Sorrell: “Let the campaign officially begin”

Bill Sorrell convened a press conference earlier today to “officially” kickoff his campaign for attorney general. The seven-term incumbent Democrat is looking to fend off a primary challenge from political upstart TJ Donovan, who racked up a key endorsement from the Vermont Troopers Association earlier this week. 
Sorrell address a crowd of supporters at the Cedar Creek room in the Statehouse. Here’s what he had to say (sorry in advance for the caps - this is from a Sorrell release)
 
CAMPAIGN KICKOFF REMARKS
 
MAY 30, 2012
 
THANK YOU FOR JOINING ME HERE TODAY.
 
IT HAS BEEN MY GREAT HONOR AND PLEASURE TO SERVE
ALL VERMONTERS AS THE ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR THE PAST
15 YEARS. I AM PROUD OF MY RECORD IN THIS IMPORTANT
OFFICE. I WANT TO CONTINUE TO BE OF SERVICE TO THE
RESIDENTS OF THIS GREAT STATE.
 
I HAVE BEEN CALLED A “TWO-FISTED ATTORNEY GENERAL”. AND
THERE’S A REASON FOR THAT. I HAVE NEVER BACKED AWAY
FROM AGGRESSIVELY BUT FAIRLY ENFORCING OUR LAWS, EVEN
WHEN CONFRONTING WEALTHY AND POWERFUL OPPONENTS.
 
FOUR WEEKS TO THE DAY AFTER TAKING THE OATH OF
OFFICE, I SUED BIG TOBACCO. AS A RESULT OF THAT SUIT,
VERMONT HAS RECEIVED OVER $300 MILLION. AND UNLESS
AMERICANS STOP THEIR ADDICTION TO CIGARETTES AND
THEREBY CONQUER WHAT REMAINS THE GREATEST AVOIDABLE
PUBLIC HEALTH PROBLEM CONFRONTING THIS STATE AND THIS
NATION, VERMONT WILL CONTINUE TO RECEIVE AT LEAST $25
MILLION EVERY YEAR -FOREVER.
 
THE AUTO INDUSTRY FOUGHT VERMONT’S ADOPTION OF MORE
RESTRICTIVE EMISSIONS STANDARDS FOR MOTOR VEHICLES.
BUT MY OFFICE SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDED THE INDUSTRY
ATTACKS IN FEDERAL COURT HERE IN VERMONT. OUR VICTORY
IS ONE OF NATIONAL IMPORTANCE IN THE EFFORT TO HAVE
CLEANER, MORE FUEL EFFICIENT CARS AND TRUCKS ON THE
ROADWAYS OF AMERICA. THAT, MY FRIENDS, IS A VICTORY FOR
A CLEANER ENVIRONMENT.
 
AS A RESULT OF ENFORCING OUR CONSUMER PROTECTION
AND ANTITRUST LAWS, MILLIONS OF DOLLARS HAVE BEEN
RETURNED TO VERMONT CONSUMERS’ WALLETS. AND SINCE
PREVENTION IS SO VITALLY IMPORTANT, OUR EFFECTIVE
EFFORTS TO EDUCATE VERMONTERS ON THE DANGERS OF
IDENTITY THIEVES AND SCAM ARTISTS HAVE ALLOWED MANY
MORE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO REMAIN IN VERMONTERS’
POCKETS AND NOT BE LOST TO CRIMINALS, BOTH DOMESTIC
AND FOREIGN.
 
IN THE CRIMINAL ARENA, MY OFFICE HAS WORKED EFFICIENTLY
AND PRODUCTIVELY WITH ALL LEVELS OF POLICE IN MANY OF
VERMONT’S MOST NOTORIOUS CASES. WE HAVE SUCCESSFULLY
PROSECUTED MURDERERS, RAPISTS AND THOSE WHO PREY
ON OUR MOST VULNERABLE. WE LEAD THE FIGHT AGAINST
TRAFFICKING IN DANGEROUS DRUGS.
 
VERMONTERS WANT, EXPECT AND ARE ENTITLED TO EVEN-
HANDED JUSTICE. I TAKE THIS VERY SERIOUSLY. WE DON’T’
PLAY FAVORITES. THERE IS NO DOUBLE STANDARD WHEN IT
COMES TO WRONGDOING BY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS
AND PUBLIC OFFICIALS. JUST ASK THE DOZENS OF FORMER
COUNTY SHERIFFS, STATE AND LOCAL POLICE AND MUNICIPAL
OFFICIALS WHOM WE HAVE CONVICTED OF VIOLATING
VERMONT’S CRIMINAL STATUTES.
 
WE HAVE WORKED EFFECTIVELY IN THE LEGISLATURE AND
 
HAVE SUCCESSFULLY SEEN THE PASSAGE OF NEW LAWS
TO OUTLAW THE POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY,
HAZING IN OUR SCHOOLS – FROM OUR EARLIEST GRADES
THROUGH COLLEGE, AND TO REQUIRE MEMBERS OF RELIGIOUS
ORGANIZATIONS TO REPORT SUSPECTED INSTANCES OF CHILD
ABUSE. I HAVE CHAMPIONED THE AVAILABILITY OF SPECIAL
INVESTIGATIVE UNITS FOR SEX CRIMES THROUGHOUT THE
STATE.
 
BUT MUCH REMAINS TO BE DONE. AND THAT IS WHY TODAY
I FORMALLY DECLARE MY CANDIDACY FOR RE-ELECTION AS
VERMONT’S ATTORNEY GENERAL.
 
I LOOK FORWARD TO CAMPAIGNING ALL OVER THIS STATE TO
HELP VERMONTERS BETTER UNDERSTAND THE ROLE OF THE
ATTORNEY GENERAL, MY RECORD IN THIS OFFICE AND MY
PRIORITIES FOR MY NEXT TERM.
 
THANKS TO MY INITIATIVE, THE LEGISLATURE HAS JUST
APPROPRIATED $2OO THOUSAND TO ENHANCE LAW
ENFORCEMENT’S BATTLES AGAINST THE ONLINE SHARING OF
IDENTIFIED CHILD PORNOGRAPHY. A NEWLY-AUTHORIZED
CRIMINAL INVESTIGATOR IN MY OFFICE WILL BE DEDICATED TO
THIS FIGHT. WITH THE HELP OF OTHERS, WE WILL INCREASE
OUR EFFORTS TO GO AFTER THE HUNDREDS OF INDIVIDUAL
COMPUTER USERS IN THIS STATE WHO VIOLATE OUR CHILD
PORNOGRAPHY LAWS AND POSE SUCH REAL RISK OF SEXUAL
PREDATION ON VERMONT’S CHILDREN.
 
I WILL REDOUBLE OUR EFFORTS TO SEE THAT THERE IS
 
RESPONSIBLE AND SAFE USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA, LIKE
FACEBOOK. VERMONTERS WILL BE BETTER INFORMED AS TO
HOW TO PROTECT THEIR PERSONAL PRIVACY IN THE ONLINE
WORLD. AND WE WILL RESPOND AGGRESSIVELY TO CYBER
BULLYING AND UNLAWFUL FORMS OF DISCRIMINATION.
 
ZEALOUS AND IMPARTIAL ENFORCEMENT OF OUR CAMPAIGN
FINANCE LAWS WILL REMAIN A PRIORITY. AND THIS TWO-
FISTED ATTORNEY GENERAL WILL FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT TO
UPHOLD VERMONT’S LAWS GIVING VERMONTERS A REAL SAY AS
TO THE FUTURE OF ENTERGY’S OPERATIONS IN THIS STATE.
 
IT SHOULD GO WITHOUT SAYING, I CANNOT DO ALL OF THIS
AND MORE WITHOUT THE VERY ABLE ASSISTANCE OF THE
HARD-WORKING MEMBERS OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S
OFFICE. MY THANKS TO MY STAFF FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND
FOR THEIR DEDICATION TO ENHANCING THE HEALTH AND
SAFETY OF ALL VERMONTERS, PARTICULARLY THOSE MOST IN
NEED.
 
I LOOK FORWARD TO DEBATE WITH MY OPPONENT, TO
COMPARING OUR RECORDS OF ACCOMPLISHMENT AND OUR
PRIORITIES FOR THE FUTURE.
 
I THANK THE MANY THOUSANDS OF VERMONT VOTERS WHO, IN
SO MANY PAST ELECTIONS, HAVE PLACED THEIR TRUST IN ME
AS THE STATE’S CHIEF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER. I SEEK
THAT STRONG SUPPORT AGAIN IN THE PRIMARY ELECTION IN
AUGUST AND THEN IN THE GENERAL ELECTION IN NOVEMBER.
 
BUT FOR NOW, I CLOSE BY SAYING: LET THE CAMPAIGN
OFFICIALLY BEGIN!
 
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.