Vermont AG named Sixth Worst in the Nation by CEI

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July 12, 2010

MONTPELIER, Vermont: In an analysis of state attorneys general published in July 2010, Sorrell was named "The Nation's Sixth 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; those who ranked worse then he did included Jerry Brown (D-California), Drew Edmondson (D-Oklahoma), Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut), Patrick Lynch (D-Rhode Island), and Darrell McGraw (D-West Virginia).

Basing their criteria on ethical breaches/selective application of the law, fabricating law, usurping legislative power, and predatory practices, the Vermont Attorney General, who at the time of the publication faces re-election in November 2010, received a letter grade of F in the last two categories; he narrowly missed acquiring the failing mark when it came to fabricating law, securing a letter grade of D-, and was given a middling letter grade of C- in the initial grouping. Sorrell was blasted by the CEI as "having done more damage to the fabric of the law" then any other state attorney general in the country.[1]

Along with being labeled as an "ideologue who has frequently supported unconstitutional restrictions on speech," freedom of speech, and private property rights, Sorrell has made the state of Vermont a dangerous environment for companies to conduct business after pressuring the state legislature when he first came to office to alter state "law to make tobacco companies retroactively liable for the state’s Medicaid bills, irrespective of their individual guilt or innocence of fraud towards smokers."[1] This, in turn, has resulted in businesses whose products can be accused of having an ill effect on the health and well-being of the public from establishing roots in the northeastern state.

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