Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas, who is running for governor in Arizona, is building his campaign on stopping undocumented immigrants and homosexuals.
Thomas recently released a campaign ad (video below) in which a voice over states, “Conservatives are backing Andrew Thomas for governor because he’s the only candidate who has stopped illegal immigration, stood up to the gay lobby and opposed liberal judges.”
“When I enforced the law, illegal immigrants fled this state. Now they stay and protest” claims Thomas, who is standing in front of mostly elderly, white supporters, notes AZCapitolTimes.com.
Thomas also draws out something called "The Patton Line" on a chalkboard drawing of the Arizona-Mexico border that will supposedly stop undocumented immigration, which actually falls under the jurisdiction of the federal government, not state.
“I stopped illegal immigration before," adds Thomas. "As governor, I’ll do it again. This time for good.”
A Mexican flag appears on the screen, but is crossed out by a red mark. The voice over states, “Vote Andrew Thomas for governor, before it’s too late.”
As Maricopa County Attorney, Thomas worked with controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was cited for violating the constitutional rights of Latinos by a federal judge in 2013, noted The New York Times.
Thomas, who is one of six candidates for the GOP nomination for governor, doesn't mention in his ad how he was disbarred in 2012 after facing corruption charges.
According to The Huffington Post, a three-member state ethics panel ruled that Thomas "outrageously exploited power, flagrantly fostered fear, and disgracefully misused the law."
The state ethics panel added, "This is the story of the public trust dishonored, desecrated and defiled."
The panel claimed there was "clear and convincing evidence" that Thomas and his deputy created bogus criminal and civil charges against political opponents.
"Anybody who disagreed with them, they indicted," stated Bennett Gershman, a consultant for the ethics investigation.