Tom Horne's Cocktail Party at University Club Crashed by Yours Truly
Horne PIO Stephanie Grisham with grumpy Joe: Move over Lisa Allen, there's a new flack in town...
Nearby was Horne spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham, who later confided that another newshound who shall remain nameless had asked to come to the event, and Grisham told this person no.
Which goes to show ya: Don't ask for permission, just go. That way you always have the element of surprise. And if you get 86'd by security, there's your story.
To the credit of Grisham, she didn't ask me to leave. Neither did anyone else.
Most interesting to me was putting faces to some of the folks whose names I've read in FBI transcripts and in other public records, like Linnea Heap, the AG staffer who loaned her car to Carmen Chenal on the fateful day of Horne's vehicular hit and run.
Also present was Tom Chenal, ex-husband of Carmen, Tom Chenal is a lawyer in the civil division of the AG's office, and seems like a pleasant and easy-going gent, as you might expect that he'd have to be in his situation.
Vanessa Deatherage, another AG staffer, was manning the table on entry, or at least was when I spotted her.
I also met Adria Martinez, head of constituent services, the area where Beattie "worked."
Martinez has yet to be included in any AG scandals, past or present, that I know of. Rara avis, she is.
As I spoke with Martinez, next to us was what could've been some humongous refugee from the Bundy ranch.
Of course that was Steven Seagal, scourge of chickens and pal of Vladimir Putin. He was posing for pics with attendees.
He spoke earlier, according to Grisham's Tweets, telling folks, "We have no business in the Ukraine now."
Yep, about as much business as Seagal has riding around Maricopa County as a pseudo MCSO deputy.
I gravitated toward Arpaio, maleficent lodestone that he is, because I had a couple of questions on a story regarding the MCSO that I've been attempting to nail down.
Needless to say, he was not very forthcoming. He employs a very effective tactic of answering a question with a question, as if he's confused.
Given his age, you might be tempted to think he is confused. But it's only a way to deflect the query, which often never gets answered.