STATE GOP: HALF OF POLITICAL DEALING IS PLEASING
Posted: Nov. 11, 2005
PART I: APPOINTMENT OF JANE BRADY IS GOOD
Terry A. Strine, chairman of the Republican State Committee of Delaware, issued the following statement following the state Senate confirmation of Attorney General M. Jane Brady to the Superior Court of Delaware.
“I congratulate Jane Brady on her appointment to the Superior Court of Delaware and thank her for her service as attorney general. Jane Brady has served Delaware well as attorney general and will add to the esteemed reputation of Delaware’s courts.
“Jane Brady has been a trailblazer for women, serving as Delaware’s first female attorney general. She has gained a reputation as being tough on crime and a tireless advocate for victims' rights by improving safety in our schools, preventing and prosecuting crimes against seniors, and keeping violent and repeat criminals being bars.
“Her personal story reflects the American Dream. She was born in a housing project in Wilmington, the oldest of seven children, and worked her way through college and law school and eventually to become Delaware’s top law enforcement officer.
“The Delaware Republican Party has been prepared for this and has been talking with a number of well-qualified individuals who have extensive credentials and qualifications and whom Delawareans can trust to maintain law and order.
“Delawareans have trusted Republicans to enforce the law and keep their families safe, and we are confident they will continue to do so.”
PART II: APPOINTMENT OF BEAU BIDEN WOULD BE BAD
David A. Crossan Sr., executive director of the Republican State Committee of Delaware, issued the following statement concerning the choice before Gov. Ruth Ann Minner about whom to appoint to the Office of Attorney General:
“Given the immense impact the Attorney General’s Office has on the safety of all Delawareans, Ruth Ann Minner is faced with a choice of great importance. She can dip into the vast legal talent and experience in Delaware and appoint someone with extensive credentials and experience, or she can play politics with the justice system by appointing Beau Biden, who has little to no qualifications to be the state’s top law enforcement official. If his name were Beau Smith, his qualification to be attorney general would be laughable.
“Political cronyism has no place when it comes to public safety, and the Attorney General’s Office is no place for on-the-job training. At age 35, Beau Biden is very callow, having been a member of the Delaware bar for a mere three years. Given the rich pool of legal talent in Delaware, Minner appointing Beau Biden would be transparent cronyism and a slap in the face to the many talented and distinguished lawyers from whom the governor could choose.
“This will be a test for Ruth Ann Minner, considering issues such as the prison crisis, homeland security, and violent crime. The state needs a qualified attorney general who will not serve political interests, but the interests of Delawareans.”