Hatch resigns post under Attorney General Lori Swanson
The Star Tribune and Pioneer Press carried the same Associated Press story Tuesday that former attorney general Mike Hatch resigned his post working under current Attorney General Lori Swanson. During Hatch's tenure in the office, Swanson worked under him. She surprised the St. Paul political community when she appointed him in January to head a "team looking into complex cases," Brian Bakst of the AP said.
Since then, Swanson has encountered staff problems, including "about three dozen staff departures" since taking over in January, the article said.
The Pioneer Press reported last Friday the 27th on the "shake=up" in the office, and the growing discord between Swanson and AFSCME, the state's largest public employee union. They also reported on the "exodus" of nearly 30 employees.
The Star Tribune reported Friday specifically on the AFSCME issue, noting that the situation is rare, considering Swanson is a Democrat, and AFSCME endorsed her candidacy, a move that union leaders now say they regret. The dispute has prompted state Republicans to take a position in defense of the union.
Ruben Rosario of the Pioneer Press went as far Sunday as writing an open letter to Swanson encouraging her to fire Hatch. Many feel Hatch's personality and history in Minnesota politics contributed to the unrest in the attorney general's office.