Arizona Advocacy Network

Government of, by and for the People

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(Published June 23, 2014)

Your editorial arguing that the voters, and not a state agency, should decide Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne's political fate is problematic ("Tom Horne needs to go, but the right way," Opinions, Friday). While I agree that Arizona voters should show Horne the door, the Clean Elections Commission is still within its statutory and ethical rights to investigate Horne for campaign finance violations now. Just because the Arizona Legislature and governor passed a bill that will, when it goes into effect, prevent the commission from conducting such investigations, does not mean that the commission should desist now. Elected politicians have no incentive to police themselves; thus, the Legislature doing what it can to limit the Clean Elections Commission is entirely predictable, albeit disappointing. You resort to grade-school name calling in labeling the officials at the Citizens Clean Election Commission "sanctimonious do-gooders," and it is bizarre that you belittle the commission for being exactly what this state need s more of in public office — "do-gooders."