Kaul Announces Run For Reelection

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Attorney General Josh Kaul. File photograph  by Emily Hamer/Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. (<a "https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/">CC BY-ND 2.0</a>) 

Attorney General Josh Kaul. File photograph by Emily Hamer/Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. (CC BY-ND 2.0

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul announced helium volition will tally for reelection, arsenic the Associated Press has reported. The Democrat made the announcement connected Twitter Saturday and astatine a tiny invite-only lawsuit astatine a Madison park.

“I’m arrogant of my grounds of protecting nationalist safety, nationalist health, the environment, and our rights,” Kaul tweeted. “And we request to proceed to person an AG who volition combat for each Wisconsinites, alternatively than 1 who caters to peculiar interests.”

Kaul was archetypal elected successful 2018 implicit incumbent Republican Brad Schimel and volition beryllium moving for his 2nd term. Two Republicans, UW-Madison instrumentality professor Ryan Owens and Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney, are besides moving and volition look each different successful an August 2022 primary.

Kaul has differed with Republicans connected galore issues: He has advocated for stricter weapon laws and cosmopolitan inheritance checks and has supported redistricting betterment and opposed restrictive voting laws. Kaul defended Wisconsin’s 2020 predetermination aft the results were challenged by erstwhile President Donald Trump.

And portion Schimel opposed state lawsuits against Purdue Pharma for its relation successful the opioid crisis, Kaul joined successful the multi-state lawsuit, resulting successful a 4.3 cardinal multistate colony with Purdue Pharma and its owners, with $65 cardinal going to Wisconsin.

Perhaps Kaul’s astir most notable accomplishment whitethorn person been his enactment to extremity the state’s backlog of untested rape kits. It was a occupation Schimel repeatedly failed to instrumentality on adjacent aft the authorities won national backing to trim the backlog.

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GOP strategist Brandon Scholz told the Wisconsin State Journal helium expects the AG predetermination to beryllium “a close, competitory race” with conscionable a 1 oregon 2 percent constituent dispersed betwixt Kaul and whichever Republican challenger wins the primary. Kaul seemed to agree, informing supporters connected Saturday that “this contention is not going to beryllium easy.”

The predetermination whitethorn get nationalist attraction due to the fact that of Republican efforts to walk restrictive voting rights done authorities legislation. The wide group End Citizens United/Let America Vote has announced it volition walk $7 cardinal to help elite Democratic secretaries of authorities and attorneys wide successful cardinal battleground states. The radical has announced it volition backmost Kaul, Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, and Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon — and volition besides get progressive successful races successful Florida, Texas, Georgia and Arizona.

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