My name is Mark Brnovich, and I’m running for Attorney General of Arizona.
I’ve been a career prosecutor, not a career politician, so this is my first campaign for elected office. I’m the ONLY candidate in this race with the credentials and experience to protect Arizona.
The Attorney General is Arizona’s highest ranking law-enforcement official. The Attorney General also is the State’s last line of defense when the federal government oversteps its authority.
So, when violent drug cartels set up shop in our neighborhoods, when scam artists target the elderly, when crooked politicians are on-the-take, or when the Obama administration files suit against the State of Arizona, it’s up to the Attorney General to defend this state and her people.
That’s why this race is so critical.
I’m the only candidate in this race to prosecute both civil and criminal cases at the local, state and federal level.
When I was with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, I was part of a team of prosecutors who took down gang members and repeat offenders. The very worst of the worst. I’ve also worked at the Attorney General’s Office, and I was Assistant U.S. Attorney tasked with prosecuting public officials who cheated the public.
The threats to Arizona public safety are real and evolving. For years, some of the most violent cartels and street gangs on earth have smuggled drugs, humans and weapons across our border.
As Attorney General, I have the experience to go after the drug cartels, to dismantle their money-laundering operations, and work with local prosecutors in combatting these criminal enterprises wherever they operate.
My opponent? She’s never even taken a criminal case to trial. But don’t take my word for it. That’s according to The Arizona Republic.
Given the threats our state faces, we can’t afford to take a chance on an Attorney General who’ll need on-the-job training.
DEFEND Against Federal Overreach
Arizonans deserve an attorney general who understands the federal and the state constitution and that makes sure that all of our rights and liberties are protected. Whether that’s protecting us from federal encroachment, such as Obamacare and the job-killing policies of the Environmental Protection Agency, or making sure that the rule of law is upheld.
Our attorney general cannot be AWOL on key cases or miss opportunities to push back against the overreach of the Obama Administration. When I’m attorney general I will not miss key opportunities to defend our Tenth Amendment and protect our state’s sovereignty.
I am deeply troubled when the U.S. Attorney General recklessly makes comments that state attorney general’s should pick and choose the state laws they want to enforce. My democratic opponent is already on record stating that she will selectively enforce the law. That is not the role of the attorney general. He or she does not get to selectively enforce the will of the people or our elected representatives.
I’m a career prosecutor, so I look at this job in terms of right and wrong, not right and left. When I’m Attorney General, I’ll enforce the law. I’ll defend the state. And I’ll protect Arizona citizens – ALL citizens – Republican, Democrat or independent. No playing politics. No picking and choosing which laws to enforce. No wink-and-nod routine with the federal government.
I will defend our laws and I will not sit by idly when the federal government tramples our Constitution. That’s my commitment. And the people of Arizona deserve nothing less.
PROSECUTE Human & Drug Traffickers
One of the most harmful aspects of illegal immigration is the human and drug trafficking trade that crosses our border. When you visit places like Phoenix Dream Center and you see young women barely older than my daughters who have been sold into the sex-trafficking trade it breaks your heart. How do we allow this to happen in our society?
The cartels are polluting our communities and they must be aggressively pursued and prosecuted. I did it as a prosecutor in the Maricopa County Gang Unit and I’ll do it as your attorney general.
FIGHT for the Most Vulnerable Among Us
Whether that be protecting the rights of the unborn, children, seniors, or our veterans, we have a solemn obligation to protect those who cannot protect themselves. My faith and my experience as a prosecutor teaches me that. What happened with CPS and the thousands of cases that went uninvestigated is a crime. Where was our attorney general? One of my first priorities as attorney general will be to pull in all of the attorney’s and individuals who work with CPS and ask, “How did you allow this to happen?”
When I was with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, I was part of a team of prosecutors who took down gang members and repeat violent offenders. The very worst of the worst. I have fought for the rights of those who didn’t have a voice when they were victims of acts of senseless violent crime. I fought for the rights of the victims as a prosecutor and I’ll do it as attorney general.
We also have an obligation to protect and defend our laws that concern the unborn. As attorney general, I will defend our state statutes and enforce our laws. I am proud to be endorsed by the Arizona Right to Life PAC and named as the “only pro-life candidate” in the attorney general race.
I believe that the Arizona Attorney General has a solemn duty to protect the most vulnerable in society, both children and vulnerable adults. We all know children can be subject to physical abuse, and seniors can be taken advantage of financially. But we must bear in mind that vulnerable adults can also be the subject of physical abuse, and, perhaps counterintuitively, children can be financially victimized.
In fact, a study out of Carnegie Mellon University on Identity Theft reveals that childrens’ identities are stolen at a rate more than 50 times greater than those of adults. Of course this makes sense because the children are easy targets, and would never have any reason to monitor their credit. The CMU study cited one Arizona 17 year old who’d, according to the credit reporting agencies, amassed over $725,000 in debt, even though she hadn’t actually ever taken out loans herself. The investigators found that the young girl’s social security number had been used by at least eight different people who’d opened 42 or more financial accounts.
Arizona must be on the cutting edge of identity theft enforcement and prosecution. We need to adopt innovative programs like one recently introduced by the Utah Attorney General’s Office. Utah has entered into a partnership with a credit reporting agency to offer safeguards for the protection of the social security numbers and identities of minor children. Such a program needs to be available in Arizona.
RESTORE INTEGRITY to the Office of the Attorney General
Since my campaign began, I have consistently emphasized the importance of integrity and character in our Attorney General. Integrity was summed up by C.S. Lewis as doing the right thing, even when no one was watching. But itʼs about more than that as our stateʼs top lawyer. The Attorney General wields the sword of justice and holds the shield of our state sovereignty. That means they have the ability to affect the life, liberty, property, and livelihood of every Arizonan. Itʼs a solemn obligation that requires an individual with a servantʼs heart who will reflect our Arizona priorities and values.
As a former federal and state prosecutor, I appreciate that the role of a prosecutor is to ensure justice–and make sure the rights of victims are vindicated. I was brought up to believe we have an obligation to stand up to injustice and those who would bully the least among us. The Attorney General has an obligation to use the power of the sword not to serve their own ends, but to do justice. I am irreversibly committed to these ideals.
As a former prosecutor and law enforcement agency director, the actions of our current attorney general have made me more resolute. I will not back down from the fight to restore integrity and character to the Attorney General’s office. Arizonans expect and deserve at least that much.
ENFORCE Our Illegal Immigration Laws & Protect Our Borders
Whether that be protecting our voter ID laws or ensuring programs like E-Verify are adhered to, we need to make sure our immigration laws are respected and enforced. I am against amnesty and support law and order. I am the only candidate for Attorney General who supported Governor Brewer’s Executive Order banning driver licenses from being issued to illegal aliens. I will do everything I can as Attorney General to work with border community law enforcement agencies to keep our communities safe.
Within my first 60 days in office, I’ll convene a statewide summit of county prosecutors, sheriffs, police chiefs and other lawmen and women. These law enforcement professionals are truly Arizona’s “boots on the ground” when it comes to protecting the public. And while the law enforcement priorities in Cochise County aren’t necessarily the same as those in Apache County, all of us in Arizona are dealing with common concerns such as human smuggling and the drug trade.
As Attorney General, I’m committed to working together with these law enforcement professionals – Republican or Democrat – to keep Arizona citizens safe.