Andrew Thomas: Has He Managed to Discover the Deep End and Successfully Jump Off It?

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So, this happened.
Disbarred ex-Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas hasn't disappeared, which we discovered by watching him on 12 News carry around a piece of wood and pretend he's a movie character.

You would expect that after being pegged as corrupt by just about everyone -- and an independent panel agreed that Thomas abused his power -- that he'd hang his head in a press conference afterward and then get out of the public spotlight.

Thomas was explaining (after showing off his wood on television) that "we're gonna need to, uh, be serious about cleaning up the corruption in this community."

That -- and his wood -- were part of "Candy" Andy's Walking Tall persona that he's trying to pull off to rid the county of corruption, which is funny, considering he's the disbarred one.

Taking into account the wood and movie character motif, has Thomas gone off the deep end?

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J Mccarthy79
J Mccarthy79

I know there is corruption in Arizona State Government, I and two other Maricopa County Community College state employees who were dedicated, professional Early Childhood teachers have been subject to corrupt practices and adverse actions. The fear of retaliation is with me everyday, even though I rise above it to voice in hopes someone will hear me and perform an unbiased investigation.I think that Maricopa County has corruption intertwined in several of its agencies that is not being investigated due to who holds positions of power and who knows who. Based on my experience Justice is not upheld. The actions towards me and my co employees did not support a Democratic system, based on my experience it was more like an organized crime system. 

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Mom, "Andy are you holding your woodie again?' Andy, "Sorry, Mom, It's all I have to do these days". Mom's know these things. We never know how they know, but they do.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

I was wondering if that comment would trip your trigger. Yes, the best education, without appropriate application, counts for nothing. Much like so many of my former peers in law enforcement used to say, "I got 15 years of experience as a cop", when in fact most of those who spouted such drivel actually had one year of "experience as a cop" repeated for fourteen years. In my young adult years I was very naive about lawyers. Probably too many years of watching Perry Mason, I suppose. I held them in some degree of "awe" because of their educational attainments and perhaps even the white wigs worn by the English lawyers in court. Anyway, over the years I came to understand that some of those with Juris Doctorate degrees were nothing more than educated idiots.... Andy Thomas may certainly fit in that group.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Tommy, "Great Education"  I know what you mean, but... I would opine that Andrew has an expensive education from a prestigious institution.  However, all the "schooling" in the world can't overcome his distorted thinking and his spineless, manipulable characteristics that allowed OSB to take over the MCAO as a wholly owned subsidiary of MCSO.  It is clear that Thomas has done nothing to demonstrate a "great education" since coming to Arizona.  One certainly does not think "Harvard" when watching or listening to Thomas.  One does not even think "Andy's Legal Form Preparation" when considering Thomas as a lawyer (when he was).  An education from Harvard Law is an opportunity to have a "great education" and lots of opened doors.  It is a great education for most lawyers and others that attend Harvard.  It has capacity to carry a person with benefits for an entire career.  It did in fact open doors for Thomas in AZ.  Thomas demonstrated that you can't educate around character defects and eventually it did not matter that he was from Harvard.  Rather, it mattered that he was Andrew Thomas and the doors are now closed. I totally agree with your 'non-entity' description of Thomas and more importantly your reference that Thomas 'established himself' as such.   

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

You don't need to consider the wood and his movie fantasy.  He was off the deep end long ago. I also believe that we must consider that the wood was not his first choice as a symbolic prop.  While the wood may give him tough-guy bully fantasies I would imagine that is was the most affordable symbolic prop.  Assault rifles cost too much after all.  Another poll could be a question about whether Andrew Thomas will still carry around the lumber in a year as he cleans up corruption one swing at a time.  Will he live the part?  Or, will he just leave his lumber behind?  

jtmunkus
jtmunkus

He's always been a wackadoodle.  He just confirmed it again.  

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Andy Thomas started his long walk on a short plank the day he agreed to partner with the MCSO shurf, instead of remaining independent and doing his job as a county prosecutor. If indeed, as Sundex implies, there really is deep corruption in Maricopa County then Andy Thomas should have partnered with, and shared resources, with true law enforcement professionals instead of snoozing next to the media seeking shurf of Maricopa County. Yes, Andy has established himself as a non-entity with a great education. Nothing more.

Kpegjer94
Kpegjer94

IF Thomas was serious. about going after corruption........ WHY DIDN'T. HE GO AFTER ARPAIO? ?????

Sundex
Sundex

Personally, I do not care for Andrew Thomas for the first way he ran for office in Maricopa County.  He ran as a Republican, saying things just to get elected.  I did not vote for him.  I think he also established the fact that he's not close to being the best lawyer in town.  He's on par, in my opinion, with Rick Romley, who incompetently prosecuted the Stanley Griffis case for Pinal County in 2007, among a few other thoroughly botched cases as the Maricopa County Attorney before that. However, I do know there is much corruption going on, and I know that the highest levels of the judiciary are aware of the corruption  - my question is why don't they do something about it?  Thomas justifiably went after the corruption, but he did so in a uninformed manner.  He never came close to the center of the corruption.  There's many lawyers and judges who know about the corruption, but they are not going to talk about it.  It is possible that they are not aware of the extent of the corruption.  And that's a shame.  The Feds are going to need to go in and clean this up.   The mob boss has his job for life  -  and he's way too tough for Sheriff Joe and Andrew Thomas.  He's probably too tough for Eric Holder as well.

Tina
Tina

Thomas and Arpaio spout the same message for voter consumption to politicize law enforcement, both painting themselves as the victim. "Poor me. I just enforce the law and everybody's corrupt but me." Different style, same effort. Both Thomas and Arpaio are  void of  conscience, legal and otherwise.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

Candy Andy Thomas proved he'd gone off the deep end when he filed the bullshit charges against Judge Donahoe. He and Aubuchon both knew full well that Donahoe was going to stop the MCAO investigation into Don Stapley and would throw out the indictment lodged against him. Hence the trumped-up charges against the judge.   

Native Guns
Native Guns

And don't forget to have YPSucks book him. I'd be more than happy to vote Candy's funny face as mugshot of the day.

just sayin
just sayin

Just like Sarah Palin, if you keep talking about him, he will think he is relevent. The press can help him go quietly if they will just ignore him. PLEASE.

Eric Nelson745
Eric Nelson745

He should be mindful above all that any accusations he makes will be on him and the county ain't payin'.

ernie lopez
ernie lopez

Someone should take that stick away from him before he hurts himself. what a loon.

Ross
Ross

But I bet at Harvard Law he at least learned how to spell Gandhi. He's a frontrunner for this year's Marion Barry Award, given to a politician who turns foolish and corrupt behavior into an asset, knowing that "any publicity is good publicity."

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