Tom Horne's Zombieland Amusement Park Dive-Bombed by the Irish Wolfhound

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Head zombie in charge: Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne

Describing Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne's scandal-a-second administration, Horne's Republican primary foe, former Arizona Department of Gaming director Mark Brnovich recently referenced the '60s bard born Robert Zimmerman.

"If you've ever listened to the song 'Desolation Row' by Bob Dylan, every day 'the circus is in town' when Tom Horne is attorney general," he cracked as we discussed some of the latest allegations of impropriety in the AG's Office.

He ain't kiddin'.

From Horne's hiring of his mistress, Carmen Chenal, at a six-figure salary as an assistant attorney general to his attempt to plug a leak about the affair with an internal investigation to AG investigator Meg Hinchey's discovery of evidence of campaign-finance impropriety to Horne's attempt to cover up that discovery to his retaliation against Hinchey for doing her duty and turning that info over to the FBI to Horne's vehicular hit-and-run during a rendezvous with Chenal to allegations by two Republican prosecutors that he broke state laws, the AG's black satire of a carnival never seems to end.

Actually, it's a circus of the undead, an amusement park filled with zombies, one presided over by a walking political cadaver.

Even as we wait for the decision of Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk, a fellow GOPer, on whether she will accept the decision of a state administrative law judge not to ding Horne and zombie lieutenant Kathleen Winn $400,000 or more for alleged illegal coordination during the 2010 general election, there are more allegations, seemingly every day, of Horne and his soulless minions using his state office for his re-election effort.

This may come as a surprise to Arizonans used to desert corruption as plentiful as creosote, but these two things -- a political campaign and a state office -- are supposed to be kept separate.

In fact, there are state and federal laws to this effect. The federal Hatch Act became law in 1939, and it set into stone certain restrictions on political activity for those in government. It can even apply to employees of local and state agencies that accept federal funds. You know, like the AG's Office.

There also is Arizona's version, called a "little Hatch Act," which applies similar restrictions to state employees. And Horne's office is well aware of both the federal and state statutes.

In fact, a seven-page memo sent out to all AG employees last year in advance of the 2014 political season reminds AG staffers of the various dos and don'ts in regard to the Hatch Act and the little Hatch Act.

Some AG employees who report directly to Horne or to other high-ranking members of his staff are exempt from some of the more onerous restrictions.

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azpol
azpol

Mark Brnovich for AG

Mark’s Background

Prosecutor: Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, gang/repeater unit prosecuting difficult, high profile cases
Served: Army National Guard
Represented: AZ Department of Gaming at Attorney General’s office
Director: Goldwater Institute’s Center for Constitutional Government
Served: Assistant US Attorney prosecuting public integrity crimes Director: AZ Department of Gaming

www.mark4az.com

Chuck Graf
Chuck Graf

Yes please. Then go to prison, you crook'

arizonanewtimes.com
arizonanewtimes.com

Actually the real question is when will the liberal's radical clown show end. And that's just what it is!

David Howard
David Howard

What good things has he done to stay in office??? All I ever hear about him is anti American and negative! I remember he even said "who cares what the people want, they don't even know what they want." Sounds like a real leader!!!!!

Doug Cleland
Doug Cleland

He's actually very entertaining. Cheating on his wife , hit and run while being followed by the Feds. I don't think we can find anyone who's corrupt enough to replace him.

azpol
azpol

Mark Brnovich is the man for the job!!  He has my vote.   AZ voters will be reminded everyday that a vote for Rotellini is a vote for Eric Holder. The man held in contempt of congress.  Rotellini is a rubber stamp for Obama and his failing policies and the big failure Obamacare.

Camille Stodgell
Camille Stodgell

Yes...Get rid of this druggie..No excuses. He should br gone by now....

Doc Russ
Doc Russ

He should be removed from office

steven.michael1991
steven.michael1991

It is apparent that the public has no valid reason to trust Horne anymore. Mark Brnovich has a stellar track record, a rapport of integrity, and endorsement from other great AZ leaders. He has my vote!

DNichols
DNichols

Horne is nearly corrupt, and racist enough for the Arizona G.O.P. to run him for Arizona Governor?!

"Nearly"

chrisgavin24
chrisgavin24

Mark Brnovich is clearly the right Republican candidate for the AZ AG race. His experience speaks for itself, he's been endorsed by several iconic and well rounded conservative leaders and politicians who have done great things for our state. I know Mark will do the same during his tenure as Attorney general. I highly recommend and support him!

Freedom
Freedom

Mark Brnovich is clearly the right man to replace Horne. The first time I met Mark, I thought he was a great guy! He is very honest and fair. He is being supported by Former Senator Kyl, Representative Franks, and County Attorney Bill Montgomery. He is an experienced prosecutor and knows how to do the best job for our state! It is clear that the leadership of the GOP have left Horne and have found a better man.

Jukes
Jukes

Dear Mr. Lemons,

Re:  Paragraph 4

To paraphrase Ms. Beattie, I fear for my "mental well-being," having to read a list of Tom Horne's crimes that has no punctuation save a single comma in the last line.  It's just too much (and I'm a pre-Millennial who's used to reading complex sentences).  I advise you graduate to the bulleted list if you are going to keep taking this miscreant's inventory.

Best regards,

Jukes

Slappy
Slappy

Thought bubble over Horne's meat head "Why's Everybody Always Pickin' on me"

shadeaux
shadeaux

Poor Elmer, he'll just have to go back to chasing that wascally wabbit, and in a couple of more years, Yosemite Joe can join him.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

You know what the biggest problem in all this is going to be???


Finding a judge in this state who is not already paid off and has the backbone to do what is right here and uphold the law.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

I can see HorniBoi pulling an Arpaio now.

First, he'll order the documents shredded (like the stat sheets the MCSO was ordered to hold by Judge Snow in Melendres v. Arpaio).

Then, he'll claim he doesn't recall what happened to said documents (remember the Candy Andy ethics trial? If memory serves, the Fetid Fossil claimed he didn't recall events 28 times in 30 minutes of testimony).

After that, HorniBoi will claim he has the flu....

Vote Rotellini come November if we want to start restoring some sanity to this beleaguered and backward state.

DNichols
DNichols

The Arizona G.O.P. is racist, and corrupt being run by Russell Pearce that every person in Arizona knows committed a class five felony of election rigging, and manipulating during his recall eletion  (Mrs. Cortez vote siphon)

Russell Pearce, and all involved in this Felony Election Rigging/Manuipulating Scheme should now be serving two years in jail.

The Arizona G.O.P. is Corrupt, Racist, and Extremist Idiots run it in Arizona PERIOD.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@Flyer9753  

Good luck with that, most judges here are bought and paid for.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Judge Snow seems to be a law & order type Flyer, and he has solid conservative credentials (though his playing footsie with the Fetid Fossil of NCSO is getting rather tiring. BTW, NCSO is Nazicopa County Sheriff's Office). :)

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

I would have said "Non Compliant Sheriff's Office" , except it seems Snow is going to allow the Joe games to continue

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967  as to the footsie.. agreed, but I would rather play it now than have a mistake made that means we play it for another dozen years

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967  100% Agree, no guarantee however that Snow will be the one any of this is tried in front of.


I might be wrong on that, but I don't think so. 

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Hopefully the old man isn't occupying the 19th floor of the Wells Fargo building in a dozen years Flyer.... Hopefully :)

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Oh how I wish it was Snow hopefully trying that case Flyer :)

I would be a happy man :)

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