Incumbent Attorney General's View: Schultz has never prosecuted crime
From the column: "Part of keeping Minnesotans safe is getting guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them. I fought on the side of police and law enforcement for common-sense rules."
This spring, at a hearing in the Minnesota House of Representatives, a Republican legislator took a moment to thank the Clearwater County attorney for prosecuting the brutal murder of her friend and for bringing justice to their community. The county attorney made clear that, “We were able to obtain that result with the help of the (Minnesota) attorney general’s office … because of the good work they do and the support they are able to provide for our communities.”
I’m proud to provide that support because that’s my job as attorney general: to protect Minnesotans’ safety, pocketbooks, and dignity.
In the last three and a half years, my office has protected Minnesotans’ safety by prosecuting the most serious violent crimes: 38 cases of murder, manslaughter, criminal vehicular homicide, and sexual assault in 22 counties across the state, most of them in greater Minnesota, including Aitkin, Carlton, and Cook counties. We’ve also made sure dangerous sex offenders are committed. I’m proud to say that we haven’t lost a single case.
Local county attorneys trust me to take over tough cases when they lack the resources to prosecute them. For three years, I’ve asked the Legislature for resources to hire more prosecutors so we can hold more offenders accountable. The nonpartisan Minnesota County Attorneys Association has strongly supported my request — but Republicans in the state Senate have shot it down each time.
Part of keeping Minnesotans safe is getting guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them. I fought on the side of police and law enforcement for common-sense rules to keep dangerous, untraceable ghost guns out of the hands of criminals, people with mental illness, and domestic abusers — and won. I strongly support more resources for public-safety responses that get results.
I’ve been on the national forefront of holding opioid companies accountable for the death and destruction they’ve caused, including hundreds of lives lost here in Minnesota. I’ve reached nine settlements that will send hundreds of millions of dollars for opioid abatement straight to the communities that have been devastated by this epidemic.
I’ve fought every single day for a fair economy that works for everyone, protecting Minnesotans when corporations try to scam seniors, hurt farmers and rural consumers, and much more. At a time when the cost of living is far too high, I’ve put tens of millions of dollars directly back into Minnesotans’ bank accounts by taking on these companies and winning. I’ve fought to protect the dignity and personal freedoms of every Minnesotan — no exceptions.
I’ve fought to protect kids from being bullied or shamed in school because they don’t have lunch money. I’ve fought to stop violence against people of all backgrounds who are targeted for their religion or race. And I’ve fought to protect your constitutional right to abortion, especially now when it’s under national attack. I will never back down on that.
On the other hand, my opponent is a lawyer for hedge funds who has never set foot in a courtroom or tried a single case. He’s never prosecuted a single criminal. He’s said he would wipe out the 60-year tradition of Minnesota attorneys general protecting consumers — which is exactly what his hedge-fund bosses would like him to do. And he’s promised to “go on offense” to dismantle your constitutional right to choose the reproductive health care that’s right for you, including abortion.
I have a 30-year track record of serving the people of Minnesota. I’m an attorney general who protects people’s safety, pocketbooks, and dignity, not one who attacks them. With your vote on or before Nov. 8, I’ll keep being that attorney general for you and all Minnesotans.
Keith Ellison of Minneapolis is the DFL attorney general of Minnesota. He wrote this for the News Tribune at the request of the Opinion page.