FBI: Arizona Attorney General Hit Car But Left Scene To Hide Affair With Employee

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne has attracted national headlines recently with his spirited appearance in litigation defending the “sanctity of marriage” by blocking basic benefits for same-sex couples. That defense however may be more theoretical for the top state lawyer. Horne was reportedly being followed by the FBI investigating alleged campaign finance violations. The agents say that they watched as Horne struck another car causing $1000 damage to avoid disclosure of an affair with his passenger. The passenger has been identified in news accounts as Carmen Chenal, who works for Horne.


Chenal is the former state superintendent of education and is paid $108,000 in working for Horne in handling foreign extraditions. Chenal has been described as a suspended lawyers with a history including “DUI charge pleaded down to reckless driving, a bankruptcy, and a history of mental and physical issues.” She has been suspended as a lawyer for four months and ordered to pay $2,500 in restitution to a client. She was later placed on probation for two years by the bar.

Horne was allegedly driving a borrowed vehicle and ran into a white Range Rover in the parking garage of a Phoenix apartment complex. According to reports, Chenal left the Attorney General’s Office that day in a Volkswagen she’d borrowed from fellow employee Linnea Heap. Five minutes later, Horne left in his own gold Jaguar and met Chenal in a parking garage. He switched cars and left with Chenal “wearing a baseball hat,” according to the FBI. When they could not get into the entrance of the apartment garage, the agents say that Horne “attempted to back up to exit the parking structure and hit the front passenger side of a white Range Rover with the rear passenger side of the Passat.” They then entered the resident entrance gate.

Horne was not exactly helped by statements from Amy Rezonnico, AG Public Information Officer: “It was a Monday morning. He came in and he looked like a ghost and he, um, um, I asked him what was the matter. I said why did you do that and um, he didn’t really have any good answer other than they looked and that there was they couldn’t see any damage.” That was the AG’s own public relations person.

Horne insists that he did not realize that he caused any damage — though he acknowledged that it caused damage to his car. He further denies that claim by FBI agent Brian Grehoski that he didn’t leave a note for the other driver in order to conceal an extramarital affair. He insists that a grand is nothing for him and he would have simply paid for the damage.
Horne has gone on the attack and asked why he was being followed and surveilled.

There is considerable doubt raised by Horne over the estimate for a little paint and scratches. Here is a statement published from Horne:

The FBI report states: “Montano [the owner of the other vehicle] advised that he was unaware that his vehicle had been hit by another vehicle until FBI Agent Grehoski called him to arrange for the interview. Montano advised that the black mark on the front passenger side of the bumper came from when his son was parking the vehicle in the garage.” The incident may have caused no damage to that vehicle. At worst, pictures show nothing but some scratched paint. “Hit and Run” is a misleading image for, at worst, paint scratches with no dents.

If I had been aware there was damage, I would have left contact information. The parking area is the main parking area for people who have lunch at Pita Jungle and other restaurants in the immediate area. Leaving contact information for a paint scratch in that area would have been irrelevant to whether there was a passenger or not, and the FBI agent’s speculations are without basis.

No one has explained why FBI Agents, investigating whether there were alleged campaign finance violations in 2010, were surveilling me in 2012.

That could very well be true, but the scratches might not seem as pressing a question for a family values politicians than the alleged affair with an employee with greater detail.

In August, Horne filed a lawsuit with the U.S. Supreme Court to defend the ability of the state to repeal the domestic partners insurance for state employees. Stripping these couples of basic protections in his view “furthers the State’s interest in promoting marriage.”

Indeed, he could add that such benefits do not even scratch the surface of the controversy.

Source: AZ Star

49 thoughts on “FBI: Arizona Attorney General Hit Car But Left Scene To Hide Affair With Employee

  1. More family values at work in Arizona! I detect a theme here. The more people scream family values and claim that it is immoral to be gay, the more we should assume that they are felons and gay.

  2. When the FBI do surveillance it’s w/ a team. When they retire and go to work in the private sector they learn an investigatgor is almost always expected to do surveillance solo. This is a lot of taxpayers money for a 1k leaving the scene of a property accident. They obviously had nothing else if they’re going to blow their cover about this. This smells a bit like a Nixonian use of the FBI. But being here for awhile I know many people only can see in one direction.

  3. This looks like another wonderful entry for “RepublicanOffenders.com”—and you will find no equivalent for Democrats.

    Hypocrites, weasels, and mock-Christians who believe they can do as they like simply because, by pretending to be Christian, everything is forgiven.

    Let the games being.

    http://www.republicanoffenders.com

    (We’re talking pedophiles, murderers, thieves, gay sex, and just about all the toxic hypocrisy you can possibly eat!)

  4. Nick… The ‘one direction’ in this case is that of a publicly elected office acting extremely hypocritical and breaking the law… That’s the direction we should all be looking.

  5. Nick I think raises some valid questions. I’d like to know why the FBI was surveilling Horne for a campaign finance investigation. Also, why tip off Horne as to investigation over minor property damage unless investigation was over. I wouldn’t jump to conclusions that there was anything improper here, but I think those are fair questions.

  6. Maybe I shouldn’t be, but I am surprised that the Professor has attributed the views of the client (Arizona) to the attorney (Mr. Horne).

  7. Family values, what a crock! These people are such hypocrites. They presume to tell others how to live while they break every rule. Will the people who blindly support these liars ever wake up!?

  8. Here’s a little more info on the accident, Horne, the FBI, and Horne’s “I’ll follow you anywhere” lady friend.

    “But one of Horne’s employees told FBI agents a few days after the alleged hit and run: “It was a Monday morning. He came in and he looked like a ghost and he, um, um, I asked him what was the matter,” said Amy Rezonnico, AG Public Information Officer. “I said why did you do that and um, he didn’t really have any good answer other than they looked and that there was they couldn’t see any damage.”

    Horne told her he left because he didn’t think there was damage to the white Range Rover he hit.

    But agents say the black car he was driving had damage and he went as far as trying to buff it out.

    According to an FBI report, Horne didn’t want anyone to know he was with his employee Carmen Chenal at the time. They were trying to park in her apartment complex’s parking garage.

    “Horne is having an extramarital affair with Chenal and they utilize Chenal’s apartment for the furtherance of that affair,” states the FBI report.

    “He was driving someone else’s car, crashed and left the scene of an accident, having some rendezvous with Carmen in her apartment. That’s not ethical, that’s not honest, that’s slimy,” stated an FBI agent on a recorded interview with police. “They sat there for 10 seconds, nobody got out of the car, nobody checked the damage of the car, they weren’t even at an angle where they could see the damage of the car and then they drove away.”

    We asked Horne about the alleged affair earlier this month and he refused to answer.

    “Apparently there has been some investigation into this or whether you have had an inappropriate relationship or are having an inappropriate relationship with Carmen Chenal?” we asked Horne.

    “That’s really off topic. I’m happy to talk about the independent campaign and answer any questions about that,” replied Horne.

    “But you won’t answer this question?”

    “No,” said Horne.

    Chenal was hired by the AG’s office after Horne was elected. She makes more than $100,000 a year.

    Before that she worked under Horne when he was the state Superintendent of Education.

    Chenal told Phoenix Police: “So he was backing up and he hit something and he said look and see if I hit a car or something like that… I did not see a scratch and I told him I don’t see anything.”

    Investigator to Chenal: “Where were you and Mr. Horne going that day?”

    Chenal: “I really don’t remember.”

    http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/story/19958127/2012/10/30/fbi-report-tom-horne-was-having-affair-when-he-hit-parked-car

  9. Will the people who blindly support these liars ever wake up!?
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    I’m having trouble getting that sort of information….It is really difficult to read minds over such long distances….believe me I have tried…..

  10. Off Topic:

    Graham Spanier Charged: Ex-Penn State President Facing Perjury Charge In Jerry Sandusky Case
    By MARK SCOLFORO 11/01/12
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/01/graham-spanier-charged-penn-state-sandusky_n_2057723.html

    Excerpt:
    HARRISBURG, Pa. — Former Penn State President Graham B. Spanier was charged Thursday with hushing up child molestation allegations against Jerry Sandusky, making him the third school official to be accused of crimes in the alleged cover-up.

    Prosecutors also added counts against the two former underlings, Timothy M. Curley and Gary C. Schultz, who were already charged with lying to the grand jury that investigated the former Penn State assistant football coach.

    Spanier was charged with perjury, obstruction, endangering the welfare of children and conspiracy. Curley and Schultz face new charges of endangering the welfare of children, obstruction and conspiracy.

  11. As long as his partner was not a guy its OK as far as the bible thumpers are concerned. Have to protect the sanctity of marriage y’all! One man, one woman and as many hetro relationships as they can pull off I guess

  12. Lot’s of questions here.

    Why does the FBI do as Nick said they do.
    1) They havd too many people. “Look busy, dammit!”
    2) Blow their cover? They had nothing to lose, and now get some headlines they can blow up in an official
    report.
    3) Give interviews which are conveniently overheard by press? See question 2.

    Why does Nick complain about us always looking in the same direction. Far be it for me to say, but maybe he is still convinced we have been too well-trained to follow the media “bouncing ball”. If media says so, then it is so.

    My God! Fox News! Didn’t you feel dirty, despoiled, mentally raped afterwards?

    Hee hee.

  13. id707

    Who is this “we” and “us” you keep referring to?

    Please don’t include me in any of your conspiracy theory scenarios, tasteless humor, or analysis of Nick’s take on the world.

    Does that help to answer your questions?

  14. OT OT OT OT

    Election night plans?

    If Romney loses, then they still got their power and money to console themselves with. Meanwhile, they can always stall as they did the last four years.
    Meanwhile “Kent” will get 4 years wrinklier.

    Even more OT OT OT

    I went to the Jewish Community Center for first time to buy some stuff at their deli. Seems I could not come in if not cleared by the synagogue. So it has come to that. Sad, but necessary.

    So Ruben-less, I then visited the one percents food hall. This is where the exclusive delicacies are to be found. Delighted I returned home with some horse filet, not eaten since France. Not longing for it now. Maybe it will be lebanese dips and good bread. Excellent Syrah from Australia from last night. McLaren Vale.

  15. Investigator to Chenal: “Where were you and Mr. Horne going that day?”

    Chenal: “I really don’t remember.”

    **********************************

    The FBI loves it when a witness or suspect does that. Martha Stewart and innumerable others have learned that the hard way.

  16. Trouble is, Why isn’t the FBI following the New hampshire attorney Jeanne M. Kincaid? She sent porn to my son (a 10 yr old boy) for years, and in an attempt not to allow the Hopokset School District which did not give my son a FAPE (Fair and Appropriate Public Education) according to the Report & Recommendation of Magistrate Judge James Muirhead (now retired).
    It is interesting that the FBI can pick and choose who they will follow: Why did they not follow Sandusky of Pennsylvania when they got the news…O they are football fans and did not care…until the public did!
    The Hypocrisy, lies and “family values perversities do not stop with this whore, they actually seem to start at the top where in 2007, the United States supreme court voted by a majority that parents (See Winkleman Decision) have a right to take up their child’s rights as their own (see 14th amendment liberty and property rights, See goss v Lopez)!
    kincaid whose telephone rings each time i sign onto the internet, answers my writings here by pretending that i am crazy. this whore knows that i have lots of evidence but she is receiving cover for crimes.
    dear audience, can you guess who is providing the cover?

  17. ID, It’s pretty obvious that they had nothing substantive. Campaign finance violations are their purview and I don’t have a problem w/ them investigating crooked pols using surveillance. So, having nothing substantive they do this. It makes me wonder just how much probable cause they had to do the surveillance. I’m skeptical both left and right..ambidextruous as it were.

  18. Blouise, I know it’s just a local Fox affiliate. I’m just busting your lady balls. You’re one of the few here who can take it.

  19. Blouise,

    Don’t say that you are in Phoenix. Now I am confused. Last I heard it was blowing Sandy in Lake Erie shorline. Do you too have a Concorde?

    If you are in Phoenix, then I have an Irish mother to a jewish boy in Tucson that yuu have a lot of Republican hate to share together.

  20. Elizabeth Campbell, I hope you will understand my irony and also sympathy for your plight in my comment to Professor Turley.
    —————————————-

    Dear Professor Turley,

    Are you also beginning to notice the rising numbers of plaintiffs against justice undone, or badly done, or freakishly done?

    Does this redound well to the renommé of this bastion of civil rights to have these needy forlorn faces hanging around as living posters of the need for reform? Surely a better facade would be in better accord with the indifferent faces they meet here; would it not?

    Now to another matter.

    Meanwhile, assuming you live in the swing state of Virginia, how can the Turley vots be allowed to not defend us against the terrors of Romneyism?

    Jefferson was a man of principle, many would say. But he enjoyed his slaveholder privileges. And so should those enjoying the remnants of democracy under the rather nominal protection of the Democrats.

    Vote for your needs and our needs, not as a stand for civil rights.

  21. nick,

    “As a woman, I find it very embarrassing to be in a meeting and realize I’m the only one in the room with balls.”

    That’s a quote from one of my favorite ever women, Rita Mae Brown.

    She also said: “Language exerts hidden power, like the moon on the tides” and “The reward for conformity is that everyone likes you but yourself.”

    Check her out sometime

  22. Blouise, I will check out Rita Mae Brown. I stole the “lady balls” from the character played by Julia Louis Dreyfuss in VEEP. It’s a hilarious show and she talks often about the prez, “He’s just bustin’ my lady balls!” She delivers it perfectly. I’ve alway been attracted to tough, intelligent, funny women.

  23. Whenever I hear one of this mental midgets yammering against same-sex marriage due to the “sanctity” of the relationship, I truly want to vomit.

    The most depraved gay couples on the planet could scarcely damage the “sacrament” of marriage, to anywhere near the extent that men & women have inflicted upon it, for centuries.

    I suspect in the dim future, a new paradigm will exist, and the comparisons of gay vs non-gay sucess rates will be remarkable indeed.

  24. Woosty,

    Why thank you. That was one of the nicest things said to me yesterday.

    While I love horses for their beauty, I realize that the horses who end up as meat (for cats and humans) are the culls who can not be kept as they will not develop the racing qualities desired.

    Now maybe you approve of the breeding of horses solely for amusing us for their racing qualities, but it is doubtful to me, as those qualities are not bred for the benefit of the horses quality of life.

    And may I wish you a good dose of Toxos in return.
    If I catch you with your nose in the litter fox sniffing urine and sighing of happiness, I will know that you hvve caught it.

  25. idealist707
    1, November 2, 2012 at 5:03 am
    Woosty,

    ….
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    “Now maybe you approve of the breeding of horses solely for amusing us for their racing qualities, but it is doubtful to me, as those qualities are not bred for the benefit of the horses quality of life.”~horsekiller

    Your ‘maybe’ pontifications placate only your own self with the falsehood….most toxic indeed….and speaking of toxins….
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/vickeryeckhoff/2012/06/18/how-safe-is-that-horse-meat/

    “And may I wish you a good dose of Toxos in return.
    If I catch you with your nose in the litter fox sniffing urine and sighing of happiness, I will know that you hvve caught it.”

    “Why thank you. That was one of the nicest things said to me yesterday.”
    ~`horseeating id(iot)

    I am not surprised….

  26. Woosty,

    My you are angry today.

    Putting the question rationally, is there any reason we should not eat horsemeat?

    We survive by rational thinking, even if it is knowledge gained later. Sentiment thoughts about horses fed no one.

    Do you also weep while you eat bacon?

    You illy become yourself now. Is this a new hatred of me or an old one which I have not noticed?

  27. idealist707
    1, November 2, 2012 at 5:03 am
    Woosty,

    Why thank you. That was one of the nicest things said to me yesterday.

    While I love horses for their beauty, I realize that the horses who end up as meat (for cats and humans) are the culls who can not be kept as they will not develop the racing qualities desired.
    …..
    —————————————-

    Horsemeat is a relatively recent phenom in this Country probably related more to the cultural soup and the taste of immigrants…or a need for greed…..that horses are seen only as ‘racing’ animals or ‘healthy’ meat is tantamount to the similar display of ignorance by those who believe that bear pancreas cures cancer or that rhino horns will raise a flaccid stang…. or that cock fighting is ‘sport’…

    There are those who possess understanding and admiration beyond that base falsehood….

    http://www.historynet.com/patton-rescues-the-lipizzaner-stallions.htm

  28. You illy become yourself now. Is this a new hatred of me or an old one which I have not noticed?!id
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    I don’t hate you Ideo….I don’t even know you….but I do hate that you eat horses….for whatever your reasons….

  29. You did not comment the use of horsemeat to feed carnivorous pets. I presume you approve such use. ???
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    I don’t approve of ‘raising’ anything JUST for meat. Nor do I approve of the disgustingly inhumane standards of care that an industry of that ilk fosters….

  30. Woosty,

    I like, partially, the last comment.

    Do you think I threw out the horsemeat not aware of the flap it might cause. It is still in my fridge and am still wondering if I will get it past my basic prejudices and eat it.

    But having cast the gauntlet that in fact is deeply engaged in the hypocrisy of raising to eat—whatever it is: bears or beets…, then I will pursue that line.

    Raising animals as pets is essentially a self-serving task peculiar to humans. Using them as tools—ditto.
    The same can be said for vegetables, etc all life forms. But that is what we do.

    We ragulate these activities, ill or well, to be “humane” as we define it.

    Is farm raising fish more morally despicable than catching them. Some would say it is more moral, as it does not destroy the ocean as a viable mileue as fishing does.

    Now you are free to hold what opinions you wish. Most of them I find them pleasant as I have expressed before.

    But I had hoped for a rational discussion on the dilemmas encountered by the need to feed ourselves. And our other uses of animals. Note well, the word animal has the root of animus, ie spirit. We all share that.

    But rational discussion here is very seldom encountered. The general activity here is to find someone to attack or at least oppose—not seek someone to discuss rationally with. (And I have not forgotten my behaviour a long while after entering this forum…..or even now for that matter.
    When attacking is the only game offered, how do you start a discussion?

    I think I’ll give my horsefilet to the neighbor’s dog and make an omelette with my wild mushrooms instead.

    Bon appetit, whatever you are eating. And what is your recipes for toll house cookies? I asked that before.

  31. Woosty said:

    “Horsemeat is a relatively recent phenom in this Country . . .”

    Well, Woo, I’d say that depends on your definition of “recent.”

    The Harvard University Faculty dining hall had horse meat on the menu up until 1985. George Bush dined on it more than once, I’m told. So did John Kennedy, and countless others of our fearless leaders.

    And long, long before these fine fellows, horse meat was a major stable of numerous mild-mannered Native Americans. Both the Apache’s & the Comanches thought it was particularly keen to steal the settlers’ ponies, chop them up and cook them.

  32. I still have a rather detailed memory of the Nixon years. Compared to those days, I don’t see anything about this story that I would describe as “Nixonian.” Kharma yes. Nixon no.

  33. PatricParamedic
    1, November 2, 2012 at 2:15 pm
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    I think I am not wrong in my description of the general publics take on horsemeat.

    Those of extreme priviledge, rank or cultural liason will have different experiences than most. I am not a vegetarian but I would most certainly never eat a horse. Indians may have eaten horses but they did not raise them in an inhumane fashion in order to eat them. And most Indians hold horses to be an honored animal and unless fallen from the mores of their tribes would thank an animal for it’s life before eating it…Anything raised free range serves more than 1 purpose and is allowed a decent existance….

    http://www.firstpeople.us/FP-Html-Legends/TheAlligatorandtheHunter-Choctaw.html

  34. Bon appetit, whatever you are eating. And what is your recipes for toll house cookies? I asked that before.~Id
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    I rarely do Toll house cookies anymore but when I did I would use the Nestle chip recipe on the pkg.

    Oatmeal Cookies:

    Ingredients
    2 handfulls walnuts, chopped
    1 cup smashed heathbars or other toffee chips
    cranberries also work in this…in fact I throw any tasties in that are around….
    2 sticks butter, at room temperature
    1 cup packed brown sugar
    1/2 cup granulated sugar
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    2 eggs
    1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1 teaspoon salt
    2 cups old-fashion rolled oats, uncooked
    —-
    350degrees….12 mins or so…..eat 2-3 and hide the rest….. ;)

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