Tom Horne Gets Help From "Studboi1," a.k.a. Paul Babeu, as Well as Steven Seagal, Joe Arpaio, Kris Kobach, Russell Pearce
To paraphrase Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, at the end of the day, Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne will always be the guy in the red hat who's in a car with a woman who's not his wife.
Granted, I'm no fan of Monty. But the county attorney, who is a backer of Horne's Republican primary challenger Mark Brnovich, is correct on this point -- one he recently made in the Arizona Capitol Times' Yellow Sheet, albeit not word for word.
But Horne's problems extend beyond his extramarital affair, the hiring of his mistress by the AG's Office, a vehicular hit and run he pleaded no contest to, and assorted campaign finance shananigans.
Indeed, this week's revelations only added to the funky fog of corruption that blankets the AG's Office like a haboob.
New developments include: an e-mail Horne inadvertently sent to Brnovich camp whining about how the Republican women of Prescott don't love him anymore; the release of a video of AG staffer Brett Mecum filing a campaign-related doc with the Arizona Secretary of State's Office; and a resignation note written by ex-employee Sarah Beattie accusing Horne's office of "not following campaign laws or finance laws."
"Studboi1" is the featured attraction at Horne's Saturday fundraiser in Eloy...
Thing is, Arizona is full of wingnutty politicians tainted by scandal, and even if former Democrat Horne is hardly a true believer, there are plenty far-right politicos willing to lend him a hand, especially since they have their own glass wigwams to worry about. Strength in numbers, and all that.
So should it be any surprise that Sheriff Paul Babeu, a.k.a. "Studboi1," the guy whose attorney allegedly threatened Babeu's Mexican boyfriend with deportation a couple of years ago, will be riding to Horne's defense Saturday afternoon at the Eloy home of John and Betty Peterson?
There, Babeu and others will be hosting a fundraiser for the embattled AG. And reporters are definitely not allowed.
Not that I was all hot to drive down to Eloy, but I was surprised when I called the Peterson residence, and Mrs. Peterson actually kinda-sorta invited me down.
Well, she said she had to check with her husband first, took my number, and promised to call back.
Eventually she did, informing me that the affair was a private one. Unlike Horne's with Carmen Chenal.
Ah, the questions I could have asked.
General Horne, can you pass the canapes, and how is that mistress treating you these days? Got any more on the payroll? Oh, and what's it like being persona non grata in Prescott?