Attorney General elections matter


You may have heard that some state Attorneys General around the nation are filing a lawsuit opposing the new health care reform law. All of them are Republicans, whose political interest lies in opposing anything proposed or passed by a leader with a D after his name, but that’s the modern GOP for ya.

Minnesota’s Lori Swanson isn’t biting at Tim Pawlenty’s encouragement, however:

In a letter to Gov. Tim Pawlenty Swanson says her review determined a lawsuit is unwarranted, and that the Supreme Court is unlikely to overturn the law on constituional grounds.

Pawlenty and GOP state lawmakers have urged Swanson, a Democrat, to sue. Not only is Swanson refusing, but also she says she will file a friend of the court brief in support of the law.

She says the governor and others are free to file their own briefs in opposition.

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie improved his standing during the ’08 Senate recount by doing his job transparently and to the best of his ability, and Lori Swanson appears to be doing the same thing here. With the constitution on her side, this one is a no-brainer, and the supporting amicus brief is just a bonus.

And now it’s back to the business she was elected to conduct — hopefully the states who elected those judicial-activism-happy folks will clamor for the same kind of leadership.