Sheriff Arpaio's Pick For Attorney General: Andrew Thomas
Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio have worked together to crack down on illegal immigration. After many successful years working together, Sheriff Arpaio is now supporting Andrew Thomas in his run for Arizona Attorney General.
"I have a very important message about this year’s election for Attorney General. I urge you to vote for Andrew Thomas for Attorney General," Sheriff Arpaio said. "You know while he was County Attorney Andrew Thomas worked with me to reduce illegal immigration. He’s a tough prosecutor, who won’t back down. Andrew Thomas will fight our border crisis and defends senate bill 1070 in court. We must have Andrew Thomas as our next Attorney General, there’s absolutely no other choice."
Thomas has also been endorsed by Congressman Tom Tancredo and notable Arizona law enforcement leaders including Graham County Sheriff P.J. Allred, Yavapai County Sheriff Steve Waugh, Mohave County Attorney Matthew Smith, Mohave County Sheriff Tom Sheahan, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever, Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, Arizona Police Association and former Arizona Attorney General and NRA President Bob Corbin. Former Arizona State Senator Jonathan Paton, Senator Russell Pearce and Arizona Right to Life have 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.