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.
The Mafioso article published a letter that appears to have been written by Thomas on someone's Facebook site:
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.
Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.