Also, Mike Lee, Rutledge's Democratic opponent, said:
there is a compelling public interest in releasing job performance records about firing the State’s chief law enforcement officer who is entrusted with millions of taxpayer dollars.
These records of a DHS attorney shed light on how a high-level law enforcement official handled internal government workings and did nor did not comply with the public funds and responsibilities entrusted her.
That Leslie Rutledge was “terminated” likely means there was conduct that could have undermined the public trust, compromised public safety, and was possibly even illegal. There has been much public controversy and interest over her “termination.”
Further, it is not a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy to release personnel records of a public figure who has willingly put her job performance in the public spotlight. The personnel records would shed light on how DHS and Leslie Rutledge operated in private, and would especially show whether important government laws and procedures were or were not followed
“I am interested, like all of you, in having full transparency for our public officials. I invite you all to take a look at my record. I want to deal honestly with the people of Arkansas, and want to make my record an open book.UPDATE: Rutledge takes
“The public deserves to know the employment history of anyone they are about to hire, whether it’s a DHS attorney or an attorney general. We don’t know what Leslie Rutledge’s true work history is or isn’t. But we do know one thing, she has a ‘Do Not Hire’ flag on her record from her past employer, the Department of Human Services
“When I read, ‘Do Not Re-hire,’ that worries me. That worries me as an attorney general candidate. That worries me as an Arkansan. And that worries me as someone who expects more out of our leaders.”
Lee is looking forward to Attorney General Rutledge being straightforward with her answer to this call for transparency.