Congressman Tom Tancredo Revokes Endorsement Of Tom Horne, Now Endorses The Consistent, Illegal Immigration Fighter Andrew Thomas
Horne’s Amnesty Plan Turned Tancredo Away
PHOENIX, ARIZONA. JULY 6, 2010. At a crowded Attorney General debate earlier this election cycle, liberal Tom Horne said, “I’m proud to say I’m endorsed by Tom Tancredo, the former Congressman who started the national fight to fight illegal immigration”, but today that matter is changing.
After learning of Horne’s support for amnesty for illegal immigrants, Congressman Tancredo is withdrawing his endorsement and now vows to stand strong with the true conservative candidate in the race, Andrew Thomas.
The Thomas campaign released today a statement from Tancredo,
“Among my many shortcomings is the propensity to accept on face value what I am told by a candidate about themselves and their political beliefs. That was the case, I am afraid, when I endorsed Tom Horne for Attorney General in Arizona. I did not do due diligence. Mea Culpa. Let me try and rectify my rash decision by stating here that, after becoming aware of Mr. Horne’s support for amnesty for illegal aliens and Mr. Thomas’ consistent and principled opposition to amnesty I want to clearly and loudly express my admiration and support for Andy Thomas for Attorney General. The facts speak for themselves in this race and on this issue. I simply did not take the time to check them out. Don’t let yourself be misled by false claims of “being tough on illegal immigration. Andy Thomas is the real deal.”
Thomas has also been endorsed by notable Arizona law enforcement leaders including Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, 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.
For more information about Andrew Thomas, please go to www.ThomasforArizona.com. To schedule an interview please contact Jason Rose.
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