Anti-Trump pundit runs for Illinois attorney general


Anti-Trump pundit runs for Illinois attorney general Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti announced Thursday he would seek the Democratic nomination for Illinois attorney general — and the ensuing traffic promptly crashed his campaign website Races for state attorney general don’t typically generate that level of interest

But Mariotti, the latest of seven Democrats to join the race to succeed retiring state Attorney General Lisa Madigan, is no ordinary AG candidate Since President Donald Trump’s election, Mariotti has cultivated himself as a legal commentator, a frequent TV presence explaining various legal events related to the president, from travel bans to the Russia probe to transgender people in the military After revealing his intentions in an MSNBC appearance Thursday evening, he followed up with a series of tweets laying out his reasons for running Those tweets drew more than 20,000 “likes”

“When I left my job as a federal prosecutor last June, I didn’t expect to spend every spare minute talking about our President,” read one tweet “When Im Attorney General, I plan to do everything I can to stop Trump from taking away our rights and misusing his power,” read another Mariotti, who’s grown his Twitter following to more than 56,000, is upfront about using his anti-Trump stance to fuel his candidacy He promises to use social media, Facebook Live and Periscope to energize voters; this weekend he plans a downstate tour “The argument that Im making is the best way to check Donald Trump is [by] using state attorneys general,” Mariotti told POLITICO

“Ive been talking about issues — all voting machines have been penetrated by the Russians in Illinois, and no one really seems to be talking about it” Madigan, a four-term Democrat from Chicago, stunned the Illinois political establishment in September by announcing that she does not plan to run for reelection next year The daughter of the most powerful political leader in Illinois — Mike Madigan, the House speaker and state party leader — she had long been considered a possible candidate for governor, but in 2014 she bowed out, citing a conflict with her father’s position Mariotti, a Yale Law School graduate who attended the University of Chicago as an undergraduate, spent nearly 10 years in the U

S Attorney’s Office in Chicago He became a partner at Chicago law firm Thompson Coburn last year after leaving his job prosecuting white-collar crime and fraud cases The Illinois AG’s office typically doesn’t do much criminal prosecution, instead focusing mainly on consumer protection and environmental litigation, picking up criminal cases that county prosecutors can’t handle or pass off The Democrats running for attorney general include Aaron Goldstein, defense attorney for former Gov

Rod Blagojevich; state Rep Scott Drury; former police oversight agency leader Sharon Fairley; state Sen Kwame Raoul; Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering; and Park District Board President Jesse Ruiz

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