Tom Horne Accused of Possible Violations of Federal, State Law by Tom Ryan, Attorney for Ex-AG Staffer Sarah Beattie
The AG's office has yet to respond to my request for a comment on Ryan's letter.
When I asked Ryan about the seriousness of these charges, he called for Horne's immediate resignation.
"Mr. Horne should resign and withdraw from the 2014 campaign," Ryan told me. "He is not fit for public office. He has taken a once proud part of our state government and turned it into his personal election campaign machine.
"We believe the evidence will show that Mr. Horne had unbridled use of the Executive Office staff, services, equipment and more for personal use in his campaign. We will set forth more fully the evidence in our response to the Secretary of State which we intend to file tomorrow."
Last week, video of Horne staffer Brett Mecum surfaced, purportedly showing Mecum dropping off a campaign-related complaint to the SOS on February 11.
Before the video was disclosed, I asked Mecum if he had filed the document in question.
Mecum insisted that, "I filed no complaint," and that he never does campaign work on state time.
When I asked him about the contradiction, after the video was released, he insisted there was none.
Like they say, denial ain't just a river in Egypt, baby.
Interestingly, earlier today (Monday) I happened to be reading a September 5, 2013 memo from Mary Jo Foster, Special Counsel for Ethics & Training in the Arizona Solicitor General's Office, which is part of the Arizona AG's office.
Titled, "Limitations on Political and Campaign Activities of AGO Employee," the memo makes clear that all AG employees are forbidden from using state resources for campaign purposes.
"Although public officers and employees may engage in certain types of political activity," it states, "no public resources may be used for this purpose.
"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."
The memo supposedly was sent to all AG employees at the time.
Reckon Horne got his copy?
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