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Attorney General Peter Kilmartin Announces Reelection Bid

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 To the polite applause of his supporters, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin walked into the V.F.W. Post in his hometown of Pawtucket.

Kilmartin wants a second term as Attorney General, after serving 20 years in the General Assembly.

"And I helped pass laws to protect children from predators; strengthened DUI laws; provide witness protection; prohibit texting while driving," said Attorney General Kilmartin.

Kilmartin was a career police office in Pawtucket retiring as a captain.

But critics says he is vulnerable, having voted in the General Assembly four years ago for a vague, $125 million dollar business loan program, which later lent $75 million to Curt Schilling's "38 studios".

That video game company quickly went bankrupt.

"I voted on a loan guarantee program and had no knowledge of any company that was going to receive a loan," Kilmartin said.

Kilmartin is being challenged for re–election by Republican State Senator Dawson Hodgson, who accused Kilmartin of not properly investigating 38 Studios.

"I spent the better part of a year just assuming that 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 Sen. Dawson Hodgson, (R) Candidate for Attorney General, on January 14, 2014.

But that was January, and Kilmartin says his office and the State Police are now investigating 38 Studios.

"There is nothing about that investigation that would conflict my office whatsoever.  There are experienced prosecutors dealing with that investigation, as I have said in the past, and we will move forward," Kilmartin said.
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