Republican Hodgson declares for RI Attorney General

by ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis

mcurtis@abc6.com

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.