Kaul Announces Run For Reelection
Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul predicts a tough race against Republican challenger.
Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul announced he will will run for reelection, as the Associated Press has reported. The Democrat made the announcement on Twitter Saturday and at a small invite-only event at a Madison park.
“I’m proud of my record of protecting public safety, public health, the environment, and our rights,” Kaul tweeted. “And we need to continue to have an AG who will fight for all Wisconsinites, rather than one who caters to special interests.”
Kaul has differed with Republicans on numerous issues: He has advocated for stricter gun laws and universal background checks and has supported redistricting reform and opposed restrictive voting laws. Kaul defended Wisconsin’s 2020 election after the results were challenged by former President Donald Trump.
And while Schimel opposed state lawsuits against Purdue Pharma for its role in the opioid crisis, Kaul joined in the multi-state lawsuit, resulting in a 4.3 billion multistate settlement with Purdue Pharma and its owners, with $65 million going to Wisconsin.
Perhaps Kaul’s most most notable accomplishment may have been his work to end the state’s backlog of untested rape kits. It was a problem Schimel repeatedly failed to take on even after the state won federal funding to reduce the backlog.
The election may get national attention because of Republican efforts to pass restrictive voting rights through state legislation. The liberal group End Citizens United/Let America Vote has announced it will spend $7 million to help elect Democratic secretaries of state and attorneys general in key battleground states. The group has announced it will back Kaul, Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, and Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon — and will also get involved in races in Florida, Texas, Georgia and Arizona.
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