Friday, January 16, 2009
John Kroger is going to be worse than we thought
Our new Attorney General John Kroger is going to be a nightmare. Many of my friends in the conservative movement supported him, and I told them all at the time that they would rue the day.
I realize they did it because of Greg MacPherson's work to get Measure 37 repealed by Measure 49. I get that. But Kroger is going to do tremendous harm to what's left of our economy through his environmental activism. He can't wait to make headlines.
Just this week he spoke at the anti-LNG rally on the capitol steps along with all the enviro-loonies. Word is the governor's office is steamed that he would basically take sides as an advocate when Kroger's office will be very involved is certain aspects of the issue. For one, the governor has indicated he will be suing FERC for its approval of the Bradford Landing LNG site license. Guess who litigates the suit on "behalf" of the state? Kroger.
How can Kroger, in his role of AG, fairly apply the law concerning the LNG proposal when he has already publicly chosen sides on the issue? He can't.
Word also has it that Kroger marched into the Guv's office last week and demanded that he get $100 million more in the AG's budget for his enforcement division. The Guv reportedly told him to go jump. He explained the facts of life to him: The AG's office is UNDERNEATH the governor, and does not have autonomous budgeting authority. The AG's budget was proposed by Hardy Meyers, and was rolled into the Governor's budget proposal. Not only was this not the right time to go adding ANY amount to the AG budget- but the fact is that by the time the May re-forecast is revealed, it is likely that the AG budget will face CUTS from the guv's current budget, not a $100 million increase.
And Kroger left with his tail between his Napolean-length legs.
I'm telling you - this guy is going to be a nightmare.