I utterly abhor politics and elections

By Aaron Seable

I utterly abhor politics and elections, be they local, state, or national, and I typically avoid entering into any political discussion, especially on social media. BUT, once in a great while, a public servant comes along who does his or her Constitutional duty without regard for political consequences - one who takes seriously his or her oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America and of the State of Idaho.

Lawrence Wasden, the longest serving Attorney General in Idaho history, is that type of public servant, and he is willing to serve another four years. Let's take him up on that offer.

For those who may not know, the office of Attorney General, which can only be held by a licensed attorney, carries with it an additional oath, one taken by all attorneys admitted to the bar in Idaho. That oath is to not only to support and defend the Constitutions of the United States and of Idaho, but to abide by the highest of ethical standards (including a duty of candor), to respect court and judicial officers as an officer of the court, to represent his or her clients with vigor and zeal, preserving their confidences, to NEVER seek to mislead a court or opposing party by falsely stating the facts or law in a case, to scrupulously honor promises and commitments, to resolve matters expeditiously and without unnecessary expense, to contribute time and resources to public service, and to never reject for personal consideration the cause of the defenseless and oppressed.

I know Lawrence Wasden personally, and I can honestly say that I have never met anyone that takes these oaths more seriously. His loyalty is to the rule of law.

A man I deeply admire once said, "The rule of law stands as a wall to protect civilization from the barbarians who would conduct public affairs and settle private disputes by power, position, or corruption, rather than by recourse to the impartiality of settled rules of law. Lawyers are the watchmen on that wall . . . [A] lawyer’s predominant professional loyalty should be to the principles of the law, not to the officials who administer them or to the person, organization, or other client in whose interest those principles are applied. A lawyer obviously owes a high duty of loyalty to his client, but the duty he owes to the Constitution and laws is higher still." (Dallin H. Oaks, JRCLS, Aug. 27, 1973).

The office of Attorney General, while filled by popular vote in Idaho, should not be held by a "politician" whose loyalties will change with the changing tides of public opinion. Lawrence Wasden is not a "politician." He is an outstanding attorney, and an even better man, and he deserves your vote tomorrow.

He certainly has mine.

Aaron Seable