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