Normally the race for Commissioner for Public Lands is a low-key one, not really worthy of the office that controls hundreds of millions of dollars of money for public schools.
This year has not been much different, although that is starting to change, as Republican Steve McLaughlin sharpens his focus on the qualifications of the environmental extremist he is running against, Hilary Franz.
Franz is the executive director of the state’s most litigation-happy environmental group, Futurewise. Despites over 30 lawsuits against state, she claims she has been leading Futurewise in the right direction, even saying that the group she runs “had the right mission and were using the wrong tool”.
McLaughlin called into question her attempt to avoid her past recently, pointing out that her biggest supporter, noted “green” gadfly Peter Goldman, “has sued DNR ‘more than any person in the history of the department.’”
Goldman put in more than $100,000 into a political committee called “Citizens for our Forests” to get Franz through the August primary.
Now that he helped her into the general election, do you think Franz might tell Goldman that he is “using the wrong tool?”