Carmen Chenal Overwhelmed as Tom Horne Pulls an Andy Thomas on Redistricting

It's worse than I thought regarding Carmen Chenal, confidante of Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, who followed Horne from the Arizona Department of Education, where she served while Horne was state Superintendent, to the AG's Office.

As I detailed in my July 14 column ("Horne Hired Carmen Chenal 'Cause . . . She's His Goombah"), Chenal's main qualification for a post in the AG's Office is being Horne's bud.

If she weren't, it's unlikely she ever would have scored such a prestigious gig, much less one that pays $108,000 a year and places her in charge of foreign extraditions of dangerous fugitives.

Chenal, who practiced construction law, was suspended by the State Bar of Arizona in 2005 for various ethical lapses. She applied for reinstatement in 2010, and after a hearing at which Horne, then AG-elect, declared she would have a job in his new administration, she was reinstated and placed on probation.

Chenal had worked at the ADE under Horne, despite her suspension, her record of personal bankruptcy, and a DUI charge that was busted down to reckless driving.

She also labored as a political operative for Horne, helping him to beat ex-Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas in the Republican primary for AG by a mere 899 votes.

Keep those 899 votes in mind, as they will help explain Horne's other shenanigans.

Upon being sworn in as AG, Horne hired Chenal, overlooking her history and that her license to practice law had not yet been reinstated. Once that second hurdle was overcome, she was made an assistant attorney general, and her salary bumped up.

Now I'm informed by Horne's flack, Amy Rezzonico, that Chenal's duties in the AG's criminal division are much more extensive than just overseeing foreign extraditions.

Rezzonico recently explained via e-mail that Chenal's job assignment also mandates that she "identify, investigate, and prosecute complex fraud cases in the Superior Court of the State of Arizona."

She said: "[Chenal] drafts indictments, motions, responses, legal memorandums, and pleadings for filing in various county Superior Courts. She is also charged with prosecuting criminal cases (which would include presenting cases to the state grand jury)."

This Chenal situation not only implicates Horne in an unusual arrangement on behalf of an amiga, it also taints the entire criminal division, her immediate supervisor, Ted Campagnolo, and former Judge Jim Keppel, who oversees the division.

Making your boss happy is par for the course in any working environment, public or private. But when an individual with Chenal's record is granted such responsibilities as dealing with grand juries and fugitives from justice, it calls into question everyone in the chain of command.

Many people, particularly in comments to my column, suggested I was hinting at an inappropriate relationship between Chenal, who is single, and Horne, who is married.

I am not. Chenal's employment at the AG's Office is troublesome enough without such an insinuation.

ANDY'S GHOST

Horne is an intelligent man, a former Democrat born in Canada to parents who reportedly emigrated from Europe to our 51st state because they were fleeing the Nazi menace.

In fact, Horne is one of that endangered breed, the moderate Republican. He even talks wistfully of having participated as a young man in Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous 1963 March on Washington.

Which makes him suspect in the eyes of his now-fellow GOPers, many of whom preferred the rancidly partisan red meat that Andy Thomas dished out to them, both as County Attorney and on the campaign trail in his failed attempt to become the GOP nominee for AG in 2010.

As mentioned, that was a battle that Horne barely won. Thomas' witch hunts against the County Board of Supervisors, sitting judges, and others may have given pause to those Rs who cast ballots for Horne, but for the rest, it was reason to elevate Thomas to the top law enforcement official in the state.

Criminalizing perceived partisan behavior is a classic right-wing tactic. In Thomas' case, however, he overreached, even venturing into alleged criminal behavior himself. This has led directly to the current State Bar proceedings against him and his two top henchwomen, former deputy county attorneys Rachel Alexander and Lisa Aubuchon.

The Bar trial began September 12, and Thomas, notably, did not bother to attend opening day. If a sense of shame and impending doom has taken hold of the ex-prosecutor, so much the better.

Thomas was a true believer, pursuing vendettas against political enemies in traditional far-right fashion. Horne, not so much.

But the AG looks to finish his political career in the governor's chair. To do so in a virulently red state such as Arizona, he must shore up his right flank and prove to GOP doubtful that he has some Thomas in him — hence his forays into using public office as a tool of partisan warfare.

These began while still state schools superintendent, with an assault on Tucson Unified School District's Mexican American Studies program.

Horne championed an overly broad, McCarthy-esque statute meant to eradicate MAS, despite overwhelming evidence that the program benefits at-risk kids. Before leaving the ADE, he found MAS out of compliance with this law and called for its end.

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Anon
Anon

Reminds one also of Bush politicizing the justice system with inexperienced underlings, i.e. Monica Goodling. Let them destroy the political enemies. Where is she today? Monica Goodling Reprimanded By Virginia State Bar | TPMMuckraker http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpoi...

Libreblue
Libreblue

Expert shot: I know who you are, and why you're so burned."There is nothing more galling to angry people than the coolness of those on whom they wish to vent their spleen.  ~Alexandre Dumas".

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

http://www.azcentral.com/arizo...

The above article is the most cynical, hypocritical piece I've yet seen. Given Horne's attempt to dismantle ethic studies classes in the Tucson Unified School District, this is an amazing statement: "The future belongs to the highly educated, and particularly the highly educated who are prepared to participate in the world economy," said Tom Horne, the state superintendent of public instruction."

The summit stems from Horne's goal of increasing international education, including creating schools specializing in foreign languages and international business, and expanding foreign-language programs to kindergartners.

"We have to graduate students who are fluent in three languages so that they can participate in the international market," Horne said.

It's a guarantee that other nations educate their students about the United States poor history in dealing with minorities - our own students should be able to know this information too.

truthseeker
truthseeker

GOP strategy. Harvard rises to the top and selects inexperienced, incompetent people as underlings who know nothing. The taxpayers and society loses. Arizona being the poorest state speaks for whose robbed and used the state to line their pockets. Carpetbaggers comes to mind?? And how to get away with it... hire dumb and dumber, those who are beholden to power.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

Look, Steven, Bubby - you really have to come up with more "meaty" reporting here. I mean, putting the World's Toughest Sheriff in his place was okay, but took long enough. Even though New Times started off the Get the dirty Sheriff stories with all black pages and white type (we know, New Times buys ink by the ship load), I haven't seen the same kind of hutzpa when it comes to Horne Toad. Horne's more dangerous to our State's citizens than the Shurf is because he's a little bit smarter. You'll need to step it up a notch. We discovered by Carmen's own admission here in the comments section of the last article that she lied about her father's role in the Spanish American War. CLUE: That episode, which she continously likes to brag on and gets her the most creds amongst the wombat wackjobs who wonder at the woman from Wasilla. It also is something she will always fall back on when under pressure. Press her and she will engaging in the following: "But I was a refugee from the COMMIES - that's why I'm so fucked up - please let me get away with shit work because I'm a true-blue dyed in the wool COMMIE hater." She wants to "get by" with lax performance by appealing to conservanuts' "LOVE" for true commie haters.

That's the key to exposing Horne Toads Gumba - Carmen is lying about her family's experience in Cuba. While no amount of apologies can be made to her by the USA for allowing and encouraging the MOB and the criminal KKKorporations to screw up a wonderful country - she's not asking for that - she's asking for being exposed as a fake commie hater. The conservanuts will throw her under the bus - 123 Skidoo - when these facts are exposed. Remember that guy who bragged about his medals, Duke Tully? Yeah, the conservanuts threw him under the bus quick after they found out he'd been lying to them all these years just to "get over."

BTW - "Getting over" in Arizona means getting huge million dollar loans that you never have to pay back (as long as you play along) . Ask Fife Symington or Jerry Colango about that - Find the loan docs!

Bnbk
Bnbk

Horny Toad Tom will soon go the way of Candy Ass Thomas,I just hope it happens before he causes the amount of damage Candy Ass did.

Is this all you got?
Is this all you got?

This is a bunch of non-stories hoping to become a story. There is no new information in this story. The re-districting is clearly off the tracks. Horne is the AG..who in the state should address this? Your title should have been two wrongs don't make a right. Much more clever but then who would have read this....

Mistalee
Mistalee

"As for Horne's personal texts, Rezzonico told me he does not retain them."

To the extent that Horne's "personal" texts involve his official capacity as state AG, as he claims the text in question did, he is guilty of destroying public records. By his own admission.

BleenGloob
BleenGloob

Carmen is attracted to the Horney Tom because it has such a sticky tongue. She enjoys kissing the Tom hoping it will turn into a prince, but alas, whatcha see is whatcha get..............................LOL

Stacy
Stacy

They can say they don't retain records all they want.. but there's always stuff on the server.. Subpoenaing the IT guy or the Cell Phone carrier is another option.. (that's if it gets to lawsuit level) Ask Arpaio about his "Accidentally Deleted" emails that were later recovered from the server... Oops.

Coz
Coz

So....Horny Toad is at it again...

Where does Arizona come up with these people let alone elect them in positions of trust.

Amazing....

JesusHChrist
JesusHChrist

Most important part of this article. Read between the lines:

Horne was present at Stertz's interview and engaged in some of the questioning himself. Sources have suggested that he and Stertz had ex parte communications before the investigation.

When I asked Horne about this, he denied it at first, then he said he would have to check to be sure.

He eventually explained that Stertz had attempted to contact him via text message, and he responded to Stertz telling him that he could not speak to him, as the AIRC was represented by counsel.

But when I did a public-records request on Stertz's text messages and e-mails, Stertz responded via Kanefield that he "never had any e-mail communications or telephone calls with . . . the Attorney General's Office."

As for Horne's personal texts, Rezzonico told me he does not retain them.

guest
guest

So as a legal student I should learn from this situation that my best career prospect is to buddy up and become a friend to some politco like Horne and I can therefore secure a nice six figure income and govt. position with all the attendent perks? (tongue firmly in cheek.)

Anon
Anon

Stephen, You can't make up this stuff. The truth will eventually prevail. Thank you for your courage.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

I was just thinking of Carmen the yesterday and wondering when she would pop up again - and here she is. Last time she lied about her father's role in helping the mob and the U.S. Rough Riders turn Cuba into an enemy of this Country. What will it be this time? You know what, she's an excellent candidate to be a manchurian.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

I don't know you but I'm willing to guess you're a liar - cause you just lied. You don't know me. If you did, your poor example of ethical behavior would have required that you post my name and address here. But you didn't. LIAR!

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

Can you prove she made those claims? Or only that someone used her name?

Guest
Guest

Well, well, well...seems folks at least still know how to use the Internets at the AG's office ;). Just not as many as with the last Horn-article

Champion
Champion

He is going away next election anyways.

Mistalee
Mistalee

You never thought about jack shit, you just come here to spam. Do us a favor and die screaming.

Jason
Jason

We clueless and dimwitted voters elect them in positions of trust because they promise us they will go after the illegals.

Then, once they are in office, actual crime doesn't get solved. The elected goombahs go after the illegals, even though prosecuting the illegals is a federal issue.

ArizonaEagletarian
ArizonaEagletarian

Here's what I think of Horne's tripe -- complete and total bullshit.

Kcarson
Kcarson

If you were a "legal student," as oppesed to a law student or an illegal student, you would be a complete loser if you aspired to only make $108,000 per year.

I don't like Horne, but its wrong to go after someone as a proxy for a political target. The woman is more than qualified for her job, nothing indicates she is overwhelmed and her pay is pretty low, even by public sector lawyer standards.

The only story here is Lemons hates Horne more than he loves profesisonal journalism.

Mistalee
Mistalee

You will prosper fabulously, until you are caught. Unless you are so successful in your corruption that you become too big to prosecute. Once those who break the law rise high enough that they make the law, they are home free.

Anon
Anon

Clarification: If this wasn't the truth, one couldn't make this up. Unfortunately, the truth rings out loud and clear.

Kcarson
Kcarson

No, last time someone posted using her name ...

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

Well, I can certainly prove it was someone who used her name. Carmen Chenal is her name and someone used it. So that one was a "gimmie." Am I sure it was Carmen Chenal and not someone other than Carmen Chenal using Carmen's name to fool everyone into thinking that she believed her father was a hero of the Rough Riders rather than a facilitator of horrible war crimes against the Cuban people which facilitated the crisis of a latin american country going communist which we still have to deal with today? Hmmmm.

Who else but Carmen would know (or purport to know) or even want to share the information she related to us in the New Times comments section regarding the last article which was posted here about her? Besides, I've heard her relate that story before and believed her that time. After hearing that her relative really did NOT lead the Rough Riders into battle and rather served only as a guide - I got a little hot under the collar. Especially because she tried to use the fact that she was a refugee from a "HORRIBLE" communist dictatorship and Castro killed all of her family in order to get people to feel sorry for her and want to help her by ignoring her incompetence and irrationaly (some might say "nutty" behavior).

Another thing about Carmen you should know. She uses her feminity to control men and is very successful doing it. She holds herself out in personal relationships with men as "available." However, she knows how to put men off without breaking the illusion that she is still "available" in the future. Looking back on it, I am as shocked as mush about that "sexual manipulationt" as I am at the at the blatent use of lies about her family's history and her fake "anti-commie" credentials. Check out the use of make-up on this woman. Amazing.

Coz
Coz

One can only hope.

Guest
Guest

I doubt she could score a job in the public sector w/her record. She's still on probation. Normally the AG's office wldnt hire someone like that. Horne overrrode them.

Anon
Anon

Wrong about Mr. Lemons. Lemons goes after the truth and answers to no one. A great public service. The entrenched political culture of a decades long single-party system = tyranny. Wake up Arizona! You voted these incompetents into power.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

He (Chenal's great grandfather) couldn't have done either (lead the Rough Riders or serve as a guide). He was dead by then. Her father couldn't have served as Cuba's Attorney general because Cuba didn't have attorney generals. It had justice ministers, and none of them were "La Carmen's" daddy.

Kcarson
Kcarson

You're right, and so am I. Lemons answers to no one, certainly not the usual and customary practices of professional journalism.

 
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