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

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Even Horne had to admit in an interview with ABC 15 that Beattie was "good" at her job. Both at her AG responsibilities and her campaign duties, raising money for his re-election.


A memo sent out to all state Attorney General employees in 2013 by the Solicitor General's Office (part of the AG's Office) advised recipients on the law regarding public employees doing political work.

Federal restrictions generally apply to positions funded in whole or in part by the federal government.

Called the Hatch Act, there's nothing new about it. It's been the books since 1939. The idea is to protect against the scourge of patronage and to keep the civil service free of political influence. Or as free as possible.

Many states, including Arizona, have a "little Hatch Act," offering similar restrictions on state employees. These restrictions vary depending on whether an employee is considered exempt or non-exempt.

But for exempt and non-exempt alike, one rule abides, according to the above-mentioned memo:

"No public employee may participate in any political or campaign work while on the public's time, use public facilities, materials, and equipment for political or campaign activity, or travel at public expense for non-public purposes."

Yet Horne, like a Republican version of "Slick Willie," as GOPers liked to call Bill Clinton, has argued the opposite: That it is okay for state employees to take breaks to check e-mails and do other things campaign-related.

Apparently, Horne is saying that as long as exempt employees do their eight hours, they can work for his campaign all they want on their "breaks" and "lunchtimes," even while in state offices.

This is not what the law says. This is not what the AG's handbook says. This is not what the Solicitor General's Office says.

Similarly, Horne, in his official response to Beattie's allegations, attempted to justify his ordering her to delete a campaign-related e-mail he inadvertently sent to her AG account.

Beattie said she and other staffers had been warned by Winn, Horne, Dugan, and other Horne-ites to always use personal laptops and e-mails, presumably to avoid the creation of records subject to public requests — records that would reveal that campaigning was getting done on state time in violation of the law.

Horne's rationalization?

"It is written in the policy & procedures that if any employee receives an inappropriate political email, they are to delete it and instruct the sender not to send any more e-mails," Horne said in a recent statement to the press.

"So if Ms. Beattie was told to delete an e-mail, it is because that is what our office instructs employees to do."

Was Horne admitting that he ordered Beattie to delete the e-mail?

Asked this question, Grisham replied, "As per our written policy, yes."

However, what Beattie described both to reporters and in her sworn affidavit, was an orchestrated effort to cover the Horne camp's tracks as AG employees violated state law.

For Horne to suggest that, shucks, he was just abiding by the policy of his office, is a load of hooey of Nixonian proportions.

The documents that accompany Beattie's affidavit are hard to refute, containing as they do, computer meta-data showing when and where they were produced — and by whom.

For instance, Beattie provided the agenda of a regular Wednesday "calendar meeting" at the AG's Office, where the political items discussed are marked in "deep blue."

Almost all of the agenda is colored blue.

Additionally, there are e-mails allegedly sent on state time from Winn haranguing Beattie to finish a campaign document, e-mails from Horne's executive assistant Debra Scordato reminding Horne-ites of campaign events, and e-mails to AG staffers from Chenal, in her perch at Wilenchik's law firm, commenting on fundraisers and robo-calls.

Beattie relates that Winn recently used a state car to attend a campaign event. 'Cause of this, Beattie says, she knew she had to leave Horne's office and his out-of-control campaign.

Following queries about this accusation, Grisham had to admit the part about Winn and the state car was true.

For this, Winn was admonished by Dugan, Grisham claimed.

Even local TV news has begun to get it. Horne's interviewers seem incredulous, wondering why he does not resign.

Another AG employee amscrayed recently: Garrett Archer, mentioned by Beattie in her affidavit as a "data guru" for the Horne campaign. Archer declined New Times' request for an interview.

Grisham claims Archer resigned because his wife is expecting, that his departure already was in the works.

Initially, Chenal's boss, Dennis Wilenchik, was going to represent Horne in the complaint brought by Tom Ryan on behalf of Beattie.

Just as this article went to press, Wilenchik alerted the Secretary of State's Office in an e-mail that he will not represent the AG "in either the Secretary of State matter or the Clean Elections matter from this date forward."

Rather, Wilenchik says, Horne "will be representing himself." And do not bother e-mailing Wilenchik, he adds, he is on vacation.

"Since I am headed to Peru and the Galapagos Islands through mid-June starting this Wednesday I think I will be having the better time than working on this anyway," Wilenchik writes. "In any event, thanks again to all . . . Have a wonderful summer (if there is such a thing here) and take care. There is no need to copy me on anything further with respect to this matter."

Which begs the question: How bad is it when even Dennis Wilenchik does not want to represent you?

Indeed, Horne's dreams of becoming governor were dashed long ago. Now mere re-election seems a Sisyphean feat.

How long must we wait for the inevitable? The primary at the end of August? The general election on November 4?

Will Brnovich strike the magic blow? Or will Rotellini – like Arizona's own version of Game of Thrones character Daenerys Targaryen – zap Horne with dragon fire?

If only he could go down tomorrow, thus sparing us the spectacle of Arizona's chief law enforcement officer making a fool of himself — and us — for months to come.

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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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