More than anything else, the Attorney General seeks, secures and protects justice. That is more than a job description to me, it is the work of my life. As the only Democratic candidate with experience at the state level, I will be ready on day one to introduce groundbreaking policy designed to prevent crime, crack-down on consumer fraud, and hold corrupt politicians accountable while negotiating some of our state’s most pressing concerns, including water litigation.
As an elected official, an attorney and most importantly-a husband and father of two little girls, I know that we can—we must—do more to protect Georgia’s kids. One of my first acts will be to create Georgia’s first Child Protection Unit. This Unit will coordinate and participate in the investigation and prosecution against those that harm children while promoting policy aimed atpreventing crime targeted at and perpetuated by youth in Georgia. No one in the nation will go after predators who are trying to hurt our children as hard as I will. I will make Georgia the toughest state in the country to commit crimes against our kids. Law enforcement, the GBI and prosecutors around the state will have the full backing of the Attorney General’s office. I have promised to work with our next State School Superintendent, because there is one thing we know for sure—better schools mean safer streets. I will work with educators to give our kids every opportunity to succeed, preventing them from becoming a part of our criminal justice system.
Prevention is a key component of my platform. We cannot afford an Attorney General who thinks that his job starts after a crime has been committed. Simply prosecuting a criminal is not enough—we must do more to prevent crime from happening in the first place. I authored the bill that expanded criminal background checks on those that work with the elderly, children and the disabled. This past year I authored “The Johnia Berry Act,” in an attempt to expand Georgia’s DNA database. Twenty-three other states (North Carolina may become #24 soon) and the federal government have passed similar measures. Research indicates that such a law will actually prevent murders and rapes from happening in our state.
From helping to stop the return of payday lending to uncovering “Instant Tax Rebate” scams, I have committed myself to protecting the people of Georgia from consumer rip-offs. Attorneys General in the past have often acted mainly as the lawyer for state agencies. I believe it’s that and more. The Attorney General should also be the lawyer for the people and work, every day, to keep our streets safe and our politicians clean.
My primary opponent and I are as different as two candidates running from the same party can be. Ken Hodges entered this race while a defendant in multiple federal lawsuits alleging both public and private misconduct, and with almost no experience dealing with the complex statewide issues that will dominate the next Attorney General’s first term.
Hodges’ involvement in prosecuting whistleblowers in Albany is not only controversial, but also earned him a starring role in the feature length documentary film, Do No Harm. Some of the best coverage on this case can be found on Peach Pundit (The Curious Case of Ken Hodges Parts I, II and III).
Just in the last few weeks, Hodges has been protested by the NAACP , flubbed a basic question about the Voting Rights Act and was caught fibbing about an endorsement from Ambassador Andrew Young. Struggling and desperate to change the subject, he started sending out negative mail pieces in early June. By contrast, our campaign has grown in strength every day, and in every corner of Georgia.
Experience does matter. The work of Georgia’s Law Department is primarily civil, and deals with state policy issues. For that reason, Georgia has seen most of its Attorneys General come from civil law practice and the legislature. Ellis Arnall, Arthur Bolton, and Thurbert Baker all were elected and served with distinction after serving as members of the General Assembly and their experience in the complex state issues that an Attorney General is asked to deal with every day proved invaluable.
For Georgia Democrats, the choice is clear. As the only Democratic candidate in this race with experience in the complex statewide issues our next Attorney General will face, I am ready to serve.
And I would be honored to have your support.
For more information on my campaign, visit www.robforgeorgia.com.