* The Daily Herald endorsed Sen. Kwame Raoul today…
There’s a strong argument to be made on behalf of Erika Harold, an attorney from Urbana who would make fighting corruption one of her priorities. A state like Illinois could use more corruption fighters, of course, and the likelihood of a Democratic governor being elected with a legislature controlled by Democrats increases the value of having a Republican check on its power in the attorney general’s office.
But there’s a better argument to be made on behalf of Kwame Raoul, a state senator from Chicago with a great depth of understanding of the law and the passion and experience to use it actively on behalf of the citizenry in keeping with the traditions of the attorney general’s office.
Whereas Raoul could be expected to confront federal infringement on vital Illinois interests such as clean water, the reality is that Harold would be unlikely to resist those challenges.
She argues that the job of the office is to uphold the law and thus personal views don’t enter into it. But so much of the office’s priorities are determined by the attorney general’s priorities that it’s simply inescapable that personal views would matter.
So, her standard answer backfired on her there.
* The Champaign News-Gazette recently endorsed Erika Harold…
Raoul’s attacks, while perhaps politically effective, are bizarre.
The right to get an abortion and participate in a same-sex marriage are federally guaranteed constitutional rights that are not subject to either a popular vote or veto by any public official.
Raoul appears to recognize that reality. But he insists he should be elected attorney general to protect those rights in the event they might come under legal assault sometime in the future. That’s a pretty weak argument to make.
Indeed, it smacks of obsessing about the past.
Legal abortion has been a fact of life for more than 40 years.
Same-sex marriage is relatively new, but there’ll be no turning back there either.
Society has rendered its judgment on that dramatic social change, and it’s in place to stay.
Illinoisans would be best served by a candidate who’ll address current problems and issues. That candidate is, unquestionably, Harold.