Former Attorney General and US Attorney, and fixture in Delaware politics and legal circles for several centuries, Charles Oberly, is still mulling whether to run for Attorney General, but should decided in the next month, according to Matthew Bittle.
New Castle County Chief Administrative Officer Kathy Jennings, the former state prosecutor who left the Department of Justice in December 2016, has been mum about whether she will run.
Meanwhile Tim Mullaney announced this past week that he is running for attorney general. Mullaney served as then-Attorney General Beau Biden’s top aide from 2011 to 2014, and led the department’s Fraud and Consumer Protection Division for three years before that. He then replaced the infamous David Grimaldi as former New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon’s top administrator. He’s currently the National Fraternal Order of Police’s director of labor services. He was previously a U.S. Marshall from 1994 until 2002. It does not stretch fact to state he would be the State Police’s law and order candidate in the primary, at a time when we might just need less state police influence in state government.
In a news release, Mr. Mullaney said he “will not hesitate to champion for Delawareans by standing up to Republican President Donald Trump.” He praised lawsuits against the White House filed by Democratic attorneys general in several states over actions taken by the president over issues like immigration and health care. He believes authorities need to come down hard on violent criminals but also must work to change certain aspects of the criminal justice system, such as providing more treatment for people suffering drug addiction.
“We need to be aware of the ever-changing needs of our communities and be willing to look within the criminal justice system itself to fearlessly abandon what is not working, improve certain aspects and exercise the ability to create new initiatives to ensure the equal protection of every person in this great state,” Mr. Mullaney said. “We cannot arrest more people and hope these challenges will go away. We need more treatment options and other resources to address the public safety challenges facing Delaware. I look forward to discussing my ideas with the voters up and down Delaware in the coming months.”
I hope Jennings runs, and if she doesn’t, our salvation is not Oberly. He has just been around way too long to bring change to Delaware’s criminal justice system. We need a young new candidate, perhaps one of Denn’s young deputy AGs, to chart a new course for Delaware. Not a retread.