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10/31/2012 10:00:00 PM
Editorial: Horne must get his house in order
The Daily Courier

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne has been having a difficult year.

It started for the Republican, who is the former state superintendent of public instruction and a former legislator, when he became embroiled in a campaign finance case. That civil matter centers on allegations that Horne and a political associate improperly coordinated his 2010 election campaign with a group that was supposed to operate separately.

From that, at some point (why is not clear), Horne came under the scrutiny of the FBI, which was tailing him. As part of that investigation agents witnessed an accident - called by some a "hit-and-run." Horne was cited this past week on a misdemeanor charge of leaving the scene of a collision or unattended vehicle.

It gets worse. Horne reportedly left the scene of the minor automobile accident, FBI agents allege, because he was having an affair with a female employee in the car he was driving and didn't want their relationship to be reported. The female employee is an assistant AG in his office.

Agents learned of the affair, according to a report by the FBI released through the Phoenix police, during the campaign finance investigation.

Though the report, which was among documents, evidence photos and audio recordings of interviews released to the Associated Press under a public records request, details a "minor" accident, documents from the Phoenix Police Department put the damage at $1,080.

Regardless of the level of damage, the civil proceedings against Horne, as well as news of the alleged affair, all combine to be a monumental distraction from issues and challenges Horne should be concerned with.

He is an elected official, the state's top law enforcement officer.

Some people debate whether his "private" life should be of anyone's concern. We would agree, except when that involves a relationship with an employee working directly with him.

If Horne does not get his "house" clean and get back to work, he may earn himself calls for his resignation. Arizona and its residents do not need this kind of news or sound bites.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, November 05, 2012
Article comment by: The Attorney General Of Arizona Should Not Behave in a Stupid Manner

THE Attorney General ... can have an affair with any one he wishes, EXCEPT for employees who work "under" him! He is the Attorney General of Arizona for goodness sake and therefore should know the law regarding sexual harassment! This is what the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education states regarding Sexual Harassment**:
Sexual harassment is defined as the making of sexual advances or physical contact with an employee.
Sexual harassment includes:
Sneaking around, changing cars, and meeting an employee for a quickie at lunch.*
Requests, demands or expectations of sexual favor in return for employment
Requests, demands or expectations of sexual favor in return for raises, privileges, and/or promotions.
Sexually oriented jokes, innuendoes or comments
Unwelcome touching, patting, pinching, brushing against, hugging, cornering, kissing and fondling
Hostility, threats and intimidation due to rejection of sexual demands
Allowing or condoning sexually offensive behavior to occur in the workplace.

The Attorney General should immediately step down! Let someone with some ethics fill the post.

*Added to the list by writer.


Posted: Sunday, November 04, 2012
Article comment by: TO: The Rev

Not so easy when someone actually pays attention and calls you on your baloney, eh?

Posted: Saturday, November 03, 2012
Article comment by: The Rev

When writing my thoughts on this most of me hoped to be proved wrong. Sure I wing it from time to time but not on this one M D. For now faith keeps me from becoming cynical.

Posted: Saturday, November 03, 2012
Article comment by: M D

Nice save The Rev

Posted: Saturday, November 03, 2012
Article comment by: The Rev

Of course I went with Clinton M D. Conservatives employed grand and sexier reasons to impeach Bill just as Progressive are doing with Tom. Both exercises neatly justified in the name of justice.

The original comment was intentionally fragmented with the first sentence submitted immediately. In the face of adultery or hypocrisy it is wise to offer stones.

Posted: Saturday, November 03, 2012
Article comment by: Sounds Like A Repeat

of John Edwards, Ted, John, Robert Kennedy, Bill Clinton, Newt, again. Affairs, adultery, impeachment, cover-ups, murders,etc. My, my, our politicians sure have alot of "garbage".

Posted: Saturday, November 03, 2012
Article comment by: soap opera

with low production value.

Posted: Saturday, November 03, 2012
Article comment by: M D

Just for the record The Rev. If you we're to look down to the beginning of the responses you would find that you were the first to respond. And what did you do? You used Clinton as the excuse for Horne in what appears to be an attempt to take the heat off Horne.
Most of us could care less if he is faithful in his marriage. The first point is the state is paying the salary for the woman he is sleeping with and that may be her only qualification for her position er job. The other point is the article is about Horne's actions which include hit and run, irregularities in his candidacy and cover up,not anyone else's. Those signal tough times for the states top cop.

Posted: Friday, November 02, 2012
Article comment by: The Rev

Preparing for some work tonight. Thank you The Ref for offering me a welcomed distraction.

The opening references Tom Horne's, Bill Clinton's, Newt Gingrich's and JFK's affairs. This becomes the theme ("mistress", "dalliance", "Passion", "lust" "fornicates"). Humanity often too willing excuses their side's transgressions while vilify an opponent's similar misdeeds. Such behaviour permeates all aspects of society.

In short: In making convenient excuses it is ourselves we screw.

Posted: Friday, November 02, 2012
Article comment by: The Ref

Well, The Rev, we finally have something in common...neither you nor I have a clue what you're trying to say.

Posted: Friday, November 02, 2012
Article comment by: Tongue-in-Cheek .

Way to go Courier, "Guilty until proven innocent". I must assume any politician with a dedicated, clandestine FBI team trailing their every step for months, MIGHT eventually do something worth writing a report on. THE REAL STORY IS WHY THE FBI TRACKING TEAM.

Posted: Friday, November 02, 2012
Article comment by: S A

Politicians are criminals.
Follow the money.

Posted: Friday, November 02, 2012
Article comment by: The Rev


Tommy's/Billy's/Newt's/Jack's indiscretions provide for a more important conversation on morality.

Hypocrisy is the mistress of fanatical conviction be it military, political, religious or scientific. Justifying the dalliance, rationalizations validating how righteous we are and how sinful they have become and always have been. Passion of flesh is nothing, a heart filled with sectarian lust fornicates a soul.

Posted: Thursday, November 01, 2012
Article comment by: What do you expect from a politician?

So he committed a very minor damage hit and run and had an affair. Big deal. Most every politician does much, much worse and much more damage to society on a daily basis.

Posted: Thursday, November 01, 2012
Article comment by: Really .

Personally, I don't care if he uses the services of strange women to flick his bic. As long as it doesn't affect his duties as AG, alleged personal trysts are his cross to bear and don't concern me as much. I felt the same about Clinton.
The hit and run is what cheeses me off. What a scummy thing to do. If he's acknowledging doing that, then it illustrates that he's quite capable of doing a lot more financially unethical things, like campaign finance fraud, for example.
Are all these allegations okay because a Republican does it? If not, then which parts cross the line? You can never give a politician the benefit of the doubt. This is how we get trouble in the first place.

Posted: Thursday, November 01, 2012
Article comment by: OMG I can't stop laughing

Thank you @I have a question. Haven't laughed that hard in forever.

Posted: Thursday, November 01, 2012
Article comment by: Dear Mr. Steele

Are you saying if a democrat were the Attorney General, this kind on Hanky Panky wouldn't be going on? Or are you saying, no one would care?

Posted: Thursday, November 01, 2012
Article comment by: To Lena

Lena, I agree generally we should stay out of politicians private lives but in this case, Horne has given this lady three jobs, one when he was Head of Education and she had just been dis barred from practicing law. Then again when he promoted her and then a third time when he became Attorney General. He has had a long on going relationship with her and when he uses public funds to support her, it does become mine and ever ones else's business.

Posted: Thursday, November 01, 2012
Article comment by: Who is John Galt !

Just so I'm getting "your" message correct.
It's not if your right or wrong, it's what party you belong to while your doing it.

Posted: Thursday, November 01, 2012
Article comment by: I have a question

Do you pronounce the "e" in Horne as a silent e or a long e?

Posted: Thursday, November 01, 2012
Article comment by: Give'm Hell Harry

"It's OK because Billy did it argument" is what you are standing on? Sounds like quicksand to me!

Posted: Thursday, November 01, 2012
Article comment by: Hooty Hoo

If he was ... a fellow worker during their lunch hour I'd say that's shaky at best. I liked the guy as Supt of Public Instruction actuallly. But you have to keep it in your knickers around the office if you're the AG.

Posted: Thursday, November 01, 2012
Article comment by: Lena Sanchez

We have no business in a politicians personal life so who he slept with is between he and his wife and should not enter into the fray. BUT leaving the scene of an accident says a lot for the lack of honesty and credibility. Election Fraud should be and issue but that was known before his election therefore Horne will come out clean since the New Republicans, n Independents with the majority simply being closet Republicans, run AZ. He will most likely continue his dishonest position. Az is known for dishonest state politicians. Look at history!

Posted: Thursday, November 01, 2012
Article comment by: M D

So, I now get it. Everyone gets a pass because Bill Clinton did it, is that it? Is that the one Sanford and Ensign used? How about Newt? Might be hard for Newt to use it as his predated Clinton and he was pounding on Clinton at the same time as he was pounding on mistress number ? I'm sure there are plenty on both sides of the aisle that have committed adultery. Must we go back 16 years to find justification for Horney's? Is that the justification that Andy and The Rev use? Everyone gets a hall pass because of Clinton, right? Can you say Hip O Krit?

Posted: Thursday, November 01, 2012
Article comment by: peter white

He should indeed get his house in order. And he should be doing that on his own time. Mr. Horne needs to step down. He got caught cheating on his wife and spotted committing a hit and run while the FBI was conducting hidden surveillance on him. It is probably just a matter of time until the feds bust him anyway.

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