National Rifle Association Endorses Andrew Thomas In Attorney General Race

PHOENIX, AZ. July 23, 2010: Yet another of the most coveted endorsements in Republican politics has gone to Andrew Thomas. This time he has earned the endorsement of the National Rifle Association over his opponents in the Attorney General race.

Thomas received an “AQ” from their NRA on their rating system. AQ represents, “A pro-gun candidate whose rating is based solely on the candidate’s responses to the NRA-PVF Candidate Questionnaire and who does not have a voting record on Second Amendment issues,” according to the NRA website.

The NRA’s endorsement of Andrew Thomas is highly unusual for a primary race and illustrates his strong support among conservative leaders and organizations in Arizona. The NRA’s standard practice is not to endorse candidates in a Republican primary, except for incumbents with a clear record of supporting the Second Amendment. The NRA’s departure from this nationwide policy in endorsing Thomas for Attorney General is a huge coup for the Republican candidate and one that shows the depths of his grassroots support.

Earlier in the campaign, Thomas earned the endorsement of former NRA president, Bob Corbin.

As Maricopa County Attorney, Thomas championed Second Amendment rights. He filed an amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller in asking the high court to recognize the constitutional right of individual citizens to keep and bear arms. Other district attorneys from across the nation joined in this brief. The Court in fact recognized the individual right to keep and bear arms for the first time in this case.

Also, Thomas was the first prosecutor in the nation to establish a concealed-carry training course for prosecutors and employees of his office. Prosecutors and employees of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office handle approximately 40,000 felony cases a year and face threats from the people they prosecute. The NRA’s publication America’s First Freedom recognized Thomas’ achievement in a feature article on the program.

The NRA’s endorsement of Thomas caps off a string of coveted endorsements he has received from the leading conservative figures and institutions active in Arizona politics. These include Sheriff Joe Arpaio, State Senator Russell Pearce (author of Senate Bill 1070), and Arizona Right to Life.

Thomas has also been endorsed by 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, and the Arizona Police Association. Former Arizona State Senator Jonathan Paton and Congressman Tom Tancredo also have endorsed him.

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. No surprise there. RINO Tom Horne is anti-gun.

    As a State Representative, Tom Horne was a fierce foe of gun owner’s rights. In 2000, Horne joined gun control advocates in voting to kill HB 2582, a critical piece of legislation for gun owners.

    HB 2582 was intended to prohibit cities and counties from enacting local gun control measures that infringed on the right to bear arms. Gun owners were concerned about the potential for gun control ordinances on the local level that would result in a patchwork of conflicting laws and regulations that infringed on Second Amendment rights. Also, gun owners wanted to prevent Arizona cities from copying liberal city councils in filing frivolous lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun crimes that the manufacturers had nothing to do with (such suits were commonly brought by liberal city councils in the late 1990s).

    Horne voted to kill HB 2582 twice. In COW, Horne voted for a bill-gutting amendment (Gerard #2) in an unrecorded standing vote. When conservative lawmakers realized what had been done, a motion was made to remove the bill-gutting amendment and restore the original intent of the bill. In a recorded vote, Horne voted “NO” on the motion to amend the bill to remove the bill-gutting amendment. (Horne’s co-conspirator in this effort to kill HB 2582, liberal State Representative Susan Gerard, later went on to serve in Gov. Janet Napolitano’s administration.)

    Horne also voted against a property tax exemption for shooting ranges operated on a not-for-profit basis by charitable organizations that teach gun safety at the ranges (HB2450, 1997). This legislation was important to gun owners because non-profit shooting ranges and gun safety classes are critical to ensuring citizens have the opportunity to responsibly exercise their Second Amendment rights.

    In addition to voting against gun owner’s Second Amendment rights, Tom Horne voted to make it harder for individuals who kill while defending themselves to claim self-defense (HB 2408, Sec. 3, 1997).

    Read more about him on this website:

  2. Arizona Ranger says:

    The record of Tom Horne reveals that this man is NOT what we in Arizona desparately need for our Attorney General!! He has not been truthful with his written statements, has not beed successful in increasing students scores, is NOT for freedom of choice via Charter Schools, and is not a supporter of our Bill of Rights (2nd Amendment). Exactly what has he achieved?
    Andy Thomas is just about the opposite of every aspect of Horne: a staunch defender of Freedom (especially 2nd Amendment), a skilled politician, a seasoned county attorney, a dedicated state employee, and committed to STOPPING THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT INVASION and HUMAN SMUGGLING!!! Andy has promised to make sure ALL of our laws are upheld (did anyone say SB1070?) and not just the ones he favors!!
    You all know that Andy Thomas has the cajones to stand up to crooked politicians (hint: Board of Supervisors and Judges!) and to not allow political obligations to obscure his duty and responsibility.
    This race is about real character and Andy Thomas has the type of real, sincere, and ethical character we need in these trying times.
    This is not just a political campaign–it is much more. This race will determine if our AG is going to support our system of laws and maintain the basics of our society. This position in our state government has immense impact on our entire society and how we will be able to maintain it–or lose it!!
    Andy Thomas has my vote, my confidence, and my political support. Do the right thing-support Andy Thomas for Attorney General!!

  3. LOL! I though all of you guys quit the NRA after they endorsed McCain!

  4. Carl Hay says:

    The NRA has taken a lot of heat from its members for its endorsements of liberal in preference to conservatives over the past year.

    Cox has a lame ‘explanation’ for this policy in the most recent edition of the national mag.

    So, to cover themselves with irate Arizona members, they decided for a change to endorse a conservative in Arizona.

  5. Hilarious how important it is now….

  6. buster5050 says:

    Yet another endorsement.
    Anyone who supports the Second Amendment knows Thomas is on their side

  7. wanumba says:

    “LOL! I though all of you guys quit the NRA after they endorsed McCain”

    What is this kindergarten? One quits ONLY AFTER one finds that there is NO hope of making change.

    The NRA evidently still has ears. Unlike McCain who goes off and does whatever he wants once he gets enough votes.

  8. Why is Jesse Kelly who calls himself a conservative endorsing Tom Horne over Andy Thomas?

  9. We need to vote Andy in, look at the job he did as County Attorney. Horne has no record at all. Andy will get my vote.

  10. What’s Thomas going to enforce? SB1070? Most of which has been enjoined (struck down)?

    I’ve listened to the majority of candidates who have taken an ultra right position on illegal immigration. In fact, most seem to have this as their only platform.

    Could we possibly regain some sanity now that this rug has been pulled out from under them and they have nothing else to run on?

  11. Fred Knows says:

    I must say I am surprised that Andrew Thomas received any endorsement from the NRA. He may have a flimsy pro-gun record but just try and show or use a gun of any type for a just cause in his jurisdiction and you will be facing jail time. My line of work has led me to know people that have been prosecuted by Andrew Thomas and forced to plead to felonies for simply showing or having a weapon in the open. The Thomas office calls that “brandishing” a weapon.

    I have met several people who have stopped criminals in the act of committing felonies by firing a weapon who then were prosecuted and sent to jail. One person stopped vandalism and a break-in from occurring at their neighbor’s home, plead to shooting within the city limits and was sent to jail. Another person I know actually stopped a kidnapping by firing a gun but was then forced to plead to a felony and was sent to jail. The Thomas office called that “shooting into a structure”. In each of these cases there was no victim but the Andrew Thomas office declared Maricopa County the victim.

    I don’t know who the NRA meant to endorse, but I think they were duped into supporting Thomas. Gun owner’s rights ARE NOT PROTECTED under an Andrew Thomas administration. Gun owners protecting their families, property and others should not be prosecuted like common criminals. Thomas touts a 94% conviction rate and 200,000 felony cases. What good is Andrew Thomas’ conviction record if it means any of the people being prosecuted are average good citizens with families, jobs, who own real property, who pay their taxes and who find it necessary to opt for jail time by pleading to felony charges rather than taking a chance in court of being sent to prison?

    Don’t vote for Andrew Thomas. You might be next.

  12. Jack Hammer says:


    What is an “ultra right” position on Immigration?

    A law which replicates Federal language and guidelines?

    “Put up” or “Shut up”!

    The GOP “Left” of which you seem to be a typical voice must back up its assertions!

    We’re waiting!

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