Tom Horne Turned AG's Office Into Campaign HQ, According to Sarah Beattie
"Sarah Beattie gave a ride to Tom Horne to Al Molina's shop," Chenal said in an e-mail to me. "He is Cuban like me and a friend. I met Messrs Molina and Horne there to go to lunch for the purpose of introducing Mr. Horne to Mr. Molina to see if he could help Tom Horne raise funds for his campaign.
"Sarah wanted to try on rings. She tried one on, then kept urging me to try one on and I did at which time she took a picture with her cell phone. I kept resisting because I have arthritis and do not wear rings."
The AG apparently did hold a campaign event at Molina's after this visit. A spokesperson for Molina's told me that there was cocktail party for Horne at the jewelry store in November.
Things came to a head in April, after Beattie said Winn and Horne used a state car to drive to a campaign meeting.
"The day I quit, I was very straightforward with Tom on why I was leaving the campaign," she told me. "Because of him and Kathleen Winn taking a government vehicle to the previous campaign meeting.
"I said I'm not going to put myself at risk, and if you're not going to look out for us, I will look out for myself here."
Aside from herself, she said Winn, Dugan, AG legislative liaison Brett Mecum, and Garrett Archer, an AG policy aide, were all involved in campaign work on state time.
Mecum had his hands "in every part of the campaign," she said, and Dugan was constantly prompting people to do more. Winn helped put together events.
Archer was involved in anything "data related," she said.
"Anything that would have come from the campaign server would have come from Garrett," she said.
Horne spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham denied Beattie's allegations.
"All significant campaign work, including meetings, has been done at an off-site location, at lunch time, or after work," she explained in an e-mailed response.
"Some state employees have done volunteer work for the Tom Horne campaign," she admitted. "Those who have done that have done so on their own initiative. No one forced them to do so. Our office does not track who volunteers for what campaigns on their own time."
Grisham further insisted that, "The AG does not conduct fundraising calls in the office."