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story.lead_photo.caption In front of a backdrop that included 401 pill bottles affixed to a wooden map of Arkansas, state Attorney General Leslie Rutledge discusses her lawsuit against three drug manufacturers that she says have contributed to an opioid crisis in the state.

A national group of Democratic state attorneys general said this week that it’s investing resources in Arkansas against Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, who is the head of a rival Republican group.

Democratic Attorneys General Association Executive Director Sean Rankin said in a phone call with a reporter this week that he’s already traveled to Arkansas to meet with Rutledge’s opponent, Democrat Mike Lee.

Rutledge, who was elected in 2014, has chaired of the Republican Attorneys General Association since 2017.

Rankin declined to say how much the national group plans to spend in Arkansas. However, the association has already become involved by partly funding a lawsuit Friday in conjunction with the state Democratic Party that seeks access to redacted documents within Rutledge’s personnel file from when she worked as an attorney for the Department of Human Services.

“She’s got a lot of significant holes, starting with her personnel file,” Rankin said.

Rankin also pointed to Rutledge’s share of the vote in 2014, which was the lowest of any Republican running for statewide office in Arkansas. He said polls continue to show Rutledge has lower name recognition and support than other Republicans in the state.

Lizzie Ulmer, a spokeswoman for the Democratic association, said the group has already reached out to 100,000 voters in Arkansas through a peer-to-peer messaging program.

Zack Roday, a spokesman for the Republican Attorneys General Association, said the group was “100 percent” behind Rutledge, and that Democrats’ efforts in heavily Republican Arkansas would be futile.

“If Arkansas is on their list of target states, we welcome that strategy,” Roday said.

Attorneys general offices nationally are split somewhat evenly along party lines. The GOP currently holds 26 offices, and Democrats have 22. Elections for attorneys general will be held in 32 states this November.

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  • RBear
    August 11, 2018 at 9:39 a.m.

    Rutledge is yet another underachiever Republicans pushed forward who really shouldn't be in the position she is in. She was fired from DHS with a note of "Do Not Rehire" under her personnel file. That indicates her performance at DHS was unacceptable. Furthermore, she used her official position to promote a political agenda by failing to certify MANY ballot measures, some repeatedly, just because she disagreed with the measure. In other words, she used her official position to deny the voters the right to decide. That's a direct abuse of power on her part.
    We need better in AR. We need an AG who IS an AG and not a political tool.

  • GeneralMac
    August 11, 2018 at 10:18 a.m.

    Leslie Rutledge has my vote !

  • Foghorn
    August 11, 2018 at 10:21 a.m.

    Here’s an excerpt from the email she sent: “baby's momma done turn into a ho and a stripper an she be raisin' fusses and kickin' and bitin' and whoopin dis man ..." After releasing a statement saying she'd merely forwarded the email "without comment," she told a TV reporter that whether one sees racist overtones in the email is determined by "the heart of the reader." So that would mean if you call someone the n word, you’re not a racist; the recipient is the racist if they interpret it as an insult.

  • GeneralMac
    August 11, 2018 at 10:24 a.m.

    Maybe some national " group" should look into Keith Ellison (D) running for Minnesota Atty General.

    Racked up over $2,000 in unpaid parking fees, then laughed and bragged about driving on a suspended license after his drivers license was suspended.

    But, since he is liberal, Black, and a Muslim, those national groups give him a pass.
    Nothing to see here in Arkansas, you trouble makers.

    Head north to Minnesota and go sticking your nose into that race.

  • Foghorn
    August 11, 2018 at 10:44 a.m.

    Trump has filed BANKRUPTCY 6 times, fake, and bragged about sexual assault. Hardly comparable, you d-bag racist and xenophobe.

  • GeneralMac
    August 11, 2018 at 11:02 a.m.


  • LRCrookAttorney
    August 11, 2018 at 11:30 a.m.

    I agree with you, RBear, Rutledge is a horrible AG, however, I do not like, whether republican or democrat, money outside state of Arkansas interfering with our state elections. I hate the crap in the Hill campaign and I do not like this. This is an Arkansas issue and these moronic voters need to learn about the candidates and make choices that will help Arkansas.

  • GeneralMac
    August 11, 2018 at 11:34 a.m.

    DoubleBlind.........why are you bringing President Trump into the equation?

    Leslie Rutledge is an elected STATE office holder.

    ( calm down. I don't want you to get so upset you put a brick in your pink purse and assault someone )

  • GeneralMac
    August 11, 2018 at 12:54 p.m.

    This doesn't even compare to outsiders sticking their nose into the Hill/Tucker race.

    In the Hill/Tucker race , it is to serve in the United States congress and the outcome could be a factor in determining which party controls the House.

    This is strictly a race for an Arkansas position and ramifications outside the state are none.
    Outsiders should stay out of it !

  • mozarky2
    August 11, 2018 at 2:12 p.m.

    I tire of reminding you "progs", if you don't like her, run a candidate that can beat her or STFU!
    Oh-that's right. You are capable of neither.
    And, LRCA, there is no money dirtier than the George Soros funding behind the DAGA.