Dear Mr. Miller,
I have no doubt that you will be a fine Attorney General and far superior to your Democratic opponent. I believe that you are a gentleman and that you think that you are acting in the best interest of the people of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
However, as you are our candidate for the Massachusetts Republican Party, I personally find your statement today – which I read first hand from a press release sent by your campaign spokesman – as an act of betrayal. It is an insult to every registered Republican in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and this constitutes nothing less than a collective slap in the face. You have clearly made a political calculation and have determined that pledging to abandon the MassGOP may garner you votes on Election Day. Unfortunately, you may very well have lost my vote as I am now very likely to leave your office blank on my ballot on Tuesday, November 4.
Your press release states, “Miller also confirmed an early campaign promise….” When did you make this pledge? For how many weeks and months have you been planning, if elected, to leave the Republican Party? During that time, have you accepted any campaign contributions from either the Massachusetts State Committee or any local city or town Republican committee? Considering your vow to leave the Republican Party, if elected, do you intend to stop any coordination with or support from any and all levels of the Massachusetts Republican Party? Will you publicly pledge to refund any and all donations from the MassGOP at any level? Will you return these contributions swiftly, before Election Day?
Mr. Miller, I do not deny your good intentions but the reality is that you have done a great disservice, and caused great harm, to both the Massachusetts Republican Party and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. You have committed a premeditated breach of trust with and forsaken the loyalty of those who you have asked to support you since the beginning of your candidacy.
Brock N. Cordeiro
Regional Chairman, Region 5
Massachusetts Republican State Committee Member
Second Bristol & Plymouth State Senate District
(New Bedford, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Acushnet & Mattapoisett)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 23, 2014
Contact: Rick Gorka
Cell: (XXX) XXX-XXXX
Boston, MA – Today John Miller, candidate for Attorney General, filed an Initiative Petition with Attorney General Coakley to amend the Massachusetts Constitution to provide for Non-Partisan Election and Service of the Attorney General.
“Over the last 24 years, the Attorney General’s independent constitutional duty to deliver impartiality in the interpretation and enforcement of our laws has been diminished by partisan party politics. The Attorney General’s Office has become a farm system for one party’s nomination for Governor,” said Miller. “All six million citizens of the Commonwealth have been hurt by the inevitable conflict that arises when our Attorney General tries to balance an aspiration to be Governor with the constitutional obligation to impartially and independently follow the facts and apply the law.”
Miller believes balancing this constitutional duty with political aspirations has become impossible for the Attorney General because of partisan party politics. He noted several cases where the Attorney General’s Office has dropped the ball on problems that: (a) hurt taxpayers and hundreds of thousands of patients – like the state’s Health Care Connector fiasco; (b) interfered with the civil rights of honest hard-working state employees within the probation department; and (c) hurt innocent children – like the 2010 decision by Maura Healey and the current Attorney General to defend the state rather than protect the civil rights of children by engaging DCF in court.
“The Initiative Petition I am filing today with AG Coakley puts an amendment before the voters to rescue this most important constitutional office from partisan politics – forever,” said Miller. “I am confident that there will always be a ready supply of broadly experienced practicing lawyers in the Commonwealth who are willing to serve only as Attorney General. It is the best legal job in the state. Good people, qualified people, experienced people will always step up when the job is not politics, but to protect the law for all of us.”
Miller also confirmed an early campaign promise, “On November 5, 2014, the day after my election as Attorney General, I will become ‘unenrolled.’ For me, D, R, and U end on Election Day. I will deliver impartial interpretation of the laws to every person in this Commonwealth. In the AG’s Office, politics is done – over.”
Miller stated that “people across America are dismayed by the polarization of our politics – from legislative and regulatory gridlock to political rhetoric that is just plain embarrassing. John Adams protected us from much of this by including a constitutional requirement for impartial interpretation of the laws on page one of our 1780 Constitution.”
“We need to get back Adam’s basic principle – impartial interpretation and enforcement of the laws – for every person in this state,” says Miller.
“Our constitution assigns politics to the House, the Senate, and the Governor’s office. That’s how it should be. But, there is no place for personal or political agendas in the Attorney General’s Office.”
For more information about Miller’s campaign for Attorney General, please visit www.MillerforAG.com.
Background on the Petition
The one page Initiative Petition contains just three short paragraphs, and would accomplish the following. Beginning in 2018, the election of the Attorney General would be on a non-partisan basis, without party nomination, support, or affiliation. Second, if more than two candidates qualify for the ballot as candidates for AG, a run-off would be held at the same time as the state-wide political primary. Third, no Attorney General would be eligible to run for Governor until four years after the end of his or her term.
Miller has very publicly announced, and repeatedly confirmed, that he will never run for Governor. His opponent has not ruled such a run out. The effect of the initiative petition filed by Miller today, if adopted by the voters at an upcoming election, would require an AG to take four years off after completing their term as AG.