Dismal fundraising, questionable judgement, indicate establishment recruit Brnovich not a contender
These days candidate Mark Brnovich reminds us of rocker Mick Jagger. Although he was recruited by establishment Republicrats to challenge conservative incumbent Attorney General Tom Horne, he appears to be drawing not much more than dust in the campaign donation department. Jagger sang about not getting ‘no satisfaction’ and Brnovich is clearly not generating much in the way of the all-important fundraising traction.
Endorser Jon Kyl, a titan in the McCain brigade sent an urgent message to Tucson auto dealer Jim Click some time back, urging him to rally the car dealers to Brnovich’s aid. Zilch came of that. Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, who has become a close McCain ally, was instrumental in recruiting Brnovich, but hasn’t come to the table with the cash needed to run a viable campaign. Lobbyist Steve Twist, another in Brnovich’s McInner circle delivered 2K, but the newly released campaign finance reports show Brnovich has raised just $127,961, of which he has spent $40,475. In statewide races, that’s considered chump change.
A quick scan through the state legislative filings show several candidates have raised more in their small home districts than Jan Brewer’s former gambling director has mustered for his statewide race. One district candidate has raised nearly $152,500 more than this recruited Attorney General challenger! Not a good sign.
Between his primary and general election filings, and despite a constant barrage from the left-wing local media, Attorney General Tom Horne has already amassed a healthy $417,254. But campaigns are costly and the Democrat general election challenger has a hefty war chest. Conservative Tom Horne won this office back for Republicans after nearly a dozen years of Democrat control —- beating the current retread Democrat challenger in 2009. Liberals desperately want to regain this key office and are hoping for the easy pickings offered by Brnovich.
Showing his disconnect to basic political realities, Brnovich proudly displays the endorsement of Malcolm Barrett, who was ousted as Yavapai County Republican Chairman —- for being too liberal. He also proclaims the support of former state legislator Frank Antenori. We covered Antenori’s questionable antics here as Antenori joined with the unified Democrats, abandoning the Republican caucus, to defeat bills dealing with the continued invasion of our country by illegal aliens.
Having these RINO endorsements should not come as a surprise. Brnovich has contributed to Democrats himself. Here Brnovich is listed as a “Top Contributor” to Pete Rios, formerly one of the most liberal state legislators, now a Pinal County (District 1) Democrat Supervisor.
This post, “Brnovich’s campaign ads violate code of conduct,” clearly indicates he thinks adherence to ethics are for others.
Incumbent Attorney General Tom Horne has won the endorsement of “America’s Sheriff” Joe Arpaio. He recently received the strong endorsement of one of Arizona’s most conservative and respected legislators, Sen. Judy Burges.