Republican James Buchal’s hands waved in excitement while he — in a voice charged with energy — described his political aspirations. Buchal came to the East Oregonian on Thursday afternoon to discuss his political plans should he be elected as the attorney general in November.

“I’ve been litigating against the government for my entire career. We’ve lost control of this thing,” he said. Buchal is a partner in Murphy & Buchal LLP and has been practicing law since 1986.

Buchal will run on the November ballot against Democrat Ellen Rosenblum, the interim attorney general who was appointed by Gov. John Kitzhaber on June 29. Buchal ran unsuccessfully for the state legislature in 2004 and 2006.

In his pitch for office, Buchal said he is pushing for three things: accountability, simplification and decentralization. “I believe there’s a genuine broad consensus that laws and rules need to be made simpler,” he said. “We’re focusing on these little things instead of this big systemic fraud.”

Buchal wrote on his website that the Oregon Attorney General’s office has failed to represent Oregonians and instead works as attorneys for environmentalists.

Buchal holds an undergraduate degree in physics from Harvard University and advanced degrees in Law and Business from Yale. He is the author of “The Great Salmon Hoax,” a book about salmon recovery efforts on the Columbia River.

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