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John Brummett isn't impressed with the substance or politics behind Republican attorney general candidate Gunner DeLay's proposal to create a unit to fight public corruption.

He told the Republicans in White County that his public corruption division would operate like the "untouchables."

He said he meant only that they would be untouched by political constraint. The Democratic Party's coordinated campaign in Little Rock read him another way.

It issued a news release saying DeLay apparently didn't understand the constitutional constraints of his own office. It said he was frightfully proposing that he be given a staff of law enforcement personnel seemingly above conventional restriction, like Elliott Ness and the FBI "untouchables" back in the get-Capone days.

An idea 40 percent worthy and 60 percent worrisome, give or take, will now be dismissed as absurd because of DeLay's careless word.

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