Tom Horne, Arizona's Political Rasputin, Skates on Campaign Finance Case, for Now

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What will it take to rid Arizona's political scene of the man whom one wag I know has dubbed Sand Land's "Rasputin"?

Not the conclusion of a humble administrative law judge, that's for sure.

I'm not knocking ALJ Tammy Eigenheer, trier of fact in the campaign finance case against Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne and his outreach director, Kathleen Winn.

At least, I'm not knocking Eigenheer too much.

See, on Monday, Eigenheer concluded that the prosecution in the case "failed to establish by a preponderance of the evidence" that Winn and Horne illegally coordinated during the 2010 general election campaign for attorney general.

At the time, Winn was running a pro-Horne independent expenditure committee, Business Leaders for Arizona, which produced an attack ad targeting Horne's Democratic foe, Felecia Rotellini.

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Tom Horne, Arizona's political Rasputin, lives to slime another day . . .

Despite an FBI investigation, two county attorneys' conclusion that Horne and Winn broke the law, and records showing a mountain of telephone calls between the two, Eigenheer vacated an order by Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk, which instructed Horne and Winn to pay back $400,000 raised by BLA.

Read the Administrative Law Judge's ruling in Tom Horne's favor.

Basically, Eigenheer's judgment is a recommendation to Polk, one Polk can choose to accept, junk, or change.

Polk has 30 days, according to state statute, to pick a lane.

Meanwhile, Horne slithers away to fight another day.

To my mind, these campaign finance shenanigans have always been the least of Horne's sins.

Compared to hiring his mistress Carmen Chenal at a state salary of $108,000 per year, pulling a Nixon and investigating a supposed "leak" about that mistress, then suggesting that the investigative file be hidden or possibly destroyed, this campaign finance stuff pales.


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33 comments
azwillie
azwillie

Horne's hiring of Rezonnico at this high salary for a job she is not qualified for, without following the standard procedure and looking for a qualified candidate, SCREAMS " bribery ". Especially when her husband testifies on behalf of Horne.


On the flip side of the coin, it also appears that the Rezonnico's may be guilty of extortion. Did Mr. Rezonnico refuse to testify for Horne unless he hired his wife for a cushy job she isn't qualified for?


A logical person would conclude that either Horne bribed the Rezonnico's or the Rezonnico's extorted Horne.


A Federal Investigation is way past due on this.


No local law official can investigate or try Horne without repercussions.


What does it take to get the Feds to step in?

deserthermit505050
deserthermit505050

Horne has much luck slithering away from illegal and unethical behavior, he slithered away from stock market scandal, is banned for life, but one cannot avoid one true judgment the final judgment before our makers one judge Jesus we all might escape earthly punishments atonements but that one final judgment has a eternal punishment that will make any earthly one pale in comparison!

DNichols
DNichols

Yet another "Corrupt" Arizona Politician evading Justice even after Federal Investigations.

Right Arpaio, and Brewer?!

I wonder who is happier at this news, Mrs. Horne, or Miss Chenal?

arizonaeagletarian
arizonaeagletarian

"Unfortunately, what's obvious to most observers may not be obvious to all who vote. So the electorate will need to be reminded, over and over again, that Horne is a corrupt skirt-chasing scoundrel who cannot be trusted in public office."

Yep.

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

I'm not at all surprised by the finding by the judge.


That said, however, Tricky Tom needs to keep in mind it's just a matter of time until he pisses off the wrong person with factual knowledge of this case and that person will then turn on him and burn his sorry sunburned ass.


We need to keep in mind that the judge issued ONE opinion based on what was presented and argued.


Sheila Polk can, and very likely will, disregard the finding of the judge and will renew the process, making Horne spend time and resources to either fight or finally give up and fall on the proverbial sword.


I don't think this battle is over.


I doubt Horne does either.

Ron Hust
Ron Hust

Is anyone surprised? Not me!

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

Kind of weird isn't it Stephen? Guilty until proven innocent beyond a shadow of a doubt is how we treat our citizens, but the elected get "innocent until proven guilty beyond a shadow of a doubt" (and even then, Some of them still skate free)

Good to know........... (cough, cough........muffled yell of BULLSHIT)

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Fucking pathetic.

Horne deserves to have his ass handed to him. Period.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

here's what's sad..............nobody is shocked or surprised. its just getting to be par for the course watching crap like this day after day. remember when they used to lock criminals up in prison instead of electing them? yeah, those were the days

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

Very little hope for Arizona to stop being continually thought of as the cesspool of corruption in the US.

This is just more proof these clowns can do whatever they want and get away with it no matter how many laws they break in the process.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Horne's confession and payment of a fine on the hit-and-run charge ought to be enough to make him think twice about running for re-election. You'd think. But you'd be wrong.

66rock
66rock topcommenter

@deserthermit505050    I'll put my faith in the ballot box for his judgement.  Time for this idiot to go.  Donate whatever you can this year to Felicia's campaign and help her finance ads to remind the voters of how unethical and self serving this creep is.  

azwillie
azwillie

@DNichols  Horne was NOT investigated by the Feds for possibly bribing the Rezonnico's by hiring his wife for a job she isn't qualified for.


Nor have the Rezonnico's been investigated by the Feds for possible extortion charges. Perhaps Mr. Rezonnico refused to testify for Horne until he offered his wife the job.


A logical person, looking at the mess, would conclude that one of those two things was certainly true.


Either Horne bribed Rezonnico or Rezonnico extorted Horne.


Personally, I believe Horne bribed Rezonicco because he could have filed charges and had them arrested if they had tried to extort him.


Of course, if they extorted Horne, he paid them off with taxpayer dollars so it wouldn't make much difference to him as long as he gets off -- again.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967  why bother? if we get rid of him or Arpaio or any of the other ass wipes in any other office, we will just end up getting even bigger crooks. the law isnt protecting US anymore...........its protecting them, THE CRIMINALS (no JAFfy, i am not referring to illegals, i am referring to elected officials...........ALL OF THEM)

azwillie
azwillie

@danzigsdaddy  There was a day when Horne would have been tarred and feathered and rode out of town on a rail ( whatever that was ).

66rock
66rock topcommenter

@Cozz  We have a choice, come on voters of Arizona put him out on the street where he belongs in November!

azwillie
azwillie

@eric.nelson745  If Horne had to take a job in the private sector he WOULD get prosecuted for his " crimes ".

66rock
66rock topcommenter

@danzigsdaddy  Not necessarily.  This guy has to go and Felicia will be a huge improvement. No reason to just accept him and let him proceed on and on as he does not deserve his office.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Sadly you're right Zigs.

It would be a miracle to find an HONEST politician.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@danzigsdaddy  

Politicians are nothing but scum of the earth.

I wouldn't piss on any of them if their asses were on fire.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

Sure there is..........but we are talking about crooks and thugs here...........big difference (not trying to correct ya bud.....just pointing out)

azwillie
azwillie

@danzigsdaddy  There is absolutely no doubt that Arizona has the most corrupt government of any state in the Union.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@66rock yeah he has to go, but i just give up on it all sometimes. its unbelievable 

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Lol Zigs.

I told flyer I try to incorporate TR and Benjamin Franklin into my life...

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

Ha!!! Sucker!!!! There's no such thing!!! Did you think I would fall for that???? Shame on you

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

5 gallons AND a lighter? We gotta party!!!!!!

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Lol I have 5 gallons of gas and a lighter ready Zigs. Sure.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

Not if they were on fire......................but if I had the chance!!!!!!! (Pissing or the lighter)............sigh

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