Shaban: AG can boost economy with "talk first, sue second" approach

Shaban: AG can boost economy with "talk first, sue second" approach

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As part of his election campaign, John Shaban is pushing for a government that is less aggressive and more business friendly as the way to grow Connecticut’s economy. 

This isn’t a talking point from one of his runs for re-election to the state House or his 2016 bid for Congress. Shaban says he wants a different approach from the attorney general’s office. 

“Long story short, I think our state has been plagued or anchored by attorneys general for the last several decades… that have kind of caused more harm than they should,” he said during a visit Thursday to the Record-Journal.

Shaban, appearing on an episode of the “Morning Record,” said Connecticut’s attorneys general have been too quick to file lawsuits. He wants to take a more “talk first, sue second” approach.

Shaban, a Republican, is competing with endorsed candidate and state prosecutor Sue Hatfield in the Aug. 14 primary.

The winner will run against the Democratic nominee from the field of Rep. William Tong, Sen. Paul Doyle, and former U.S. attorney Chris Mattei. Attorney General George Jepsen, a Democrat, is not seeking re-election to a third term. 

Shaban said his approach will give businesses more confidence that Connecticut would try to resolve issues without civil action. He feels over aggressive use of lawsuits is part of a larger approach that is “driving out prosperity — unstable tax, regulations and legal environments.” 

He’s touting his 25 years of experience in civil law, noting the office uses civil courts to take action and has no role in criminal prosecutions. Shaban also said his six years as a state representative — he represented the 135th District from 2011 to 2017 — shows he knows how to work with the legislature. 

He also wants to create a business liaison and a monitor for the Special Transportation Fund, a job he acknowledges would be easier if voters adopt a constitutional lock box this fall. 

He said he’s willing to take legal action when necessary, including going after the federal government when he believes an agency has overstepped its authority. 

Shaban said this could include the the Trump Administration’s zero-tolerance policy, which called for the immediate arrest of any immigrant caught trying to enter the country illegally and resulted in the separation of parents from children. 

If he believes policies violate Connecticut’s constitution and sense of justice, he would take action. He would also sue the federal government if he felt agencies failed to do their job, including possible action against authorities who aren’t doing enough to curb illegal gun trafficking. 

Still, Shaban maintains the most important aspect of the job is knowing when to act. He said he could address over-regulation by signaling his office, which represents state agencies in administrative complaints and civil lawsuits, doesn’t support certain policies. 

To hear more from Shaban, listen to the “Morning Record”, the Record-Journal’s daily news podcast, at


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