November 8, 2005
Kathleen Falk announced for Attorney General yesterday. She explained her decision to take on sister Democrat Peg Lautenschlager this way: "I am running because I want to lead this state's fight against increasing violence."
I'm not sure what that means, but I haven't noticed a surge of violence in Doyle's term as governor or while Peg has held office. But when Kathleen said "these are perilous times," she certainly got that right. Take a look at our poverty rate, the scandalous control of the Legislature by the lobbyists, not to mention our corrupt electoral system. Seems like fish in a barrel for a reformer.
Falk said she is running "for the same reason I entered public service 30 years ago: to put the law to work to protect our children."
This will be an uncomfortable race. Within minutes of her announcement Paul Bucher weighed in with a vicious attack on Falk. Why? Would Bucher rather face Falk than Lautenschlager? Who knows, or, at this point, who cares?
The tough job for Falk is to find substantive fault with the Attorney General's performance over the past three years while not giving Bucher much needed ammo.
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