Chandler Mayor Boyd Dunn announced this morning that he's pulling the plug on his campaign to become the next Maricopa County Attorney -- news from the county attorney's race that's apparently Arizona Republic-worthy.
Dunn issued a press release this morning basically saying he was dropping out because he no longer felt the county attorney's office was being run into the ground by former County Attorney Andrew Thomas, who vacated his throne earlier this year to run for Arizona Attorney General.
"Under the previous administration, the office had lost its
effectiveness as a prosecutorial agency and my primary reason for
running was to fix this problem and restore the office," Dunn says in
the statement. "However, the circumstances of the office
have changed. After consulting with several people, I have learned
that things are on an upturn; morale is improving, relationships
are healing, and public trust is being restored."
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Not exactly a ringing endorsement for Andy Thomas.
Of course, the fact that Dunn -- a divorce lawyer -- didn't appear to have a snowball's chance in Phoenix of winning probably played a role in his decision.
Dunn planned to compete in the August 24 GOP primary against former -- and now interim -- County Attorney Rick Romley, and longtime prosecutor Bill Montgomery. As noted in yesterday's post, (linked above), the county's Republican leaders prefer Montgomery.