A state senator threw his hat into the ring to be the next Attorney General of Rhode Island. Republican Dawson Hodgson announced his candidacy today at 10 a.m. at the State House. "The theme of this campaign is ‘Stand Up for Rhode Island,'" said Hodgson.
Hodgson wasted no time criticizing his Democratic opponent incumbent Attorney General Peter Kilmartin. "Sadly, some of the most pressing issues this session deal with resolving bad decisions the current Attorney General helped make in his final year as a State Representative, and compounded once he moved to the Attorney General's Office, such as 38 Studios and Deepwater Wind."
He also criticized Kilmartin for allowing the Attorney General's office to represent the state in the matter of the pension reform lawsuit since Kilmartin did not vote on pension reform as a legislator stating that he was taking an ethical stand because his wife and brother accept public pensions. Hodgson has been a vocal critic of the 38 Studios loan deal. He said the Attorney General's office should have convened a grand jury to investigate the matter and as aAttorney General the 38 Studios deal would be one of his top priorities.
Hodgson also said that if elected he would have the Attorney General's office review parole applications in order to keep violent offenders like the "thrill killer" Alfred Brisette off the street. Hodgson was a former state prosecutor and currently sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee and serves as the Deputy Minority Leader.