Is William Tong Qualified to Be Attorney General?

Some easy questions need to be asked about the Democratic Party endorsed candidate for Attorney General.

Although the presumption of eligibility might require this court to conclude that an attorney who has not practiced exclusively or even primarily as a litigator for at least ten years is qualified to hold the office of attorney general under § 3-124, the presumption does not authorize us to ignore the clear intent of the legislature that the attorney general must have some measure of experience in trying cases.  Bysiewicz v. DiNardo

Cases. Plural.

What cases has William Tong tried? Has he tried more than one?

Tong said Wednesday that he was involved in at least 30 cases filed in state Superior Court.

How many of them went to trial?

“I don’t know how many of them went to trial. A number of them did,” Tong said last week.

The firm’s website says Tong was “Trial counsel for former Chief Executive Officer in wrongful termination action in Connecticut federal court.” Records from U.S. District Court confirm that Tong was involved in a three-day wrongful termination trial during which one witness was called. He was not the lead attorney in that jury verdict case, which his firm lost. CT NEWS JUNKIE

Where’s the beef, William? Connecticut deserves more than vague responses to honest questions about qualifications.

Democrats, citizens of Connecticut, and the media should demand to know exactly what William Tong’s involvement in trying cases was. He should easily be able to produce docket numbers, opening statements, closing arguments and witness examinations – the things one does at trial. Every court proceeding in Connecticut is recorded and can be transcribed. Show us the transcripts.

If he can’t or won’t – it’s a giant problem – and establishment politics as usual. Something Connecticut has a lot of experience with. Part and parcel of the state’s problems.

I asked William Tong for any case cites. He didn’t respond.  

There is a potentially big problem for Tong, and democrats, and the State. If Tong gets elected, he could face a quo warranto action to remove him from office. Challenging his qualifications. Resulting in a mess for a very important office.

Tong should welcome providing clear and documented answers about his qualifications. He should welcome the opportunity to show his qualifications.

Ryan McKeen is a trial attorney at Connecticut Trial Firm, LLC in Glastonbury, Connecticut. In 2016, he was honored by the CT Personal Injury Hall of Fame for securing one of the highest settlements in the state. He is a New Leader in the Law. ABA 100. Avvo 10. 40 under 40 for Hartford Business Journal. He has been quoted in Time Magazine, the New York Times, Hartford Courant, Wall Street Journal Law Blog and the Hartford Business Journal. He focuses his practice on Connecticut Personal Injury law. He loves what he does. Contact him ryan@cttrialfirm.com or 860 471 8333