Q. What’s a lawyer to do when he isn’t allowed to be a lawyer? A. Run for governor, of course.


By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings

Nearly six months ago, disgraced and disbarred former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas threatened to do just this, and now he is carrying out the threat.

From the Arizona Republic, written by Alia Beard Rau –

Disbarred former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas has announced he will run for governor in 2014.

In an e-mail to members of the media, the Republican said he file paperwork today with the Secretary of State’s Office.

“I’ll be focusing on the need to protect public safety, ensure border
security and fight corruption, among other issues,” Thomas said in the
e-mail. “Voters will be urged to watch the video of my State Bar hearing
and see for themselves how honest prosecutors are railroaded for
fighting corruption in this state.”


His joining with Sen. Al "Tin Foil" Melvin in the race for the GOP nomination for governor sends a couple of signals –

Next year is going to be colorful,  As in colorful enough for The Daily
Show to consider moving here, if only to save big money on air fare for
their crews and correspondents.  They're going to be here, a lot.

There will be whispers of a conspiracy.  The idea here may be to make
the GOP slate of candidates so unpalatable that Arizona's judiciary is
convinced that a third Brewer term isn't a violation of Arizona's constitution.

Yes, I mock, but I mock with the full knowledge that Arizona has a history of picking some really bad governors, like good ol' Ev Mecham
I don't believe that AZ's Rs will embrace the "full loony", but the
field may be large enough to split the sane vote to the point where one
of the loons will get the nomination.

And then anything could happen.



  1. I was eating dinner back in December at the deer valley airport restaurant, when i looked over to the conference room next to the dining area and I saw this guy speaking to a small group of people and said hmmm, he looks familiar…sure enough, it was Andrew Thomas speaking to seniors about his political quest i guess!

  2. Insanity is the default aura in Arizona politics. The crazier you are, the more likely you are to be elected. Ev Mecham, would be a moderate lunatic nowadays. I give you Judy Burgess, Sylvia Allen, Joe Arpaio, Tom Horne, Andrew (I am the only sane one here) Thomas, Steve Smith, Al Melvin, and the ever befuddled Ninth Floor occupant. It’s a scary day when she makes sense.

  3. What Melvin and especially Andrew Thomas demonstrates is that Tea-Publicans are entirely without shame and lacking self awareness. As I have said many times before, we need to have mental competency exams for politicians.

  4. Andrew Thomas or Al Melvin? Disbarred attorney or rigid ideologue? What’s a Arizona Tea Party Republican to do?