Arizona Attorney General election, 2010

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The Arizona Attorney General election of 2010 was held on November 2, 2010. Sitting Attorney General Terry Goddard announced in January 2010 that he would not seek re-election in November, choosing instead to make a third run at the governor's mansion.

Three Republican and two Democratic candidates arose to compete for the seat. Former Republican state representative Tom Horne defeated his Democratic opponent, Phoenix prosecutor Felecia Rotellini. Horne won with 51.9 percent of the vote to Rotellini's 48.1 percent.

Race tracking

See also: State Attorneys General/Election Racetracking

Both Ballotpedia and Governing magazine predicted a Republican win in the Arizona attorney general race.

2010 Race Rankings for Arizona Attorney General
Race Tracker Race Rating
Ballotpedia Likely Republican
Governing [1] Leans Republican
Overall Call Leans Republican

General Election campaign

Candidates

Republican Party Republican Party - Former State Rep. Tom Horne
Democratic Party Democratic Party - Phoenix prosecutor Felecia Rotellini

General election results

2010 Race for Attorney General - General Election [2]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Tom Horne 51.9%
     Democratic Party Felecia Rotellini 48.1%
Total Votes 1,677,668

Debate

The two major party primary winners, Tom Horne and Felecia Rotellini, met on Wednesday, September 8th, for a debate moderated by Arizona State University’s KAET-TV. The discussion had originally been sponsored the Citizens Clean Elections Commission, who ultimately pulled out after both candidates chose not to use public campaign funding.

Click here to view the entire debate

Endorsements

Tom Horne

Felecia Rotellini

Finances

According to the Arizona Department of State, as of May 4, 2011, the breakdown of campaign finances during the general election was as follows:

Tom Horne Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [17] Clean Elections Contributions Expenditures Cash on Hand
Post-General Election [18] December 2, 2010 $145,094.16 $87,362.17 $0.00 $0.00 $232,378.22 $78.11
Pre-General Election [19] October 21, 2010[20] $3,815.65 $155,585.63 $0.00 $0.00 $14,307.12 $145,094.16
Post-Primary Election [21] September 23, 2010[22] $154,616.23 $82,218.15 $0.00 $957.50 $233,018.73 $3,815.65
Felecia Rotellini Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [17] Clean Elections Contributions Expenditures Cash on Hand
Post-General Election [23] December 2, 2010 $121,523.79 $110,505.00 $0.00 $0.00 $225,518.70 $6,510.09
Pre-General Election [24] October 21, 2010 $34,379.11 $169,393.53 $731.51 $0.00 $82,248.85 $121,523.79
Post-Primary Election [25] October 21, 2010 $108,134.54 $61,406.40 $873.60 $0.00 $135,161.83 $34,379.11

Polling

See also: Polls, 2010 State Attorney General elections
Date of Poll Pollster Tom Horne (R) Felecia Rotellini (D) Undecided Neither Number polled
September 1-4 [26] Moore Information 45% 37% 4% 14% 500
October 1-10 [27] Behavior Research Center 40% 36% N/A 24% 450
October 5-6 [28] Wilson Research Strategies 53% 35% 12% N/A 400
October 12-13 [29] Moore Information 46% 37% 14% 3% 500

August 24, 2010 primaries

See also: Arizona gubernatorial election, 2010; Arizona Secretary of State election, 2010

Donkey symbol.png Democratic primary

Candidates

Electoral results

2010 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary [33]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Felecia Rotellini 41.5%
     Democratic Party David M. Lujan 40.7%
     Democratic Party Vince Rabago 17.8%
Total Votes 290,114

Endorsements

David M. Lujan

Vince Rabago

  • Tohono O’odham Nation's Legislative Council

Felecia Rotellini

Finances

According to the Arizona Department of State, as of May 4, 2011, the breakdown of campaign finances during the Democratic primary was as follows:

David Lujan Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [17] Clean Elections Contributions Expenditures Cash on Hand
Post-Primary Election [46] September 23, 2010 $60,151.54 $965.00 $0.00 $0.00 $61,116.54 $0.00
Pre-Primary Election [47] August 12, 2010 $13,519.77 $174,453.00 $68.00 $183,311.00 $127,821.23 $60,151.54
June 2010 [48] June 30, 2010 $8,800.68 $24,931.00 $0.00 $12,835.00 $20,211.91 $13,519.77
January 2010 [49] January 31, 2010 $0.00 $18,880.00 $0.00 $0.00 $10,079.32 $8,800.68
Vince Rabago Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [17] Clean Elections Contributions Expenditures Cash on Hand
Post-Primary Election [50] September 22, 2010 $7,179.46 $185,633.97 $0.00 $0.00 $192,813.43 $0.00
Pre-Primary Election [51] August 12, 2010 $21,966.85 $30,406.00 $0.00 $0.00 $45,193.39 $7,179.46
June 2010 Report [52] June 30, 2010 $0.00 $26,930.00 $0.00 $5,675.00 $4,823.15 $22,106.85
Felecia Ann Rotellini Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [17] Clean Elections Contributions Expenditures Cash on Hand
Pre-Primary Election [53] August 12, 2010 $162,274.02 $66,180.87 $681.74 $0.00 $120,320.35 $108,134.54
June 2010 Report [54] June 30, 2010 $93,284.47 $173,353.33 $778.79 $0.00 $104,363.78 $162,274.02
January 2010 Report [55] February 1, 2010 $0.00 $114,178.98 $1,655.52 $0.00 $20,894.51 $93,284.47

Gop logo2.jpg Republican primary

Candidates

Electoral results

2010 Race for Attorney General - Republican Primary [33]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Tom Horne 50.1%
     Republican Party Andrew Thomas 49.9%
Total Votes 552,623

Endorsements

Andrew Thomas

Tom Horne

  • Arizona Highway Patrol Association
  • Southern Arizona Home Builders Association (SAHBA) [72]
  • Tucson Weekly, local newspaper [45]

Finances

According to the Arizona Department of State, as of May 4, 2011, the breakdown of campaign finances during the Republican primary was as follows:

Tom Horne Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [17] Clean Elections Contributions Expenditures Cash on Hand
Pre-Primary Election [73] August 13, 2010[74] $286,166.66 $233,433.58 $0.00 $370.00 $364,984.01 $154,616.23
June 2010 Report [75] June 29, 2010[76] $206,787.50 $110,898.60 $0.00 $1,345.00 $31,519.44 $286,166.66
January 2010 Report [77] January 29, 2010[78] $0.00 $211,465.10 $0.00 $2,457.96 $4,677.60 $206,787.50
Andrew Thomas Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [17] Clean Elections Contributions Expenditures Cash on Hand
Primary Recap Report [79] August 31, 2010 $1,593.43 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,536.50 $56.93
Qualifying Period Recap [80] August 26, 2010 $14,457.77 $515.00 $0.00 $0.00 $13,379.34 $1,593.43
Pre-Primary Election [81] August 12, 2010 $183,613.13 $1,682.00 $0.00 $0.00 $170,837.36 $14,457.77
June 2010 Report [82] June 29, 2010 $21,419.44 $197,376.00 $0.00 $16,825.00 $35,182.31 $183,613.13
2010 Interim Report [83] June 29, 2010 $21,419.44 $29,795.00 $0.00 $16,595.00 $22,120.36 $29,094.08
January 2010 Report [84] January 29, 2010 $0.00 $24,770.00 $300.00 $0.00 $3,350.56 $21,419.44

Controversies

Arizona State Bar investigation

A month prior to his announcement that he would launch a campaign to seek the statewide office of attorney general, the Arizona Supreme Court, at the urging of the State Bar, appointed a special investigator to examine accusations of misconduct by Democratic candidate Andrew Thomas "after a Pima County judge accused Thomas of misusing his authority to investigate county supervisors, and doing so for political gain." [85]

Arizona

However, Ronald Rotunda, a professor of law at Chapman University School of Law and a leading expert in the nation on legal ethics and constitutional law, argued in an affidavit that the inquiry is "illegal and an unconstitutional violation of due process of law." [86] Rotunda concluded that the investigation was illegal based on the fact that John Phelps, Executive Director of the State Bar, misrepresented his authority when he called for a special investigation of Thomas, a power that is reserved exclusively to the Chief Bar Counsel.

Bankruptcy

In annual reports filed between 1997 and 2000 on behalf of his private law firm, Horne denied ever having been a partner in a business that went bankrupt. In truth, Horne was the president of T.C. Horne & Co., an investment firm created in the late-1960s that went bankrupt in 1970. Three years later, the future State Superintendent was sanctioned by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charging that he had "willfully aided and abetted" his firm in violating securities laws by submitting false balance sheets and misrepresenting his firm's assets. He was eventually barred for life from associating with brokers, dealers, investment advisers, and investment companies. Horne's Republican primary challenger, Andrew Thomas, contended that "the circumstances surrounding the bankruptcy should disqualify Horne from holding the state's top law-enforcement job." [87]

Boycott supporter donations

Democratic nominee Felecia Rotellini claimed that she was absolutely unaware that one of her primary campaign contributors was an avid supporter of a boycott intended to cripple the economy of the state. United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), which donated $4,176 to Rotellini's campaign, has called for a nationwide boycott of products emanating from Arizona as part of their opposition strategy against Senate Bill 1070 - The Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act, the state's anti-illegal immigration measure. Her Republican opponent, Tom Horne, remarked that "the least she can do is return the money contributed by a group pushing to boycott Arizona." [88]

Speeding tickets

In addition to receiving six speeding tickets from law enforcement officials over an eighteen month period, including one in a school zone, Horne was issued a criminal citation for violating A.R.S. 28-701.02 A2 on Sunday, October 21, 2007 by the Scottsdale Police Department. [89] [90] The charge came with a maximum possible sentence of six months in jail, three years probation, and a $2,500 fine. Three months later, Horne's lawyer was able to negotiate a plea bargain with the Scottsdale prosecutor, who agreed to dropping the criminal traffic offense charge in exchange for Horne pleading guilty to a civil offense for violating A.R.S. 28-701A, a charge that normally applies to drivers going 16 to 20 miles per hour above the speed limit; Horne was cited for going 27 miles per hour over the 45 mph speed limit.

See also

External links

General Election candidates

Former candidates

References

  1. Governing “Attorney General Race Ratings” 12 Oct. 2010
  2. Arizona Secretary of State - 2010 General Election Results
  3. Politico Mafioso "Sheriff Arpaio Endorses Tom Horne for Attorney General" 7 Sept. 2010
  4. Seeing Red AZ "Sheriff Arpaio endorses Tom Horne for AZ AG" 7 Sept. 2010
  5. Tucson Citizen "Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu Endorses Tom Horne" 29 Sept. 2010
  6. 6.0 6.1 The Arizona Republic "In Arizona attorney general race, Rotellini wins endorsement of some Republicans" 23 Sept. 2010
  7. Can-Do Conservatives of America - Endorsements
  8. Politico Mafioso "Tom Horne Earns Endorsement from Phoenix Law Enforcement Association" 14 Sept. 2010
  9. Arizona AFL-CIO - General Election Endorsements
  10. AFL-CIO - 2010 Endorsements
  11. Arizona Daily Star "Rotellini will make an effective state attorney general" 8 Oct. 2010
  12. Rim County Gazette "League of Conservation Voters gives endorsements" 18 Sept. 2010
  13. The Arizona Republic "Rotellini best pick to run AG's office" 3 Oct. 2010
  14. East Valley Tribune "Endorsements: State races" 24 Oct. 2010
  15. Arizona Daily Star "GOP's Woods backing Dem Rotellini for AG" 24 Sept. 2010
  16. Tucson Citizen "Former GOP A.G. says it’s OK to vote for a Democrat" 24 Sept. 2010
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 17.5 17.6 As these are not cash contributions, they are not reflected in the reported ending balance.
  18. Arizona Department of State - Tom Horne Post--General Election Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  19. Arizona Department of State - Tom Horne Amended Pre-General Election Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  20. Amended report filed December 2, 2010.
  21. Arizona Department of State - Tom Horne Amended Post-Primary Election Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  22. Amended report filed December 1, 2010.
  23. Arizona Department of State - Felecia Rotellini Post-General Election Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  24. Arizona Department of State - Felecia Rotellini Pre-General Election Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  25. Arizona Department of State - Felecia Rotellini Amended Post-Primary Election Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  26. Tom Horne for Attorney General "Poll: Tom Horne Holds Eight Point Lead in Attorney General Race" 23 Sep. 2010
  27. Behavior Research Center "Attorney General a Dead Heat" 12 Oct. 2010
  28. Wilson Research Strategies "State of the Race for Attorney General of Arizona" 8 Oct. 2010
  29. Sonoran Alliance "Poll: Republican statewide candidates romp Democrats in every race" 14 Oct. 2010
  30. Phoenix New Times "Felecia Rotellini First Candidate to Announce Officially for Attorney General Race" 27 Oct. 2009
  31. FOX 11 "Vince Rabago declares canidacy for Arizona Attorney General" 21 Jan. 2010
  32. Arizona Republic "David Lujan announces run for attorney general" 1 Feb. 2010
  33. 33.0 33.1 Arizona Secretary of State - 2010 Primary Election Results
  34. 34.0 34.1 Blog for Arizona "Equality Arizona Political Action Committee (PAC) Endorsements" 12 June, 2010
  35. 35.0 35.1 Pueblo Politics "Planned Parenthood takes sides" 13 May, 2010
  36. Arizona Association of Realtors - Arizona Association of REALTORS® Releases 2010 Election Endorsements
  37. Blog for Arizona "Arizona Association of Realtors candidate endorsements" 11 July, 2010
  38. Rum, Romanism and Rebellion "Arizona List Endorses Kotterman, Rotellini" 21 Dec. 2009
  39. Blog for Arizona "The Arizona Republic endorses Rodney Glassman and Felecia Rotellini" 25 July, 2010
  40. The Arizona Republic "Arizona Republic endorsements for 2010 primary" 27 July, 2010
  41. Arizona Women's Political Caucus - AWPC 2010 Endorsed Candidates
  42. EMILY's List "EMILY's List Endorses Felecia Rotellini for Attorney General and Penny Kotterman for Superintendent of Public Instruction in Arizona" 13 Jan. 2010
  43. YouTube "Professional Fire Fighters of Arizona endorsement of Arizona AG candidate Felecia Rotellini" 25 June, 2010
  44. Blog for Arizona "Tucson Weekly 2010 Democratic primary endorsements" 29 July, 2010
  45. 45.0 45.1 Tucson Weekly "Endorsements" 19 Aug. 2010
  46. Arizona Department of State - David Lujan Post-Primary Election Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  47. Arizona Department of State - David Lujan Pre-Primary Election Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  48. Arizona Department of State - David Lujan June 2010 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  49. Arizona Department of State - David Lujan Amended 2009 Interim Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  50. Arizona Department of State - Vince Rabago Post-Primary Election Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  51. Arizona Department of State - Vince Rabago Amended Pre-Primary Election Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  52. Arizona Department of State - Vince Rabago June 2010 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  53. Arizona Department of State - Felecia Ann Rotellini Pre-Primary Election Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  54. Arizona Department of State - Felecia Ann Rotellini June 2010 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  55. Arizona Department of State - Felecia Ann Rotellini January 2010 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  56. Arizona Central "Tom Horne may run for Arizona attorney general" 7 Dec. 2008
  57. Seeing Red Arizona "Thomas makes it official: Leaving office April 6 to run for AG" 1 April, 2010
  58. Sonoran Alliance "Southern Arizona Sheriff Endorses Andrew Thomas For Attorney General" 23 June, 2010
  59. Sonoran Alliance "AZ Police Association Endorses Andrew Thomas For Attorney General" 17 June, 2010
  60. Intellectual Conservative Arizona "AZ Police Association Endorses Andrew Thomas For Attorney General" 18 June, 2010
  61. Arizona Right to Life PAC "Arizona Right to Life PAC Announces Endorsement of Andrew Thomas for Arizona Attorney General" 16 April, 2010
  62. Sonoran Alliance "Andrew Thomas Picks Up Pro-Life Endorsement in Attorney General Campaign" 16 April, 2010
  63. Sonoran Alliance "Tancredo Revokes Endorsement Of Liberal, Now Endorses The Consistent Conservative" 6 July, 2010
  64. Sonoran Alliance "AZ Border Patrol Agents Assoc. Endorses Andrew Thomas for Attorney General" 8 June, 2010
  65. Sonoran Alliance "National Rifle Association Endorses Andrew Thomas In Attorney General Race" 27 July, 2010
  66. Intellectual Conservative Arizona "National Rifle Association Endorses Andrew Thomas In Attorney General Race" 8 Aug. 2010
  67. PAChyderm Coalition - 2010 Arizona State Race Endorsements
  68. Sonoran Alliance "Phoenix Law Enforcement Association Endorses Andrew Thomas for Attorney General" 12 May, 2010
  69. Sonoran Alliance "Andrew Thomas Picks Up Major Endorsement from Mohave County Sheriff" 15 April, 2010
  70. Sonoran Alliance "Original Phoenix Tea Party Organizer Endorses Andrew Thomas For AG" 29 April, 2010
  71. Phoenix New Times "Mohave County Attorney Matt Smith Endorses Andrew Thomas for AG, but Hasn't Followed Thomas' Lead on Charging Immigrants" 1 June, 2010
  72. Tom Horne for Attorney General "Horne Earns Major Southern Arizona Business Group Endorsement" 11 Aug. 2010
  73. Arizona Department of State - Tom Horne Amended Pre-Primary Election Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  74. Amended report filed September 22, 2010.
  75. Arizona Department of State - Tom Horne Amended June 2010 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  76. Amended report filed on September 22, 2010.
  77. Arizona Department of State - Tom Horne Amended January 2010 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  78. Amended report filed April 19, 2010.
  79. Arizona Department of State - Andrew Thomas Primary Recap Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  80. Arizona Department of State - Andrew Thomas Qualifying Period Recap Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  81. Arizona Department of State - Andrew Thomas Pre-Primary Election Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  82. Arizona Department of State - Andrew Thomas June 2010 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  83. Arizona Department of State - Andrew Thomas Campaign Contribution Disclosure Interim Report Summary
  84. Arizona Department of State - Andrew Thomas January 2010 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  85. KPHO Phoenix "Special Investigator To Probe Andrew Thomas" 9 March, 2010
  86. Sonoran Alliance "State Bar Inquiry Of Thomas Illegal, Unconstitutional Expert Says" 21 June, 2010
  87. The Arizona Republic "Attorney-general candidate Tom Horne denied 1970 bankruptcy" 20 June, 2010
  88. Seeing Red AZ "GOP AG nominee Horne calls on Rotellini to return AZ boycott supporters’ donations" 1 Sept. 2010
  89. The Arizona Republic "Horne has gotten 6 speeding tickets in past 1 1/2 years" 21 Aug. 2009
  90. Sonoran Alliance "Andrew Thomas Reduced Plea Bargains; Tom Horne Agreed To One" 8 June, 2010