FBI: Anti-gay Arizona official hid accident to conceal extra-marital affair

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Tom Horn.

Anti-gay Arizona Attorney General Horne Tom Horn was involved in a hit-and-run accident that he failed to report in March because his passenger was a woman with whom he was having an extra-marital affair, according to FBI agents.

The agents witnessed the accident, a fender bender, while they were tailing Horn as part of a campaign finance investigation, reported the Arizona Daily Star.

The newspaper obtained police records on Oct. 30 detailing the incident. According to the reports, FBI agents said that after clipping a Range Rover in the parking garage of a Phoenix residential complex, Horne and Carmen Chenal, who works for Horne, walked off and entered the residential area of the complex where Chenal lives.

Horne acknowledged the incident did cause some scrapes to the borrowed car he was driving, but insisted he didn’t know there was damage to the other vehicle. He said assertions by FBI agent Brian Grehoski that he didn't leave a note for the other driver in order to conceal an extramarital affair are "completely baseless."

FBI agent Brian Grehoski reportedly said, "He's driving someone else's car, crashed, and left the scene of an accident. Having some rendezvous with Carmen in her apartment. I mean, that's not ethical. That's not honest. That's slimy."

In August, Horne filed a lawsuit with the U.S. Supreme Court asking to repeal domestic partners insurance for state employees in Arizona. He said eliminating benefits for gay employees would promote Arizona tourism by furthering “the State’s interest in promoting marriage.”

Bloggers have written that Horn hired Chenal despite the fact she had no qualifications for the job.