Writings and observations

Elect your AG

Our view has been, for some years, that state attorneys general probably should be appointed, rather than elected. The reason has been that professional skills are key in the case of AGs, to a lesser degree than – as would be the case with a governor or legislator – pollicy judgment.

However, since reading this enlightening dispatch from Alaska showing just how damaging an appointed AG can be, that position is formally reversed. Elect ’em. Absolutely.

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  1. karichisholm said:

    Right. Elected vs. appointed isn’t really about how the person gets the job — it’s about how they lose the job.

    Elected means they can’t be fired. Appointed means that the Governor can fire ’em if the AG doesn’t do the Gov’s bidding.

    September 24, 2008

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