Tom Horne tries to explain ethical conflict on Russell Pearce’s show

Thanks to Arizona Public Integrity Alliance for providing this video on a recent interview of Tom Horne on the Russell Pearce Show. During the show, a caller asked Attorney General Horne if he used tax dollars to employ his mistress at the office of Attorney General. Horne’s response attempted to justify the employment.

Matt Salmon asks Tom Horne to exit AG race, Will others follow Salmon’s lead?

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Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne must dread the vision of seeing his caller ID display the phone number of a member of Arizona’s congressional delegation.

One of those calls occurred this afternoon. It was Congressman Matt Salmon.

Salmon was the first in what I would expect to be several calls from high-ranking Republicans and party officials asking the embattled Attorney General to withdrawal from the race. It’s another version of a political landslide – when you lose the vote of confidence of the political establishment.

At this point, we don’t know whether Senator John McCain, Senator Jeff Flake, former Senator Jon Kyl or Congressmen, Gosar, Schweikert or Franks have made that same call.

Like many other Republicans, I would hope those calls happen soon.

Regardless, I applaud my Congressman Matt Salmon for making the first public call.

It’s never an easy thing to talk a candidate out of a race. It’s even harder to convince an incumbent and fellow Republican to withdraw from a high stakes race. Candidates usually have an abundance of money, ego, divine inspiration or an amalgam of all of the above holding them back from making a political humiliating move. The more pressure they feel from their elected peers, the more political reality penetrates their psyche and it becomes an act of sacrifice rather than humility.

A united congressional delegation and the revoked unwritten endorsement by the state party chairman would have that very effect in the case of Tom Horne.

Republicans are supposed to hold to higher ethics because that’s just the inherent nature of a party that respects moral and ethical absolutes. It’s expected of us and its why Republicans suffer tremendous backlash when someone makes a mistake. We’re the party of higher standards and we have an obligation to self-regulate and discipline our ranks.

Then there’s the political reality that Republicans will lose the Attorney General’s seat to a rambunctious and capricious Democrat only to bring her closer to the Governor’s office. Some of us remember all to well the 1998 Primary in which John Kaites and Tom McGovern beat each other up so badly it paved the roadway for Janet Napolitano to take the office of AG and eventually Governor. Let’s be politically smart this time and save the state from another political dark age.

We all owe Congressman Matt Salmon tremendous gratitude for looking into the future and having the courage to make that tough call to Attorney General Horne. Let’s hope others will also see into the future far enough ahead and set us on a path that avoids political disaster.

Thank you Congressman Salmon!

Former State Representative Kathleen Dunbar endorses Mark Brnovich for Attorney General

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Former State Representative Kathleen Dunbar endorses

Mark Brnovich for Attorney General

 

Today, Republican candidate for Attorney General Mark Brnovich received the endorsement of former State Representative and Tucson City Councilwoman Kathleen Dunbar.

“As a former elected official, I understood that I was held to a higher standard every day I walked out my front door. We need an Attorney General that believes the same and Mark Brnovich is that person. Mark will bring ethics, character, and principles to the Attorney General’s office and discontinue the current administration’s embarrassing behavior,” said Dunbar.

“Mark is a vibrant and experienced prosecutor who will take charge as Attorney General. We are in a critical time of American History and we need statesmen to defend our states rights. Please join me in supporting Mark Brnovich for Attorney General,” said Dunbar.

Kathleen Dunbar served seven years in the Arizona State Legislature and four years on the Tucson City Council. While in the legislature, she served as the Vice Chairman of the Commerce Committee.

“Kathleen is a person that understands what serving the people of Arizona really means. I think it is important to hear from people like Kathleen that served with my primary opponent in the Arizona State Legislature. I’m honored to have Kathleen’s support and grateful to have her advice.  I look forward to continuing to serve the people of Arizona as our next Attorney General,” Brnovich said.

Former State Representative Dunbar joins U.S. Representative Trent Franks, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, Representatives Brenda Barton, Debbie Lesko, Paul Boyer, and T.J. Shope, former State Senators Linda Gray, Barbara Leff and Frank Antenori, Arizona Christian University President Len Munsil, former State Treasurer Dean Martin, Coolidge Mayor Tom Shope, Chandler City Councilman Jeff Weninger and national and local conservative leaders like David McIntosh, Shane Wikfors, Jennifer Wright in addition to more than 70 grassroots leaders in endorsing Mark Brnovich for Arizona Attorney General.

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Mark Brnovich Leading in New Poll Among Arizona GOP Primary Voters

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Mark Brnovich Leading in New Poll Among Arizona
GOP Primary Voters

A new poll released today by Magellan Strategies of likely Arizona GOP primary voters shows that political challenger and former prosecutor Mark Brnovich is now leading incumbent Attorney General Tom Horne in the August Republican primary. 33% of the respondents are supporting Brnovich compared to 32% for Horne, while 35% are undecided.

The polling results are consistent with previous internal polling that has shown Brnovich within single digits of the turmoiled incumbent.

The poll also shows that Tom Horne’s favorability ratings have dropped as allegations of illegal activity continue to swirl around his conduct and that of his campaign. 49% of GOP primary voters have an “unfavorable” opinion of Tom Horne, compared to 24% who have a “favorable” opinion of him.

“This poll reflects what we’ve known all along,” said Ryan Anderson, Brnovich’s campaign manager. “Republican primary voters are looking for an alternative to the scandal-plagued tenure of Tom Horne. Horne’s support has hit a ceiling and the only remaining question is how low can he fall? In contrast, Mark Brnovich has momentum and his support is growing.”

He continued: “We have focused almost entirely on a grassroots campaign and earned media and the results are paying off. Republican voters have not only found an alternative in Mark Brnovich, but they’ve rallied around a more qualified candidate who can actually win this November.”

The Magellan Strategies poll was conducted May 13-14 among 760 likely Arizona GOP primary voters. The MOE is 3.55%.

To learn more about Mark Brnovich, visit www.Mark4AZ.com. To view a copy of the poll, click here.

 

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Chad Kirkpatrick Endorses Mark Brnovich for Attorney General

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Chad Kirkpatrick Endorses Mark Brnovich for Attorney General

 

Today, Republican candidate for Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced the endorsement of conservative Arizona leader Chad Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick is the former Chief Information Officer for the State of Arizona, former Chairman of the Arizona Federation of Taxpayers, and an original founder of the PAChyderm Coalition.

“Mark Brnovich is the principled leader the Attorney General’s office needs,” said Kirkpatrick.

“He is the true conservative in this race. He is a man of integrity, he is the most qualified for the job, and he is the only Republican candidate who will win the general election this November. Arizona desperately needs Mark Brnovich.”

 

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Mark Brnovich remarked: “Chad’s support comes at a moment in the campaign where momentum has truly changed. Conservatives are joining our team on a daily basis because they are receptive to my message about returning integrity and honor to the Office of the Attorney General and they know that our current attorney general cannot win the general election this fall. I will not fail Arizona voters.”

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To learn more about Mark’s campaign for Attorney General, please visit www.Mark4AZ.com

Mark Brnovich Announces Third Round of Republican Grassroots Supporters

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Mark Brnovich Announces Third Round of Republican Grassroots Supporters

“The support from conservatives as I travel around the state is humbling. I want to thank this latest round of endorsers and all who are enthusiastically supporting me in the Republican primary. My message and my promise to restore integrity to the Office of the Arizona Attorney General is resonating.” – Mark Brnovich

Today, Republican candidate for Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced another list of support from Republican grassroots leaders and party leadership from across Arizona. The third round of supporters includes:

  • Donna Alu, President of Tucson Republican Women
  • Kevin Payne, Legislative District 21 GOP Chair
  • Nancy McLain, President of the Colorado River Republican Women’s Club
  • Sylvia Cole, Social Secretary of the Colorado River Tea Party Patriots
  • Dr. Laurence Schiff, M.D., President of the Kingman Republican Men’s Club
  • Michelle Arnett, Vice President of the Colorado River Republican Women’s Club
  • Donna Johnson, 1st Vice President of the Yuma County Republican Women’s Club
  • Lisa Askey, 2nd Vice President of the Chandler Republican Women
  • Debbie Smith, Ahwatukee
  • Mary Baumbach, Ahwatukee
  • Loraine Pellegrino, Ahwatukee
  • Billie Orr, Prescott
  • Pam Jones, Prescott
  • Phyllis Robinson, Prescott
  • Nettie Lamerson, Prescott
  • Pam Calhoon, Prescott
  • Steve Rutherford, Prescott
  • Sue Rutherford, Prescott
  • Mal BarrettSr., former Chair of Yavapai County Republican Party
  • Doyle Scott, Past 2nd Vice Chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Committee
  • Barry Denton, Immediate Past President of the Yavapai County Republican Men’s Forum

To date, more than 70 Republican activists, district leaders, county leaders, and state leaders have endorsed Mark Brnovich for Attorney General in the Republican primary. They join former U.S. Senator Jon Kyl, Congressman Trent Franks and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery in supporting Mark Brnovich over his opponent.

ABOUT MARK BRNOVICH

Mark Brnovich is a Republican candidate for Attorney General. He is challenging Tom Horne in the August Republican primary. Raised in Arizona, Mark Brnovich is a graduate of Arizona State University. Mark is an experienced federal and state prosecutor. To follow the campaign, please visit http://www.Mark4AZ.com.

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Reception honoring Mark Brnovich

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You are invited to a Happy Hour Reception honoring

Mark Brnovich

Republican Candidate for Attorney General

 

Hosted By

Nancy & Malcolm Barrett

Susan & Malcolm Barrett, Jr

Susan Cohen

Michelle & Brad Fain

Mike Fann

Shary & Bill Feldmeier

Pam Jones & David Hess

Nettie & John Lamerson

Andie & Greg Lazzell

Lucy & Rex Mason

Joan & Tommy Meredith

Myra & Stephen Nathenson

Billie & Bob Orr

Darlene & Don Packard

Phyllis & Jerry Robinson

Sue & Steve Rutherford

Christa & Rowle Simmons

Jette & John Stevens

June & Tom Thurman

 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

5:00 – 7:00 PM

 

Jersey Lilly Saloon

116 S Montezuma Street

Prescott, AZ

Suggested Contribution $50 per person

Please RSVP to Jenna Brouk at jenna@engagingco.com or 480-226-7596

http://www.mark4az.com/

Six Councilmen Endorse Mark Brnovich for Attorney General

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Six Councilmen Endorse Mark Brnovich for Attorney General

Today, Republican candidate for Attorney General Mark Brnovich received the endorsements of Councilman Tait Elkie of Fountain Hills, Councilman Jeff Oravits of Flagstaff, Town of Gilbert Councilman Victor Petersen, Vice Mayor Eddie Cook also of Gilbert, Prescott Councilman Greg Lazzell, and Councilman Jeff Weninger of Chandler.

 

“As a town councilman and attorney, I know the importance of having an Attorney General that can properly represent Arizona and its values. I support Mark Brnovich because he has the experience, integrity, and moral character to effectively represent Arizona. I hope all Arizonans will join me in supporting him.”
– Councilman Tait Elkie, Town of Fountain Hills

 

“I’m proud to support Mark Brnovich for Attorney General of Arizona.  By supporting Mark Brnovich, Arizona has the opportunity to elect an Attorney General with a long history of integrity and the preservation of our Constitutional rights.”
-Councilman Jeff Oravits, City of Flagstaff

 

“We need a constitutional conservative that understands the importance of states rights in the Attorney General’s office. Mark Brnovich is the candidate to answer this call and has the experience to take on the tough issues. Local leaders need a voice that will stand up for them and Mark is the candidate to do just that. I’m proud to support Mark Brnovich for Attorney General.”
– Councilman Victor Petersen, Town of Gilbert

 

“I proudly support Mark Brnovich for Attorney General. Mark will bring unprecedented integrity and strength of character to the Attorney General’s office. He isn’t scared to take on the tough issues and has a great track record of fighting for what’s right. Mark Brnovich is someone that all Arizonans can – and should – get behind.”
– Vice Mayor Eddie Cook, Town of Gilbert

 

“Mark is a great man focused on making a better and safer world that his children can grow up in. I have known Mark since college and ever since then, I have known Mark to be a man that cares about others and does what is right. Mark has the character and integrity to fight for all of us and stand for what is right. As someone that lives in rural Arizona, it would be amazing to have an Attorney General that understands the issues we face. I’m proud to support Mark Brnovich, my friend, for Arizona Attorney General.”
– Councilman Greg Lazzell, City of Prescott

 

“Meeting Mark, you know right away that he is a man of character and integrity,” Weninger said. “It is time that more people like Mark stand up to help our state. Mark will bring a new level of public service to our state and that is why I am honored to endorse Mark Brnovich for Attorney General.”
-Councilman Jeff Weninger, City of Chandler

 

Mark Brnovich remarked: “It’s great to see these fine councilmembers join the growing list of community leaders supporting my campaign. They have embraced my message of accountability and transparency from the Attorney General’s office and it’s an honor to have their support. I won’t let them or the voters of Arizona down.”

 

For more information, please visit www.Mark4AZ.com
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State Representative John Allen and State Senator Nancy Barto Endorse Mark Brnovich for Attorney General

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State Representative John Allen and State Senator Nancy Barto Endorse Mark Brnovich for Attorney General

 

Today, Republican candidate for Attorney General Mark Brnovich received the endorsements of State Representative John Allen and State Senator Nancy Barto of Legislative District 15.

“Mark Brnovich brings a vast background of experience and integrity that is much needed in the Attorney General’s office.  As conservatives, it is time to elect a conservative we will be proud to have emerge victorious from the primary and fight for us in the general election. Tom Horne will be replaced either in the Primary or General Election and as conservatives, I believe we should replace him in the primary. I know Mark will make all Arizonans proud by standing up for us when it matters most.”

-Representative John Allen

John Allen is serving his second term in the Arizona House of Representatives. Representative Allen is the Vice-Chairman of the Insurance and Retirement Committee and has sponsored major legislation in the area to protect Arizona citizens. Representative Allen has also been a voice when it comes to standing up for the unborn and school choice.

“Mark Brnovich is the type of candidate all Arizonans can vote for. Mark is a man that clearly has a passion for law, order, and justice. His experience as a local, state, and federal prosecutor as well as former gaming director has prepared him to be a fantastic Attorney General. Mark is an all around good man with principles and integrity and will not waver on the tough issues like securing our border, protecting the unborn and the elderly, and will stand up for the rule of law.”

– Senator Nancy Barto

Nancy Barto is serving her second term in the Arizona State Senate after serving three terms in the Arizona House of Representatives. Senator Barto is the Chairman of the Health & Human Services Committee. Senator Barto has sponsored major health care reforms aimed at increasing affordable health insurance options, protecting patients’ fundamental privacy rights, the rights of women, and the unborn.

Both Senator Barto and Representative Allen represent the 15th Legislative District which encompasses North Phoenix and Northwest Scottsdale.

“I’m honored to have the support of John and Nancy. Both are dedicated conservatives who represent their district well. My promise to them and the voters of Arizona is that if I make headlines it will be for the right reasons,” Brnovich said.

Senator Barto and Representative Allen join former U.S. Senator Jon Kyl, U.S. Representative Trent Franks, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, Representatives Brenda Barton, Debbie Lesko, Paul Boyer, and T.J. Shope, former State Senators Linda Gray, Barbara Leff and Frank Antenori, Arizona Christian University President Len Munsil, former State Treasurer Dean Martin, Coolidge Mayor Tom Shope, Chandler City Councilman Jeff Weninger and national and local conservative leaders like David McIntosh, Shane Wikfors, and Jennifer Wright in addition to more than 35 grassroots leaders in support of Mark Brnovich for Arizona Attorney General.

 

ABOUT MARK BRNOVICH

Raised in Arizona, Mark Brnovich is a graduate of Arizona State University. After law school, Mark prosecuted felonies in the Gang/Repeat Offender Bureau of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and worked as an Assistant Attorney General for Arizona and as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona. Mark also served his country as the Command Staff Judge Advocate for the 153rd Field Artillery Brigade of the Arizona Army National Guard for eight years. Mark met his wife Susan while both were working as prosecutors. They live in Phoenix with their two daughters.

 

For more information, please visit www.Mark4AZ.com

AZRTL PAC Announces Endorsement of Mark Brnovich for Attorney General

 

AZ Right to LifeFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 10th, 2014

CONTACT: pac@azrtl.org   602-359-2173

AZRTL PAC Announces Endorsement for Attorney General

(PHOENIX, AZ) After a careful analysis of his personal and public commitment to essential pro-life principles, the Arizona Right to Life Political Action Committee announces the following endorsement for Attorney General:

Mark Brnovich

Mark Brnovich has demonstrated to Arizona Right to Life a continual commitment to protect the unborn. AZRTL commends Mark for his recent statement that “we have a moral obligation as a society to protect the vulnerable — whether they are unborn, children or adults.” Mark is facing a pro-choice Republican in the primary and a Planned Parenthood endorsed candidate in the general.

The AZRTL PAC board notes, “Mark upholds core pro-life values and priorities, and not
because they are politically advantageous, but because the life issue is foundational to every basic right and freedom we cherish. Mark understands well that protecting and supporting innocent human life is not a mere political issue, but one that transcends the spectrum of party affiliations, speaking to the very essence of what it means to be a concerned and compassionate citizen of this great state.”

Arizona Right to Life PAC is the oldest, largest and strongest pro-life organization in the State of Arizona.

For more information, please visit www.azrtl.org

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