Sixty Second Spot Highlights Key Differences With GOP Liberal In August 24th Primary
PHOENIX, AZ. APRIL 15, 2010. Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas, a conservative that reduced crime and illegal immigration, has launched the first political advertisement in the upcoming Arizona Attorney General’s race.
“One may call himself a Republican but for all intents and purposes I am running against four Democrats to be the next Attorney General for Arizona,” Thomas said.
Entitled “Elephants & Rhinos,” the sixty second spot can be viewed on Thomas' websitehere.
“I have devoted my life to conservative principles and to reducing crime and illegal immigration. My Republican primary opponent has done just the opposite. It’s important for voters to evaluate if rhetoric matches reality,” Thomas said.
“This spot shows that one Republican has reduced crime while the other has reduced test scores. I am conservative. He is liberal. I fight illegal immigration. He seeks to enable it,” Thomas concluded.
Thomas’ office successfully prosecuted the Baseline Killer and Serial Shooting suspects. He is in favor of the death penalty and has been criticized by defense lawyers for his tough plea bargain policies. He has tackled tough public corruption cases and led innovative programs to ensure better food safety and crack down on graffiti and cruelty to animals.
Thomas is a graduate of Harvard Law School. Prior to serving as Maricopa County Attorney, Thomas served as an Assistant Attorney General for Arizona, Deputy Counsel and Criminal Justice Policy Advisor to the Governor, Special Assistant to the Director of the Arizona Department of Corrections, and aDeputy County Attorney.
During Thomas' time in office, crime rates have plummeted. The 19 percent drop is more than twice the national rate of decline, and in despite of an 11 percent increase in the county's population during that time. The illegal immigrant population has dropped by anywhere from 18 percent (Dept. ofHomeland Security estimate) to 30 percent (Center for Immigration Studies estimate). Like the fall in crime rates, this dramatic decline in illegal immigration is far greater than the average in the rest of the nation.