A string of recent local news reports has raised troubling questions about Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr’s record, from the appearance of conflicts of interest to concerns that Carr’s office is delaying justice in dozens of court cases across the state. The bad press comes as a new, Trump-backed challenger entering the race for Attorney General, ensuring another nasty Republican primary that will bring Carr’s terrible record into sharper focus.
“It ‘smells bad and looks bad'”: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported this week that Carr received thousands of dollars from the drug lobby while he was negotiating a settlement with pharmaceutical companies over their role in the national opioid crisis. As Carr participated in the negotiations, pharmaceutical lobbying group PhRMA maxed out on its contributions to Carr’s primary campaign, giving him the most money of any candidate in Georgia.
“’All we are asking him to do is his job’”: The Augusta Chronicle also reported frustration with Carr from local district attorneys who say that Carr’s office has failed to appoint prosecutors for dozens of cases, leaving some Georgians waiting years for a trial and delaying justice for victims.
“It’s the attorney general’s duty to ensure justice for all Georgians, but Chris Carr has failed to meet some of the most basic expectations of the job. Georgians shouldn’t have to wonder whether our state’s chief law enforcement officer is letting court cases languish or prioritizing campaign cash over justice, but those are exactly the concerns these reports raise,” said Rebecca Galanti, spokesperson for the Democratic Party of Georgia. “The last thing we need is an attorney general we can’t trust to put the people first – Georgians deserve better from their top legal advocate.”
Read more about why Attorney General Chris Carr is coming under fire:
Georgia attorney general takes campaign cash from drug lobby while negotiating opioid agreement
Atlanta Journal-Constitution // Maya T. Prabhu // March 21, 2022
‘Nobody is doing anything’: Frustration grows over inaction on conflict cases
Augusta Chronicle // Jozsef Papp // March 13, 2022