THOU SHALT NOT PAY THINE OWN LEGAL BILLS: Jason Rapert. BRIAN CHILSON

Sen. Jason Rapert laid bare his hypocrisy yesterday. The attorney general’s office served notice that he’ll have taxpayer paid legal counsel to defend the lawsuit challenging Rapert’s practice of blocking critics from his Facebook and Twitter accounts, actions he justifies as  those of a private citizen.

In short, Rapert says he can’t be sued for limiting 1st Amendment access to a public forum because he’s acting there as a private citizen. But he wants the government to pay to defend him.

Nuts.

In reporting the federal court filing yesterday, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette said the attorney general’s office explained its representation of Rapert by citing Arkansas Code Annotated 25-16-702, “which says the attorney general ‘shall’ be the attorney for state officials and agencies, when such legal services are requested.”

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Really? That simple? So if a senator sexually harassed someone and got sued, he could request A.G. defense? Or if he crumpled another driver’s car with his pickup, the A.G. would be dutybound to represent him if requested?

Note, too, that Rapert had to “request” the assistance.

If Citizen Rapert is doing the blocking, Citizen Rapert should pay for his own legal bill.