Tom Horne, "General Lawbreaker," Is So Guilty Even His Denials Sound Like Admissions

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Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne (a.k.a. "General Lawbreaker")
Sitting across from me in the office of her attorney, Tom Ryan, Sarah Beattie relates the details of her work for Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne in "constituent services," which really amounted to working on the AG's re-election campaign, creating documents, and, most importantly, raising money.

In fact, according to Beattie's sworn affidavit and more than 146 pages of exhibits that back up her statement, Horne and several members of the AG's Office spent much, if not most, of their time not working for the people who pay them -- taxpayers -- but on behalf of Horne's re-election effort.

"The AG's executive office is the campaign headquarters [for Horne]," Beattie, 26, told me in an interview published last week on New Times' Valley Fever blog.

Since then, Ryan, working Beattie's case pro bono, has filed a complaint with the Arizona Secretary of State's Office and the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission.
Now, everyone in the local press corps is getting a piece of the action.

Did Ryan also hand over copies to law enforcement agencies such as the FBI and the Maricopa County Attorney's Office?

Ryan would not say during a recent press conference. Though he did have a message for those in the AG's Office intent on tearing down Beattie by any means possible.

"I'm not going to comment on any ongoing criminal investigation," Ryan stated. "I will say that anybody in the Horne camp needs to be very cautious, very careful, because under both state and federal law, there are laws prohibiting witness tampering and witness intimidation."

(Note: The Arizona Capitol Times since has confirmed that the MCAO is in possession of a copy of the complaint.)

As Ryan passionately pointed out, there are alleged crimes involved, some of which I discussed in last week's column.

"Your chief cop," Ryan said of Horne, "the guy in charge of ethics and everything else, has violated the law. Substantially . . . the issue is Tom Horne . . . and the misconduct that he has guided, deliberately guided, in his office"

For example, there's the federal Hatch Act and the state version thereof, called the little Hatch Act, which regulates political activity by public employees.

There's also a blanket ban on doing campaign work on state time and a prohibition of the improper destruction of public records -- a felony, I might add.

See, Beattie alleges a conspiracy by Horne and members of his staff to keep their alleged campaign work off the books by using their personal e-mails and laptops to do political work on state time.

Oddly, it's a conspiracy that Horne confirmed in his response to the complaint Ryan filed.

As I explained in a recent blog post, 
Beattie alleged in her complaint that Horne ordered her to delete a political e-mail that he sent to her inadvertently, watching her as she complied.

This wasn't difficult to believe from the get-go, as Horne recently hit "return" instead of "forward" on an e-mail blast from the camp of his Republican primary foe, former Arizona gaming director Mark Brnovich.

Horne had subscribed, as did several members of his staff, to these Brnovich campaign alerts, and they allegedly monitored them on state time, according to numerous screen-shots of the records involved.

In the case of the Brnovich alert, Horne sent a reply, which he meant to forward, kvetching about a Republican women's club in Prescott.

What about the campaign-related e-mail that he sent Beattie and demanded she delete?
Well, Horne owned that one, too, in his denial, claiming what he did was copacetic.

"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 emails," Horne wrote. "So if Ms. Beattie was told to delete an email, it is because that is what our office instructs employees to do. Records requests are answered from a central computer memory, so deletions at individual computers cannot hide anything and are not intended to."

When I asked Horne's spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, if this meant Horne was admitting to ordering the deletion of the e-mail, she replied in the affirmative.

Thus, Horne essentially is backing up Beattie's allegation of a conspiracy to use the AG's Office as his campaign headquarters.

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ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

Richard Nixon subverted the Electoral process by using over 50 people in the White House to do all sorts of illegal and immoral stuff - This guy Horne thinks that even though Nixon couldn't get away with it, he can.  Subverting the electoral process is illegal and should be prosecuted fully and quickly - we cannot afford to have more disinterest in the political process by our citiizens due to corruption.  Please keep up the pressure New Times and Mr. Lemons. 

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marcy
marcy

I like the side view mug shot, when can we see the front shot?

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

The story photo certainly shows Horne as appearing much older than he really is. I don't think he does himself any favors by having what little hair he has left colored slightly red to make him appear younger. I think the likeness could be improved with the addition of a red dot at the left temple area. Maybe have folks from India think he's a native, eh? :-) Or not....


MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Anyone wanna bet MontyPug sweeps this latest HorniBoi bullshit under the rug?

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

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  • 1959cutter
    1959cutter

    I was just reading your article and slowly started to remember a case in 77' where Don Boles  the reporter for the AZ republic was ....well do you have  someone to start your car?

    this kind of reporting is what makes newtimes so great!

    La Messa Qvo
    La Messa Qvo

    He isnt the only. His civil rights number was just a transfer to DES. The Human Rights number was answering machine stating they were having phone problems so if they didnt call back with 24hrs to call back. For a year they never did. I have it all in journals

    Angel Hernandez
    Angel Hernandez

    There not enough priest in Phoenix to purify the state government

    Kal Varnson
    Kal Varnson

    see that guy up there? he's the reason your child is further behind most of the states--- he ruined Arizona's educational system (if you can call it that)

    ConcernedCitizenAZ
    ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

    Mr. Lemons, Outstanding and courageous journalism. Great public service. So many shoes dropping, it's hard to keep up, One thing is clear. The Arizona Attorney General's office lacks integrity and has NO credibility. Those who remain silent are complicit.

    WhoKnows
    WhoKnows topcommenter

    In the story about "tough questions ABC15 asked Joke, the Joke says his 14 year old car only has 900 miles on it.  So CLEARLY, Arpaio uses government cars to get to/from campaign events.  That was one of the things HornieBoi is getting hit on.  Using government vehicles for campaign events!  And the Joke is so stupid to admit he basically NEVER uses his private vehicle!

    WhoKnows
    WhoKnows topcommenter

    It's scary.  HorniBoi makes disbarred Candy Thomas look like he has ethics......

    azweasel
    azweasel

    Horne is nothing but dog shit. A lot of things can happen to dog shit. It can be stepped on, it can dry up and blow away in the wind. So just beware of where the dog shits you.

    MaskedMagician1967
    MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

    VOTE ROTELLINI.

    Of course, I don't trust the brain dead lemmings in this state to actually do that.

    MaskedMagician1967
    MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

    Cozz, did you read what MontyPug said about HorniBoi?

    I'm shocked, TBH, that MontyPug is advising HorniBoi not to seek re-election.

    HorniBoi is as mentally unstable as Candy Andy Thomas.....

    ConcernedCitizenAZ
    ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

    "It has been 60 years since the landmark Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Topeka Board of Education outlawed school segregation in America. The decision shook the country to its core, defying the fundamentals of the country’s most ardent and longstanding manifestations of racism – the legal, physical separation of the races. 

    The 1954 decision ruling that racial segregation in public schools violated the Fourteenth Amendment (guaranteeing equal protection), as well as the Fifth Amendment (guaranteeing due process), forced the country – and the court, for that matter – to reckon with the unfulfilled Constitutional rights of countless African Americans who’d for generations been denied the most basic rights."

    ConcernedCitizenAZ
    ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

    Yes, he is guilty. That's how it works in Arizona for everyone else. 

    In Arizona, one is presumed guilty and the defendant has to prove their innocence. Thank the prosecutors for that perversion of our rights.

    TommyCollins
    TommyCollins topcommenter

    @WhoKnows The elderly asshole gets around the vehicle issue by creating new threats every couple weeks, thus saying he needs 'security', including a driver. It's just one of hundreds of spins he perpetrates...

    MaskedMagician1967
    MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

    WK, the Fetid Fossil of MCSO isn't permitted to operate a motor vehicle... remember the boulder that jumped out in front of the old man's County owned Crown Victoria?

    I have heard (never confirmed) the old man drives a Cadillac around....it must be a STS model....

    TommyCollins
    TommyCollins topcommenter

    @MaskedMagician1967 I think you will be surprised this year. I think most of the folks in the STATE (not including Maricopa state) are going to show they are sick of the slime in office this year. One of them is term limited and has to "retire", as she says. The rest are going to be replaced, including Horne. I fully expect Rotellini to be our state Attorney General in 2015.  

    MaskedMagician1967
    MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

    Oh I will do a little dance in the streets if and when that happens Tommy. I may even buy some fresh scotch for the event.

    MaskedMagician1967
    MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

    I will be the happiest person when HorniBoi gets his ass handed to him by Rotellini AZEagle....

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