Pledging Not To Bow To Conservatives, Tennessee Attorney General Asks For Another Term

Bob Cooper announced on Monday that he will seek another eight-year term as Tennessee's top attorney.

Bob Cooper announced on Monday that he will seek another eight-year term as Tennessee’s top attorney.

The Tennessee Supreme Court has opened up applications for Attorney General, and the current AG, Bob Cooper, has announced that he’ll seek another term. This follows a conservative effort to remove three Democratic judges on the bench, a campaign largely motivated by a desire to appoint a Republican to the state’s top attorney slot.

Cooper, nearing the end of his eight-year term, said in a statement that voters last Thursday, in deciding to retain the three contested judges, sent a clear message “that they want an independent, nonpartisan judicial branch.

Lt. Gov Ron Ramsey led the campaign to oust the three judges, who defeated the opposition by a historically tight margin. Ramsey accused the judges of being soft on crime, particularly on the death penalty issue. And Ramsey’s advertisements connected the justices to Obamacare, since Cooper wouldn’t join a multi-state lawsuit attacking the health-care law.

The group Tennessee Forum, fueled by a political action committee started by Ramsey, raised nearly half-a-million dollars to boot the justices from the high court. Asked if the group plans to back a candidate for AG in November, a Tennessee Forum spokeswoman said: “No, not that I’m aware of.”

Ramsey wouldn’t say whether he would be backing a candidate in November, but in a statement said that he “continues to believe that Tennessee should have an attorney general who reflects the conservative principles and values of its governor, its legislature and its people.”


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