Attorney GeneralCandidate Andrew Thomas Picks Up KeyArizonaSheriff Endorsement
PHOENIX, AZ. May 19, 2010: ConservativeArizona Attorney Generalcandidate Andrew Thomas has picked up yet another endorsement from one of Arizona’s law enforcement leaders, Yavapai County Sheriff Steve Waugh. While serving as Maricopa County Attorney, Thomas was known for his tough on crime policies.
“Andrew Thomas is a friend of law enforcement,” Sheriff Waugh said. “As a Sheriff my first duty is to protect the citizens and there is no one better to do that in the Arizona Attorney general’s race than Andy. He’s reduced crime in Maricopa County and I believe throughout Arizona and Yavapai County too."
Thomas has also been endorsed by other notable Arizona law enforcement leaders including Mohave County Attorney Matthew Smith, Mohave County SheriffTom Sheahan, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Arizona Right to Life 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'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.
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