Attorney General Tom Horne has filed a lawsuit, challenging the right of the Citizens Clean Elections Commission to investigate … Attorney General Tom Horne. For a guy who says he wants the truth to come out, he’s fighting awfully hard to squelch it. In a lawsuit filed Thursday, Horne’s asking that a Maricopa County Superior Court judge block the Clean Elections Commission from investigating him. Horne’s been on the hot seat for a while now. The latest scorcher comes courtesy of a former employee who claims Horne and other members of his executive staff were campaigning for his re-election on the taxpayer’s dime. Sarah Beattie produced e-mails sent from private accounts during work hours and said Horne often held strategy sessions and even gave out her work number for campaign-related calls.
Horne branded Beattie a troubled woman and vowed “the truth will come out.”
His chief deputy has hired a pair of Horne’s campaign contributors to investigate — though the results of that investigation will remain a state secret. Meanwhile, the Secretary of State’s Office is also reviewing the complaint. If the SOS finds merit, the complaint will be sent on to … you guessed it … the AG’s office, which in turn will decide who will investigate the AG’s office.
Enter the Citizens Clean Election Commission. The bipartisan commission voted unanimously last month to launch an investigation into Beattie’s claim.
Now Horne’s suing to get the commission to back off.
Full Article: Tom Horne sues to stop Clean Elections investigation.