Armed with experience as a municipal bond lawyer, an advanced law degree, and 13 years as a state prosecutor, Sue Hatfield is confident she has the “strongest legal background” among the candidates for attorney general.
She also wants to focus on Connecticut politics, creating a stark contrast from other candidates, namely Democrats, who have spent much of the campaign expressing a desire to oppose President Donald Trump.
“I plan to focus on the state...many of the others running for this office are going to be pushing back against Washington and the (Trump) administration,” she said during a visit to the Record-Journal Tuesday for an episode of the “Morning Record.”
Hatfield, the endorsed Republican, faces former state representative John Shaban for the GOP nomination in the Aug. 14 primary. The winner will face one of three Democrats in the November election.
Attorney General George Jepsen is not seeking re-election.
To Hatfield, Democratic candidates attacking Trump is in-line with an approach from recent attorneys general of “over litigating.” Hatfield credited Jepsen with making the office less partisan than in the past, but still felt he files too many lawsuits.
Hatfield said she’d be willing to take legal action against the federal government when necessary — she said she’d likely continue with a lawsuit against tax reform — but thinks an attorney general needs to focus on maintaining a good relationship with the federal government.
She also said the attorney general could help make Connecticut more business friendly by reducing the number of lawsuits filed against companies.
Hatfield said her experience as a prosecutor should be attractive to voters, as she has extensive courtroom experience and has led investigations.
“I believe truly that somebody with a strong background prosecuting and knowing their way around state court is crucial in supervising other attorneys,” she said.
Prior to becoming a prosecutor in 2005, Hatfield also worked as a public finance attorney for the New York firm Hawkins, Delafield, and Wood. She believes that experience would help when voting on the State Bond Commission, one of the attorney general’s duties.
Hatfield, who has a master’s degree in law from Georgetown, also said she wants to use the office to address the opioid crisis and human trafficking.
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