ANN ARBOR, MI — Two years after attorney Dana Nessel stood in Braun Court celebrating a victory for gay marriage after a bitter fight with the Michigan Attorney General’s Office, she stood in the same spot and announced her candidacy to be the state’s next Attorney General.
“If I am the Attorney General of this state you will be safe, you will be protected and hate will not win,” she told a crowd of media members and about 30 supporters.
The seat is up in the 2018 election and is open. Current Attorney General Bill Schuette, a Republican, is subject to term limits and cannot run for the position again.
Nessel gained prominence in Michigan as she represented April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, a lesbian couple fighting for gay marriage, and ended up overturning Michigan’s constitutional ban on gay marriage. The couple married in 2015.
One of Nessel’s takeaways, after seeing Schuette’s office spend a significant amount of money fighting against gay marriage, was that the office had strayed from its intended course.
“People, the office of the Michigan Attorney General has lost its way. They aren’t fighting for the little guy,” Nessel said.
She criticized Schuette for having bloated the office with bureaucrats, and without mentioning him by name said people had used the office as a political stepping stone to get to the governor’s mansion.
“I will not use the resources of this office for any other purpose than to protect Michiganders from their ability to live peaceably and safely in the state that we all love,” she said.
If elected Attorney General, she said, she would focus on consumer protection, closing down the Line 5 pipeline in the straits of Mackinac, protecting seniors from economic exploitation