Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas Posts Campaign Video About His Future

Andrew Thomas AG

For Immediate Release: Thursday, April 1, 2010

PHOENIX, ARIZONA. April 1, 2010. With crime and illegal immigration down dramatically in Maricopa County, a possible run by Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas for Arizona Attorney General has been one of the biggest questions in Arizona politics. That question has now been answered via video at

Thomas announced today he is resigning as Maricopa County Attorney to run for Attorney General of Arizona. To allow for a proper transition, his resignation will become effective in a few days. April 6th will be his last day in office.

Thomas said recent events have made clear the need for strong leadership statewide in the fight against crime and illegal immigration. The Attorney General is the chief law enforcement officer for the state.

The video released today shows Thomas walking with Cochise County Sheriff along the border with Mexico in Cochise County. Thomas and Sheriff Larry Dever met and discussed the border crisis on March 29th, two days after the murder of Robert Krentz, a long-time rancher in Cochise County. This visit had been scheduled prior to the murder. Krentz was murdered while trying to assist what he assumed to be an illegal immigrant in distress.

Sheriff Dever has endorsed Thomas for Attorney General. Quotes from Thomas and Dever are available on the video.

Thomas first ran for Maricopa County Attorney in 2004 on a platform vowing to “Stop Illegal Immigration.” And by all indications and measures illegal immigration has been substantially reduced, along with crime in general, in part due to

Thomas’ commitment to longer criminal sentences and a crackdown on soft plea bargains for criminals.

Thomas will run as a “Clean Elections” candidate for the Republican nomination. A candidate for Attorney General must collect 2,775 $5 contributions to qualify for Clean Elections funding. Thomas has collected more than 3,000, along with thousands of signatures. He will continue to collect $5 contributions and thousands of additional signatures in the coming weeks.

“April 1st seemed an appropriate day to announce my intentions, since Arizona Republicans won’t be fooled by conservative impostors also interested in this office. And Arizonans won’t be fooled by liberal candidates who are

unproven crime fighters,” Thomas said.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has endorsed Thomas’ run for Attorney General.

“County Attorney Thomas has dedicated his life to successfully fighting crime. Just as he has helped to reduce crime in Maricopa County I have every expectation he will help do so in every part of our state as Attorney General,” Arpaio said.

Besides an aggressive posture against illegal immigration, Thomas’ office successfully prosecuted the Baseline Killer and Serial Shooting suspects. During his tenure he has pushed for harsher penalties against child predators and, more recently, launched an innovative program to restore Gila River habitat and pursue charges against environmental pollution there. He is in favor of the death penalty and has been criticized by defense lawyers for his strong enforcement efforts. He has tackled tough public corruption cases and led innovative programs to ensure better food safety and crack down on graffiti and cruelty to animals.

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.

During Thomas’ time in office, crime rates have plummeted. The 19 percent drop is more than twice the national rate of decline, and this despite 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 will not be conducting any interviews with Arizona media until Friday. He is meeting with his staff at the County Attorney’s Office today to coordinate the transition. His office will release a letter to Governor Brewer and Maricopa County officials regarding his resignation later today.

Here is a copy of Andrew Thomas’ resignation letter.


  1. The question now is who will be appointed interim County Attorney until the voters select a replacement to fill out Thomas’ unexpired term. My pick is Bill Montogomery who has been actively getting his message out since Thomas announced his exploratory committe for AG in September. Bill is currently a major crimes bureau chief at MCAO and an experienced prosecutor. He’s a conservative Republican who will professionally carry out the job of county attorney with integrity and a strong sense of duty learned from his military background and work as a well respected prosecutor. He’s the kind of person we need right now. For more details see Hopefully the BOS will recognize he’s the right person for the right reasons and appoint him as interim.

  2. Yah right. says


    Now we can see what wreckage he has made at the county, and now he will have to face the voters of the entire state.

    This will be fun!

    I hope Joe runs for Gov and we can get a clean sweep!

  3. Stephen Kohut says

    Joe will stay sheriff. He loves it too much to quit. Andy will clean Horne’s clock. Soundslike a clean sweep to me.

  4. Yah right. says

    Actually I would take almost anybody over this idiot.

    Even Joe just said on TV that the Supes will appoint.

    That is a great example of his legal ability.

    Which seems to be nil.

    Horne would at least bring sanity- Andy is unable to see the forest for the trees.

    Harvard was wasted on this one.

  5. Who picks April Fools’ Day to announce for office? LOL!

  6. The I-17 sound barriers in Phoenix are getting longer and longer every day, keeping Phoenix neighborhoods safe from highway noise.
    Meanwhile … just a few miles away, what a crapola fence on our international boder.

    There’s only so much money – and which is the real priority with a vicious drug war to the south? Sound barriers or a border fence?

    Like the Flagstaff train robberies this week? Mexican thieves cut the hydraulics lines on three rail cars to theive out the contents – one train was out by Winona. Thats’ the kind of big scale robbery common in Lagos, Nigeria – now in Flagstaff and along I-40.

    WE do need serious people who are willing and able to confront this problem.

  7. Stephen Kohut says

    Let’s look at Horne’s trck record as Supr. of Public Instruction. Public education in AZ is a disaster. In the last 10 years student performance in Florida, a state whose demographics are almost idential to ours, has improved by leaps and bounds. Fl Hispanics score well above the average AZ student. FL African American students score just above the average AZ student. AZ student performance is dead flat, no improvement. Thank you Supr. Horne. So we move a nonperforming politician from education to the AG’s office? Don’t think so.

  8. 20/30 GOP says

    A look at the actions of Thomas over the last year proves that we do NOT need this chaos at the state level as we are already going broke. Do we want more taxpayer spending for frivolous lawsuits? I don’t think the voters of places like Yuma and Pima County are ready to start experiencing the woes of Maricopa County voters. Thankfully there are other choices out there for AG and not this guy.

  9. jclindbl says

    Hopefully Bill Montgomery is appointed. He is a guy who can get the job done without any political agenda.

  10. Richard W says

    While Mr. Thomas may have good intentions his failure to control the vile den of corruption at the board of supervisors cannot be forgiven. We need somebody with the skills to run with the big dogs.

  11. EastValleyPC says

    I can’t say enough good things about Bill Montgomery. Politically, he’s a solid conservative and a straight shooter and has done the work necessary to win in August and November. As an Army Vet, he’s finally started letting people know he got a Bronze Star in Desert Storm. I’ve told him I understand Vets just don’t talk about their awards but people need to know he’s a hero. He’s already working as a prosecutor so let me tell the BOS: make a smart pick this time!

  12. Cola drinker says

    Looks like the first order of business for the new county prosecutor will be to get to work on the investigation of the board of supervisors. Thomas can get to work on securing the border, just on a bigger and more effective scale now.

  13. Clearly he has it all together and is a proven leader! His experience as a attorney both in the private and public sector has given him the credentials to lead the state of Arizona in these trying times!

  14. I really hope Bill Montgomery is appointed to replace Andy. He would be an excellent replacemant.
    I am more concerned that Andy is running for Attorney General. He has done an excellent job as County Attorney. Our crime rates have plummeted with the job he has done. Andy is a fighter and I am sure he will do an excellent job as Attorney General.
    He has my vote.

  15. What we really need is somebody who can work with the Sheriff. I think this is a mistake to let the BOS decide his replacement, we are going to get some squish. If Sheriff Joe doesn’t support their replacement we should recall the person (Boyd the Apologist Dunn) ASAP.

  16. VoiceInTheWild says

    My prediction – the Dem will win. A sure win for Republicans would be Vernon Parker for AG. Unfortunately, he has the Congressional bug. Given the choices currently on the Rep primary for AG, I’ll be voting for Mickey.

  17. It seems that Yah Right and “Voice in the Wild” are determined to ensure that the GOP establishment will retain the source of revenue which keeps it afloat, open borders and cheap, unskilled labor.

    Fuels their corruption too!

    Check out the B.O.S. and various Maricopa County city governments!

    Machiavelli would be proud!

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