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Thursday, August 10, 2006 

The AG's Race

I guess there was a pretty interesting debate between the two Republican candidates for attorney general today...
AG candidates have heated exchange

West Allis - A Republican candidate for state attorney general pointedly told his opponent "you suck" during a heated exchange today about the threat of terrorism in Wisconsin.

J.B. Van Hollen, a former federal prosecutor, directed the remark at fellow Republican Paul Bucher during a break in a debate broadcast during Charlie Sykes' show on radio station WTMJ-AM (620) from the Wisconsin State Fair.

Bucher, Waukesha County district attorney, had demanded that Van Hollen apologize for saying earlier in the campaign that terrorists were training and raising funds in Wisconsin.

When Van Hollen tried to explain his position and Bucher interrupted, Van Hollen responded: "Will you ever listen? That's why you suck, Paul, because you only listen to people who agree with you."

The exchange occurred off the air during a commercial break, but Bucher informed listeners as soon as the live on-air debate resumed.

"I don't suck. I resent that," he told Van Hollen. "If we're going to denigrate into that, you go first."

The two Republicans will meet in a Sept. 12 primary, with the winner facing the winner of a Democratic primary between incumbent Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager and Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk in November.
Van Hollen later apologized for the remark. I didn't get to hear this live because I was at work. From what I've read, it was a pretty heated exchange and a tough debate generally.

Who am I voting for in the AG's race? Right now, no one.

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