Over the last eight years, it has been disturbing to watch President Obama circumvent the Constitutional powers and responsibilities of the States through executive orders and encroaching bureaucratic actions. To combat this trend, as your next Attorney General, I will establish a Federalism Unit within my office dedicated to protecting and preserving the rights of Hoosiers to govern ourselves.
The Federalism Unit will be directed by my Solicitor General, who will also serve as advisor to other agency lawyers and various state officials regarding complex constitutional issues. This unit will intervene if necessary when Indiana's most critical interests are at stake. Such critical interests might include Obamacare, First and Second Amendment infringements, relocating Guantanamo Bay terrorists to Terre Haute's federal prison, and an EPA and other agencies that reach their tentacles into every Hoosier homestead, farm, and business.
As the chief lawyer for the State of Indiana, I will empower the Solicitor General and the Federalism Unit to directly handle those appeals determined to be most significant for Indiana to restore the proper balance between our state authority and that of the federal government. In addition, the Federalism Unit will author “friend of the court” briefs for submission to the U.S. Supreme Court and other courts across the nation. We will lead the fight in federal and state courts against a federal government that is out of control and out of touch with lives of everyday Americans.
The 10th amendment to our United States Constitution specifically guarantees that “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." As a result, Indiana’s Attorney General is the first line of defense when our state’s powers and responsibilities are under attack -- and that is a responsibility I take very seriously.
Join me in the fight to restore our state’s rightful constitutional role of self-governance.