Nelson punts and misses mark
In an attempt to build name recognition and give some momentum to his humdrum challenge to Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas, Tim Nelson has now zeroed in on women. After all, the approach has breathed new life into the campaign of John McCain.
But Nelson’s not just seeking any women. He is configuring himself to be the savior of victims of domestic violence, whom Nelson says are not getting the attention they deserve.
Nelson, a former ACLU lawyer and longtime staffer of liberal Democrat Gov. Janet Napolitano, called a news conference to allege that County Attorney Andrew Thomas does not pay sufficient attention to domestic violence cases.
The flawed strategy was exposed by career prosecutor Barnett Lotstein, who said such a court already exists, and “for Mr. Nelson to claim that we don’t (pay attention to domestic violence cases) is ludicrous and underscores his lack of knowledge about the County Attorney’s Office.”
Lotstein said the County Attorney’s Office has put “significant emphasis” on the cases, and he’s “surprised” by Nelson’s claim.
“Maybe it’s because he’s never been a prosecutor,” Lotstein said.