Who Will Chop Off the Head of Tom Horne's Zombie-Like Campaign?

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Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne (right) with his lawyer Michael Kimerer, at a February hearing into allegations that he and outreach director Kathleen Winn violated campaign finance laws in 2010.

In a sworn affidavit supported by more than 146 pages of exhibits and the "Border Patrol" binder, Beattie makes the devastating accusation that "the majority of people employed in the Executive Office of the Arizona Attorney General's Office were campaigning for Tom Horne during regular business hours."

Beattie's allegations now are in the hands of investigators with the FBI, the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, the Arizona Secretary of State's Office, and the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission.

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Kathleen Winn, Tom Horne's outreach director
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Former Assistant Attorney General Carmen Chenal, Horne's presumed mistress, now works for Horne supporter Dennis Wilenchik's law firm but remains active in Horne's political life.

Campaigning on the state's dime is illegal, and yet Horne, amazingly, maintains that the contrary is true, in spite of the AG's own policies, in spite of Arizona law, in spite of a gathering consensus that Horne, is, politically speaking, the walking dead.

Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk now has revived a campaign-finance case against Horne, reinstating her previous order that he and Kathleen Winn, his office's outreach director, repay $400,000 in campaign contributions deemed improper because of illegal coordination between an independent-expenditure committee Winn once ran and Horne's 2010 campaign for AG.

The AG is appealing Polk's decision. If he loses, Horne's GOP primary rival, former state gaming director Mark Brnovich, stands to benefit directly. A recent poll by an organization friendly to his campaign shows him neck-and-neck with Horne among likely Republican primary voters, with more than a third undecided.

Should Brnovich prove incapable of successfully taking a metaphorical sword to Horne's undead head, there's Democratic rival Felecia Rotellini waiting for vengeance after losing to Horne in 2010 by 60,000 votes.

Rested and ready, she bides her time, raking in cash with which to obliterate what's left of Horne should he survive the primary. She is on track, some say, to have raised $1.5 million by the beginning of the general election.

All that's left in Horne's tragicomedy is a denouement, and the answer to the one remaining question: Who will finish him off?


Chuck Coughlin, the closest thing Arizona has to Karl Rove (or Lee Atwater, take your pick), is whistling past the zombie-yard.

"I don't think [Horne's] as damaged as what people assume he is," Coughlin says during an interview. "And given the electoral cycle, I still think he's got a shot at winning. I'd put it at even odds right now of him winning the primary, then beating [Rotellini]."

"Even odds" for an incumbent does not sound promising. True, Coughlin won't argue too much with the proposition that Horne is damaged goods.

"I'm just not in this camp of 'Oh, he should resign,'" he tuts. "I'm not there, having seen what I've seen in my life."

Coughlin can boast a certain expertise in Republican scandals, as he was once a top adviser to former Arizona Governor Fife Symington, who resigned in 1997 after a fraud conviction, which was overturned on appeal.

Symington later was pardoned by his pal President Bill Clinton, a Democrat whom the Republican Symington had saved from drowning in Hyannis, Massachusetts when they were young men ("Criminal With an Asterisk," May 15, 2003).

Symington, it should surprise no one, is a stalwart Horne supporter.

So what would it take for Coughlin to acknowledge Horne as a goner? How bad does it have to get?

An FBI raid on the AG's Office? A criminal indictment? A photo of Horne with a goat?

Not that much, actually.

Coughlin admits that if Horne's appeal of Polk's decision to the Superior Court fails, the AG probably is finished.

In this scenario, Horne and Winn still would be on the hook for $400,000.

"If that's what happens, my instincts will be that those prospects [for re-election] will go down substantially," Coughlin says. "At that point, you will have had, at least in the eyes of the public, a conclusive resolution to the matter."

Coughlin tries his best to make the case that state law and the process are unfair for Horne, that he's a victim of a vicious, lefty U.S. Department of Justice run by that bête noire of GOPers, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who sicced the FBI on Horne.

But this spin plays with only two groups these days: Horne's ever-dwindling cult of personality and the same wingnuts who once vilified Horne as a RiNO (Republican in Name Only) when he was running in the 2010 GOP primary for AG against now-disbarred ex-Maricopa County Attorney Andy Thomas.


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113 comments
Slappy
Slappy

Nice depiction of Horne, however you forgot to adorn his face with kisses from his female admirers.  Even as a zombie, Horne is still a playboy.  The Character Leon Phelps, aka The Ladies Man, was based on Horne's life.  

Slappy
Slappy

Decades ago, the Security Exchange Commission determined Horne should never again be in a position of trust and responsibility.  The officials knew if Horne was given a position of trust, he would lie, cheat,  steal, and "game the system" in his favor.


The Commission determined Horne had a permanent character flaw, which they knew Horne could never overcome.The only solution was to ban him for life.


However, like a Zombie, Horne rose again only to inflict havoc.  I'm sure during the investigation, he conducted himself much like he does now (deny, deny, and deny).  


Horne determined to announce his "investigation" during the long weekend when the public would be less likely to comment.  I'm surprise he did not assign Babeu to investigate.  

eddiej011
eddiej011

Great story Lemoms. Looks like Horney Boy's harem is posting a lot here. Sad bunch of beeyatches.

marcy
marcy

Since Tommy was convicted of a criminal misdemeanor, as per this article, is it proper to refer to him as a criminal?  As in, Arizona's criminal AG Tom Horney.


Re Tom's comment that he "may have tapped it", was he referring to another car or Carmen?


MoreLiberalBitching
MoreLiberalBitching

Your autistic like focused hatred on every local Republican is just sad. Your pieces are just stupid. You have had zero impact in any single election. People think you are retarded. Yawn. Grow up. Get a life.

jayhelton
jayhelton

Great story! And his campaign indeed is The Walking Dead.

DNichols
DNichols

This article didn't need the shooting, or chopping off heads, or campaign references.

The picture depicting Horne as a "Zombie" would have been fine, and more fitting by itself.

Remember what happened when Sarah Palin's campaign placed a target over Gabriel Giffords Office location?!

The violence references should not be published.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Flake has now come out and said HorniBoi shouldn't run for re-election.  McCain doesn't got quite that far....

FRONTERA
FRONTERA

As Horne's inner circle crumbles, not even ROBERT (JAFFY) is willing to  defend the A.G.

Jukes
Jukes

I thought ASU said fat people have fewer friends.  This one seems to have no shortage of friends ... and they give him money, sex, and free labor. What are the rest of us doing wrong? 

Jesse Adams
Jesse Adams

anyone hopefully! any person who sues public schools should be put behind bars. cannot wait to see what karma has in store for this fucking chode.

Roland Mc New
Roland Mc New

Tom Horne is a POS! He stole 50 MILLION dollars right off the top of the National Mortgage Settlement! THAT MONEY WAS SUPPOSED TO BE DISTRIBUTED TO ARIZONA HOMEOWNERS THAT GOT FUCKED BY THE BANKERS!

HaddieNuff
HaddieNuff

Has the Horne camp ever addressed the Border Patrol notebook filled with donor names?

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

I'm no fan of Horne, but somebody needs to point out that if anybody had written a headline suggesting a "head shot" as a way to get a Democrat out of office, there would be a national uproar.

Subtleties like the zombie metaphor wouldn't even be considered as mitigation.

Simply suggesting that Democratic candidates be "targeted" was criticized as calling for violence.


marcy
marcy

@eddiej011

At least it is Saturday so they aren't doing it on the taxpayer's dime.


Horney attracts quite the gaggle of road weary women.  Carmen looks like she's been ridden hard and put away wet. 

eddiej011
eddiej011

Fuck you Teatard, tho I suspect you are one of his mistresses!

marcy
marcy

@MoreLiberalBitching

There are approximately 398,712 local Republicans.  It seems the Phoenix New Times has only focused on a few prominent ones who have lengthy histories of breaking the law.


I assume you are a Republican who preaches law and order, as such don't you support efforts to rid society of law breakers like Tommy? 

TheyCallMeMrTibbs
TheyCallMeMrTibbs

@MoreLiberalBitching

"You have had zero impact in any single election. " 


How quickly they forget Russell Pearce...




TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@MoreLiberalBitching  Most of that statement makes no sense at all. Try again. But this time put your glass of tea down for a bit before you try thinking.


Houston33
Houston33

Have any of you pop-culture illiterates ever watched one of the many zombie shows and movies out there. They're the rage these days. NT was using an effen metaphor. Try to get it, for pete's sake! Zombies heads are getting chopped off left and right on these shows. So the metaphor is, dummies, that Brnovich or Rotellini will chop of the head of Horne's walking-dead campaign. WTF? Please stop acting like idiots. 

marcy
marcy

@Jukes Tom has a large penis and a strong libido.  That's unusual in a fat, older man and that plus a little flattery and projection of power is enough for some older women who have low self-esteem. 

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

Never understood how they could get away with that.

marcy
marcy

@HaddieNuff It was all a misunderstanding, honest, Tom wouldn't lie to you.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

Sure did.........they hid it as best as they could

Ponder
Ponder

Chopping the head off of Tom Horne's 'campaign' fits the liberal agenda therefore it is acceptable to the liberal media...

Metaphors are only acceptable when it's the left that uses them...I believe a commentor on here just the other day suggested a red dot placed on Horne's left temple would drastically improve his image...again, no public outcry...what a difference six years makes...targeting democrat incumbents was a moral outrage.

lmsp
lmsp

@valleynative  Looks like the editors changed it from head shot to chopping off his head. 

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Valley, it looks like Horne's been suffering sleepless nights due to the controversies surrounding him. It's his own fault he looks like a zombie. If he didn't portray himself as corrupt, he wouldn't have this problem.

eddiej011
eddiej011

It's true... Lemons destroyed Pearce. And he's nearly there with Horney Boy. It all started because NT discovered the Carmen Chenal affair, and Horne Dog, channeling Dick Nixon, conducted a witch hunt to find Lemons' Deep Throat. Not, um, to be confused with Hormes' own deep throat(s).

TheyCallMeMrTibbs
TheyCallMeMrTibbs

Also, I sense no hate of Brnovich ;) He's an Repub, aint he?

GMcGraw
GMcGraw

Loved the cover, the head, and the subhead! What we have here is a bunch of butt-hurt Horne sychophants looking for any way possible to sanitize their reeking AG incumbent. It's called a red herring, people, and it won't work.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

No audits Cozz. That slime HorniBoi was literally allowed to rip off the homeowners of this state.

Seth112
Seth112

Are you Tom Horne or a member of his harem? Sure sound like it.

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@Ponder You are making reference to my remark. I can't imagine that there would be public outcry over such a silly and innocuous comment, but hey, whatever trips your trigger, Ponder. Also, I am not a Democrat, just a guy who shares opinion, like you, and don't expect most folks to agree with it. Unlike Sarah Palin, however, I actually give thought to my remarks. Again, as always, I appreciate your feedback.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@Ponder Don't you remember the ad by Palin where she had targets drawn over dems, including Gabby Giffords, a few months before Giffords was shot?

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967  

I understand all of that.

What part of it makes it ok to suggest shooting him in the head, considering that Republican candidates were called "thugs" for simply using words like "target" in reference to their opponents?

Why the double-standard when it comes to over-reacting to metaphors?


MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

I agree Cozz. But this is Arizona. Where the corrupt and mentally sick rule with no accountability. Arpaio is a perfect example. That sludge should be in federal prison for abuse of power. Yet he's still getting his flaccid mug on my TV.

Ponder
Ponder

Nope. I think Horne is trash and I love to see him fall.

I'm simply pointing out the hypocrisy of the left.

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@Ponder  Oh, I would have the fortitude, but I don't agree that it was irresponsible. Simply a metaphore... try to get over it, please. I could have said a black dot between his eyes... No. I have no desire to agree with you.

Ponder
Ponder

As long as another gabby giffords incident doesn't emerge, you are probably right. Yet making inflammatory statements of veiled metaphoric violence towards someone you disagree with over the internet and on television was exactly what Obama and Dupnik and Clinton condemned others for doing in the wake of Jared Loughner.

We both agree your comment was silly.. You say it's innocuous...perhaps it was, but in today's environment it was at the very least, irresponsible. I doubt you have the fortitude to admit that, however.

Houston33
Houston33

Moron alert! Hold your breath on that one...

Ponder
Ponder

Yup...I also remember the public outrage that followed. Lemons should apologize publicly and the PNT should suspend him.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@lmsp i believe it originally said "who will give Tom Hornes zombielike campaign a head shot".

i detest the guy, but the wording was poor. 

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