Lawrence Wasden has a proven record of vigorously defending Idaho's sovereignty.

By Aaron Seable Attorney at Hamilton, Michaelson & Hilty | February 25, 2022

Candidates frequently promise that, if elected, they will defend "state sovereignty." As the longest-serving Attorney General in Idaho history, Lawrence Wasden has a proven record of vigorously defending Idaho's sovereignty.

Following the 2020 presidential election, the state of Texas sued the state of Pennsylvania and several other states on the basis that the actions of these states relating to the presidential election process during the pandemic were illegal.

Ignoring political pressure, Wasden refused to allow Idaho to join that lawsuit. Joining the lawsuit would have required him to pretend, for purposes of political convenience, that Idaho had the right and standing to challenge the internal sovereign actions of another state. "The question wasn't, 'Was the election valid?' The question was, 'Can one state sue another state for that state's exercise of its sovereign power?'"

On December 11, 2020, within days after Wasden refused to join the lawsuit, the United States Supreme Court, the majority of which have been appointed by Republican presidents, answered that question by declining to hear the case on the very basis articulated by Wasden. "The people who claimed they were defending sovereignty were actually attacking sovereignty," he said.

Idaho does not need an Attorney General committed to representing a particular party or a certain group of like-minded legislators – Idaho needs and has enjoyed an Attorney General that represents and defends the law, no matter which way the political winds may be blowing. Lawrence Wasden is the only candidate willing to do what needs to be done, and he has the track record to prove it.


Mr. Seable is an attorney at Hamilton, Michaelson & Hilty