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Garnett, Suthers Debate Experience, Health Care, Immigration


DENVER – A debate between Colorado attorney general candidates John Suthers and Stan Garnett revealed a dichotomy of who could best run the largest law office in Colorado: a business-oriented private practice litigator of 20 years or an attorney with more than 30 years in public office.

Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett, the Democratic challenger of the incumbent, said his experience on the business side of managing a law firm will bring more efficiency among the 240 attorneys and 160 legal staff at the Office of the Attorney General.

After being elected district attorney of Boulder County in 2008, “I restructured the office. I eliminated positions and made the office more efficient,” Garnett said. “When we come across cases, we can’t wait for them to come to us.”

However, the incumbent is one of just two attorneys general in the nation with experience in all areas of the public legal realm as a district attorney, U.S. attorney, executive director of the state Department of Corrections and a few years in private practice.

Read more in the June 7 issue of Law Week Colorado.

In other coverage:

The Colorado Independent: Attorney General John Suthers said it was a mistake to appear to come out against retaining state Supreme Court justices. He said it wasn’t his place to speak those views publicly and that, in making a public statement to that effect, he clearly did no favors for his staff attorneys, who have to argue cases before the court.

Associated Press: Even lawyers seeking political office don’t want to be politicians this year in Colorado. In the first debate Wednesday of the attorney general’s race, Republican incumbent John Suthers talked up the fact that he doesn’t intend to seek higher office later.

The Denver Post: In the first debate leading up to their November showdown, state attorney general candidate Stan Garnett blasted incumbent John Suthers for joining a lawsuit challenging the federal health care overhaul, calling the action a waste of time.

Boulder Daily Camera: Illegal immigration and health care reform dominated the first debate Wednesday between the two men running to head the state attorney general’s office.

The Durango Herald: Colorado’s two attorney general candidates sparred Wednesday night about the federal health-care law and efforts to protect consumers