Wednesday, August 23, 2006

AG Office is Bully Pulpit, says Perez

Tom Perez is the first AG candidate to be profiled in the Post. Despite the limitations of legislation that the AG can champion, Perez is making the case that the Attorney General has a responsibility to create a bully pulpit for progressive change:
"You need someone who is willing to crack a few eggs," said Perez, 44, telling the Eastern Shore crowd that the top law enforcement official in the state should do much more than handle appeals and litigate on behalf of state agencies. The office, Perez said, should be a bully pulpit to, among other things, expand access to health care, increase oversight on development, deter polluters and fight gangs.
I really can't get a read on this race. This race more than any other is truly a civil battle between Montgomery and Baltimore with P.G. County being pulled in three directions.

Stu Simms should have had this locked up but he couldn't get an organization together and missed the opportunity to claim much of the organized support that Perez now enjoys. Gansler has the money and is the only candidate with the luxury of a statewide platform, although a good amount of the press from the sniper trial has been, accurately, focused on the cost of a trial for two killers who have already been convicted to the maximum sentence in Virginia.

I'm not privy to how well Perez is being received across the state but if the unions come out and hit the ground for him in the final weeks, I wouldn't be suprised to see Perez push his way onto the general election ballot.

Originally posted at Outside the Beltway


Blogger Gilbert said...

In a a recent conversation the editor of a local newspaper wondered how Perez, who has been a strong advocate for immigrants, will square that with having to enforce emigration law as AG.

8/23/2006 10:40:00 AM  
Blogger juvenile_hall said...

A reasonable question, I suppose, if the State AG had any role whatsoever in enforcement of immigration law.

People (most likely Gansler supporters) are going to try subtly play the Perez/Latino/illegals card...and it will ultimately backfire. Marylanders are smarter than that. Virginia's gubernatorial election is a good example.

8/23/2006 01:10:00 PM  
Blogger OnBackground said...

That will probably be handled the same way pro-lifers nationally can say they'll keep access to family planning clinics open. They say that they personally believe X but that they'll enforce the law.

I liked the post -- not a lot of assumptions. Thanks.

8/23/2006 01:52:00 PM  

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