Tom Horne Turned AG's Office Into Campaign HQ, According to Sarah Beattie
Also, Grisham claimed that any time Beattie was with Horne to make fundraising calls, the calls were "off site," and "several people...could attest to that."
(Note: Beattie said fundraising calls were made both onsite and off site.)
Asked about the work Archer does for the AG, Grisham had the following reply:
"Some of Garrett Archer's job duties include federal and state relation issues, videography, analyst for legislative team, official website and social media work, annual report, and legislative issues relating to copper theft and scrap metal."
Grisham also claimed that "internal staff who have been named are considering lawsuits against Ms. Beattie."
I called Winn, who denied allegations that she had done any campaign work on state time.
"No, not at all," she told me. "I've done very little in this new effort."
As for Beattie's claim that she worked on Horne's "17 achievements" document on state time, she said that if Beattie did so, she did so on her own time.
Regarding the allegation involving the use of a state car, Winn said Beattie "is not being accurate," and has her facts wrong.
Grisham later told me that Winn "at one time drove a state car from an official event to a campaign meeting on her lunch hour."
She says Winn was "formerly reprimanded," and had to "pay the state $10 to reimburse her mileage."
I asked if, considering the current allegations, as well as the AG's rather voluminous record of past unethical conduct, Horne would resign.
"Tom said he has no intention to resign," Grisham replied.
Told of Grisham's responses to Beattie's allegations, her attorney Tom Ryan had a few choice words.
"Facts are a stubborn thing," Ryan said. "Mr. Horne is entitled to his own opinion, but he is not entitled to his own set of facts. Sarah is speaking the truth, while Horne is palavering nothing more than truthiness.
"As to the threat of lawsuits they would be about defamation of character. Truth is an absolute defense to such claims.
"Sarah was well aware the Horne camp would try to throw the kitchen sink at her to get her to back off. That is why, in my opinion, Sarah Beattie is a real profile in courage, which is a lot more than what I can say for the scoundrels in the Horne camp."