One of the threads on how former GoDaddy executive Christine Jones decided to become a candidate for governor has begun to unravel.
The story how Jones worked for years on important cases for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office during the mid-90s has left her vulnerable because of one word on her political résumé: “prosecutor.”
She was actually a volunteer in the office, not a prosecutor.
An outside group, Conservative Leadership for Arizona, launched the first salvo against Jones in April, airing a 30-second ad using footage of Jones testifying before Congress in 2008.
The ad hinges on Jones calling herself “a prosecutor” — a claim she would repeat on the campaign trail — implying she worked a number of drug cases while working in the DA’s office, and sat second chair during the death penalty case of Lamar Barnwell.
Jones was not an attorney at the time. She was volunteering her time with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
George Castello, who worked in the LA District Attorney’s Office, confirmed Jones worked on a number of cases including the Barnwell case, but always supervised by a licensed attorney.
Jones brushed off the criticism after a Republican luncheon on Tuesday in midtown Tucson, saying her detractors are quibbling over details in an attempt to derail her political campaign.
Amanda Reeve with the Conservative Leadership for Arizona said it was important for Arizona voters to know the real Christine Jones.
“Integrity isn’t a quibble,” Reeve said, who readily admits her group supports another GOP candidate for governor, State Treasurer Doug Ducey.
Her group has spent $34,000 on ads attacking Jones and another $57,000 on ads for promoting Ducey, according to records with the Arizona secretary of state.
Melissa DeLaney, a spokeswoman for the Ducey campaign, denies the campaign has any connection with the outside group or the ad critical of Jones.