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Wallin Says Kilmartin ‘Disrespected’ Judicial System

Thursday, August 05, 2010


Republican candidate for Attorney General Erik Wallin yesterday denounced Democratic candidate Peter Kilmartin for holding a campaign press conference in the Pawtucket municipal courthouse.

“I was shocked to learn that candidate Kilmartin held a political event inside the Pawtucket Municipal courtroom. Candidate Kilmartin, like myself, is an attorney and thus an officer of all of Rhode Island’s courts. To hold a political event inside a courtroom - be it either state or municipal - is disrespectful to our judicial system,” Wallin said. “The judicial branch is the independent third branch of government, where both he and I practice law, and it should never be combined with politics.”

“Until this political event actually took place, I never actually considered I would see the day that a courtroom would be used in this way,” Wallin added. “Clearly, this demonstrates that Representative Kilmartin can't keep politics out of the courtroom as a candidate, so what message does this send as to his ability to keep politics out of the courtroom as Attorney General?”

Kilmartin spokesman Brett Broesder responded yesterday by accusing Wallin of engaging in negative campaigning.

“It is a shame Peter Kilmartin’s opponent is already sinking to the classic negative political maneuver of trying to divert attention from Peter’s positive program to have the Office of the Attorney General be a full-fledged partner and advocate to better protect Rhode Island families and neighborhoods,” Broesder said. “Rhode Islanders want positive action from their Attorney General and Peter Kilmartin will deliver just that.”


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