Andrew Thomas Set To Concede, Sources Claim; Will Make Statement This Afternoon

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Thomas, ready to say bye-bye?

The end is apparently at hand for former County Attorney Andrew Thomas.

Sources within the campaign of state Schools Superintendent Tom Horne, Thomas' rival in the GOP primary for state Attorney General, have told me that they expect Thomas to concede today.

As if to confirm this, Thomas' PR flack Jason Rose Tweeted minutes ago, "Andrew thomas statement later this afternoon. Media avails 530p on."

Horne was not immediately available, but Horne staffer Amy Rezonnico texted this comment to New Times early this morning:

"andy thomas is supposed to call tom horne and concede and then put out a statement (this is what we were told) lets hope it happens."

All this chatter is backed up by the cold reality of the numbers. As of 10:26 this morning, Horne was ahead of Thomas by 891 votes, according to the Arizona Secretary of State's election page. 

That means Thomas made up some lost ground since last night, when Horne was leading Thomas by 1,073.

But with more than half the outstanding early and provisional ballots having already been counted, it seems unlikely that Thomas could narrow the gap to less than 200 votes, which is what would be necessary to trigger a recount.

Although interim Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley was defeated in his GOP primary by Sheriff Joe Arpaio's boy Bill Montgomery, Romley helped Horne immensely by releasing details of a grand jury in which Thomas' special prosecutor sought indictments against county manager David Smith and Superior Court Judge Gary Donahoe, in addition to other county officials.

Many Republicans told me they were disgusted by the revelation that the grand jury had voted to end the inquiry, yet Thomas' apparatchiks continued the witch-hunt apace.

This, despite the fact that tuskers liked Thomas' hard-line, anti-illegal immigration stance. The issue of immigration has become a bright line in GOP circles. Those who attempt to tip-toe around it are immediately condemned as RINOs, or worse, "open-borders anarchists."

Not that Horne is any piker in this department, but his utterances on the issue have never come close to the extremism of Thomas' rhetoric.

Nevertheless, a lot of GOPers have been unnerved by Thomas' vindictiveness and willingness to go after his perceived enemies, whether Democrat, Republican or none of the above.

And so Thomas has been the architect of his own comeuppance. That's sweet to observe for those who know him as a dangerous radical and political opportunist.

The pending loss is also Arpaio's, who spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on ad buys dissing Horne. While similar ads assisted Montgomery's triumph over Romley, even Joe's imprimatur could not overcome Thomas' record of deceit, abuse of power, and lust for revenge.

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Notfooled
Notfooled

LADY LIBERTY all I can say is you are plain nuts, or you just a major suck up , or wanted to keep your job. self serving fool, selfish, dont care about what they have done to people . You really need to pull your head out of the sand. this has nothing to do with illegals!!!! it was a politicians, ploy to win votes. it wont work for brewer , didnt work for andy, you are a fool to think they are doing anything, why do you want illegals gone ? so save money those they are slowly getting voted out have cost more money then all illegals put together. !!! those are the ones to get out this state. they have been coming here for years and JUST before election they want to get rid of them NOW> ! what about working on getting jobs so some of these houses will sell!????? think !!!

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

We're not fooled either. The AZ politicians have shot themselves in the foot, and harmed a once fine state. We need to send flip the switch and send them home. There are problems to be solved and they offer no solutions. People will fight back and there will be costly litigation that they brought upon the state to further erode it.

Shurfbusters
Shurfbusters

In a rumbling heard across the valley, many people thought it might be a light rail train gone off track. Others thought it might be a bird, a plane, or Wonder Woman.... indeed it was a small gathering of folks talking about the next sheriff of Maricopa County. Yes, the rumbling has started. Who will the new guy be, I have to wonder?

wherewasi
wherewasi

Hey "Victory" - you don't believe KPHO? Here you go ... listen to Candy Andy himself tell you that he was indeed planning his concession speech. You get a 16 second commercial for insurance, and then the news clip. Andy's live statement starts at about 45 seconds in. Dope...

http://www.azcentral.com/news/...

wherewasi
wherewasi

Victory, maybe YOU are the one who should do a little research...

From KPHO's article:

"Thomas said he was preparing a concession speech on Friday morning, but during the day noticed the vote tallies beginning to trend in his favor. His wife, he said, insisted he wait for the final vote count.

"I think it would be disloyal to the voters who have voted for me and who've made this such a close election to do anything but wait at this point for all the votes to be counted," said Thomas."

I personally would like to thank Stephen and all of the other New Times writers who keep the public informed about what our low-class unethical, corrupt politicians are up to. Andrew Thomas is toast, either today or on November 2, unless, of course, he is disbarred before the General Election.

Victory
Victory

Haha! You're all wrong. He is not conceding and never planned on it. I would get new sources Lemons if I were you. Probaly the same people who gave you info on Joe and always turned out wrong are giving you info on Thomas. Just another article the has no credibility because once again you didn't do your homework. Maybe if you could put down the double cheeseburger long enough you might be able to see what is actually going on around you and not believe everything that every left wing liberal says. Do some investigative reporting for once in your life and maybe you might get some respect.

Mymovie1111
Mymovie1111

Perfect timing watching Thomas go down, Arpaio next. My publicist/literary agent got us on the Oprah taping Sept. 3rd and backstage to meet with producers about corruption in Maricopa County Unjust System. Way to go Tom Horne and Phoenix New Times.

BackSPIN Movie

Horse
Horse

now that his partner" flatulence "did a raid on the garbage business in sun city, there are openings. Go for andy 8 bucks and hour and all you can eat!

former republican
former republican

Stephen, Truly outstanding article, that sums up Andrew Thomas, whose complete disregard for the integrity of the office and deliberate indifference to real people is someone who should never hold office. Another empty suit who sold his soul and destroyed countless lives, families and their children's future. Good riddance! andrew thomas, you are a small-minded man.

lady liberty
lady liberty

Well..you all make me laugh. I am one who voted for Thomas. Anyone endorsed by Arpaio gets my vote. I am a red blooded American who loves my Country. I want my Country back. I am tired of illegals coming here taking my tax money so they can live for free . If Mexico is so great and you want your culture so bad ..go back to MEXICO> When in Rome do as the Romans. This is America. We are Christians. Not Muslims. We are a very tolerant group of people. Have to be. How else did we get ourselves in this mess. Its Time we stand up and let ourselves be heard. Just because we believe in fighting for what is right and best for America does not make us racist or extremist or??all the other foul things lamestream media seems to call us. Signed Lady Liberty

former republican
former republican

Lady Liberty opened her arms to the tired and poor.... and the restless who yearn for freedom. History, civics and the Constitution need to be taught in the schools Arizona!

wherewasi
wherewasi

My letter to Rick Romley - dated 8/25; not sent yet due to lack of private mailing address.(Anyone who knows how I can send this to Rick outside of the MCAO please email to write.in.rick.2010@gmail.com)

Dear Mr. Romley,

I cannot tell you how disappointed I am in the voters of Maricopa County. They have just voted in a County Attorney bought and paid for by Arpaio and the insanity is likely to continue at its usual pace that we've become accustomed to with Andrew Thomas in Arpaio's back pocket. If Mr. Montgomery had declined Arpaio's endrosement and asked him to discontinue the "Sheriff Joe in 2012" (yeah, right...) ads, I might be more open minded about him, but as it stands, he is just another hypocrite.

I want you to know that I, a "no party preference" registered voter, requested a Republican primary ballot in order to vote FOR you and also to vote AGAINST Andrew Thomas. I energetically (ad nauseum?) encouraged voting in the primaries on the local political message boards, gave people instruction as to how to get their mail-in ballots, and blasted Arpaio's dirty ads to remind people how low he really is willing to stoop, and informed the Independents and the "no party preference" of their ability to vote the Republican ballot and make a difference.

I also want you to know that my mission for the next 2 months is going to be to highlight the campaign violations committed by Arpaio and encourage people to Write In Rick Romley for County Attorney on November 2, 2010. Add the Deomcratic and non-primary-voting Independents to the 38% of the Republican vote you received on 8/24/10 (cast by those of us who got a clue and kept it) and you stand a good chance of winning in November. Of course, this assumes two things; that you would accept the nomination if the wrtie in vote were to give it to you (*) and that there are no other ways to get your name on the ballot in November. Not being totally familiar with how the campaign laws work, I don't know, for example, if you could run as an Independent.

I am deeply disturbed that Arpaio still controls this County and that the voting public is too apathetic to open their eyes and their minds to what a menace he is to the citizens of Maricopa County. I am very afraid of what will happen if Bill Montgomery become the County Attorney and my fears that he will be "Candy Andy Junior, Arpaio's Puppet" hold true. He claims that he is able to work WITH the sheriff, not FOR the sheriff, but I don't hav efaith in the ethics of anyone who would accept an endorsement from Joe, especially given the dirty ads that he benefited from.

At any rate, I am hoping that your run for County Attorney for the next two years does not end here. If it does, I am hoping that you will consider another run in 2012. And no matter what, I want to THANK YOU for exposing the unethical and fraudulent behavior of Andrew Thomas and Lisa Aubochon (and Joseph Arpaio and David Hendershott, primary "witness") in their ruthless pursuit of the whole "County Courthouse Corruption" case by letting us, the taxpayers and voters of Maricopa County know the TRUTH, and for all of your other actions as the interim County Attorney for Maricopa County.

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former republican
former republican

wherewasi, I've forwarded your comment to many. We are there to support your efforts. We agree with your take on Montgomery. Arpaio doesn't just control the county, he showed he controls the state of Arizona and those whose mouths spew words in the national TV media are his puppets and that includes the non-elected sitting Governor. Arizona better wake up they've got a dictatorship in the making. Stop deceiving the tourists and visitors. We plan to leave Arizona as possible. You can have the state you created -- it's a total failure and an embarrassment!

Truth08
Truth08

Oh, one more thing azcentral, is reporting the gap has narrowed to around 500. Hope it doesn't change back to Thomas?

http://www.azcentral.com/news/...

Regards,Truth08

former republican
former republican

It's time for thomas to simply go away. we've had enough of this law breaker. the ads he ran against Horne sounded more like ads that should have been run against andrew thomas.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

Even Candy MUST understand that's he's done nothing but trail since election eve. It's not like there was a back-and-forth. But no one ever claimed he was smart, except maybe APT on wiki!

former republican
former republican

and with the help of his internet flack, rachel alexander, 2007 showed who the real andrew thomas was. yet he was allowed to go carry on until his abuse of power got to high up on the ladder.

wherewasi
wherewasi

My letter to Karen Osborne, Director, Maricopa County Elections Office

August 26, 2010 (mailed August 27, 2010)

Dear Ms. Osborne,

I am writing to you as a very frustrated and concerned Maricopa County voter. I feel extremely betrayed over the ability of Joseph Arpaio to use his sheriff re-election budget to buy the August 24th Republican Primary results. It angers me that there are no provisions in the elections campaing policies to prohibit him from participating in the County Attorney and Attorney General races in such a blatantly unethical manner. Apparently being unethical isn't illegal, but it should be.

To suggest that his attacks on Rick Romley and Tom Horne were actually "Re-Elect Sheriff Joe in 2012" is an insult to the intelligence of the voters that are passionate about the way our County and our State are run. I, with the help of many other people who are tired of Mr. Arpaio's belief that he owns Maricopa County and can do as he pleases, are going to ttry to make a monumnetal effort to get Rick Romley back in the race in November as a write-in for the County Attorney's office.

Most insulting is the fact the Mr. Arpaio has apparently now changed his mind and must no longer be planning to run for re-election. This can be construed by the fact that he has not aired a single "re-elect me in 2012" commerical since the polls closed on August 24th. As you know, and as all of us with half a brain know, these attack ads were never about the 2012 race for the Sheriff's Office and were purely an unethical spending of Arpaio campaign money to benefit his friends, Andrew thoms and Bill Montgomery. Clearly, he has lied to the campaign office about the purpose of those ads.

Is there a way that your office can compel Mr. Arpaio to continue to run "Re-Elect Joe in 2012" advertisements for the next 2 years at the same frequency that he ran his Romley and Horne attacks in the couple of weeks prior to the Primary? Clearly, if these are indeed re-election ads, as he claims, he would not stop running the ads until his mission is accomplised or until he is arrested. Or out of money. By stopping the ads now, I believe he has proved that his mission HAS been accomplished, and therefore he should be subject to fines. Discontinuing the ads as of the date of the Primary is proof that this is not about his re-election to years hence.

I also hope that this travesty is a wake-up call for campaign officials to tighten policy and make sure that nothing like this can ever take place again. We can search for ethical and responsible leaders until we turn blue; it will make no difference if one extremely corrupt politician with deep pockets can buy the results he wants.

Thank you for listening.

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Truth08
Truth08

Does she have an email address? If so I copy it, then fwd it to everywhere I know.

Thanks.Truth08

Laurelhardy
Laurelhardy

If Thomas loses, Helen Purcell can expect to see an unmarked MCSO car in front of her house every night

former republican
former republican

right. the pattern is pretty clear for those who follow current events and actually care about what happens to the people in Arizona, who chose to remain ignorant.

Ross
Ross

Those unhatched chickens probably are coming from salmonella eggs.

wherewasi
wherewasi

Truth08 -

I have not yet figured out how to reply on this stupid new comment board.

I will post my letter to Rick and my letter to Karen Osborne on this board. It will take me a while since I have to re-type them, but, hell, I type about 90 wpm so... stay tuned.

;o) Liz

former republican
former republican

truth08--- highlight the comment, copy and paste it into a new email.

wherewasi
wherewasi

I hope that I have friends out here who will pardon my venting and give me constructive information that I can work with.

I am SO EFFING FURIOUS with the dirty little sheriff and his dirty little tricks. I wish Arpaio would make like a frog and croak. I could use that $1million "bounty" on his head. Call me at 1-800-PHUKJOE. I could never be the "trigger man" (especially seeing as how I'm female) but I could probably track down someone who would do it for an In-N-Out Double Double and Fries...

How outrageous is it that our dirty little sheriff and his dirty little tricks can buy an new puppet with his "Re-elect Sheriff Joe in 2012" campaign? I am so angry I have been spitting tacks for days. I have sent a correspondence to Romley's camp to find out if he's willing/able/already in the process of running as a Write-in or Independent. Is it just that I haven't been paying attention? Or did the "Re-elect Sheriff Joe in 2012" ads stop running at about 6:00 on Tuesday? Like I ever really bought the idea that it wasn't an attack to keep Romley from making Joke's life miserable until his incarceration... no, Arpaio, you asshole, you did NOT fool me!

I have written a letter to Karen Osborne about my disgust with the whole thing. I have a letter written to send to Romley, but I'm sure as hell not going to send it to the MCAO where it could be read and copied (and forwarded) by an idiot who believes that our Shurf might be interested in knowing who I am. I have emailed a certain place hoping for some information as to how to contact Rick "in private" with no unfriendly eyes scoping it out.

I'm ready and willing to stomp for Rick on the Nov 2 ballot as a write in or and Independent. We cannot let the stupid old coot in the brown shirt with a GED and forced early retirement WIN with his arrogance, ignorance and deep pockets.

Is there anyone out here who has been part of Romley's campaign? Can you tell us what, if anything, is happening? I know that there are alledgedly fines being assessed, but that does not correct the outrageous wrong that was committed.

Can we, the 115,000 people who voted for Romley to make Joe miserable during his last days, weeks or (God forbid) months in office file a class action lawsuit against his campaign manager, Chad Willems at Summit Consulting Group for lying and unethical manipulation of public voting?

I want to scream! But I am avoiding the cap lock key!

Any ideas? Should we vote the Lib candidate? Can we trust that person, whoever he is, to make Joe walk a straight line?

And where the hell is Hendershott these days???? Does anyone know?

Yikes! It's been a really LONG and difficult week. At least Candy Andy is toast!

former republican
former republican

wherewasi, Thanks for avoiding the "caps lock" key. Your message reads loud and clear and we're there right behind you. You hit this out of the ball park! Some heads should roll over what has been done by the 'sheriff 2012' campaign. On election day it was said that arpaio has to shut down his campaign and he ran an illegal print ad that went to all the Republicans saying Romley was dangerous --- well we all know who is truly dangerous. They said arpaio, may face $400,000 worth of fines. Once again, it's not his money so he doesn't give a F....!

Truth08
Truth08

Sounds, like "the Senile 'ol Coot" touched a nerve with you? Yeah, he's been known to do that.., quite often i might add!!

I will say, you and the rest of the "sane" voters are with you on that "bounty" thing!! Ha!!

Amen, to that!!!

I don't know about "Romley's campaign", but I would've gladly signed your letter to them as well?

Maybe you could find a way to circulate it, to the "sane" pubic?

Regards,Truth08

former republican
former republican

Not far off with an In-an-out burger with fries and a drink. Standard minimum wage in Arizona!

Notmyaty
Notmyaty

what he lost and joey endorsed him??? actually anyone endorsed by senior flatulance I do not vote for. Hey there are openings in Sun City with the garbage truck, Joey and his gang raided the place, $8 an hour and all you can eat Andy!!

former republican
former republican

Sorry, notmyaty, they are waiting for andy at Phillips & Associates, or was it Lerner and Lowe, I forgot which is the better of the two. They'll love his ad campaigns!

Hobbycar
Hobbycar

hahaha lolol good he lost, and he was the name recognition candidate, and had been in office they SHOULD have gotten him alot of votes right there so goes to show you what a fool he has made of himself.

lawrenceinSF
lawrenceinSF

We're going to see Andrew Thomas commercials alongside Phillips & Associates and Lerner & Rowe ads on late night TV.

Yes kids, I got me some schadenfreude for Mr. Thomas!

former republican
former republican

I just saw this comment after I wrote my above. Was not trying to copy yours. Looks like many of us are like-minded on the subject of A. Thomas.

dean
dean

Unfortunately, Andrew Thomas plans to sue everyone who voted against him!

Horne the WINNER
Horne the WINNER

Horne took on Arpaio's deceptive ads and challenged him in court. Ethnic studies were neither ethnic nor studies. They were teaching students to be racial and fostering gangs. They were segregating children based on race. They were fostering the belief that America and particulary Arizona was occupied Mexico. They were teaching disrespect. Forget SB 1070. Tom Horne wants to secure the border. He is not fanatical like Andrew Thomas. he also prevailed in Horne vs. floressaving AZ 300 MILLION dollars. Please know. Horne is not a perfect candiate. He is intelligent a good businessman and someone who can work to attract business and stop fraud in this state.

Truth08
Truth08

Yes, I'm aware of the "lastly" used twice, but I have not gotten used to this new comment box, yet?

If there is a way to expand it, plz post instructions? Thx.

Regards,Truth08

Theoldman
Theoldman

I am STILL waiting for the AZ Bar to complete its investigation and take away the licenses of Thomas and Aubachon. The AZ Bar should not use an excuse of "they have suffered enough", but should act on the proven illegal and unethical activities. Otherwise, they will continue to act in the same manner.

former republican
former republican

Theoldman -- you missed Rachel Alexander and Lotstein for starters. We're sure others are still stashed away at the MCAO. It's time for a real house cleaning that Romley was courageous enough to start...

WE DID IT MR. HORNE!
WE DID IT MR. HORNE!

Chad very well put! Tom Horne desearves our gratitude and also admiration for taking on Sheriff Joe right before the election. Thomas has been removed the legal community should raise their glasses tonight collectively and toast Mr. Horne for removing the evil unethical Thomas from public office.

Truth08
Truth08

Though, by no means am I "not" glad to hear Thomas is conceding? I am...., but Horne is not the reason, by any means. It would be more to the effect of; being glad to see Rotellini facing Horne and not Thomas.

I really have no idea when you refer to "Horne taking on Arpaio" right before the election? I saw him on Sunday Morning Square-off, and it seemed his stance is no to far off base of Thomas's?

http://link.brightcove.com/ser...

http://link.brightcove.com/ser...

He went on to "brag" about how he banned ethic (Chicano) studies, while the Superintendent of public schools. Also, eliminating bi-lingual studies while there.

Not to mention, he said he was for 1070, just like Thomas. He said he would pursue, his anti-immigration stance, in a more aggressive way than Goddard?

Lastly, he reiterated over and over, that he never spoke out against Arpaio, as his ad claimed. He was a supporter so to speak, of him and his policies?

Lastly, he also has an issue with several Latino groups?

Spewing something to the effect of:

"Then Horne went on a paranoid tear about La Raza and commies"

http://www.democraticdiva.com/...

So please enlighten us as to what you referring to when you mention......., "We did it Horne!"

Just wondering if we missed something? Or, if you know something that we don't?

Regards,Truth08

Chadsnow
Chadsnow

The scary thing is that over a quarter of a million people in Maricopa County hate Mexicans so bad that they were willing to overlook all of Thomas' illegal, immoral, unethical, corrupt behavior and vote for him anyways.

Andy, if I'm not explaining myself well, I'll hope you'll help me...

Mikeyts163
Mikeyts163

Actually, Attorney General is a state office - not just Maricopa County. However, I'm shocked that there are 233,000+ people in this state stupid enough to vote for Thomas.

former republican
former republican

That truly is the scary thing! The MCBOS and Kunasek never thought they'd become a target of their "friends" -- these kind of friends no one needs. Watch your back Montgomery, but I'm sure you learned that at West Point. Don't let West Point look as bad as Thomas made Harvard look. Won't be longing to send my kids to Harvard! They need to start teach "ethics" to hypocrites. Also, won't contribute to the Alumni fund either, until they make serious changes.

The drunk Arpaio is next
The drunk Arpaio is next

one down......one to go....

former republican
former republican

there's actually more then one. I think you meant one at a time, arpaio is next.... s sheriff cannot be allowed to control an entire state! So where's the oversight and accountability? Who are the leaders who will step in a correct this abuse of power that has wasted millions upon millions of dollars with no end in sight?

Tcniner Guy
Tcniner Guy

The Flaccid Fool isn't the only one at MCSO who will be going down... he has a whole team of miscreants who have been part of his criminality...not to mention a state senator.

Zippy
Zippy

several to go. Joe, Lisa, Dave, Bill Montgomery, if he is a toady...

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

DING DONG THE WITCH IS DEAD! THAT MEAN OLD WITCH, THAT WICKED WITCH!

Fuck You, Andrew
Fuck You, Andrew

The Red-headed stepchild is dead !!! THANK GOD, Mr. Thomas, may you rot in Hell !

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