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©_2002_Authorized and_paid_for_by_the Committee_to_Elect Vivian_Houghton Attorney_General, 800_N_West_St., Wilmington_DE_19801

Committee to Elect 
Vivian Houghton Attorney General

The News Journal, Oct. 25, 2002, Page B-1

Candidates for attorney general meet

Brady and Schnee stress record; Houghton focuses on independence

By Mary Allen
Staff Reporter

The three candidates for attorney general tried to differentiate  themselves Thursday at a forum organized by the Italo-Americans United group of Wilmington. 

Incumbent Republican M. Jane Brady said she has developed policies and programs during her tenure to combat violent criminals, school violence, and scam artists who prey on senior citizens. 

Green Party candidate Vivian A. Houghton said she is an independent voice who is not afraid to go after big polluters and class-action lawsuits against major corporations, such as pharmaceutical companies. 

Democrat Carl Schnee touted his experience serving as U. S. attorney for Delaware in a 26-month term that ended in April 2001 and as past chairman of the state's Criminal Justice Council, a group of attorneys, court and other law enforcement officials who help funnel federal grant money into Delaware. 

About 25 people gathered for the forum at the Knights of Columbus on Lancaster Avenue. The Italo-Americans United was formed in 1977 to call attention to the positive contributions Italian Americans make in the community, members said. 

Those who attended heard from candidates vying for election or their representatives in several races next month, including state treasurer, U. S. Senate, and House of Representatives. The audience included several senior citizen, who wondered about the future of prescription drugs. 

Houghton said Congress' failure to pass a prescription drug plan highlighted the failure of America's two-party system. The independent blamed Democratic and Republican egos for the lack of federal progress. 

Brady said the state's multimillion-dollar tobacco settlement included cash to assist low-income senior citizens with prescription drug needs. The state did not join in the class-action lawsuit, but worked to boost the settlement payout for small states and succeeded without paying high-priced outside attorneys to represent Delaware, she said.

Schnee told the crowd that Brady once said she decided for personal and political reasons that Delaware should not join the tobacco lawsuit. If Delaware had, he said, the state would have reaped greater financial rewards. He charged that her decision-making my have been clouded by campaign contributions from donors whose identities are not clear. 

Brady countered that all her contribution information is public. 

[webnote: the News Journal article also included a picture of each candidate.]