Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Andrew Thomas will officially form an exploratory committee today to gauge if he has the financial and political support to run for Arizona attorney general in 2010.
Thomas told The Arizona Republic of his decision on Tuesday, but it had been rumored for months.
"If I were to run," Thomas said, "it's because I have concluded that I have largely done what I set out to do on the central issues related to crime, illegalimmigration and law enforcement as county attorney, and it's time to take that leadership to a statewide position."
He has until May 26, 2010, to announce formally, at which point he would have to resign as county attorney. By filing a "statement of organization" today, he can start planning while remaining in office.
Thomas has since made a name for himself. He ran for county attorney in 2004 on a platform of fighting illegal immigration, and then managed to help shepherd state-immigration laws through the Legislature.
Thomas also has curtailed plea bargains for violent criminals and focused on identity theft.
Posted by Rachel Alexander at Wednesday, September 09, 2009