AZ Republic: Horne accuser Don Dybus admits no ‘direct evidence’ in smear

We wondered why this morning’s newspaper, which ran a front page, photo-laden and full page jump story casting suspicions on Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne yesterday, was silent in today’s edition. Now its online version runs this press release from Horne‘s office, although the Republic’s comment section is mysteriously shut down.


PHOENIX — Don Dybus, who has leveled allegations against Attorney General Tom Horne admitted Tuesday that he had no direct evidence to substantiate his claims. The Arizona Capitol Times “Yellow Sheet” reported in its April 3, 2012 edition: “As for the allegations he made in the complaint, Dybus said his belief that Horne illegally collaborated with Winn is NOT BASED ON ANY DIRECT EVIDENCE, but rather on inferences he made.” (Emphasis added.)

Horne stated, “I have been smeared on the front page of every major newspaper in Arizona and on TV and radio newscasts on the basis of ‘no direct evidence’. These accusations are outrageous, untrue, and were made nearly a year and a half after the election. In the interest of accuracy and fairness, I would ask that the same media prominence be given to Dybus’ admission that he had no direct evidence.”

Dybus’ own statement raises the question that if he was acting out of ethical considerations, why did he wait a year and a half after the event, when he was about to be fired? Dybus’ response as reported by the Capitol Times was that he was “unaware until late last year that
Winn had chaired BLS (the independent campaign).” Therefore, Dybus’ claimed ‘inferences’ were made over a year after the alleged events!

This response by Dybus to the ‘ethics’ inconsistency apparently compelled the ‘no direct evidence’ admission.

Dybus had also claimed Horne had promised a job to Winn. Horne refuted this with the fact that the job had first been offered to Kim Owens and Winn was the second choice after Owens declined. Dybus is quoted by the Capitol Times as saying he ‘didn’t believe’ this claim. But the Capitol Times further reports that: “Owens today supported that claim, telling our reporter that she turned down the job shortly after the election because she preferred to stay in the private
sector, and learned several weeks later that Winn was hired.”

The Capitol Times story adds: “Owens also said she ‘steered clear’ of Dybus during the campaign. ‘His personality was uncomfortable to me. He has a very vulgar mouth, to be honest with you,’ she said.” Dybus also admitted as reported by the Capitol Times: “Though Collins did
tell him that he may be fired, Dybus said it was actually Bistrow and James Keppel, the criminal division chief who abruptly resigned last week, who were trying to get rid of him.”

The Capitol Times article can be read here.

4 Responses to AZ Republic: Horne accuser Don Dybus admits no ‘direct evidence’ in smear

  1. Pima Pal says:

    Heads should roll over this! If the AG were still any one of the following liberals Grant Woods, Janet Napolitano or Terry Goddard,, this “report” would have been handled much differently. Don Dybus should be sued, along with the Republic’s “reporters” Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Craig Harris.

    This was a shoot first, ask questions later, bloodbath for Tom Horne. Of course, Horne isn’t their cupp’a tea. When he was AZ Superintendent of Public Education he fought and ultimately shut down TUSD’s hate filled Reconquista/La Raza (The Race) studies program that demands the American Southwest be ceded to Mexico and that Americans are “aggressors.”

  2. Angee says:

    The Repugnant is all about damaging reputations of effective,
    elected officials.

    I have not spent one single penny on their rag. It’s totally disreputable. There is no credibility to anything they publish.
    It appears all their reporters (?) not journalists…graduated from
    The Walter Cronkite School of libel ‘ism’. What a waste of taxpayers money in support of that program at ASU!

    We who monitor the politicians in office, know Atty. General Horne is doing a great job.

    • Seen It All says:

      What the newspaper is actually committed to is destroying conservatives. There is nothing they salivate over as much as promoting a liberal Dem. I hope this report lands them in hot water along with the phoney, self-infatuated Donnelle “Don” Dybus.

  3. Villanova says:

    Count me as another conservative who is very glad to have Tom Horne leading the Attorney General’s office. I believe he’s being maligned for reasons unrelated to any of these constructs being tossed and retracted by Don Dybus. There is a contingent out there who have never gotten over the fact that their icon might very well be disbarred for cause and will never be attorney general.