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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Cozz topcommenter

As the HorneDog Worm turns...

How do you trust any of these slimeballs..

Yea, they represent the justice system alright, wonder it's such a corrupt joke.


As the saying goes, Sarah,  qui cum canibus concumbunt cum pulicibus surgent.


Tom Ryan vs Tom Horne.

This is gonna be good.


The Cult of Fethullah Gulen Sonoran Science Academy donated lots of money to him. In return, they got his protection from audits of teachers with bad accents and immunity from fraud investigations. TRUTH.

MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Oh boy, this is getting quite interesting.

I have a feeling Horne's gonna get help from the Fetid Fossil of MCSO.... HorniBoy's gonna need all the help he can get. Especially with Tom Ryan nipping at his heels....


Why are Arizona's Corrupt Assholes never prosecuted?!

Any ideas:








We don't have enough of our own sleaze?  We have to import it? 


Horne keeps lowering the bar for absolute sleaze.  Cuchinelli?   Really?  LOL


Lemons - you're missing the bigger picture.  Your sheriff buddy has violated this (along with the Hatch Act) ever since he has been in office.  The county 'very quietly' terminated an employee named Rafael Smith cause he was running the Sheriff's campaign website.  But, I guarantee they made it appear as something else.  All you have to do is look at his campaign payouts.


Oh Snap.  Horne's little tummy will be hurting tonight. 

As I stated before, Horne is a "walkin - talkin" crime scene.  He should be required to carry his own evidence tags, mug shot, and crime scene tape.  

Flyer9753 topcommenter

And the Arizona Republican clown show continues...

So sad... 

eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Horne must be really stupid having Ken Cucinelli stump for him. Mr. Cucinelli is damaged goods, you know. He fought to keep Virginia's anti-sodomy law on the books and during his campaign for guv made a big deal of oral sex, insisting that a law prohibiting it remain on the books as well. And he lost the election. It is unknown how close he was to ex-guv Bob McDonnell but investigators were looking at his possible connection to the guv's many alleged misdeeds.

Cozz topcommenter


Because the corrupt assholes are in charge.



Who the hell is going to prosecute them when they are the ones who are supposed to be upholding and enforcing the law?

danzigsdaddy topcommenter

Because they rewrite on introduce new laws to protect themselves every time they get caught?

If that isn't the answer to your sure seems like it, doesn't it?

MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Flyer, this is getting interesting.

We may be able to rid ourselves of two corrupt assholes (Arpaio and Horne) sooner than we thought....

Go to the bathroom now and get drinks and popcorn and come back for the finale....

TommyCollins topcommenter

@eric.nelson745 Eric, please take a minute to reflect. Seagal. Arpiso. Babeau. Pearce. Kobach.

Why not Cucinelli? He may be the cleanest of the bunch. Maybe Horne is trying to clean up his image.

Naw. You're right. It was yet another stupid move by a stupid man.

WhoKnows topcommenter

@shadeaux @DNichols  Well, Candy Andy did get disbarred and is now selling aluminum siding door to door!

MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

But Candy Andy wasn't indicted by the Feds for abuse of power WK.

I still have my perp-walk song ready to go for the day that happens though...

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