Tom Horne Turned AG's Office Into Campaign HQ, According to Sarah Beattie
Ryan also offered a warning shot for Horne and his lackeys.
"They do know she is submitting a report to State and Local authorities which carries immunity from liability, right? And threatening a witness who is going to the authorities could well be seen as witness tampering."
Ryan has already submitted a litigation hold letter to the AG's Office, and is preparing Beattie's complaint to the Secretary of State, which he says he will also submit to the Arizona Clean Elections Commission, which has certain investigatory powers, and the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, among others.
Ryan said Beattie did not intend to sue anyone, and had nothing to gain financially from coming forward.
Quite the opposite, actually. Any future career in politics she might want would be hurt by this.
As for himself, Ryan said he was volunteering his help to Beattie as a public service.
Why is Beattie granting interviews now, after canceling a press conference she and Ryan scheduled last week?
Beattie says she's been angered by a whisper campaign against her regarding her past, orchestrated by someone in the AG's office.
She admits to having a DUI on her record, to having done cocaine when she was younger, and to having once worked as a stripper.
All of which, she alleges AG employee Bret Mecum was attempting to peddle to other journalists, as evidence of her unreliability.
If so, that's highly ironic, given Mecum's tawdry past.
"I've never been shy about turning my life around," Beattie told me. "I don't think I'm the story. But on the off chance that some girl were to pick [up the story] and see how I was getting bashed for my past and think, `What's the incentive? Why turn my life around if I'm always going to be judged by what I'm doing at this moment?' I couldn't live with myself if I found out that was the case from some young girl."
She said she worked as a dancer from ages 18 to 20. In order to change her life, she moved to North Carolina, where her parents live, stayed for a year, and then returned to Arizona.
Beattie claimed the AG's Office was aware of her past, and she provided an e-mail to Kathleen Winn, reminding Winn to tell human resources about her DUI. She said she and Mecum were roommates briefly, and confided in each other.
I've asked Mecum if he has been spreading malicious gossip about Beattie. He did not answer the question, and said all inquiries should go through AG spokeswoman Grisham.
Grisham responded that she knew nothing about any malicious gossip being spread, and so couldn't comment on it.
Horne's Republican rival, former state gaming director Mark Brnovich, when asked about this latest spate of allegations against Horne, answered with tongue firmly in cheek.
"I don't know what I can say that would speak louder than his own actions," quipped Brnovich. "The best case that Tom Horne has ever made is clearly the one for early retirement."
If only that were in the offing.
Horne has zero credibility. Which by itself, helps Beattie's credibility almost as much as the physical evidence she brings to the table.
As far as the truth goes, I would hope that a court of law might one day determine that.
But this is Arizona, after all, where the attorney general is as corrupt as they come, and has so far evaded any responsibility for his actions.
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