AG has trust issues

May 28, 2009
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Our attorney general isn’t very trusting of the federal government. He said so in a statement released this week.

“The people of Indiana did not elect me to trust the federal government, so I will stand vigilant with our lawyers at the ready – just in case.”

Attorney General Greg Zoeller was responding to a White House memorandum released May 20 stating the Obama administration’s general policy is that preemption of state law by executive departments and agencies should be undertaken “only with full consideration of the legitimate prerogatives of the States and with sufficient legal basis for preemption.”

Zoeller’s statement reiterated the dual sovereignty of state and federal laws. “As the Attorney General for the sovereign state of Indiana, I applaud the President’s strong statement. But having served nearly 10 years in the federal government, I will continue to be very distrustful of words of support,” he said.

Zoeller worked as an executive assistant to Dan Quayle from 1982 to 1991 in Washington, D.C. while Quayle was a U.S. senator and later vice president, according to the statement.

It’s good to know our attorney general has our best interests in mind and is ready to take on the federal government if necessary. The frankness of the statement is surprising and refreshing. No sugar coating or dancing around the subject – if the federal government starts encroaching on our state’s rights, we’ll be fighting back.

I often forget the role of the AG goes beyond protecting Indiana residents from shady businesses and people calling us even though we are on the “Do Not Call” list.
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