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Tom Horne responds to calls for him to not seek re-election

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - He is Arizona's Attorney General, the highest ranking law enforcement officer in our state, but Tom Horne again finds himself accused of breaking the law.

A former employee has claimed Horne had members of his staff working on his campaign during regular work hours which violates federal election laws.
    
But now Tom Horne says he did nothing wrong.
    
Attorney general Tom Horne says Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk cannot ignore a judge's ruling that found a lack of evidence that he violated campaign finance rules.

"That it would be as if a base runner was being called out and saying I'm going to overrule the umpire, and I'm really safe," he said.
    
When asked what he thinks the perception is he replied, "Now that I think that the judge has found no wrongdoing the public is following that.. and I'm moving forward to the court to get that reversed".
    
But this only the latest in legal battles for Horne. Just a few weeks ago in a 15 page court filing, a former office employee claimed she was working on Horne's re-election campaign on state time. Horne says the woman is lying

"She's only 25 years-old; she already has a record of doing this every time she leaves a job," he said.

FOX 10 asked him why he hired her then, and whether there were any reference checks performed. "Well, we do we do a fingerprint check but we didn't find any crimes that she was convicted of," he said.

FOX 10 asked Horne whether his slew of cases including, a hit and run case, an alleged affair, allegedly hiring a mistress to a high paying job, and possible campaign finance law abuse, and if he should be running for re-election or resigning.  He responded with "Actually what we just found out is that a neutral judge said campaign finance allegation was untrue. As far the hit and run goes, I saw picture in the newspaper of a big black dent in the car, I said boy if I did put that dent there I should have left a note. I think I probably did tap a car which many people tell me they do and if they don't see any damage they don't leave a notes. But knowing that the dent that I got blamed for that was in the newspaperm he big picture, was actually put in by the guys son, he himself said that his son did it in his garage. The city attorney said we'll just take care of it with a $300 fine and no admission of wrong doing which is a lot better than going through a media circus in a trial."

But it's not just Democrats opposing Horne's re-election.

"It certainly is very clear that this is someone who assumed an office he was unfit for," said Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.

Some prominent Republicans like Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, they are supporting his Republican primary rival. Horne was asked if he thought the party felt he was not strong enough to run in the general election and wanted to get somebody else in there. Horne responded with, "Oh no, I'm a thousand times stronger than my primary opponent that Bill Montgomery is supporting."

If he makes it though the primary Horne is expected to face Democrat Felica Rotellini who is already questioning Horne's ethics.
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