BULLHEAD CITY — Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne can’t win in November if he receives the Republican nomination, said Mark Brnovich, who is running against Horne in the Aug. 26 primary. Brnovich was the guest speaker at Saturday’s Colorado River Tea Party Patriots meeting.

Brnovich, who told the crowd, “I’m not a politician,” grew up in the Phoenix area. His mother, a Yugoslavian immigrant, taught him that “the United States is the greatest country in the world and we have an obligation to do what we can to make sure that we maintain the great status of our country. And that means we have an obligation to give back,” Brnovich said.

Brnovich has served as director of the Arizona Department of Gaming, and was a prosecutor as assistant state attorney general and deputy Maricopa County attorney. He was also director of the Goldwater Institute’s Center for Constitutional Government.

Brnovich said Horne is distracted by his legal problems, which include having twice been accused of violating campaign finance laws during his 2010 election bid and pleading “no contest” to a misdemeanor hit-and-run charge last year.

Brnovich said he sees the job as attorney general as “protecting the most vulnerable and standing up to bullies, whoever they are.”

He pledges to fight human and drug traffickers, and reform Child Protective Services. Brnovich said the state needs to be shielded from the overreach of the federal government and it’s crucial the attorney general’s office remain in Republican hands because it’s “the last line of defense.” He said, “We need to push back and fight the federal government every chance we get.” 

Brnovich said Horne has “missed opportunities.” The city of Tombstone has legal issues with the federal Bureau of Land Management and he said the attorney general’s office should be defending the city. “Where’s Tom Horne?” Brnovich asked.

Brnovich has joined the growing movement for Western states to take ownership of the massive amount of federal land within their borders. “We should do everything we can to get our land back from the federal government,” he said.

Brnovich said he “can win in November and represent our values.” To the Tea Party audience, he made the same promise he said he made to his wife and daughters: “I will not let you down or do anything to embarrass you.”

For more information on the candidacy of Brnovich for Arizona attorney general, visit www.mark4az.com.

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