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Republican Hodgson declares for RI Attorney General

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by ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis

Rhode Island Republican State Senator Dawson Hodgson wants to be the next Attorney General.

He will challenge incumbent Democrat Peter Kilmartin and the "38 Studios" scandal will be the main issue.

Hodgson says Kilmartin voted for the loan fund that eventually went to Curt Shilling's failed video game company, when Kilmartin was still in the General Assembly, and then Kilmartin failed to investigate once he became Attorney General.

"I spent the better part of a year just assuming there was an investigative Grand Jury, and that the Attorney General was appropriately not commenting. And I have to say I was floored when I found out that wasn't true," said State Senator Dawson Hodgson, (R) candidate for Attorney General.

There are estimates the "38 Studios" meltdown will cost Rhode Island taxpayers $110 million dollars.

ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis said, "The math could be a real problem in this race. Democrats outnumber Republicans in this state by a 4 to 1 margin. But the biggest block of voters – at 50 percent – are the independents."

Another issue where Hodgson is attacking Kilmartin is the early release of the so–called thrill killer Alfred Brissette, who served only 14 years of a 60 year sentence.

"I must note that I view the Brissette case as a failure of the Parole Board and a failure of the Attorney General. The brutal and heinous nature of that crime was itself legally and morally sufficient to deny early release in that case."

We offered the Attorney General; the Kilmartin campaign; and, the State Democratic Party the chance to respond, but they declined.


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