"The Case for John Brownlee" a Must Read
The Roanoke Valley Republican Blog has a great series of posts, each making the case for the GOP Attorney General Candidates. The case for John Brownlee is a must read. Remember this - The blog's goal was to "lay out the POSITIVE case for each candidate." Great job guys! Ok, back to the article and Brownlee.
My first comment about John Brownlee may seem a little strange but here goes. When you're around him he just seems like an Attorney General. He has a presence and mannerisms that seems perfectly suited to the job. I don't know if it's upbringing, education, Army Ranger school or something else but Brownlee just seems like an Attorney General. Brownlee is just as conservative as the other candidates but is able to present himself in a way that seems palatable across the political spectrum.
Beyond that though, he has extremely impressive credentials. The man was one of the youngest US Attorneys in the country and he performed his job with distinction. For the non-attorneys out there let me just say this is an amazing feat. That job is so high profile you have to expect a few controversial cases but the net result of his years in the position were top notch. From fighting illegal immigration, to internet predators, to violent criminals to corporate abusers - John always put the citizens of the Western District of Virginia ahead of politics.(READ it ALL)
Indeed. His experience trumps anything his competition offers. John Brownlee is a life long public servant. The other candidates? John Brownlee has tried capital punishment cases. The other candidates? John Brownlee has a record that allows him to say more than I am "pro life", that is all the other candidate offers. The AG position is unique when compared to the other seats and the blogger makes this well known.
As a lawyer, it is disappointing to me that many people treat the AG race as just another political race - it is a race to be the Commonwealth's top attorney. If you are applying the same logic to the AG race that you're applying to Gov and LG then you're missing the point. This is a very unique job. It requires running a law office, dealing with state and federal agencies, pushing a legislative agenda, dealing with the media and representing the citizens of the Commonwealth. This is exactly what Brownlee has done as US Attorney. Ask yourself - who is best suited to be the Commonwealth's top attorney and the managing partner of the 3rd largest law firm in the state?
The clear choice for AG is John Brownlee. The other candidates have zero courtroom experience on the big issues. John is a career public servant. While the other candidates enjoyed the good life, Brownlee pledged to give his life for me and you protecting our country. While the others practiced partisan politics, Brownlee represented everyone - And Justice for All.