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Andrew Thomas launches first gubernatorial TV ad

Jul 19, 2014

Arizona Republic

A governor worse then Ev Mecham???

Sadly I find it hard to believe we could have a governor worse then impeached, recalled and indited Arizona Governor Ev Mecham.

Ev Mecham was famous for calling Black folks "pickaninnys" and his hate of gay folks, like Ed Buck who led the effort to recall him.

Of course if disbarred Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas actually gets elected, something which is unlikely he could be worse then Ev Mecham.

While I thought Rick Romney was the worst Maricopa County Attorney in my life time Andrew Thomas is far worse. At lest Romney didn't kiss Sheriff Joe's *ss. Andrew Thomas was Sheriff Joe Arpaio's lap dog.

Andrew Thomas launches first gubernatorial TV ad

Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, The Republic | 2:52 p.m. MST July 17, 2014

Republican gubernatorial candidate Andrew Thomas is taking his campaign to rid Arizona of the "gay lobby," "liberal judges" and illegal immigrants to the airwaves.

Thomas' 30-second ad began airing today. The ad says Thomas is "the only candidate who has stopped illegal immigration, stood up to the gay lobby, and opposed liberal judges."

"When I enforced the law, illegal immigrants fled this state," Thomas says. "Now, they stay -- and protest!. Other candidates say they'll secure the border, but talk is cheap."

He continues, "I stopped illegal immigration before. As governor, I'll do it again -- this time, for good."

Thomas served as Maricopa County's top prosecutor from 2005 through 2010. He was disbarred two years later after a panel determined he acted unethically when he pressed failed investigations into judges and county officials. He has qualified for more than $750,000 in public funding for his gubernatorial bid.

Thomas is in a six-way race for the Republican Party's nomination for governor. He trails in the polls behind state Treasurer Doug Ducey, former GoDaddy executive Christine Jones and former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith.

Thomas made his name in politics by pushing immigration control at the state and county levels. His political downfall came after he was accused of using his prosecutorial powers while in office for political purposes.

A disciplinary panel found clear and convincing evidence of ethical misconduct that merited disbarment from legal practice.

Among the most serious findings were that he and his former prosecutors pressed unwarranted criminal charges, obtained indictments, filed a federal racketeering lawsuit and initiated investigations against his political enemies and those of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio from 2006 to 2010.