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Sen. John McCain refuses to endorse AG Tom Horne

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne.

PHOENIX -- Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has not announced who he supports for Arizona's next attorney general, but he has made it clear who he will not be behind.

McCain announced from his Phoenix offices on Friday that he will not be supporting Arizona's current Attorney General Tom Horne.

When asked by reporters if he would support Horne, McCain simply responded, "No."

As to why McCain wouldn't be supporting Horne, his answer was nearly as brief.

"I'm not endorsing the attorney general, or Tom Horne, because I don't believe that he should be elected," McCain said.

McCain is the latest Arizona politician to distance himself from Horne, who has been at the center of controversy in recent months.

In June, the Arizona Clean Elections Commission found complaints alleging that Horne had been using his office staff to work on his re-election campaign warranted a full investigation.

Gov. Jan Brewer announced she was not backing Horne on Thursday, but instead would back his opponent, Mark Brnovich.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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A southern California native, Mark Remillard began working in radio in 2010 while in community college as a host of late night and weekend programming for publicly supported 88.5 FM KSBR. While working through college, Mark also interned for the Bill Handel Radio Program at Los Angeles' KFI AM640, where he began his work in journalism. Mark moved to Arizona in August 2012 to finish his bachelor's degree at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and graduated in August 2014. Mark began working as a reporter for KTAR in November 2012.


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