Attorney and Constitutional scholar Bob McWhirter is days away from announcing a run for Arizona Attorney General in 2022.
A Democrat and Trump critic, he has spoken twice at Democrats of Greater Tucson. See Robert McWhirter: the Constitution and Donald Trump and Donald Trump vs. the Constitution.
Democrat January Contreras, who ran for Attorney General in 2018, said she will not run again. One Democrat running for A.G. is state Rep. Diego Rodriguez, of LD27 in Phoenix, but he is considered a weak fundraiser. There is a possibility that US Rep. Greg Stanton, a Congressman in CD9, Ex-Phoenix Mayor, and Ex-City Councilman & Attorney, may run – but it would be a lateral move for him.
Current A.G. Mark Brnovich, a Republican hack, was elected in 2015. Brnovich is running for US Senate. To replace him, Republican challengers include frequent candidate Rodney Glassman, retired State Supreme Court Justice Andrew Gould, State Chamber of Commerce Chair Dawn Grove, and failed congressional candidate Tiffany Shedd.
McWhirter has 30 years of legal experience. He is a constitutional law scholar who practices in Phoenix, is an award-winning, internationally recognized speaker and author on trial advocacy, immigration law, and the history of The Bill of Rights. He has written 12 books, including An Illuminated History of The Bill of Rights.
Previously, McWhirter ran for election for Maricopa County Attorney in 2020. At the time he said, “I am running because there is a lot of need to reform the mass incarceration system and the abuse of taxpayers and victims in that system. The system that unfairly disadvantages the poor. Not only do defendants deserve better bit the taxpayers and victims deserve better.”
A member of the state bar’s board of governors, he led a group of attorneys who filed ethics complaints against21 Republican lawyers who filed frivolous lawsuits to overturn the 2020 election.
McWhirter has taught in Latin America on comparative criminal procedure and trial advocacy in Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Ecuador, and Uruguay. He has been a visiting professor at the Catholic University of Chile and the University of Chile. In 2010-2011, McWhirter served in El Salvador administering an $11 million USAID project to reform the justice system where he successfully developed and oversaw programs and trainings for the Salvadoran courts, police, prosecutors, and public defenders.