Tom Horne’s Office in Free Fall over Allegations of Using Public Office, Staff …

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Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne’s office has been in crisis mode this week over allegations that his staffers have been doing campaign work on the public dime.

First, on Monday, the resignation note of AG staffer and Horne campaign volunteer Sarah Beattie was leaked to the Arizona Capitol Times.

In it she claimed that Horne’s office was “not following campaign laws or finance laws,” and that her “legal well-being” was at stake.

Then Tuesday night, Channel 12’s Brahm Resnik broadcast a video that’s been kicking around the Arizona press corps for a couple of weeks, showing AG legislative aide Brett Mecum — he of Captain America fame — dropping off a campaign-related complaint to the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office.

Now comes the pièce de résistance: On Tuesday, Horne mistakenly responded to a fundraising e-mail from the campaign of his Republican rival Mark Brnovich.

hornehangdog550.JPGmedia pool photoHorne: The guy can’t even forward an e-mail right…

Best guess is Horne wanted to hit “forward” instead of “reply.”

But he did the latter, and his gripe about the Republican women of Prescott is recorded for posterity.

“The Prescott Women’s group is one of the largest in the country with about 450 members,” sniffs Horne. “They were always very supportive of me. Now they’re reported as angry I wouldn’t do a joint appearance there. This host list includes a number of people who used to support me.”

Gee, Tom, like some cheese with that whine?

Horne’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham acknowledged that Horne sent the e-mail.

However, she claimed that Horne “did not use his office computer,” and that, “as I understand it he sent it around 7 a.m.,” as opposed to the information on the e-mail.

She maintained that she was in the office then, but Horne was not.

Grisham’s had a tough week, and now her boss — Elmer Fudd incarnate — bumbles his way into another embarrassment.

I almost, kinda feel sorry for her. (Not really.)