Mike Leiby – The Independent
SHOW LOW – Mark Brnovich is running as a Republican for Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne’s job.
He said he is of the opinion that Horne does not have the qualifications and has shown he does not.
Brnovich said that a state attorney general should not be the subject of an FBI investigation that is looking into possible campaign financing violations during the 2010 election that gave Horne the office.
“We need an AG who works with law enforcement, not one who is being investigated,” he said.
He and his campaign manager met with The Independent recently in Show Low. Brnovich is a husband and father who lists his qualifications as being an experienced prosecutor, an assistant U.S. attorney under President H.W. Bush’s administration, the assistant Arizona attorney general and a member of the Army National Guard.
He said he worked in the Maricopa County Gang Unit, adding that he was a Maricopa County prosecutor for six years. He also worked with the Goldwater Institute, creating briefs for the Supreme Court.
“Barry Goldwater was a hero of mine,” he said of the conservative icon whose bronze statue is now on display at the Capitol before it is moved to its permanent location in Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C.
Brnovich categorized himself as a fiscal conservative who will “defend against federal overreach.”
Among those endorsing him are former U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl, U.S. Rep. Trent Franks and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.
Brnovich said his mother was born in the former Yugoslavia, noting that because of her exposure to Soviet rule, she was well aware of how the government operated. He said her experiences helped him to understand how special the American experiment with democracy has been. He said he wants to keep the experience and the opportunities that accompany it alive in this country.
“We, the future generations, are obligated to keep that beacon alight,” he said. “Even dictators say they have a Constitution that they follow. We truly do have a Constitution.”
Brnovich said he believes elected officials should have enumerated powers.
Enumerated powers are defined as a list of items found in Article I, Section 8, of the U.S. Constitution that set forth the authoritative capacity of Congress. The Constitution states that Congress may exercise the powers that the Constitution grants it, subject to explicit restrictions in the Bill of Rights and other protections in the Constitution.
Brnovich also pointed to the Tenth Amendment, which states that “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” He said he does not engage in political posturing and rhetorical speeches, preferring real action.
“Less thunder in your mouth and more lightning in your hands,” he said.
He said Horne is not living up to the higher standard that Brnovich said all elected officials agree to (whether they know it or not) when they are elected.
“As a young prosecutor I learned that any member of law enforcement, or a prosecutor, are held to a higher standard. We need champions. Arizona has got to stop settling (for second best),” he said, while adding that in his opinion Horne talks the talk, but does not walk the walk.
“I can’t help but wonder about him when he has the time to join (Eric) Holder to stop airline mergers but does not have time to join other AG’s in fighting the Obama administration on issues like water rights, EPA restrictions and abuse of executive powers. Is he distracted by legal and personal problems?” Brnovich asked.
Brnovich said he has three main goals if elected. One is to be the kind of attorney general who will “get the job done.” Two is to be a team player, meaning no job should be too small or too big for an attorney general to handle.
Third, he said he does not want any whining from his colleagues because both “good and bad attitudes are contagious.”
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