Wednesday, May 5, 2010

AG Candidate Andrew Thomas Releases Second Ad of Campaign: “Serial Shooter”

PHOENIX, ARIZONA MAY 5, 2010.  Andrew Thomas’ campaign for Arizona Attorney General released a new advertisement today.
It highlights the most high profile and perhaps most important prosecution among the 200,000 Thomas oversaw during his 5 years as Maricopa County’s top prosecutor.
“Serial Shooter” is based on the 2005-2006 serial shootings where multiple people were tragically gunned down on the streets ofPhoenix.  Local law enforcement asked Thomas to assist with the case, via emergency wire taps.  Subsequently, Dale Hausner was taken off of the streets and now sits on death row due to the diligent work of Andrew Thomas and local law enforcement.   
“I believe in the death penalty, especially for heinous murders.  Our prosecutors put the Serial Shooter and Chandler Rapist and tens of thousands of others behind bars.  Crime went down.  That’s a testament to our prosecutors and law enforcement which I am proud to have stand by me for this campaign,” Thomas said.
Thomas has been endorsed by Mohave County Attorney Matthew Smith, Mohave County Sheriff Tom Sheahan, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.  He has also been endorsed by Arizona Right to Life.
During Thomas' time in office, crime rates plummeted.  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. of Homeland 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. 
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 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 a deputy county attorney.   
To schedule an interview please contact Jason Rose.  Or for more information about Andrew Thomas, please go to


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