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Accusing Obama Of Overreach, Prominent Republicans Look To Attorney General Candidates

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

Dick Cheney threw his support behind a candidate in Nevada. Rudy Giuliani and Donald Trump hosted a fundraiser for one in Florida.

As President Obama finds himself accused by Republicans of executive overreach, prominent conservatives are emphasizing the importance of getting Republicans elected to attorney general in states across the country.

“President Obama has proven he’s willing to violate all laws and the Constitution to enact his radical agenda,” Jessica Medeiros Garrison, the executive director of the group the Republican Attorneys General Association, told The Daily Caller. “That puts the attorneys general on the front lines to stop his power grab.”

Well-known Republicans are publicly offering their support to attorneys general candidates in Nevada, Arkansas, New Mexico, Texas and Florida, among other states.

In Nevada, Republican Adam Laxalt — whose grandfather, Paul, was a senator and governor — boasts support from former Vice President Cheney, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton.

“For years, Nevada has been battered by federal overreach and the Obama administration,” Cheney said in his endorsement of Laxalt. “But I have hope.”

“Adam is committed to protecting Nevadans from federal overreach,
Cheney continued. “Adam will use the Attorney General’s Office to fight for the rule of law and limited government.”

In Arkansas, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has endorsed former aide Leslie Rutledge for attorney general, who has made federal overreach a centerpiece of her campaign.

“I believe the Arkansas attorney general should stand up and fight for states rights and against federal overreach and intrusion into our every day lives,” Rutledge said. “Our way of life is being threatened. I will use every tool at my disposal to ensure that the people of Arkansas aren’t bullied anymore by a White House intent on getting its way by any means necessary.”

In Texas, Sen. Ted Cruz and former Sen. Rick Santorum have praised Republican candidate Ken Paxton. And in Florida, former New York City Mayor Giuliani and New York real estate mogul Trump have both held fundraisers in support of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

“Fortunately the same voters who elected a Republican majority in the U.S. House to be a check on President Obama elected a dynamic and intelligent group of Republican attorneys general to keep up the guardrails,” Garrison said. “There’s no more powerful argument we find for states to switch to a Republican AG than the preservation of the constitution and stopping Obama’s over-reaching agenda.”

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