Will the allegations against Tom Horne turn voters against him?

Will the allegations against Tom Horne turn voters against him?

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Arizona's Attorney General Tom Horne is facing some pretty embarrassing allegations. FBI agents say Horne was involved in hit-and-run, all to hide an affair he's having with an assistant attorney general.

With all the controversy surrounding Tom Horne, who does he answer to? Well, Horne answers only to voters -- not the governor or lawmakers. He won't be up for re-election for two years, and right now everyone is focused on other races just days away -- so activists say he's "getting a free pass."

He's facing a misdemeanor charge, which means he could have to a pay a fine. Other than that there isn't much penalty. But will there be fallout from the voters?

"The attorney general is responsible only to the voters of Arizona," said former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard. "They don't have a boss except the voters of Arizona."

Goddard wouldn't specifically talk about the allegations against Horne.

"This is a great office. I was proud to serve in that position and hundreds of really highly qualified professionals have served in the office," was all he said.

"This behavior is unethical, it's illegal. What took place, someone in that position should either resign or step back or ask for a separate investigation," said activist Randy Parraz.

Randy Parraz organized a successful recall election of former Senator Russell Pearce. We asked him if he's considering the recall effort for Horne.

"After all the dust settles we'll look at what's in the best interest of Arizona. And maybe Tom Horne will kind of see that he's actually done some things that are unlawful, unethical and maybe he'll step back," said Parraz.

Horne will be up for election in two years.

Chuck Coughlin is a Republican political consultant. He's worked with Sheriff Paul Babeu and Governor Jan Brewer. He believes voters will forget all about this.

"Voters are often reluctant to change, to admit they made a mistake," said Coughlin. "He's got two years to frame his candidacy on a reelect bid, so he has an opportunity to move beyond this current discussion… he's got plenty of time to rectify this situation and clarify the record."

The hearing for Horne's misdemeanor charge will be Friday morning. We'll be there.

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