Tom Horne's Cocktail Party at University Club Crashed by Yours Truly
I told Kobach the nickname was because I'm always giving Arpaio the bird in print. Arpaio shook his finger at me. Kobach laughed, then I asked him if he supported Tom Horne.
He said yes, of course, and I asked why. He told me it's because they were working together on suing the federal government regarding their respective states' voter ID (read "voter suppression") measures.
I asked him if it would matter to him if Horne was personally corrupt.
"Personally corrupt?" asked Kobach.
"You know, say, if he hired his mistress to a state job that paid $108K per year," I told him.
"Well, I'd need to know more," he replied.
"I can send you some links," I told him.
"I'm sure you can," he laughed.
I wondered, since he's considered the "dark lord of the anti-immigration movement," in the words of Democratic Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez, if there was anyone on the other side of the immigration issue with whom he could have a civil discussion.
"Oh, yeah, I have civil discussions with people all the time on the subject of immigration," he assured me. He was vague on specifics.
I asked him what he thought of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush's comment, calling illegal immigration to the United States an "act of love."
He said he wasn't sure if it was a well-planned comment or an ill-advised comment.
"By that logic, if you're selling drugs to provide for your kids, that's an act of love," he said.
Er, not really. Though it may depend on the drug. There's a whole industry in Colorado that would take offense at Kobach's statement.
I asked him who he liked in the Republican field for president in 2016. He said he didn't know whom he was going to endorse or support, but he mentioned U.S. Senator from Texas Ted Cruz as someone whose positions he kinda liked.
By this point, Horne had exited stage right. I did run into him earlier as he was eating something, with some white foodstuff smeared all over his mouth. He was jittery, and dived into what little crowd there was. I figured I could catch him as the crowd wound down.
Eh, it's not like I won't have more opportunities in the near future to grill him as I previously have.
Much of the rest of the evening was left chatting with Teresa Ottensen Binder, a Pinal County Horne-supporter, and with several ladies from the Horne camp, who hung out.
Gossip, mostly. Suffice it to say that they are not big fans of Sarah Beattie, and have any number of conspiracy theories that involve her being a plant for either Horne's GOP primary opponent Mark Brnovich or the Arizona Public Integrity Alliance, a Republican group which opposes Horne's corruption.
Naturally, they have no evidence to back up their theories, and I'm all about the evidence.
Which Beattie, say what her critics may, has in plentiful supply.
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