As Jim Arndt of Pretty Important Politics notes, Wisconsin actually has a Democratic Attorney General candidate, and his name is Scott Hassett. Hassett, a former DNR Secretary, hasn’t done much (at least not that I’ve seen) during the 2010 election cycle, but he did appear on “Sly in the Morning” yesterday, and during the interview Hassett challenged Attorney General JB Van Hollen’s reasoning for suing the federal government over the individual health insurance mandate.
In an email sent to campaign supporters, Hassett noted Van Hollen’s political motivation for opposing health care reform:
Wisconsin faces a number of public safety challenges…keeping the state free from health care reform certainly isn’t one of them.
Why then, you wonder, would the current Attorney General waste time and taxpayer dollars pursuing a frivolous lawsuit aimed at keeping the health care reform bill passed by Congress and signed by the President, from being enacted in Wisconsin?
The answer is simple: partisan politics. But just because we know JB Van Hollen is a partisan politician seeking to use this as an election year boost, doesn’t make it any less egregious. Wisconsin expects and deserves an Attorney General who is the people’s lawyer not the lawyer for the Republican party.
We need your help and support to keep building the strong campaign that will return independence and integrity to the AG’s office. Visit my website www.hassettforag.com to donate today.
This is the time to come together to make health care reform work for the hundreds of thousands of families, children, and seniors who will benefit from the bill our democratically elected representatives voted into law. This is the time for leadership on important public safety issues we face. This is the time we need an AG who will stand up for consumers and for our environment, who will stand up for us.