PHOENIX, ARIZONA. August 5, 2010. Conservative Attorney General candidate Andrew Thomas’ campaign released a statement in regard to the gay marriage ruling in California.
"As the only candidate for Attorney General who opposes the gay rights agenda, I believe that marriage is reserved for one man and one woman,” Thomas said. “This ruling must be fought all the way to the Supreme Court."
Thomas is endorsed by Arizona law enforcement officers such as Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Mohave County Sheriff Tom Sheahan, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever, Yavapai County Sheriff Steve Waugh and Graham County Sheriff Preston “P.J.” Allred. Mohave County Attorney Matthew Smith, Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, and the Arizona Police Association, former Arizona State Senator Jonathan Paton, the NRA, State Senator Russell Pearce, sponsor of SB1070 and Congressman Tom Tancredo also have endorsed him. In fact, Tancredo withdrew his endorsement of Horne after learning of his amnesty plan and endorsed Thomas.
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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