Andrew Thomas Finds Forum for Screeds at Right-Wing Selous Foundation

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The Selous Foundation, located on the second or third floor above "Kay's Wigs" on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, published Andrew Thomas' screeds.
Andrew Thomas finally has found the perfect home for his quasi-intellectual, right-wing screeds: The pro-national-sovereignty Selous Foundation.

This little-known, Washington-based think-tank, founded by a former Marine turned mercenary/pundit, operates from a hippie-ish office on Pennsylvania Avenue above a wig shop and sandwiched between a bar and a liquor store.

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Thomas, the infamously disbarred Maricopa County Attorney and Harvard-educated political failure is running for Arizona governor, though we can think of plenty of reasons he should give up for the good of the state. Still, the guy needs an outlet for the gushing fountain of ultra-conservative ideas bouncing around in his brain -- and he also needs a job.

The donation-funded Selous (pronounced "Seh-loo," according to a receptionist who claims to work for both the foundation and a computer-rental firm in the same building), probably isn't paying Thomas for his diatribes, so we continue to wonder how Thomas, a married father of four, pays his bills.

Selous' rather short list of authors and contributors (some of whom haven't contributed anything) also includes Rachel Alexander, a Thomas acolyte whose blind devotion to her boss resulted in the (possibly permanent) suspension of her Arizona law license. We know Alexander must not be receiving fat checks for her text on the Selous site, since just a few months ago, Alexander was using her own conservative blog to beg for money to pay her cat's vet bill.

Andrew Thomas' essays on Selous remind us of what Mark Twain called the Book of Mormon: Chloroform in print.

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Andrew Thomas (at right) and his former ally, Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
And whether he actually believes what he writes, or can make anyone else believe him, is far from certain. Though one of Selous' main themes is states' rights, an issue Thomas often writes about extensively, his credentials as a Tenth Amendment supporter were thrown in doubt at a July meeting of local Republicans, according to something called the Tenth Amendment Center blog. Asked whether he would support Arizona laws that tried to nullify unconstitutional federal laws, Thomas reportedly replied, "no," and then explained how this country already had fought a civil war. "Not a very good argument, Mr. Thomas!" Adam Henriksen wrote.

We know, we know -- it's hard to believe Thomas isn't right wing enough for some folks.

But here's another shocker: Thomas' most recent Selous post seems to advocate the very thing Henriksen wants, the nullification of bad federal law and assertion of states' rights -- going so far as to imply that pro-marijuana laws are awesome!

That's right, you heard it here first: Andrew Thomas appears to support states that have passed medical-marijuana or legalization laws, calling such efforts "pragmatic victories." Here's what he says:

Yet nullification efforts today do enjoy some pragmatic victories. They focus public attention and bring political pressure on the federal government on certain issues, sometimes forcing federal authorities to back off. States that have passed medical-marijuana laws have done so in the face of a federal law that criminalizes marijuana possession and distribution. In response, the Obama administration has quietly instructed federal prosecutors not to bring cases against those who flout federal law in this area.
Though we appreciate the nod to the wishes of Arizona voters, Thomas' other Selous writings reveal his hardcore nature. For instance, Thomas warns of a "pervasive liberal misuse of higher education" to promote left-wing ideals he claims Americans don't want.

Rather than work with Hispanics and Democrats on efforts to reform immigration laws, Republicans should stick to their tough, anti-amnesty approach. Instead, the party should coax Hispanics with GOP rhetoric Thomas claims they support, such as vigorous funding for national defense and "the need for deficit reduction as a way to provide for the needs of future generations, something that accords with love of family."

In another screed, "Sovereignty and Activist Judges," Thomas uses dubious statistics to back up his claim that the 1966 Miranda decision has meant that "one out of every four victims of a violent crime today does not receive justice."

Clearly, the disbarred Arizona official is one of Selous Foundation's most distinguished among the B-grade professors, Cuban activists, and grad students on the author list. For his troubles, we hope that he at least gets to stay at the Selous flophouse for free when he's in D.C. Looks like a fun place.


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dkessler4
dkessler4

The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals just ruled (8/16/2013) regarding Thomas' claims of immunity, noting that he had no special status above any private citizen in filing a bogus federal racketeering lawsuit against Stapley and other county defendants in 2009.  I hope that Don Stapley makes him pay for the damage he has caused to him, to our county, and to our state. Monty, Joe, and Horne(y), are you listening?

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Thomas is like that last turd in the toilet that. no matter how many times you flush, just won't go away.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

Good.  I'm glad he's publishing his views.  If he's serious about running for governor, it'll be the best way for the voting public to understand just how radical and out-there his views really are.  They may play well in a primary, but I suspect (or at least am hopefull) that those views will destroy him in a general. 

I will say, without have actually visited the site and read his full views, that at least he is showing some intellectual honesty in the comments quoted above about state's rights.  You can't be for state's rights but then try to use federal law to summarily halt the implementation of a voter-approved state referundum on an issue like marijuana (unless you're a Arizona elected Republican official, of course).  He's the first Arizona Rpublican I've seen to understand and apparently reject the hypocrisy of the views of everyone from Governor Brewer to Bill Montgomery on this issue.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

I wonder if Candy Dandy will be signing 2x4's at his book signings.  I hope the subtitle is "or how I was disbarred for teaming with an egotistical fruitcake"

brian9stevenson
brian9stevenson

@ConcernedCitizenAZ  We need more non-lawyers or those who seek to remove the corruption out of the legal system.  Try presenting your non-lawyer argument to the thousands of parents who had to observe a corrupt court system that filed a rulings against them due to gender discrimination and fraud kids for money schemes!  What, you think arizona is better off with lawyers and the BAR community running everything? BAR ethics should not be running the judicial branch!

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

@JohnQ.Public He didn't seem to have too much trouble enforcing the draconian state cannabis laws when he was in power.

Thane.Eichenauer
Thane.Eichenauer

If there are ANY government officials that aren't willing and able to enforce Arizona's marijuana laws I certainly am not aware of any.  

"All political power is inherent in the people, and governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, and are established to protect and maintain individual rights."

http://www.azleg.gov/FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/const/2/2.htm

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@shadeaux14  Maybe he's turned over a new leaf.  Get it - a new leaf.... cannabis plant..... it's Friday, right?

getmeouttahere
getmeouttahere

@JohnQ.Public Hey who knows...just how is Candy Andy supporting his wife and four kids these days anyhow? Certainly not by practicing law since he's now banned from doing so. And as noted above, there's probably not much money in blogging for some super-obscure right-wing "think" tank. Maybe Mrs. Candy Andy is bringing home the bacon these days, though that would doubtless put a major burr in Candy Andy's saddle, since in a previous life as a right-wing "think" tanker (before he turned to politics) he advocated making it illegal for women with children to work outside the home. (Then again, he would not be the first or last uber-conservative who does not practice what he preaches.) It's also possible that he's got family money stashed somewhere, and I seem to vaguely remember him schilling for money to pay for his "defense" a while back...maybe he's living off those donations...but maybe Candy's softening stance on pot laws is reflective of something in his personal life...a real life "Weeds" scenario, perhaps? I'm strictly speculating, mind you...have nothing to back this up...but as the recent case of slimy little suspected pedophile (and former Minutemen leader) Chis Simcox shows, many times these super-conservative, "law & order" types turn out to be quite the opposite...hypocrite, thy name is Conservative.  

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