Schmidt helped boost Sunflower
The Attorney General is Kansas' highest ranking law enforcement
officer. He or she may prosecute some of the most horrific crimes that
occur within our borders. Prosecuting criminals is a critical aspect of
the AG's office; however, the AG must also be able to interpret and
uphold state statutes, discerning legislative intent and helping to
ensure their constitutionality.
In 2008, Attorney General Paul Morrison ruled that Kansas statutes
gave KDHE Secretary Rod Bremby the authority to regulate carbon dioxide
emissions, and current AG Six upheld his predecessor's opinion. Bremby
used that opinion to issue a controversial denial of Sunflower
Electric's air quality permit.
Since then I have worked with Derek Schmidt and observed firsthand
his prodigious knowledge of Kansas law. He understood the negative
impact this ruling had on the Kansas business climate. Senate Majority
Leader Derek Schmidt and Senate President Steve Morris led the
successful charge to overturn this disastrous decision.
The Kansas business community expects the AG to interpret laws
fairly — free from bias and without an underlying political agenda.
We do not need another AG who is held hostage to the special
interests that have fought this project and the thousands of jobs it
will bring. When you vote this fall, please remember we need an
attorney general with the education and expertise to interpret the law
as well as the ability to prosecute crimes. Please join me in voting
for Derek Schmidt for attorney general.
Mayo serves on the Finney County Commission.