Wednesday, September 9, 2009


The Arizona Republic has reported that Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas will officially form an exploratory committee today for election in 2010 as Arizona Attorney General.

Two other Republicans, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne and Arizona Representative Sam Crump of LD 6, have already announced an interest in running for AG in 2010, along with Democrat Arizona Representative David Lujan.

Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard, a Democrat, is term limited and has said he is running for governor. Goddard is the son of former Arizona Governor Sam Goddard and is a former mayor of Phoenix. In 2002, Goddard defeated Thomas, who was the Republican nominee for AG.

During Thomas' time as county attorney he made a name for himself as a fighter of illegal immigration and corruption. His relations with the county board of supervisors as been sometimes stormy since indicting Maricopa County Supervisor Don Stapley.

Some county officials are looking forward to Thomas leaving the office of county attorney. Maricopa County Supervisor Andy Kunasek said that in the past 8 to 10 month, Thomas has turned the law "into a weapon" against them, The Republic reported.

Maricopa County Manager David Smith said that it would take a change of players to fix the dysfunction in county government.

Thomas has until May 26, 2010 to formally announce and, because of the resign to run law, resign as county attorney, then the board of supervisors would appoint an interim county attorney to hold the office until a special election in November of 2010 for someone to serve the last two years of Thomas' term.

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