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NRI contests top legal post in US

Attorney Subodh Chandra is in the race for becoming Ohio's attorney general.

india Updated: Feb 22, 2006 11:16 IST
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An Indian American attorney, Subodh Chandra, is contesting in the preliminariesfor the post of Ohio's attorney general.

Chandra still has to win over his Democratic challenger, State Senator Marc Dann, who has strong support in the state.

With the sullied reputation of the former governor Bob Taft, the Republicans are facing an uphill battle for some seats, and particularly that of the attorney general, and Chandra could benefit from this.

Chandra, who displayed missionary zeal as Cleveland Law Director, hopes to mirror the powerful role played by New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, who brought many a corporation to its knees through pro-active litigation, and is now slated to be in the running for New York governor.

The primaries are to be held May 2 in this swing state that played a last-minute role in catapulting President George W Bush to victory in his second term for office in 2004, defeating Democrat John Kerry.

Chandra has roped in as fundraiser the renowned David Boeis, Al Gore's attorney in the landmark case that brought Bush to the White House on the controversial Florida vote-count.

Boeis has hosted two fundraisers for Chandra and given media interviews for him.

"We don't need a politician with a law degree for attorney general, we need a lawyer," Boies said.

"The mid-west and Ohio is obviously very important to the Democratic Party and the nation in general. We have good attorneys general elsewhere in the country, such as New York's Eliot Spitzer who are restoring integrity to the office.

"I believe Subodh has the ability to do that in Ohio. He is precisely the kind of candidate we need in the attorney general's race. He has practised law, he has prosecuted cases, and he knows how to act in the courtroom."

If Chandra wins the Democratic primary, he would face off with the winner among the two Republican contenders, Franklin county prosecutor Ron O'Brien and State Senator Tim Grendell.