June 25, 2018
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Maine’s next attorney general – the best Democratic legislative candidate available?


The Legislature is poised to elect the next state attorney general. Maine is one of a

handful of states that elects the AG, secretary of state, treasurer and auditor by a vote of

the Legisla-ture, not the public. Legislators Sean Faircloth, Janet Mills and John

Brautigam – all Demo-crats – are candidates for the AG post, and one will be chosen by

the Democratically controlled Legislature. Is this right? What if there is a Republican who

would be a great AG? What if the best candidate for the job is not a legislator? Is the

general public better able to choose? Or should the governor appoint an AG and the

Legislature act to confirm?

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