Even the far-left AZ Republic realizes and exposes Bill Montgomery’s arrogant conflict of interest in conducting an investigation into AG Horne while Montgomery is campaigning for his opponent
The current feeding frenzy encompassing Arizona’s Attorney General Tom Horne being whipped into a lather by the media and the GOP establishment brings to mind the obscene removal of Gov. Evan Mecham in 1988.
The two men stand unified in a single aspect —– being conservative Republicans, of the stripe the liberal media love to hate.
From the day he was sworn in as governor there was a multi-pronged campaign to bring Mecham down. The issue that grew legs? The trusty fallback of allegations of campaign finance law violations. A simultaneous recall, impeachment and criminal trial were hurled at the governor by the political elite, who saw it as an imperative that at least one of the efforts would stick. He was indicted by a state grand jury on six felony charges of fraud, perjury, and filing false documents alleging he concealed a $350,000 campaign loan.
Ultimately he was impeached after only 15 months in office and replaced by a Democrat. The jubilation from the left was unrestrained. Two months after his impeachment, Mecham was acquitted in criminal court of all six felony counts of violating campaign finance laws. But such facts or any others supporting his denials of wrongdoing were inconsequential. The damage had been done and the conservative was gone. The recall never came to fruition.
Fast forward to 2014, and only the cast of characters has changed. The daily reports that Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery is launching an investigation into alleged campaign violations by Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne. This action is reminiscent of a previous County Attorney targeting political opponents. That County Attorney has since been disbarred.
The fact that Montgomery not only has endorsed Horne’s challenger —- a kindred McCain ally —- but helped recruit him, marginalizes Montgomery’s credibility even further. Although an endorsement quote remains on the challenger’s campaign website, the video featuring Montgomery praising him has been mysteriously removed.
Horne addressed Montgomery’s investigation in this statement:
“It is no secret that Bill Montgomery has been a political enemy for a long time. If an investigation is taking place, there is a serious conflict with his involvement. Having his subordinates do the investigation, rather than conflicting it out, is no solution because they know what their boss wants — as does all of Arizona. Any involvement that MCAO has is a serious ethical violation and abuse of power by Bill Montgomery and his subordinates.”
In an editorial today, Montgomery is strongly chastised for his duplicity by none other than the leftwing Arizona Republic —- no friend of conservative Tom Horne.
Columnist Robert Robb has referred to Bill Montgomery as a statewide “Kingmaker,” endorsing candidates far and wide. It doesn’t take a clairvoyant to realize he will be calling in his chips when that much grander political perch he covets finally opens.
In clearing Horne earlier this year, independent law judge Tammy Eigenheer made note of the fact that the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office acknowledged it had no knowledge or evidence as to the content of phone conversations or the circumstances surrounding e-mails, and instead drew inferences that Horne illegally coordinated with an independent expenditure committee during his 2010 campaign.
Horne is also in the sights of the so-called Clean Elections Commission, intent on joining in the foray although he is not a publicly funded candidate. In fact even in the face of the outrageous assaults, Attorney General Horne has significantly out raised his establishment-backed challenger, who is lagging behind many legislative district candidates in fundraising.
A ray of sunshine brightened Tom Horne’s horizon on Thursday as Gov.Jan Brewer anointed his challenger Mark Brnovich with her endorsement. Given her unpopularity on issues ranging from her orchestration of the legislative coup d’etat on Medicaid Expansion and support for Obama’s Common Core agenda to her caving to the radical homosexual lobby on religious liberty protections, it would be a rare conservative seeking her endorsement.
The same day the newspaper’s editorial condescendingly patronized its few remaining readers, opining that it may fall on the voters to decide the fate of conservative Tom Horne.
Let’s hope so!