PHOENIX, ARIZONA MAY 25, 2010. He served three terms as Arizona Attorney General. He was the President of theNational Rifle Association. And he is now endorsing Andrew Thomas to be the next Arizona Attorney General.
“I have followed Andrew’s career from early on and he has always impressed me with his toughness and integrity in enforcing the law,” Bob Corbin said. “I’m a firm believer that the law is the law and I know Andrew will do the job that is needed to be an effectiveAttorney Generalfor Arizona.”
Thomas has also been endorsed by other notableArizona law enforcement leadersincludingMaricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Yavapai County Sheriff Steve Waugh, Mohave County Attorney Matthew Smith, Mohave County SheriffTom Sheahan, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu,Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever and the PhoenixLaw Enforcement Association(PLEA). Arizona Right to Life has endorsed Thomas as well.
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'svoter ID requirementsand the employer-sanctions law, which he defended along with theAttorney General's Office.
If elected Attorney General Thomas has pledged to expand that office's prosecutions of illegal immigrants under the state'shuman smugglinglaws. 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 asMaricopa CountyAttorney, 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.