Paul Charlton endorses Gerald Richard over Andrew Thomas for Maricopa County Attorney

By Ray Stern

Gerald Richard, Democratic candidate for Maricopa County Attorney (pictured), today released a list of people endorsing him that included Paul Charlton, former U.S. Attorney in Arizona.

Charlton was famously fired by the Bush Administration in 2006 along with several other top federal prosecutors in what appeared a purely political move. He's now a partner at the Phoenix law firm Gallagher & Kennedy.

A Republican, Charlton's the only real surprise on this list of mostly Democrats, unions and immigrant-rights advocates.

Except for Mary Jo West, that is. But her name is only surprising because of its incredible irrelevence. Since when did a "former newscaster" have endorsement credibility with potential voters?

Here are the highlights of Richard's press release:

June 30, 2008


Gerald Richard, Democratic candidate for Maricopa County Attorney, has released his list of major endorsements:

Phoenix Police Sergeants and Lieutenants Association

Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters

Sheet Metal Workers Local 359

AZ Building Trades

Communications Workers of America Local 7019

Paul Charlton, former US District Attorney for Arizona

Dennis Garrett, former DPS Director and Phoenix Police Chief

John Buchanan, Assistant Chief, Phoenix PD (retired)

Commander Ken Tims, Phoenix PD Organized Crime/Gangs Division (retired)

Jason Schechterle, Phoenix PD (retired)

Paul Johnson, former Phoenix Mayor

Leah Landrum-Taylor, state senator

Cloves Campbell, Jr., state representative

Steve Gallardo, state representative

David Lujan, state representative

Ed Ableser, state representative

Alfredo Gutierrez, radio host and former state senator

Lydia Guzman, Somos America

Patrick Kelly, Former Chair Phoenix PD Gay/Lesbian Community Advisory Board

Guru Roop Kaur Khalsa, Phoenix Sikh community leader

Carole Coles Henry, Phoenix Equal Opportunity Director (retired)

Mary Jo West, former newscaster

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.

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