‘NULLIFICATION’ ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THE DANGER OF MARTHA DEAN AS STATE AG

The Shad has often joked that I wouldn’t write anything too critical of Republican candidate for state attorney general Martha Dean because she scares me and she might be packing heat. Instead of “A Chicken in Every Pot,” her slogan can be “Teach Our Kids About Every Shot.” Dean’s embracement of instructing children in school about how to use guns is frightening but her latest nut-job idea would make Connecticut the laughing stock of the nation not to mention tying the state up in lawsuits for years, the very thing for which she criticizes current AG Richard Blumenthal.

Dean has previously and again this week, expressed support for a theory called “nullification”— that a state has the right to declare null and void any federal law the state decides is unacceptable and unconstitutional. A Dean spokesman walked back the candidate’s prior comments telling the Hartford Courant, “Martha is only speaking of some constitutional questions that are being bandied about by many scholars across the country, that are pertaining to states’ rights, which have come to the fore since the passage of federal health care reform legislation.”

Responsible votes will “nullify” any thought of turning their anger into a vote for Dean.