Republican law professor announces attorney general run

Published: Apr. 19, 2021 at 10:18 AM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Republican law professor has decided to run for attorney general. Ryan Owens announced Monday that he’s entering the race to unseat Democratic incumbent Josh Kaul.

Owens serves as an affiliate faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s law school and La Follette School of Public Affairs.

He’s also the director of the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership, which brings conservative speakers to campus.

He’s the second Republican to announce a run. Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney announced his candidacy earlier this month.

Owens stopped at the Eau Claire County Republican headquarters Monday night. He says Kaul’s response to the Kenosha riots last year was too lenient and is partly what drove him to run.

“Where was the Attorney General during Kenosha, when the riots were going on, Kenosha was burning, law enforcement had a conference call with him and they asked him to step up to the plate and do a little bit more. His response to them was ‘I can’t do that because it’ll look like I’m choosing sides.’ As far as I’m concerned, there’s only one side. It’s the rule of law and we need an attorney general who will step up,” said Owens.

“I was personally in Kenosha the day after that shooting and was back again three days later, talking about the industrial process and the fact that we’re going to have a full, fair, and transparent investigation. So, we worked hard to encourage people protesting and calm in the community, and I spoke out against violence, arson and destruction at that time and I will always speak out against violence and destruction,” said AG Kaul.

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