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Connecticut AG named Third Worst in the Nation by CEI

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July 12, 2010

Richard Blumenthal has been the front-runner to replace Chris Dodd in the United States Senate since announcing his candidacy in January 2010

HARTFORD, Connecticut: In an analysis of state attorneys general published in July 2010, Blumenthal was named "The Nation's Third Worst Attorney General" by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), a non-profit public policy organization dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.

Basing their criteria on dubious dealings, fabricating law, usurping legislative power, and predatory practices, the Connecticut Attorney General, who at the time of the publication was a senatorial candidate, received a letter grade of F in all four categories. The CEI called Blumenthal "a left-wing ideologue who has used the power of his office to spread largesse to cronies."[1] In spite of dropping two spots since the public policy group last ranked the nation's fifty state attorneys general, the reason behind this is that competition has gotten fiercer, not that his performance has improved in the past three years.

In addition to being sharply criticized for supporting racial quotes and restrictions on freedom of speech, Blumenthal was hammered for his architectural role in the Master Settlement Agreement (MSA), something the CEI has labeled as " multi-state act of corruption and cartelism."[1] This action of litigation, brought about by wealthy trial lawyers, who nationally received $14 billion from the case, forced the tobacco industry to fork over a $246 billion-plus settlement. The arrangement was structured in such a way that it allowed tobacco companies "to maintain their market share and raise prices in unison in order to pass settlement costs on to smokers," the very individuals named as alleged victims in the suit.[1] As if that wasn't bad enough, the top law enforcer of Connecticut "personally steered $65 million in fees to his own allies and the associates of former Governor of Connecticut John Rowland," who was later convicted on federal charges of corruption.