Andrew Thomas, Legal Reject, is Considering a Run for Governor, Says Maricopa County Republican Committee

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Andrew Thomas, the former Maricopa County Attorney whose abuse of power got him disbarred this year, is considering a run for governor, according to a county GOP site.

"The Word Is Out That Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas is considering running for Governor. He can be reached at (602) 803-1586 (cell.)," says a blurb in the November 10, 2012 Maricopa County Republican Committee's news briefs.

We first learned of Thomas' new ambition (which was probably his old ambition, too) in the Political Mafioso Web site, which ran this news today with the headline, "Is Andrew Thomas Delusional?"

That was the first question that popped into our head, too.

See also: Andrew Thomas and Sheriff Joe Arpaio's "Unholy Collaboration" Abused Justice

The Mafioso article published a letter that appears to have been written by Thomas on someone's Facebook site:

Art,

It was great speaking to you yesterday. Thanks again for all your strong support, both in the past and the future. As I mentioned, you're welcome to let people on your email list know I've been urged to run for Governor and am considering it. To run, I would need to gather the grassroots support necessary to run effectively and win--which is why your support is tremendous.

 
Also, if you could add me to your email list, that would be great.

Thanks again, and I'll be back in touch. If any of your members or supporters would like to get in touch with me, they can reach me at this email address or by calling (602) 803-1586 (cell.).
Andy Thomas


 

"Supporters" -- there's another laugh.

Thomas is the former prosecutor who teamed up with Sheriff Joe Arpaio to form an "unholy collaboration," in the words of a State Supreme Court disciplinary panel, in order to hammer their political enemies. Thomas committed perjury, prosecuted criminal cases without probable cause and committed many other unforgivable legal sins, the panel concluded in stripping Thomas of his law license.

By June, Thomas was reduced to doing news interviews while carrying a piece of wood, hoping people would think of him as a movie character.

Now, the failed lawyer wants to be Governor.

Possibly, Thomas might still have a handful of supporters left -- especially among county Republican Party committee members, who see Thomas as a victim. They rejected the evidence held in front of their face about Thomas' transgressions, and they apparently think he has a chance at being elected to public office again.

Rob Haney, committee chairman, declined to comment about the blurb in the MCRC's news briefs.

Somehow, we doubt Haney or anyone else is taking Thomas very seriously.

UPDATE: After we published this, Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts posted a statement from Thomas:

I have been urged by many leaders and citizens in Arizona to consider running for Governor. Polls show most people believe the government is broken and corrupt; citizens have asked me to be a voice for that majority and to stand up for their rights.

My recent exoneration by a federal grand jury of citizens, following a blatantly rigged court hearing that took my law license, proves how bad things have gotten.

These citizens also believe I also would finish the fight I began as County Attorney by locking down the border once and for all against the violent chaos there, and tackle other tough issues.

They believe, furthermore, that I have a uniquely compelling message and would win if I ran.

I will have more to say tomorrow.


One thing Thomas probably won't discuss tomorrow is how he's lying about that "recent exoneration."

As we mentioned last week, while federal prosecutors declined to prosecute Thomas, then-Interim Arizona U.S. Attorney Ann Scheel noted in a letter that the standard of proof was higher in a criminal case than in the state Supreme Court's disciplinary system -- not that he didn't do it.


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gerry_c
gerry_c

Just what we need...a big boner in the Governor's office. Or was that a big piece of wood?

gerry_c
gerry_c

Andrew Thomas vs. Tom Horne. This time with 10 the dirt on each other.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Wake up folks, its the county attorneys / DA's / prosecutors who have destroyed due process and the justice system.

 

This is the trouble with giving prosecutors absolute immunity. Time to end absolute immunity for prosecutors and hold THEM accountable!

 

Case study: 

"A Texas Prosecutor Faces Justice'  By Joe Nocerap, published: November 12, 2012 

 

"In just about a month from now, Texas will witness a rare event: a former prosecutor is going to be held to account for alleged prosecutorial misconduct.

 

He is Ken Anderson, who for nearly 17 years was the district attorney in Williamson County, a fast-growing suburb of Austin. (In 2002, Gov. Rick Perry made him a district judge.) As Pamela Colloff writes, in a brilliant two-part series in Texas Monthly, Anderson was the kind of prosecutor who “routinely asked for, and won, harsh sentences and fought to keep offenders in prison long after they became eligible for parole.”

 

Texas holding prosecutors accountable. Now, it's time Arizona opens an investigation into the over 200,000 felony cases (in one term in office) by the disgraced, disbarred "troika" (Andrew Thomas / Lisa Aubuchon / sanctioned Rachel Alexander) --- where a non-violent, first offender is given a 75 year sentence -- a defacto-life sentence. The "troika" belong in prison themselves for the innocent lives they have destroyed.

 

fixpinalcounty
fixpinalcounty

We have a long list of immunities which judges, prosecutors and law inforcement enjoy and exploit.  Absolute immunity, prosecutorial immunity, judicial immunity, absolute immunity and there are more.  Judges, prosecutors, judicial employees and law enforcement have all or part of these immunities to protect themselves from bad and illegal behaviour.  My earlier post is placed to cause people to think, the individual who is supposed to be the most ethical judicial/legal person in the State of Arizona shows to be so unethical.  The problem does not stop here nor with judges but it is a good place to start.

 

Again read the complaint on William J. O'Neil, the Arizona Supreme Court Presiding Disciplinary Judge and you decide.

 

http://www.scribd.com/doc/112852009/William-J-O-Neil-Arizona-Presiding-Disciplinary-Judge-judicial-complaint

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

This is the trouble with giving prosecutors absolute immunity. Time to end absolute immunity for prosecutors and hold THEM accountable!

 

Case study: 

"A Texas Prosecutor Faces Justice'  By Joe Nocerap, published: November 12, 2012 

 

"In just about a month from now, Texas will witness a rare event: a former prosecutor is going to be held to account for alleged prosecutorial misconduct.

 

He is Ken Anderson, who for nearly 17 years was the district attorney in Williamson County, a fast-growing suburb of Austin. (In 2002, Gov. Rick Perry made him a district judge.) As Pamela Colloff writes, in a brilliant two-part series in Texas Monthly, Anderson was the kind of prosecutor who “routinely asked for, and won, harsh sentences and fought to keep offenders in prison long after they became eligible for parole.”

 

Texas holding prosecutors accountable. Now, it's time Arizona opens an investigation into the over 200,000 felony cases (in one term in office) by the disgraced, disbarred "troika" (Andrew Thomas / Lisa Aubuchon / sanctioned Rachel Alexander) --- where a non-violent, first offender is given a 75 year sentence -- a defacto-life sentence. The "troika" belong in prison themselves for the innocent lives they have destroyed.

 

 

 

 

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

No one who was chief legal counsel for Arizona Department of Corrections besides being a disgraced and disbarred former Maricopa County Attorney should ever be Governor of Arizona. This is NOT in the best interest of the people and families of Arizona. A state that favors incarceration over education.

 

Wake up folks. Prosecutors gone wild must END!  Time to end "immunity" for prosecutors, who control the "justice system" living at the state legislature writing laws that put ALL at risk for harm and they operate with a "convict-at-all-costs" mentality rather than do their jobs to seek fair justice for all.

fixpinalcounty
fixpinalcounty

Andrew Thomas was disbarred, by  William J. O'Neil the Arizona Supreme Court Presiding Disciplinary Judge.  But O'Neil has his own ethical problems and because of that his role in all this is suspect.  Please read the complaint filed with the Commission on Judicial Conduct and see for yourself, is there a problem.

 

http://www.scribd.com/doc/112852009/William-J-O-Neil-Arizona-Presiding-Disciplinary-Judge-judicial-complaint

 

We who live in Arizona need to look at the whole problem in the system, a complete lack of accountability.  Read the complaint and watch what the Supreme Court does about it.  The Cheif Justice needs to clean the whole thing up not just pick and chose.

getmeouttahere
getmeouttahere

"I've been urged to run for Governor and am considering it....." By who??? The voices in your head???

 

Fuck secession from the Union...let's start  a petition to have Andrew Thomas committed. The man is delusional.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

"A Texas Prosecutor Faces Justice'  By Joe Nocerap, published: November 12, 2012 

 

"In just about a month from now, Texas will witness a rare event: a former prosecutor is going to be held to account for alleged prosecutorial misconduct.

 

He is Ken Anderson, who for nearly 17 years was the district attorney in Williamson County, a fast-growing suburb of Austin. (In 2002, Gov. Rick Perry made him a district judge.) As Pamela Colloff writes, in a brilliant two-part series in Texas Monthly, Anderson was the kind of prosecutor who “routinely asked for, and won, harsh sentences and fought to keep offenders in prison long after they became eligible for parole.”

 

Texas holding prosecutors accountable. Now, it's time Arizona opens an investigation into the over 200,000 felony cases (in one term in office) by the disgraced, disbarred "troika" (Andrew Thomas / Lisa Aubuchon / sanctioned Rachel Alexander) --- where a non-violent, first offender is given a 75 year sentence -- a defacto-life sentence. The "troika" belong in prison themselves for the innocent lives they have destroyed.

 

 

66rock
66rock topcommenter

Good grief, that guy is still around!  They just don't stop, do they?  What is Pearce running for next?  When will that idiot who beat up his girlfriend be back?  Benny Qyalebird will pop up where next?  

RobAZ
RobAZ

Laughable as they may be, there are indeed supporters of Thomas who've blindly fallen into his belief of everyone else being corrupt except him (oh, and Alexander and Aubuchon). 

It's all a liberal judge and leftist media plot, to hear them tell.

 

You'll find many of their names on the current petition for Arizona to secede from the Union due to Obama's victory.  These are people who fail to recognize reality and choose to create their own.

 

They're all nuttier than a fruitcake.

 

And, the saddest thing is, Thomas would probably fare well in a 2014 GOP Primary that features Tom "girls call me Horse" Horne and Ken "birther" Bennett.

NaughtyLisa
NaughtyLisa

For as fucked up and retarded the voters are in this State I wouldn't be surprised if he won.

 

After watching the Pinal County idiots re elect and alleged kid molester and abuser and liar and stud boi.....

 

After watching the Maricopa County idiots re elect Arpidiot......

 

I've seen it all....I wouldn't be shocked in anyway....

 

So sad......

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

I wouldn't be surprised that Candy Andy would be taking a shot at running for governor.

 

This IS Arizona, after all. Where the corrupt and mentally sick rule.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Poorly written laws by the legislators driven by the county and state prosecutors give judges few options. Time to end Arizona's outdated, draconian mandatory minimum sentencing that has destroyed hundreds of thousands of innocent lives and families while making those in the criminal justice system and legal system obscenely "rich". Time to end this sick game which Thomas is the "poster boy".

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

 @fixpinalcounty Poorly written laws by the legislators driven by the county and state prosecutors give judges few options. Time to end Arizona's outdated, draconian mandatory minimum sentencing that has destroyed hundreds of thousands of innocent lives and families while making those in the criminal justice system and legal system obscenely "rich". Time to end this sick game which Thomas is the "poster boy".  

 

Arizona's draconian mandatory minimum sentencing has rendered the Judges with no discretion and turned them into merely "rubber-stampers" while the prosecutors "control" the courts. Look at the County Attorneys and prosecutors who have the most power in the state, not the judges.  

 

Informed, concerned citizens heard the daily Arizona Supreme Court disciplinary hearings that lasted for months on Andrew Thomas / Lisa Aubuchon / Rachel Alexander. This should be a required course in all law schools, criminal justice school and public policy schools. Thomas is right the state is corrupt but its all about him and his cronies, NOT one judge. If this was a jury trial they would have been convicted and sentenced to prison for decades like they've done to thousands of others in one term (200,000 felony cases)!

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

@fixpinalcounty

The problem is Arizona's draconian mandatory minimum sentencing that put a non-violent, first offender in prison for 75 years - a defacto-life sentence (under Thomas / Aubuchon / Alexander).

 

The prosecutors, NOT the judges control the courtroom and outcomes. The prosecutors use draconian mandatory minimum sentencing, as a weapon for "easy" convictions and plea bargains (plea bargain trials).

 

The state prosecutors have vigorously fought against the people (at the legislature) any meaniingful reform to outdated, draconian sentencing and criminal laws which could save innocent lives and families, as well as millions of $$$'s for the taxpayers. The prosecutors sit in the legislature daily, like "prosecutor lobbyists"  on the taxpayers' dime. Why?  

 

Thomas and Aubuchon should have been indicted and sent to prison for the innocent lives they have destroyed. Why are they given immunity while any "ordinary" person would be sitting in prison for decades? 

 

Wake up folks, Arizona's draconian mandatory minimum sentencing with turning misdemeanors into felonies is what is destroying the justice system and the state of Arizona. A state that favors incarceration or education.

 

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

 @66rock You hit it out of the ball park!! Had tears running down my face in laughter. Think of Arizona as a centipede -- chop one leg off and another one grows back.

66rock
66rock topcommenter

 @NaughtyLisa Only one person has a real shot and has been chosen by the powers that be, Mayor Smith of Mesa, our next governor. I didn't vote for him for any office and will vote for the democrat but Smith is better than what we have or a Horn or Montgomery or Bennett.  They all had their chance and didn't really work for the people.

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