Help wanted: Tennessee Attorney General

Just four days after Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey's failed attempt to gain control over the selection of the next Tennessee Attorney General, the state Supreme Court announced an opening for... the next Tennessee Attorney General.

Attorney General Robert Cooper is coming to the end of his eight-year term as the state's top attorney. On Monday, the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts announced they would be taking applicationsfor Cooper's spot, a position that will be decided upon by the Tennessee Supreme Court.

Cooper announced Monday that he would be seeking a second eight-year term.

That power, to decide the next attorney general, became a key point in Ramsey's efforts to topple Chief Justice Gary Wade and Justices Connie Clark and Sharon Lee. Ramsey helped bring in out-of-state conservative groups and sunk more than $400,000 of his political action committee's money into an effort to convince voters that the trio were too liberal and soft on crime.

Ramsey also pitched the Supreme Court's power to appoint the next Tennessee Attorney General as a reason to oust the three in favor of a more conservative judiciary. He and opponents pointed to Cooper's refusal to join a multistate lawsuit against Obamacare as evidence that the court was too liberal.

The three justices won re-election by a comfortable margin.

Anyone interested in becoming the next attorney general must be an attorney and apply by noon, Aug. 29. The eight-year gig pays $179,640.

Reach Brian Haas at 615-726-8968 and on Twitter @brianhaas.


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