While Courant columnist Rick Green and I vehemently disagree about state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal’s continued suitability to be Connecticut’s Top Legal Officer after his frequent lies about Vietnam military service, Green and I are on the same page when it comes to Martha Dean, the Avon attorney who is making another run at the Attorney General’s post.
In Green’s column today headlined “Martha Dean, A Candidate Who Shoots From The Hip,” she is diplomatically described as a fringe candidate.
I don’t mince my words (perhaps that is why my attorney Joe Garrison of New Haven keeps urging me to take out libel insurance to help protect me for my “intemperate” comments).
I think Dean is a whack job.
The more she talks about her beliefs, and how she would run the state Attorney General’s office, the more you are going to see that she might even make some Tea Party members cringe.
I first wrote about Dean, who had run unsuccessfully against Blumenthal in 2002, earlier in the year when she announced that she would run again this year.
In her press conference announcing her candidacy, said she would run a much different, less anti-business office.
She claimed Blumenthal filed “gotcha” lawsuits.
However her lengthy statement, Entering AG Race 3-16-10, does not have any examples of improper suits. You might want to read it if you are thinking about voting for her in the GOP primary for AG. She has some interesting thoughts about firing assistant attorney generals and basically reducing consumer protection abilities.
In his column today, Green talks about Dean’s agenda to fight for looser gun controls and to require schools to teach children gun safety.
Now I am not an anti-gun or anti-second amendment person. I own guns. I had a permit for about 10 years when I lived in Connecticut and will again have a permit in Massachusetts where I live. I don’t hunt, but believe in being able to protect our home and I love to target shoot, especially with my son and granddaughter – both of whom I taught to handle guns safely and to shoot.
But when many of our schools can’t even teach reading, writing and arithmetic, I don’t think handgun training is a high priority for mandatory classes.
I think I have now properly offended liberal Democrats who don’t see a problem in Blumenthal making up stories of Vietnam valor and conservative Republicans who think Dean is just what Connecticut needs to protect its consumers and businesses.
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