NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said electing the state's attorney general could lead to an infusion of politics into an office that should be focused on protecting the state's legal interest.

Haslam told The Chattanooga Times Free Press that an elected attorney general may focus more on political advancement than legal issues.

Haslam, a Republican, said he "will not oppose" efforts by Republicans in the General Assembly to push for an elected attorney general. But, the governor said, lawmakers should consider the downside of making it an elected position.

The Tennessee attorney general is appointed by the state Supreme Court to an 8-year term.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Mae Beavers, R-Mount Juliet, and Sen. Mike Faulk, R-Kingsport, have separate resolutions allowing Tennesseans to decide in 2014 whether to amend the state Constitution and create an elected attorney general.

Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com

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