Thomas Will Defend AZ School Choice Issue Now Before U.S. Supreme Court Horne Opposed

U.S. Supreme Court Decides To Hear AZ School Choice Program Tom Horne Opposed In Legislature

Key Issue In Attorney General GOP Primary

PHOENIX, AZ. MAY 24, 2010. The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to hear arguments over Arizona’s landmark school choice legislation known as tuition tax credits. That legislation has allowed thousands of Arizona students to enjoy better educations than they otherwise would have enjoyed.

But State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne opposed the school choice measure while serving in the legislature (April 3, 1997. HB 2074, Chapter 48, ’97 regular session).

“On so many issues Tom Horne has proven himself to be a liberal, not a conservative. And school choice is key among them. The four Democrats running for office, and quite candidly that includes Horne, cannot be counted on to vigorously defend this law as Attorney General as must be done,” former Maricopa County Attorney and GOP Attorney General candidate Andrew Thomas said.
Thomas said he will as vigorously defend this law as aggressively as he has crackdowns on illegal immigrations supported by the legislature and voters.
Thomas has been endorsed by notable Arizona law enforcement leaders including Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, 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 and the Phoenix Law 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’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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  1. PHX Conservative says:

    Desperate, desperate…….

  2. THAT is the best the Horne camp has, call Thomas desperate? HA HA HA HA HA HA! Good luck, you’re going to need it. There are two choices in this race, the conservative choice and the liberal RINO choice. Easy to guess which way Republican voters will go.

  3. The Mole says:

    This isn’t news. Thomas has always defended the law. News would be horne defend the law like SB1070. Don’t see that happening.

    Frank – there is only one choice in this race because there is only one republican. Andrew Thomas will win by a landslide. We want our laws enforced, not spun.

  4. Carlist says:

    Andy is probably the only candidate who would truly defend this successful arrangement which allows residents to finance shools of their choice.

    The tax credit system fosters competition thus bolstering the quality of education.

    This makes liberals and RINOs who depend upon A.E.A. support livid.

    Their soft socialist indoctrination plans come first and nothing will be allowed to weaken the left’s stanglehold on taxpayer funded “tutelage”

  5. EastValleyPC says:

    The more distance Andy has from the County Attorney’s Office, the more we see the cesspool he had to work in. The BOS is corrupt to the core.

  6. To The Great Citizens of Arizona,

    Let me save you some time; any time you see an article title next to Andrew Thomas’s name or Jason Rose (Tribune), condiser the exact opposite, because these men are liars. Tom has always been for school choice, charter schools, and parental choice.
    He is a wonderful, conservative man who had the kahunas to expose Barack Obama’s worshipful-toned lesson plans that were piped into AZ classrooms this year. Mr. Horne went on National T.V. exposing the Marxist, reverential lesson plans that asked teachers to write on their chalkboards (dry erase, smart boards, etc.) “How Does President Obama Inspire You?” Well, I’m sure he uninspires many! Look at his hate for this country. Mr. Horne took a bold stance in unveiling this mind-washing attempt by stating the lesson plans were slanted in a reverential tone that did not encourage critical thinking skills. One great example of Tom Hornes awesome CONSERVATIVE VALUES!!

    Can we say Sal Alinski, the UnFairness Doctrine, Privately Trained Brown Shirts-Americore, Bowing to Saudi Leaders, Socialism, and Infanticide, etc?

    You Rock Tom Horne!

    Eevie Shaw ~ Because Honesty is the Only Policy!

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