There must be something in the Maricopa County’s water supply. Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas is among more than a dozen candidates running for governorship, and already he’s finding ways to make himself stand out.
His latest political ad announces him as being “the only candidate who has stopped illegal immigration, stood up to the gay lobby and opposed liberal judges.”
The narrator continues in this vein, saying, “When I enforced the law, illegal immigrants fled the state, now they stay and protest.”
The ad ends with the narrator adding ominously “Vote Andrew Thomas before it’s too late,” showing a Mexican flag superimposed over an outline of Arizona.
While some are calling it disgusting and tasteless, others are calling it “business as usual.” Thomas is no stranger to controversy; he was disbarred in 2012 after an ethics panel claimed he filed bogus criminal charges against two county officials. What’s more, taxpayers may be footing the bill for this ad; the Citizens Clean Election Commission granted Thomas $755,616.00 in public money for his campaign.
It was clearly money well spent. Ads like these leave little question who the bigots and racists are on the ballot, and who to avoid.
Playwright and immigration activist James Garcia said that the attitude in the ad was the kind of attitude that was hurting Arizona’s reputation and economy, adding that “Not all immigrants, and certainly not all undocumented immigrants in the state of Arizona, come from Mexico” and “The last thing we want to do now is find another scapegoat, whether it’s homosexuals, Mexicans, or brown people in general.”
KPHO, a local CBS affiliate, stopped by the address listed on his campaign forms to try and talk with some of Thomas’ campaign volunteers, but the address was occupied by restaurants and a vacant space. Thomas also declined an on-camera interview, but sent a statement reading:
I am pleased to report my campaign has received a very strong, positive response to my new campaign ad. Voters can see I am the one true conservative running for Governor, someone who will stand up and fight for them.
3. tending to emphasize what is good or laudable; constructive: he takes a very positive attitude when correcting pupils’ mistakes
Sounds to me like that money would’ve been better spent on a dictionary.
You can watch the campaign ad below: