Medica still haunts Hatch, part two
As I posted earlier today, Mike Hatch may be investigated by the Legislative Auditor for threatening to take state business away from Dorsey & Whitney.
Rep. Tim Wilkin, R-Eagan, vice chairman of the Legislative Audit Commission, and Rep. Joyce Peppin, R-Rogers, asked Nobles to follow up on testimony during the Medica trial last month. During the trial, Hatch was asked by Medica's outside counsel whether Hatch warned the lawyer's partner at Dorsey that it could lose some of its state's bond-writing business because of its representation of Medica. Hatch denied on the witness stand making a threat.
(Source: Star Tribune, September 7, 2005)
It should be noted that Peppin and Wilkin, while both Republicans, are not known the grandstanding that other legislators (or Attorney Generals) are known for. The attempt to investigate Hatch doesn’t appear to be brought on by a partisan agenda or a chance at grabbing some media attention. While I don’t mean to belittle the importance of the two respected legislators, neither are known as rising stars in the party, with shots at higher office (statewide or federal).
That makes the charges against Hatch all the more serious. Face it, it’s not like Rep. Jeff Johnson (Attorney General candidate) or Sen. Michele Bachmann is demanding an investigation. Hatch and his cronies would be wise to tread lightly on this one. But they won’t. Hatch possesses a “don’t mess with me” attitude and believes himself deserving of the office across the hall. Hatch’s bully attitude may work in the courtroom, but will not work in the court of public opinion.