Frankie Sue Vows She's No
'Tool of Federal Government'
By Del Tartikoff
copyright (c) 1996, Electric Nevada
|Stung by public criticism made
in a mere letter-to-the- editor last month, Nevada
Attorney General Frankie Sue Del Papa geared up
her word processor and -- all cylinders shooting sparks
-- fired back at the author.
Even though few Nevadans probably either read the letter or knew who the author was, Del Papa felt it necessary to protest she is "not a tool of the federal government."
"You recently printed a letter from Eureka County Deputy District Attorney Zane Miles which was critical of the Attorney General's Office," wrote Del Papa to the Reno Gannett-Journal. "Mile's letter deserves a response."
Miles, in his letter, had not identified himself by his position. Nor had he criticized Del Papa's "office." Rather, it was Del Papa herself he drew attention to.
"If any questions remained about Attorney General Frankie Sue Del Papa's commitment to the federal government's agenda," wrote Miles, "it was answered during last week's U.S. Supreme Court arguments about whether adversely affected parties can sue for violations of the Endangered Species Act. The federales argued that resource users can sue only for more, not less, enforcement.
"Fifteen state attorneys general -- Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas,
Nebraska, Ohio, Texas, Utah and West Virginia -- filed amicus
curiae briefs asking the high court to rule that
private parties and local government can sue to reduce
the impact of the ESA on their various interests. Even
the attorney general for ultra-liberal Hawaii stood up to
the federal government on this issue. Almost all of the
attorneys general of the western states opposed the
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Sue also turns out to be heading for controversy over the
role of her office in routing a $1 million contract to a
firm the state government is getting ready to sue for
contract with Best
Consulting. The computer-consulting company was
already being criticized by the state Information
Services Department for performance in a contract with
the state Taxation Department.
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