Phoenix Law Enforcement Association Endorses Andrew Thomas for Attorney General


PHOENIX, ARIZONA. MAY 12, 2010. Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (PLEA) announced their endorsement of Andrew Thomas forArizona Attorney General in a statement today.  PLEA is the organization representing the officers of the largest law enforcement agency in Arizona.

“Andrew Thomas was a a strong partner to all of our officers while working as Maricopa County Attorney and we are greatly looking forward to this partnership carrying on once at the state level,” said Mark Spencer, President of PLEA. “We need someone who is tough on crime and does not back down but instead stands up for what is just.”  PLEA represents more than 2500 sworn officers of the Phoenix Police Department.
Thomas has also been endorsed by other notable Arizona law enforcement leaders including Mohave County Attorney Matthew Smith, Mohave County Sheriff Tom Sheahan, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.  Arizona Right to Life endorsed Thomas last month 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. While working as Maricopa County Attorney, Andy did everything he could to support law enforcement agencies. I’m sure when he is elected to Attorney General, I’m sure he will do the same. Right now we are getting nothing out this office (Terry Goddard). He would not even sue O’Bama on the Health Care law which is unconstitutional.

  2. Oberserve says

    PLEA also argued for a 4% food tax for Phoenix, double what Mayor Gordon asked for. That pretty much blew whatever credibility PLEA had.

  3. Whatever it’s decisions in other areas, PLEA does represent the views of the street officer.

    And believe me, they’re fed up with a corrupt bi-partisan establishment which has no interest whatsoever in conducting immigration policies via the rule of law.

    Andy Thomas has stood tall on this major problem and has therefore taken the heat from the “Open Borders” crowd!

    In short, he has been the subject of attack for enforcing law from our Orwellian “leadership” and assorted mult-cultural pimps and demagogues!

    It’s long overdue that we had people like Thomas to stand up to this collective bunch and seek higher office to deal properly with them!

  4. The Mole says

    Thomas has proven he has what it takes to enforce the law. Even if it involves corruption in his own party. His opponent is against a law most of the country supports. He isn’t afraid of the media or libs that try to protect criminals by detracting from their wrong doings.

    We need this guy. Arizona has been without an Attorney General for too long.

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