PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Eight months after he first emerged as a possible 2010 political contender, Republican defense lawyer Erik B. Wallin, of South Kingstown, put the state Board of Elections on official notice Wednesday that he is raising money to run for attorney general.
A former prosecutor in the criminal division of the attorney general's office, Wallin created a campaign fundraising committee in February. At the time, however, he left blank the box for candidates to declare the "office being sought.'' In his new filing, he left no further doubt about the office he seeks: attorney general.
He loaned his campaign $25,050 in start-up money, and he had $20,236 left to pursue his campaign after raising an additional $8,450 during the three-month stretch that ended September 30.
Now in private practice in Wakefield, Wallin, 39, worked in the attorney general's office.
In recent weeks, he said, he has started sending out press releases and proposed editorials to the state's smaller local newspapers, and accepting invitations to speak on talk radio shows.
On his campaign web page, Wallin describes himself as a native Rhode Islander raised in North Kingstown, who graduated from Bishop Hendricken High School, Rhode Island College and the Roger Williams University School of Law, Class of 1997, before enlisting in the Air Force, where he served as a military prosecutor and "successfully litigated numerous court martial cases involving drugs, sexual assault, child Internet pornography, and financial crimes.''
Before returning to Rhode Island, he also served as a special assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Ohio.
In recent weeks he has circulated for publication a sample of his views and writings that begins: "The cancer that is corruption continues to devour our state. Most recently, the governor's audit shed light on $75 million of willfully mismanaged taxpayer dollars for insider deals, extravagant bonuses, over-paying and a variety of other corrupt actions....What Rhode Islanders can see from these actions at the landfill is inaction from the state's highest elected official responsible for enforcing our laws, the Attorney General.''
"Is it possible this corruption occurred under the nose of the attorney general and he had no idea?'' he asked. Rhode Islanders are entitled to answers rather than a statement that no prosecution of anyone involved in this fleecing of taxpayer dollars will occur.''