Salmon To Horne: Drop Re-Election Bid

By Steve Goldstein
Published: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 10:22pm

A fellow Republican elected official is calling on Attorney General Tom Horne to drop his re-election bid.

Rep. Matt Salmon called Horne to urge him to abandon his re-election bid because of a series of allegations that cast doubt on the Attorney General's ability to win the election.

Salmon told Horne he believes he is so politically damaged by the events that not only might he lose the GOP primary against challenger Mark Brnovich but that Democrat Felecia Rotellini could win the general election.

A Horne spokeswoman confirmed the call and said Horne told Salmon he will not exit the race.

Horne is facing a renewed campaign-finance complaint from his 2010 election bid and a new election-law complaint alleging he's used his executive staff to run his campaign. He has denied both allegations

Horne said in a statement that he has won without endorsements from, in his words, "establishment" politicians, and can do it again.