New Election Complaint Filed Against Tom Horne in Arizona Attorney General Race

One would think that the highest law enforcement official in the State of Arizona would be well versed in the law. And given the number of complaints related to elections and campaigning against Tom Horne, one would think he would be paranoid about breaking the law – again.

Last Friday, former State Treasurer Dean Martin filed an election complaint against Attorney General Tom Horne over clear violations of the law regarding Horne’s campaign website and the use of taxpayer resources and the State Seal.

The complaint was filed with both the Secretary of State and Citizens Clean Elections Commission.

It is now one day before the Primary Election and the AG’s race is very close.

Given yet another apparent violation of the law by Tom Horne, I ask the readers of this blog to get out the vote for Mark Brnovich tomorrow.

A little historical perspective. In 1998, Tom McGovern and John Kaites battled it out in the Primary Election for the nomination for Arizona Attorney General. McGovern won but it cost him all his resources heading into the General Election. Who was his General Election opponent? Some little known US District Court Judge named Janet Napolitano. She didn’t have to spend any money going into her Primary Election and she beat Tom McGovern in the General Election by 50.4% to 47.5%. The rest is history because as we all know, she became Arizona’s Governor and ultimately, Obama’s DHS Cabinet Secretary.

Don’t let that happen again. Don’t be that voter. Don’t waste your vote on Tom Horne.

The election for Arizona Attorney General is critical.

Vote for Mark Brnovich tomorrow.

Here’s the official complaint:
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Here’s a link to the PDF file.

 

 

Poll: Who Will You Vote For As Arizona Attorney General?

The Shocking Link Between Tom Horne and An Alleged Fast & Furious Co-Conspirator

Campaign finance reports occasionally reveal a donation or two that can place a political candidate in the awkward position of having to defend a donor. Oftentimes the candidate is unaware of the controversy until notified by a persistent pesky reporter or the opposing campaigns.

However, it’s also not often that a donor rises to the level of being at the center of what many believe is the biggest scandal of the scandal-plagued Obama administration.

Once such donation is to Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, who accepted a political contribution of $500 from Patrick Cunningham on February 13, 2014. If Cunningham’s name sounds familiar it’s because he was named as a co-conspirator in the Fast and Furious scandal.

The Chair of the House committee that investigated the Fast and Furious scandal, Congressman Darrell Issa, went as far as to say that “Mr. Cunningham may have engaged in criminal conduct with respect to Fast and Furious…” and that his refusal to testify before congress was a “…major escalation of the department’s culpability.”

Justice Department officials even claimed Cunningham misinformed them about Fast and Furious. The conservative local blog SeeingRed AZ previously covered the scandal here.

The Operation Fast & Furious “gun walking” saga placed hundreds of guns into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. The scandal had a distinct Arizona connection. The firearms were sold and bought in the Phoenix and Tucson metro areas, and ultimately one the guns was used to murder Arizona Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.

Arizona U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke, the former Chief of Staff to former Governor Janet Napolitanoran the Fast and Furious operation. Burke eventually walked away from charges and resigned from his post despite his fingerprints being all over the scandal. Many considered Burke to be the sacrificial lamb for the Obama Administration.

Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa criticized the U.S. Attorney’s office including Cunningham and Burke for their obstruction in the case:

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office advised ATF that agents needed to meet unnecessarily strict evidentiary standards in order to speak with suspects, temporarily detain them, or interdict weapons,” Chairman Issa said. “ATF’s reliance on this advice from the U.S. Attorney’s Office during Fast and Furious resulted in many lost opportunities to interdict weapons.”

Advice and management from people like Dennis Burke and Patrick Cunningham.

Patrick Cunningham worked directly under Burke as the chief of the criminal division. Cunningham was called before Issa’s committee to testify, but ultimately he plead the 5th rather than incriminate himself, Burke, and members of the Obama Administration. Cunningham was allowed to resign his position and eventually he accepted a position working for HighGround Public Affairs in Phoenix. Ironically, HighGround now serves as a campaign consultant to Tom Horne’s re-election bid.

Cunningham provided the inaccurate (or false) information to Senator Grassley and the Justice Department that the ATF (which was overseeing the program with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona) never intentionally allowed the the guns to cross the border or knowingly allowed the sale of weapons to suspicious straw buyers. That was obviously later proven false and the Justice Department later took the unprecedented step of pulling the letter they sent to Congress.

While Tom Horne attacks his Republican opponent, Mark Brnovich, for a $120 donation made to a Democrat back in 2006, Tom Horne is actively soliciting donations from Democrats.

Tom Horne is running on a message of border security and fighting back against Obama this cycle, but how can you truly trust Tom Horne to secure the border and fight the overreach of the federal government when he’s receiving financial support from the very people who were engaged in the Obama Administration’s Fast and Furious cover up?

Editor’s note and correction: This post was in error regarding the political affiliation of Patrick Cunningham. A representative of High Ground clarified Cunningham has been a registered Republican since the early 70’s.

Arizona GOP Attorney General Debate Tonight!

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Tune in to Arizona PBS Channel 8 at 5:30 tonight as Mark Brnovich squares off against Tom Horne in the Attorney General debate.

Those watching can live tweet your thoughts, comments and cheers by using the hashtag #AZAG. And if you want to follow the candidates, their Twitter handles are @Mark4AG and @TomHorneAZ.

Arizona Legislators Ask Tom Horne to Bow Out of Attorney General Race

Thursday, nine Arizona legislators sent a letter to Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne to exit the Republican Primary and race for AG. Spearheaded by State Representative Paul Boyer, the letter expressed grave concern over Horne’s ability to lead and serve the public has been severely compromised by a number of legal, ethical and personal problems.

Eight of Boyer’s legislative peers also signed the letter affirming that “integrity matters in our elected officials and our elections.”

Boyer, who also authored the letter wrote:

Dear General Horne:

We write to express our grave concerns over the recent allegations leveled at you, your official staff, and your campaign.

We acknowledge the investigations into wrongdoing are not complete, but that in no way lessens the dark cloud of impropriety that hangs over you and your administration.

We trust that the authorities conducting these investigations will enforce the law to the best of their abilities. We also acknowledge this process will take time and that you have a right to your day in court. Your ability to lead and serve the public, however, has already been severely compromised.

We, the undersigned, have a responsibility to act in the best interest of our state and our party. We are convinced that if you continue in your campaign for re-election, both of these interests will be damaged.

For this reason, we take the difficult step of formally requesting that you withdraw from the race for Attorney General.

Integrity matters in our elected officials and our elections. We expect more from our Attorney General, the individual who is tasked with directing the Department of Law. Arizonans have a right to expect more out of the highest-ranking legal officer of the state.

Please do what is right for Arizona and for the Republican Party.

Sincerely,

Paul Boyer
Rick Gray
Warren Petersen
Nancy Barto
JD Mesnard
Karen Fann
Steve Yarbrough
TJ Shope
Kelli Ward

 

Here is a copy of the letter:

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Tom Horne Letter

The letter follows other high profile requests by members of the congressional delegation asking Horne to withdraw from the race. Last week, Congressman Matt Salmon called Horne and personally asked him to exit. The following day Senator Jeff Flake stated publicly that Horne should exit. Senator John McCain also stopped short from saying Horne should get out but did note that the AG should recognize his political situation and.

Over a week ago, this blog asked the Attorney General to drop out of the race.

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!

Hear 5-Minute Stump Speeches from 29 Arizona GOP Candidates!

uvs140316-001Here’s a chance to see and hear from no less than 29 Arizona elected-office candidates, all in one place. It’s like speed-dating for politicians(!).

On March 15, 2014, the Sun City West Republican club sponsored a well-run Candidates Forum in which each candidate packed all he/she could in a 5-minute appeal to Arizona voters.

The full article and videos are at this link.  You can hear them all or use time sliders to pick the candidates of your choice. Included, in order of appearance, are:

Michael Jeanes, candidate, Arizona Clerk of Courts
Sandra Dowling, candidate, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors
Clint Hickman, candidate, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors
Elbert Bicknell, candidate, Maricopy Country Health Care District #4
Jean McGrath, candidate, Marcopa County Community College District #4
John Heep, candidate, Marcopa County Community College District #4
Bonnie Katz, candidate, Arizona Corporation Commission
Lucy Mason, candidate, Arizona Corporation Commission
Diane Douglas, candidate, AZ Superintendent of Public Instruction
Jeff Dewit, candidate, Arizona State Treasurer
Randy Pullen, candidate, Arizona State Treasurer
David Livingston, candidate, AZ Representative LD22
Phil Lovas, candidate, AZ Representative LD22

Judy Burges, candidate, AZ Senate LD22
Clair Van Steenwyk,
candidate, US House of Representatives
Trent Franks,
candidate, US House of Representatives
Tom Forese,
candidate, Arizona Corporation Commission
Mark Brnovich,
candidate, AZ Attorney General
Tom Horne,
candidate, AZ Attorney General
Michele Reagan,
candidate, AZ Secretary of State
Justin Pierce,
candidate, AZ Secretary of State
Christine Jones,
candidate, AZ Governor
Al Melivn,
candidate, AZ Governor
Alice Lukasik,
candidate, AZ Governor
John Molina,
candiate, AZ Governor
Frank Riggs,
candidate, AZ Governor
Scott Smith,
candidate, AZ Governor

For the full article, click here.

Former Senator Jon Kyl to Endorse Mark Brnovich for Attorney General

For months I have been arguing that the race for Arizona Attorney General was going to demonstrate a change in the modus operandi of this political race. Incumbents rarely suffer a credible challenge from within the party but that appears to be what’s taking place in the nomination contest between current Attorney General Tom Horne and his challenger, Mark Brnovich.

Yesterday, we learned that former US Senator Jon Kyl is set to endorse Brnovich when a letter was leaked to the public between Kyl and southern Arizona’s most influential political kingmaker, Jim Click. Here’s a copy of the letter:

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Let’s just say you know you’re in trouble as an incumbent when one of Arizona’s most popular and influential US Senators comes out in support of your challenger.

And Senator Kyl speaks for many Republicans when he infers that a Horne nomination will guarantee that the Arizona AG’s office will fall to the Democrats in November.

What should be most invigorating and encouraging to the Brnovich campaign is Senator Kyl’s personal endorsement in the letter to Click stating, “Mark Brnovich is principled, intelligent and hardworking.”

This is like a shot of adrenalin to the campaign.

Kyl continues,

“He is a talented lawyer and accomplished prosecutor. He understands that the principles of limited government, free enterprise, individual liberty, and the rule of law are cornerstones of our Republic.”

Let me emphasize. US Senators rarely make endorsements in a primary contest – especially one in which the incumbent is of the same political party.

Yes, this is a real political coup for the Brnovich campaign and the campaign can only gain more momentum as Republicans conclude that Mark Brnovich is our best qualified candidate to retain this important seat in November.

Arizona Republican Leadership and Grassroots Support Mark Brnovich for Attorney General

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Arizona Republican Leadership and Grassroots Support Mark Brnovich for Attorney General

“I’m continually humbled by the level of support and encouragement our campaign receives. I can’t thank these folks enough for their dedication and their support in me as a candidate. I will not let them down.”

Today, Republican candidate for Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced the support of Republican grassroots leaders and party leadership from around Arizona. The first round of supporters includes:

  • Mickie Niland – Congressional District 5 Member-at-Large & Legislative District 12 Chair

  • Daniel Grimm – Congressional District 5 Member-at-Large

  • Haydee Dawson – Congressional District 5 Member-at-Large

  • Laddie Shane – Congressional District 6 Member-at-Large

  • Marcus Huey – Congressional District 8 Member-at-Large

  • Bill Baxter – Congressional District 9 Member-at-Large

  • Michelle Arnett – Mohave County GOP 2nd Vice Chair

  • Ray Sweeney – Maricopa County Member-at-Large

  • Donna Alu – Legislative District 9 GOP Chair

  • David Henderson – Legislative District 15 GOP Chair

  • Jerry Clingman – Legislative District 16 GOP Chair

  • Sandi Bartlett – Legislative District 17 GOP Secretary

  • Jeni White – Immediate Past Legislative District 18 Chair

  • Eric Morgan – Legislative District 22 GOP Chair

  • Paul Whetten – Legislative District 25 GOP Chair

  • Charlie Ellis – Legislative District 29 GOP Chair

  • John Wilson – Legislative District 29 GOP 1st Vice Chair

  • Jared Gorshe – Arizona Federation of College Republicans

  • Lilia Dashevsky – Arizona Teenage Republican Chair

  • Dylan Lefler – President, Northern Arizona College Republicans

  • Carlos Alfaro – President, Arizona State University College Republicans

  • Steven Lee – Vice President, Arizona State University College Republicans

  • Zoey Kotzambasis – President, University of Arizona College Republicans

What people are saying about Mark Brnovich:

“Mark Brnovich has been prepared to stand up professionally and boldly for Arizona. With his strong love for our state and its citizens, we will be in good hands. I am very enthusiastic about standing behind a man of such integrity!”

– Mickie Niland, LD12 Chair

“Integrity is something that is extremely important to me and the good people of Arizona. I support Mark Brnovich because, not only is he qualified for the position of AZ AG, he comes without “packed baggage” of scandals and investigations. Character matters. Integrity matters. Arizona deserves only the best.”
– Michelle Arnett, Mohave County 2nd Vice Chair
 
“Mark Brnovich will bring competency and integrity to the office of Attorney General. His experience and background will be beneficial in this position.”
– Sandi Bartlett, LD17 Secretary
 
“As the legal counsel for the state, the Attorney General of the State of Arizona must be a person of the utmost integrity. In Mark Brnovich, we find a unique combination of tenacity, qualification and the highest principles, making him the perfect steward.”
– Eric Morgan, LD22 Chairman

 

Mark Brnovich remarked: “I’m honored to receive the support of these hardworking activists who comprise the backbone of our party. These individuals represent a broad coalition of grassroots and party leadership support from around the state. These are the boots on the ground that win elections. I’m continually humbled by the level of support and encouragement our campaign receives. I can’t thank these folks enough for their dedication and their support in me as a candidate. I will not let them down.”

 

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 as well as previously endorsed by Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery and Congressman Trent Franks. For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/Mark4AZ

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