Tom Horne's Office in Free Fall over Allegations of Using Public Office, Staff for Campaign Purposes
Brnovich spokesman Ryan Anderson didn't buy Grisham's 7 a.m. story, and gave me a run-down of what his computer records show.
"The Brnovich campaign first sent the Prescott invite email at 1:35 p.m. on Tuesday, 4/29," Anderson explained via e-mail. "We were perplexed and amused when we received an accidental reply email directly from Tom Horne himself at 2:32 p.m."
(Note: The Brnovich camp says it sent the mass e-mail at 1:35 p.m., but Horne's e-mail specifically did not go out to him till 1:36 p.m., according to the screenshot below.)
"Anyone who says that Tom's accidental response message was sent outside of regular work hours is either confused or is lying as the invite wasn't even drafted until 9:13 a.m. on Tuesday. Tom is correct in one respect though - his support is eroding in Prescott and across the state."
Anderson claimed that Horne "has opened the email in question dozens of times during the work day since yesterday."
The campaign operative said the campaign uses the marketing software Contactology to keep track of those who sign up for Brnovich's e-mail blasts. He sent over a few screenshots of Horne's account.
He admitted it was possible that anyone who knew Horne's email could have signed him up.
But the e-mail can only be opened from the address in question. And in any case, the AG's office is not denying that Horne opened and responded to the Brnovich message.
"Looks like Tom Horne has been on an extended lunch break since yesterday," quipped Anderson.
That's a reference to the Mecum video, and the excuse AG flack Grisham gave Resnik.
The video shows Mecum, with Beattie in tow, entering the Executive Tower of the state Capitol before noon on February 11.
The pair then get out of the elevator at the Arizona Secretary of State's Office, just minutes before the document in question was filed at 11:56 a.m.