So Chris Sununu has nominated Attorney Gordon MacDonald to be New Hampshire’s next Attorney General:
And New Hampshire’s RINOs are ecstatic. From lobbyist/insider Tom Rath, one of the political godfathers of liberal-activist-SCOTUS-justice David Souter:
From lobbyist/insider Jim Merrill:
If that is not enough to give conservatives pause, this should be: New Hampshire’s hard-left was quite pleased with the nomination of MacDonald:
Volinsky, who earlier this year led the Democratic opposition to the nomination of now-Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut, described MacDonald as a “sophisticated, thoughtful lawyer, which is what I want in an attorney general. Never known to have any ethical issues. There are some questions that I need to ask and I’m sure he’ll be prepared to answer. But I think it’s a generally positive nomination.”
From Volinsky’s sidekick on the Executive Council:
From former New Hampshire Supreme Court Justice John Broderick, a liberal activist jurist:
Former New Hampshire Chief Justice John Broderick congratulated Governor Sununu on his nomination of MacDonald, saying further, “He is a wonderful choice for a very demanding job. He is a highly respected lawyer, a very decent and compassionate person of the highest integrity, and a great listener blessed with very sound judgment. He is a superb choice as New Hampshire’s chief law enforcement officer. If confirmed, Gordon will add his considerable skills and gravitas to upholding and enhancing the long-respected history and traditions of the Office of the Attorney General in our state.”
Has the hard-left abruptly done a complete turnaround from its treatment of Frank Edelblut’s nomination as Commissioner of the Department of Education, and now ideology doesn’t matter? Or is it that they are comfortable with MacDonald’s ideology?
MacDonald was affiliated with the Campaign for Legal Services, which is supporting his nomination. While the Campaign for Legal Services stated objective is to assist low-income individuals who cannot afford a lawyer, it also aggressively pushes the left’s political agenda. For example:
The support of the RINOs and the hard-left suggests this: don’t expect much of a change in the New Hampshire Department of Justice under Attorney General MacDonald from Attorney General Foster. The GOP establishment wouldn’t be cheering MacDonald’s nomination if they thought he was going to really crack down on voter fraud or aggressively push back against judicial activism. Business as usual is good for their business.
And if the Democrats believed MacDonald is a change agent, you would be seeing the same degree and nature of opposition to him as the Democrats directed at Frank Edelblut. Which we are not.
To be clear, I am not suggesting that Sununu nominated MacDonald because he wanted someone who would be acceptable to Volinsky and his hard-left ilk. I think this nomination was to please the GOP establishment, and the support of Volinsky and Pappas is incidental.