Original PhoenixTea Party OrganizerEndorses Thomas ForAttorney General
PHOENIX, ARIZONA. APRIL 28, 2010. Founder of the original Phoenix Tea Party group and Arizona State Chair of the Patriot Caucus group, Keith Sipmann, has formally endorsed Andrew Thomas in theArizona Attorney Generalrace.
“With immigration issues at the forefront, Andrew brings the promise of prosecuting illegal immigrants under the state's human smuggling laws. He has a track record of reducing crime and illegal immigration which we can rely on,” Sipmann said.
Thomas has also been endorsed by Mohave County Attorney Matthew Smith,Mohave County SheriffTom Sheahan,Pinal County SheriffPaul Babeu,Cochise County SheriffLarry Dever andMaricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
During Thomas' time in office,crime ratesplummeted. The 19 percent drop is more than twice the national rate of decline, 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 Securityestimate) to 30 percent (Center for Immigration Studiesestimate). Like the fall in crime rates, this dramatic decline in illegal immigration is far greater than the average in the rest of the nation.
Thomas has a track record of successfully defending illegal immigration crackdowns in our courts, including his successful efforts to prosecute illegal immigrants for conspiring to violate the state's human-smuggling law and to defend Prop 200's voter ID requirements and the employer-sanctions law, which he defended along with the Attorney General's Office.
If elected Attorney General Thomas has pledged to expand that office's prosecutions of illegal immigrants under the state's human smuggling laws. The office is not currently pursuing such prosecutions.
Thomas is married with four children. He is a graduate ofHarvard Law School. Prior to serving as Maricopa County Attorney, Thomas served as anassistant attorney generalfor Arizona, deputy counsel andcriminal justice policy advisorto the Governor, special assistant to the Director of theArizona Department of Corrections, and adeputy county attorney.
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