Towson lawyer Jeffrey N. Pritzker filed Monday to seek the apparently uncontested Republican nomination for attorney general.
Pritzker contended that Democratic incumbent Douglas F. Gansler has “dropped the ball” in failing to protect Marylanders’ rights on several controversial issues.
He said the state's lawyer should have sued to reclaim taxpayer funds spent on the botched rollout of the state’s health insurance exchange. He also contended the attorney general's office should have challenged the federal government's role in having storm-water fees imposed in Baltimore city and the state's nine largest counties to help pay for the Chesapeake Bay’s restoration.
Pritzker, 64, is making his second try for the state’s highest legal office. The Phoenix resident narrowly lost in the 2002 GOP primary. He's the first Republican to run for attorney general since 2006. There are four Democrats vying for their party's nomination to succeed Gansler, who is running for governor.
Pritzker is a partner in the firm of Margolis, Pritzker, Epstein & Blatt, where his practice focused on corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions, real estate, business planning and creditors rights.