The Coloradoan’s recent endorsement of George Brauchler for Attorney General reflects a misunderstanding of the qualities we need in our next Attorney General. The endorsement cites Brauchler’s trial lawyer experience as a factor giving him the edge over Phil Weiser. In fact, the last time a Colorado Attorney General actually tried a case was back in the 1800’s. And the criminal justice work making up the bulk of Brauchler’s experience is but a very small percentage of the work load shouldered by the Attorney General. Simply put, Brauchler’s experience as a district attorney does not translate into the skill set needed for an Attorney General.
Phil Weiser, on the other hand, has exactly what it takes to be our Attorney General and lead what is essentially the law firm that represents all Coloradans. He’s smart. He’s thoughtful. He brings to what the Coloradoan acknowledges is “primarily an administrative job” management and leadership skills honed over the years in such diverse areas as leading complex consumer protection litigation while at the U.S. Department of Justice, managing teams of lawyers to provide rural broadband to first-responders and serving as dean of the University of Colorado Law School. In terms of courtroom experience, Weiser is on a par with prior Attorneys General such as Gale Norton, Ken Salazar and Cynthia Coffman.

Weiser has the dedication, vision and heart to look out for the interests of all Coloradans. Please join me in electing him as our Attorney General.

Dick Gast