Replacing County Attorney Thomas: Get yer ringside seat!

Popcorn! Peanuts! Candy! Get yer ticket, grab a seat, the circus starts when the spotlight shines on the center ring! 

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors announced today that they have voted to name a “Citizens Committee” to review the applications submitted for filling the vacancy created by the resignation of Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas, who is running for Attorney General. Each Supervisor appointed a person to serve on the Committee. The Committee Members are listed below:

Chairman Don Stapley, District 2:

Appointed The Honorable Scott Smith

Mayor Scott Smith is in his first term as Mayor of Mesa, Arizona.

Vice Chairman Fulton Brock, District 1:

Appointed Mr. Clint Bolick

Clint Bolick serves as the director of the Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation at the Goldwater Institute.

Supervisor Andy Kunasek, District 3:

Appointed Mr. Stephen Tully

Stephen Tully is Managing Partner of the Phoenix law firm of Gordon & Rees. He served in the Arizona House of Representatives from 2001-2007.

Supervisor Max Wilson, District 4:

Appointed Mr. Jack LaSota

John A. (“Jack”) LaSota is a former AZ Attorney General (1977- 78) appointed by Gov. Bruce Babbitt. He also served as Gov. Bruce Babbitt‘s Chief of Staff. He is currently with the law firm of LaSota & Peters, where his duties involve lobbying.

Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox, District 5:

Appointed Mr. Salvador Ongaro

Mr. Ongaro’s civil law practice also provides counsel in immigration matters. He is the President of Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association.

25 Responses to Replacing County Attorney Thomas: Get yer ringside seat!

  1. Hometown Guy says:

    This “citizen committee” is highly suspect. Who among these people are going to appoint a person who will work in concert with the sheriff? This list is a setup from top to bottom. The Board of Supervisors is playing the people of Maricopa County for chumps. They all deserve to be voted out.

  2. Moon Valley Hippie says:

    Politician Stapley appoints politician Smith. Brock appoints the Libertarian who can’t stand Thomas/Arpaio. Kunasek appoints McCain’s guy who went after Haney (gee I wonder how he feels about Arpaio and Thomas?). WIlson appoints a Dem’s AG. And Wilcox appoints a hard-left immigration activist.

    Yup, we the people are screwed.

  3. Another LD11 PC says:

    Oh Jeez, not Tully.

  4. Another LD11 PC says:

    Bill Montgomery would be the best, non-political, but most importantly COMPETENT choice.

    Which is why he will not get appointed.

  5. EVRed says:

    After all that has gone on the past couple of years in Maricopa County we need a person of integrity and high professional standards and experience to be appointed. We as Republicans need to see that person is also someone who will run hard for the election and has a real organization in place with volunteers and funding available now. That person is Bill Montogmery.

  6. Jon Altmann, PC, State Committeeman LD11 says:

    I think Steve Tully is a good choice to help the committee. He’s a trial attorney and veteran legislator. I have never heard Steve have anything bad to say about anyone.
    The bigger issue is who is going to apply? And, there will still have to an election, so there while someone sits in the “castle” there are no guarantees the thrown is protected.
    The County Supervisors isn’t exactly a group of hard liberals (well 4 out of 5, anyway), so the outcome should be thoughtful in terms of Republican and conservative. I am more optomistic than critical at this point.

  7. Orion says:

    What’s the deal with claims of “non-political?” This is Montgomery’s second time running for office, so he is definitely political. Where we part company is that you obviously view being political as a negative. Ronald Reagan was a politician, as were Lincoln Jefferson, Washington and all of the good people between. Politics is not anathema. The comparatively few bad actors who give the word a disreputable connotation are the problem.

    That aside, Montgomery will never be selected by this crew. Their agenda can be heard resonating off the rooftops. This is a McCain tainted, open borders group who will be doing the selecting. I’m betting on Pacheco. He and Thomas share the same first name, but the similarities stop there.

  8. Pro Life in CD 3 says:

    Altmann: You must be smoking something stronger than a ham. Steve Tully is the guy who was part of a McCain coup that replaced your excellent District Chairman, Rob Haney. Can you name a more dedicated public servant than Haney, including Tully? I seriously doubt it!

    If you are optimistic that this committee of McCain disciples will appoint a conservative to replace Andrew Thomas, you haven’t been paying attention. And your number count is wrong, as well. Mary Rose Wilcox is not the only one to be concerned with. Charges were brought against Stapley. How much do you think he’ll be looking for a Thomas clone? If you think the outcome will be “thoughtful” in terms of republican and conservative, I’m doubly glad I didn’t vote for you. You’re simple and a sheep. Baaa-a.

  9. jim says:

    I say “Dittos” to this:

    Bill Montgomery would be the best, non-political, but most importantly COMPETENT choice.

    Which is why he will not get appointed.

  10. Sgt. Preston says:

    Not a comment here about Thomas leaving prior to his term being fulfilled. Where is his commitment to the people who elected him? Where is his commitment to the issue of Illegal immigration that jump started his initial campaign? He is leaving Sheriff Arpaio to the merciless howling amnesty wolves. Leaving before his term is concluded is disappointing. I thought he was a different type of elected official, but I was mistaken.

  11. Chicka Boom says:

    Is it just me, or is this entire scenario becoming unreal? I worry who we will ultimately get for both AG and Governor. When the infighting gets heavy, the voters go elsewhere. Remember how we got Janet Napolitano in the first place? She slipped in when the voters wearied of the shoot ’em up between Tom McGovern and John Kaites. Kaites started the war and McGovern responded, but it wore the voters down to the point they didn’t want either of them.

  12. Dennis O'Brien says:

    Jon Altmann doesn’t get the big picture. Tully is nice, and that’s enough for Altmann. Tully is also a tool. I will not cast a vote for ANYONE who supports John McCain. It’s not so nice when my rights are restricted thanks to McMaverick.

    • Another LD11 PC says:

      Watch when you make a comment like this about Jon Altmann. He’ll write a 3 page pseudo-intellectual manifesto reply to explain his position (saying nothing in the process).

  13. Claire Voyant says:




  14. Everyman says:

    Look at the names! These appointed commissioners are the evil alter egos of the supervisors on this political issue. They will appoint the anti-Andrew Thomas and someone who will neuter Joe Arpaio.

  15. Joe Evans says:

    For County Attorney Thomas to resign and put this political nightmare in motion is unconscionable. What the hell could he be thinking of?

  16. Vagabond says:


  17. EastValleyPC says:

    I am going to stop being cynical and say the Board can and should appoint Montgomery. He has been preparing to run for months now, has his signatures (see the press release on Sonoran Alliance), and has consistently pledged to enforce illegal immigration laws without being tainted as a racist. We can get at least one appointment right, right?!

  18. Night Owl says:

    I agree with Claire Voyant (which I think she is). With this pack of known amnesty supporters on the committee, I also put my money on Pacheco. If he doesn’t win the post, I’ll be stunned. McCain’s long arm is reaching into this pot, too. You can count on that. Both McCain and Kyl endorsed Pacheco when he previously ran for County Attorney. Joe Arpaio has been a good soldier, but I’ll bet he isn’t all too happy with Thomas’ grand plans. He’s been left high and dry.

  19. Fed Up says:

    Ego rules! What a sad state of affairs. These pols tell us one thing and have other schemes that rule their actions even as they try to convince us otherwise. If prosecuting illegal activity and the crime that accompanies the invasion actually mattered, this man would have remained true to his word. Phooey!

  20. Keen Observer says:

    If anyone had any doubts about who was in the right in the ongoing battles between the Sheriff/Thomas and the BOS, this move by the BOS unquestionably removes all doubt.

    You can see vividly where the corruption lies and how all is tied to McCain and the non-enforcement of immigration law.

    We have imported a culture of corruption. It festers, breeds and multiplies. Nothing will change unless the head of the snake is removed.

  21. MEG says:

    It is a sad state of affairs when you read several blogs on our next county attorney appointment and the consensus among the people is that Montgomery is the man for the job but we have no faith in the BOS making the right choice. What ever happen to a government for the people by the people? If the BOS committee does not realize the support Montgomery already has and appoints another candidate; I think it will be safe to assume that maybe it was not just Thomas causing all the problems in our county government. BOS make the right decision please; we do not need more politics within the party when we have bigger issues to worry about this election season.

  22. Another LD11 PC says:

    MEG, it’s simple. The BOS is afraid of McCain. So they appoint the McCainiac wussy hatchetman.

  23. Kate says:

    I have no trust at all in the BOS. McCain has his tentacles every where. That connection is what I look for and when I find it, I find Chicago style politics and corruption. The BOS is its manifestation. Vote for that den of thieves again? No way, Jose.

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