Tom Horne Turned AG's Office Into Campaign HQ, According to Sarah Beattie
courtesy of Sarah Beattie The hands of Tom Horne's pal Carmen Chenal, as she tries on some jewelry at Molina's, with Horne and Sarah Beattie nearby
Beattie said she was hired by the AG's office in August 2013 to do fundraising for Horne's campaign.
Initially, she worked for Horne's outreach director Kathleen Winn, during which time, she said she did fundraising, helped with events and worked on a document referred to as Horne's "17 Achievements," which Beattie said was handed out at political events.
But Beattie said she did not like working for Winn, and went to Horne, threatening to quit, because the political season was beginning. She said she needed to find another gig, if she wasn't going to work for him.
"I said I would be willing to work in constituent services...but that I would need a pay raise," she told me. "Horne said, `We need you through November, so please stay.'"
Horne gave her a couple of pay raises, eventually bumping her up an additional $10,000, to $45,000 per year. She then moved to the executive offices on the second floor of the AG's main building.
Beattie said that her role increased with proximity to Horne. But she complained of Horne's sloppiness when it came to maintaining any semblance of a wall between political activity and official duties.
For example, she says Horne often gave out her office number to potential donors at political events, and she would end up receiving calls on that line. She had to admonish Horne to stop doing this.
About three months ago, she claims Horne sent a campaign-related e-mail chain to her AG account by accident. After realizing what he'd done, she says he approached her and asked her to delete it.
"He said, `I really messed up, didn't I? Can you delete that e-mail?'" remembered Beattie.
If true, this would involve the destruction of public records.
Beattie said she found Horne's politically risky behavior worrisome.
Once, she said Horne brought former AG employee and gal-pal Carmen Chenal along as they scouted a location for a fundraising event at Molina Fine Jewelers in Phoenix.
She snapped pics of Chenal's hands, as Chenal tried on rings with massive jewels. The metadata on the photos shows they were taken at the GPS coordinates for the shop's address on October 15, 2013.
In fact, Chenal herself confirmed to me that the photos were legit, and that she had been at Molina's on the day in question.