Doug Wardlow? Attorney General? A Very Bad Choice

Republicans, in their desperation, have decided that they want to make Keith Ellison the face of ALL Democrats in the 2018 election. Now, granted, Keith Ellison has a definite problem to deal with – but when Republicans choose to ignore all of their own little skeletons, it doesn’t really carry much weight. And Keith Ellison is still a very popular figure with the Democratic base. He will be answering for his domestic situation but the electorate will be the judge on that – not the MN GOP.

There is also one other problem with the MN GOP strategy. And that would Doug Wardlow, their GOP candidate to oppose Keith Ellison for the AG position. Wardlow  is a homophobe, a anti-gay rights zealot and he was counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, which sought to put laws into effect to discriminate against transgender individuals. Wardlow is another of those theocratic Republicans who would use a position like Attorney General to force “Christian” values in government. And I use the term “Christian” loosely, because his values do not comport with the ideals of very many people who believe in the love of God for all people.

But there is one other sad commentary about Doug Wardlow. As an officer of the court, he is sadly lacking in ethical values. I’m going to take you back to 2010 and reissue a blog post I put together on the background of Wardlow. He once clerked for the Minnesota Supreme Court and I was given information about a blog he was posting to while clerking for the court. His post were partisan Republican and even referred to electoral races in which he trashed Democratic candidates. This is an ethical violation of court procedure. No partisan writing or public pronouncement are allowed. Wardlow tried to hide his posting by supposedly making his blog anonymous – but people that worked with him were disturbed enough that they outed this devious methodology. The following is that 2010 Post in its entirety…….


We get a lot of lofty words from conservatives. First principles. Restoring liberty. Moral values.

Well, how about ethics?

Doug Wardlow is the GOP District 38B candidate for the State House. He has an impressive resume. Here is part of his LinkedIn profile:

Law Clerk
Minnesota Supreme Court
(Judiciary Industry)
August 2004-July 2005 (1 year)
Law clerk to the Hon. Justice G. Barry Anderson

It’s only part of an impressive history. Graduated Cum Laude from Georgetown Univ Law Center. CALI award for best examination in Constitutional Law and Jursprudence. Currently works for Parker Rosen.

But let’s get back to ethics….and a blog called The Rostra. (The Rostra blog can still be accessed but some posts are missing as well as the Bush/Cheney ’04 ad at the end).

The Rostra blog was dedicated to conservative commentary and political philosophy. Its main blogger used the pseudonym of Marius, who’s background is stated in the About Me section:

Marius holds a degree in government and political theory from Georgetown University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. He resides in Minnesota.

I have copies of blog posts from The Rostra which have dates of February 14, 2005 to March 3rd, 2005. Some of these posts are philosophical but some are very political.

As you can see, those dates coincide with the time that Doug Wardlow was a judicial law clerk with the Minnesota Supreme Court, and I have people who tell me that Marius IS Doug Wardlow.

There is a particular post (deleted from the online blog) which is particularly politically opinionated:

Tuesday, February 22, 2005


(excerpts from this post)…..

…..I believe Condoleeza Rice is the only chance the Republican party has to beat Mrs. Clinton in 2008. Rice will be able to counter Hillary’s appeal to female voters, and can also make inroads into the black vote…..

Another candidate who could stand a chance against Clinton is Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. An outstanding orator and saavy politician, Pawlenty is young and likeable. But most importantly, he is a popular values-centric conservative in a traditionally left-leaning state….

A Rice-Pawlenty ticket, combining strength among women, African-Americans, conservatives, evangelicals, and perhaps winning over key states such as Minnesota and Wisconsin, would be very difficult for Hillary to defeat.

(Editor’s note: I’m not saying that Wardlow was particularly politically savvy – just that this was an ethical violation)

And another purely partisan political post:

F R I D A Y , F E B R U A R Y 1 1 , 2 0 0 5


They’re talking about the ridiculous political suicide of Mark Dayton all over the country, even in Louisiana’s Bayou.
Although due to Dayton’s horribleness as a candidate, his move to not seek reelection would at first seem like a blow to Republicans counting on an easy victory, this may not be the case. Now that Al Franken has bowed out, and Alan Page looks very unlikely to run, the only real candidates remaining are State Attorney General Mike Hatch, Hennepin County (Minneapolis) Attorney Amy Klobuchar, and plaintiff’s attorney Mike Ciresi. Three lawyers, none of them well
known or well liked, and none of them particularly impressive politicians. While Mike Ciresi may be the most polished and well-funded of the bunch, he would fare poorly among outstate Minnesotans. So, it looks like the election may not be that difficult for Republicans after all, and Democrats’ hopes to retake the Senate were not boosted one bit by Dayton’s withdrawal.

I find one post from March 1, 2005 — not even deleted from the blog now — a little unusual to say the least. It refers to a Supreme Court decision which declared that executing individuals for murders committed while they were under the age of 18 constitutes cruel and unusual punishment under the 8th Amendment.

The author’s comments:

Once again 5 liberal justices — and the liberals cheering this decision — have succeeded in supplanting the will of the people with their own, supposedly more enlightned ideas. Once again they put their own policy agenda above the higher law of our land and the principles of democratic rule. If we have much more of this, drastic change, perhaps via impeachment, or systemic change, via constitutional amendment, may be necessary given the malfunctioning of a judiciary meant to judge but bent instead on exercising its will.

This comes from a serving Minnesota Supreme Court judicial employee. Judicial employees are to refrain from partisan political activity….should not make speeches for or publicly endorse or oppose a partisan political organization or candidate.

These blog posts were written during Wardlow’s time as a law clerk. It has been suggested that he has even written these posts from work.

He clearly makes partisan statements and comments on judicial activity….even discusses impeachment of US Supreme court justices.

There is an ethics problem here. Ethics is also a lofty word not to be taken lightly.

Maybe Doug Wardlow has an explanation for all of this….if so, I’d like to hear it. 


OK – there is the background on the Rostra blog. It depicts the Wardlow philosphy well. And I hope you find it ironic that Doug Wardlow has made a public pledge to “take politics out of the AG office.” I can guarantee you that he will not take politics out of the office, he will only make it more accessible to right wing homophobic philosophy and turn the AG office into a political arm of MCCL, Christian conservatives, and Alliance Defending Freedom.

Whatever you may think about Keith Ellison’s personal issues (and they are serious) – one thing is certain, he will be vastly better on public policy than Doug Wardlow. Do not allow the MN GOP to succeed in their cynical ploys regarding Keith Ellison. Their agenda must not be allowed to succeed.

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