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Foster's future: Best of luck to the next AG

April 14. 2013 1:06AM

The fact that a lot of eyes, not all friendly, will be watching Attorney General-designate Joe Foster deal with state issues affecting his former law firm is a good thing. While some of those issues may be quite important to the state, better to have Foster steer a clear path away from them than to create suspicion that his former job will somehow influence the state's position. We expect he will be very careful.

As for concern over Foster's lack of criminal prosecution experience, we don't see that as a major drawback. The proof of the pudding will be in the eating, but the office does have several veteran criminal prosecutors. Not all Foster's predecessors had such backgrounds, either. Former Attorney General Stephen Merrill, for one, did well leading that office.

From what we have heard and read, the Nashua attorney and former state senator is well thought of and regarded more as a pragmatic problem-solver than a partisan politician.

If that is the case, then Gov. Maggie Hassan may have earned an early thumbs-up in an important area. Given her less-than-smooth introduction to budgeting and spending, she can surely use one.

We expect Foster to win Executive Council approval this Wednesday. We wish him the best in an important post.

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