Janet Reno, the U.S. attorney general under President Clinton, has endorsed Dave Pinto in the Ramsey County attorney’s race. Reno says she’s known Pinto for nearly 10 years and thinks he’ll do a good job in the job.
Pinto is currently a domestic violence prosecutor in the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office. His boss, Susan Gaertner, isn’t seeking another term; she’s running for governor.
Here are some of Reno’s comments:
“I write to urge you to support Dave Pinto in his campaign for Ramsey County Attorney. I have known Dave for nearly ten years. I have been consistently impressed with his intellect, dedication to the profession of law, and commitment to public service.
Before serving as U.S. Attorney General, I served for twenty years as State Attorney for Miami-Dade County in Florida. In Florida, the State Attorney is the equivalent of the County Attorney in Minnesota. I know that it’s a job where you have to make difficult decisions that balance public safety and individual rights …
I believe Dave is uniquely qualified to serve your community as County Attorney. He has experience in government service, private practice, and the federal courts, as well as his hands-on experience as a prosecutor. He has consistently used his legal skills to serve the public. During his time in private practice he achieved an historic court ruling protecting the rights of GLBT high school students. He has fought to protect the voting rights of those in traditionally disenfranchised communities. As a domestic violence prosecutor in the County Attorney’s office, he is in court every day working to protect families and break the cycle of violence.
Dave has a rare mix of management skills and experience in multiple areas of the law. He has the expertise, talent and temperament to be an extraordinary County Attorney.”
Pinto is seeking the DFL endorsement at Saturday’s DFL county convention at Roseville Area High School. Also seeking the endorsement are John Choi, who recently stepped down as St. Paul city attorney, and David Schultz, a private attorney.
Roseville City Council Member Tammy Pust is not seeking any party endorsements but will run in the August primary.