Follow up to David Gordon’s post, Tom Horne Welcomes the Support of Accused Child Sex Offender David Stringer.
One of the worst individuals ever to hold political office in Arizona is Tom Horne, first as Superintendent of Public Instruction and then as Attorney General. This vile racist’s whole shtick was “anti-brown” hysteria, first with his Anti-Mexican Studies crusade in the Tucson Unified School District, and then more broadly with his anti-immigrant hate mongering.
So it should come as no surprise that he is defending having a disgraced former Republican state lawmaker working on his campaign that a more rational candidate would not want anywhere near his campaign.
AZ Family’s PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) reports, AZ head of schools candidate defends disgraced ex-lawmaker working on his campaign:
Tom Horne, a Republican candidate for Arizona State Superintendent of Public Instruction, confirmed that former state Rep. David Stringer, who was at one time charged with child sex crimes, is doing work for his campaign for state office. Horne confirmed the association in an interview with Morgan Loew for Politics Unplugged. Horne posted a photo to Twitter with Stringer on Aug. 3, a day after securing the Republican nomination for the state’s highest education post. “Absolutely and he’s completely innocent of the charges against him,” Horne said when asked if Stringer was associated with his campaign. “Believe me, if he had done what he was accused of, he would have been disbarred.”
There’s a stretch. There are things Tom Horne did in office that should have resulted in his disbarment as well. But the Arizona State Bar does not go after corrupt Republican lawyers out of a well placed fear of retaliation from a Republican controlled state legislature and governor. (This is why none of the corrupt Republican lawyers who aided and abetted “Kraken” Lawyer Sidney Powell and Rudy Giualiani in their election theft plot have been disbarred, or even sanctioned to my knowledge).
And where are all those QAnon Republicans worried about child sexual predators and “groomers’? David Stringer faced charges alleging that he had repeated sexual contact with two boys younger than 15 years old, including one who was intellectually disabled. Jesus Christ, David Stringer is your guy! Where’s your outrage?
But in 2019, Stringer resigned from the Arizona House of Representatives after he was recorded making racist speeches, including one about public school children. If elected, Horne would oversee the state’s public school system. “Sixty percent of public school kids in Arizona today are minorities. There aren’t enough white kids to go around,” Stringer said at the time. That is also when a police report surfaced from 1983 when police alleged the 36-year-old Stringer to have paid two young boys to have sex with him. Stringer appears to have pleaded guilty to a lesser charge, but the court records were later expunged. “I disagree with those things [Stringer’s comments on the race of public school children] but there have been serious allegations made against him personally that have been disproven,” Horne said. “He reported corrupt police officers. These police officers had a system for dealing with people who complained about them. They had a witness who would make the exact same charges against different people.”
Oh, so now Tom Horne is “blaming the blue” for this racist child sexual predator’s legal woes?
Here is some earlier reporting on David Stringer.
“It was proven there was nothing to it and it was all investigated and it was shown,” Horne said.“Sometimes people plead guilty to a lesser charge to avoid the bigger charge.”
Horne’s opponent in the upcoming election, current School Superintendent Kathy Hoffman, sent this statement regarding Horne’s association with Stringer:
“David Stringer resigned in disgrace from the legislature to avoid being expelled after reports of his molestation of children came to light. And Tom Horne counts him as a top campaign ally and donor. It’s deeply unsettling.”
An interesting side story as to why Tom Horne is defending this racist child sexual predator:
WHERE TO START Tom Horne's wife, lawyer Carmen Chenal, defended David Stringer before he resigned from Leg in disgrace. Chenal was on Horne's state payroll when he was AG & school supe. They married after his wife died. Background:https://t.co/AdbYu8rRILhttps://t.co/aeqYYOoJYc https://t.co/AwpkIsjkGB
— Brahm Resnik (@brahmresnik) August 27, 2022
I almost forgot about this Tom Horne scandal:
Umm…they're both racists, & Stringer is a sexual predator too. Moreover, Horne is an adulterer who left the scene of an accident to hide his affair.https://t.co/SjNvmwwO2k
— the GOP is the party of fascists & racists (@NShrubs) August 27, 2022
And more about this vile racist Tom Horne’s associations with other vile racists:
But full thread on Bill and Kim Fisher btw, who are both AZ GOP precinct committeemen and Kim is on the DVUSD board. And again, Superintendent candidate Tom Horne touted her endorsement:https://t.co/pyhBZDuNFD
— AZ Right Wing Watch (@az_rww) August 27, 2022
This vile man should never be in charge of overseeing our children’s education.