IN MARYLAND and the District, incumbent attorneys general Brian E. Frosh and Karl A. Racine, both Democrats, have used their first terms to make an impact, and a highly positive one. They deserve reelection.
MARYLAND: Mr. Frosh, a highly regarded state lawmaker for 28 years before winning his current job in 2014, has been an activist attorney general. Having sought and won legislative authority to sue the federal government without prior approval from the governor or General Assembly, in 2017, he has used that power aggressively to challenge Trump administration policies, often in concert with other Democratic attorneys general. That has prompted criticism from Republicans that Mr. Frosh has politicized the job. In most cases, though, he has argued cogently that the suits are intended to protect the interests of Marylanders — for example, the tens of thousands of state residents whose health insurance would be jeopardized by the collapse of Obamacare, which Mr. Frosh is seeking to protect from the administration’s efforts to dismantle it.
Separately, Mr. Frosh has been instrumental in pushing to reform the state’s unjust, racially tilted cash-bail system, which disproportionately penalized poor and minority defendants; prevent price gouging for prescription drugs — a fight now being waged in the courts; and crack down on nursing homes that exploit and abuse vulnerable elderly residents.
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