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November 06, 2006

Delaware, Maryland AG races

By Walter Olson

Joseph R. Biden III, otherwise known as Beau Biden, is the son of Senator you-know-who. He's now running for Delaware attorney general, locked in a tight race with Republican Ferris Wharton that has attracted large out-of-state donations on both sides. As Ted pointed out last July, citing a Madison County Record report, "the SimmonsCooper law firm has affiliated itself with the 36-year-old's Delaware law firm in bringing asbestos lawsuits in Delaware, presumably because Madison County is no longer available as a blank-check venue."

Next door in Maryland, meanwhile, Montgomery County D.A. Doug Gansler is expected to win easily as the Democratic candidate for attorney general of his state. According to the AP, "For models, [Gansler] looks to New York's Eliot Spitzer and Michael Moore, the former Mississippi attorney general who sued tobacco companies. Gansler consulted with both during his campaign." Not recorded is whether Moore gave him tips on how to steer billions in contingency-fee legal work to cronies and campaign backers.

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