Tom Horne's Nemesis Mark Brnovich Files Nearly Twice the Number of AG's Signatures

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Standing in the lobby of the Arizona Secretary of State's Office, having just dropped off more than 14,500 signatures to place his name on the ballot for Attorney General, former Arizona gaming director Mark Brnovich exuded the kind of confidence you'd expect from a candidate facing a primary opponent mired in scandal.

"Tom Horne will not be the nominee," Brnovich told reporters Wednesday afternoon. "So if he really cared about the Republican brand, if he really cared about the party, if he really cared about Arizona, he would do the right thing and agree not to run for re-election."

I won't turn blue waiting for that one. They'll have to drag Horne out of the AG's office in his chair, with him white-knuckling the latest version of his "Border Patrol" donors list.

Still, Brnovich seemed genuinely jazzed about his numbers.

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Brnovich, chatting up the press after filing his signatures at the SOS

"We've got great grassroots support, and this is just an indication of it," he enthused.

He then borrowed a line from Muhammad Ali, circa 50 years ago, the first time Ali whipped Sonny Liston, while Ali was still known as Cassius Clay.

"We're going to shake up the world," he promised, a la Clay.

Indeed, Brnovich's 14,500-plus number was a little more than two and a-half times the amount of valid signatures needed to earn a spot on the ballot.

For what it's worth, his numbers blew Horne's away.

According to the Secretary of State, Horne recently submitted 7,819 signatures, a paltry figure for a statewide, incumbent office-holder.

The minimum number required for the Republican primary in a statewide race is 5,651.

But pols like to pad their numbers, because a lot of signatures are sure to be thrown out, and for bragging rights.

Democrat Felecia Rotellini, whom Horne bested in 2010 by a mere 60,000 votes, submitted 13,444 signatures on May 19, according to the SOS.

She needed 4,804, meaning she turned in a lot more than two and a-half times the minimum.

Asked later that day for a comment on Brnovich's filing, Rotellini's campaign manager Luis Heredia dissed Brnovich's achievement as mere AstroTurf.

"Brnovich hired paid circulators to inflate his weak position in this campaign," Heredia stated via e-mail. "We filed 13,500 signatures last Monday, ten days before the deadline, to focus on fundraising and grassroots organizing. We filed more petitions today in a supplemental filing."


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fsmith3
fsmith3

I knew that Horne and Brnovich were awful, so I looked up Rotellini.


I'm glad to hear that one viable candidate, at least, has some guts and ethics, which seem to be lacking in the douche twins.


I appreciate someone who will take on the mortgage industry and those who cover up for them. She's proven she can and will do that.


I wish Eric Holder was half as aggressive.

royalphoenix
royalphoenix

"so if he really cared about the republican brand, the party, if he really cared about Arizona"...Arizonans are 3rd on this tards list of priorities. pass on this one. peace

Don Blank
Don Blank

Here comes The Koch Brothers

AZLIVING
AZLIVING

Interesting, I have yet come across anyone collecting signatures for AG.  Not that I would vote for any of these Republiscum or Democunts for state AG anyway.  When will AZ and the nation wake up and decide on candidates with "The People('s)" best interests in mind?


Thanks Mr. Lemons, for the article.  You are about the only PNT journalist worth reading.

fsmith3
fsmith3

While not quite as boorish as Herne, Brnovich has more than a few ethical skeletons in his closed: 


Arizona's prospective new top cop: when profit motives and the public interest collide

Beau Hodai

September, 2013


View source materials referenced in this article 


here: http://dbapress.com/source-materials-archive/arizonas-prospective-new-top-cop-when-profit-motives-and-the-public-interest-collide-source-materials-archive


Intro: the potential bid


A former Corrections Corporation of America "senior director of business development" and lobbyist is planning to run for the office of Arizona's top law enforcement officer. 


On September 3, Arizona Department of Gaming Director Mark Brnovich sent a letter to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, declaring his intention to resign his post, effective September 20. In the months preceding this resignation, Brnovich 

stated serious consideration of a bid for the office of Arizona Attorney General. While Brnovich has yet to file any formal campaign/committee registration documents with the Office of the Arizona Secretary of State Division of Elections, the Capitol Times reported on September 4, that Brnovich had reserved the website address, "mark4ag.com," on August 23.


Brnovich, a Republican, would likely be challenging incumbent Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne in the 2014 Republican primary election for the office. Over the past year Horne has been the subject of both federal and Maricopa County (home to Arizona's urban center, the Phoenix metropolitan area) investigations into alleged campaign law violations, in that Horne allegedly coordinated with an independent expenditure committee in the creation of negative ads targeted at his Democrat opponent during the 2010 election. 


While Brnovich may well be qualified for the office of Attorney General, having previously served as an assistant Arizona Attorney General under former Arizona Governor Jane Dee Hull, and having previously served as a deputy 

Maricopa County Attorney from August of 1991 to May of 1998, Brnovich is not without his own possible serious lapses in ethical judgement. 


According to statements of financial disclosure filed with the Office of the Arizona Secretary of State Division of Elections by Brnovich's wife, former Maricopa County Superior Court Commissioner and current Maricopa County 

Superior Court Judge Susan Brnovich, Mark Brnovich served as a "senior director of business development" for Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) during the course of 2005, 2006 and 2007. As will be discussed, CCA was not

Brnovich's sole source of employment during this time-- and Brnovich's employment by/on behalf of CCA during 2007 in particular may be the source of a severe conflict of interest in the prospective Arizona Attorney General's past. 


The CCA man


Statements of financial disclosure filed by Susan Brnovich, per her employment as a Maricopa County Superior Court Commissioner and Maricopa County Superior Court Judge are only available with the Office of the Arizona Secretary of State Division of Elections dating back to 2005. As such there is no publicly-available record of Mark Brnovich's financial interests or employment prior to this point. However, biographical data submitted to the Arizona Legislature pursuant to Mark Brnovich's March 31, 2009 appointment as director of the Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG) also states that Mark Brnovich began his employment with CCA in 2005. Similarly, lobbyist records maintained by the Office of the Utah Lieutenant Governor show that Mark Brnovich was a registered lobbyist for CCA in that state during 2005 and 2006 (Utah lobby reports filed for Brnovich during 2006 and 2007 pertain to Brnovich lobby activity on behalf of CCA during 2005 and 2006). It is also worth noting that, while statements of financial disclosure filed by Susan Brnovich do not reflect any continued financial interest in CCA beyond 2007, Mark Brnovich-- in neither his capacity as director of the Arizona Department of Gaming, or as chairman of the Arizona Commission on Privatization and Efficiency (COPE, to which he was appointed by Governor Brewer in January of 2010)-- has been required to file any statement of financial disclosure, as Arizona law does not require agency or commission heads to file such disclosures. 


Neither Mark Brnovich or CCA Senior Director of Public Affairs Steve Owen responded to multiple inquiries relating to either the nature or duration of Brnovich's employment with CCA.  (Continued at the dbapress.com website)


Ponder
Ponder

You had me until you brought Holder into the conversation. Now it's obvious you are nothing more than a partisan shill.

I will vote Rotellini over criminal Horne. I'm not sure who I will vote for in a Rotellini v. Brnovich. I will ignore the partisan propaganda and those who peddle it.

Thank you Mr Lemons. Your articles have made Horne unelectable.

CaptainAmerica
CaptainAmerica

@fsmith3 BTW -- research Beau Hodai -- the author you cite. He's a crackpot. I can't tell if you're teaparty looney citing the looney left, or a far left looney citing the left's version of a teaparty crackpot.

CaptainAmerica
CaptainAmerica

@fsmith3 Question: do you have a hard time sleeping at night? You know, with all of those black helicopters flying over your house?

fsmith3
fsmith3

@Ponder Horne has made Horne unelectable. Occasionally, he does the right thing, and I'm always surprised.  CCA stooge Brnovich never seems to do the right thing.


Holder has been awful. He's ignored the banksters, the billionaire scam artists, the white collar drug money launderers, the international facilitators of tax evaders, and yet he's found time to prosecute endless whistleblowers, a million undocumented workers and harmless people like Adam Swartz, whom his US Attorney for Massachusetts drove to suicide, an effort he called "a good use of resources."


He's retained CCA stooges such as Harley Lappin, the director of the BOP, until he got a DUI and then was caught doing 20+ MPH over the limit, and appointed other for-profit prison stooges such as Stacia Hylton at the USMS.

fsmith3
fsmith3

I assume if you're not actually Brnovich, you're working for him.


If the latter case, I'd make sure his check clears before you go spending all your dough on a new Big Wheel.

shadeaux
shadeaux

@CaptainAmerica @fsmith3 

Right Capt.........we got to keep on electing Republicans.

Just look at the great job threy've done for the DECADES they've been in control of Arizona.

Unless you're a child, 

or sane.

CaptainAmerica
CaptainAmerica

@fsmith3 me thinks you doth protest too much. more likely scenario is you are a Horne or Felecia person /employee. You're trying too hard. And look at the number of your responses. What average voter cares this much? Why so serious?

TedRemo
TedRemo

@fsmith3 Nice "Captain America"-- that shot with you getting the BJ while in costume is priceless. And the extreme DUI closeup is also very flattering. Looks like you'd better be careful throwing stones-- since you live in a glass house.

You work for Brnovich and here you are in a public forum, calling reporters crackpots and intoning that public commentators critical of your man are part of the lunatic fringe. This is absolutely the ugly side of politics-- trolls like you make me sick.


I've read this article fsmith3 references and it is very well researched and all of the documentation is provided-- hardly the work of a "crackpot." Your boy Brnovich was prosecuting federal criminal cases while still employed by Corrections Corporation of America-- I'd call that a serious ethical failing, wouldn't you?

TedRemo
TedRemo

@fsmith3 Nice "Captain America"-- that shot with you getting the BJ while in costume is priceless. And the extreme DUI closeup is also very flattering. Looks like you'd better be careful throwing stones-- since you live in a glass house.

You work for Brnovich and here you are in a public forum, calling reporters crackpots and intoning that public commentators critical of your man are part of the lunatic fringe. This is absolutely the ugly side of politics-- trolls like you make me sick.


I've read this article fsmith3 references and it is very well researched and all of the documentation is provided-- hardly the work of a "crackpot." Your boy Brnovich was prosecuting federal criminal cases while still employed by Corrections Corporation of America-- I'd call that a serious ethical failing, wouldn't you?

fsmith3
fsmith3

@CaptainAmerica You've posted five times.  I believe in good government. Why don't you?


I wish Eric Holder had as much guts as Felecia. 

DonkeyHotay
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@ConcernedCitizenAZ @fsmith3


Another example of Obscene Selective Prosecution --


Feds Prosecute Medical Marijuana Patients While Tolerating Commercial Cannabis — All In The Same City


Sean Green grows marijuana at 1919 East Francis Avenue in Spokane, about six miles from the courthouse where the federal government plans to try Larry Harvey, a 70-year-old retired truck driver, for growing marijuana. Green’s operation is a lot bigger than Harvey’s: up to 21,000 square feet of plant canopy, compared to the 45 plants that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) found on Harvey’s property in a rural area of northeastern Washington about 10 miles from Kettle Falls. 

The difference in scale makes sense, because Green is growing pot for Washington’s newly legal recreational market, while Harvey and four other medical marijuana users were growing it for their own consumption. Both kinds of cultivation are allowed under Washington law, and both are prohibited under federal law. 


Yet Green’s future as a cannabis entrepreneur looks bright, while Harvey and his co-defendants face prison sentences ranging from 10 years to life.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacobsullum/2014/05/15/feds-prosecute-medical-marijuana-patients-while-tolerating-commercial-cannabisall-in-the-same-city/ 

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