Arizona

Mar 28, 2014 2:25 PM by Associated Press

Ad by Horne's office draws criticism from rivals

PHOENIX (AP) - A new television ad promoting Arizona's mortgage-relief programs is drawing criticism from state Attorney General Tom Horne's election rivals.

The 30-second ad paid with funding from a settlement with lenders features a woman able to keep her home because of state assistance. It also includes a brief shot of Horne talking about the programs while he looks into the camera.

Republican primary election opponent Mark Brnovich's campaign manager says the ad has the look and feel of a campaign commercial, while Democratic candidate Felecia Rotellini's campaign manager calls the ad's timing suspect.

Horne spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham tells The Arizona Republic (http://bit.ly/1frYM5S ) that Horne's appearance in the ad bolsters the mortgage-assistance programs' credibility. Grisham says the ad is a public service because it publicizes the programs.

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