbent Tom Horne sent out a list of legislators endorsing him.
And on Horne's list was Brenda Barton.
Brnovich's announcement re: Barton's endorsement
Neither the Horne campaign nor the Attorney General's Office responded to my requests for comment on this matter. Not that I can blame them.
Naturally, Barton was puzzled by Horne's claim.
"As for the motivations of the Horne campaign I cannot speculate," she said in an e-mail to me over the weekend. "It may be just a case of one hand not knowing what the other is doing. Mr. Horne and I have not spoken for quite some time."