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Wednesday, March 16, 2016 12:53 am

Former attorney general Carter considers comeback

Niki Kelly | The Journal Gazette

Former two-term Attorney General Steve Carter is thinking of making a comeback.

He is exploring running for the office again in 2016. He previously served from 2001 to 2008.

"I like the work," Carter said. "It's a great opportunity for an attorney to help people with some issues maybe they can't help themselves with, like consumer protection and vote fraud."

Current Attorney General Greg Zoeller has decided to run for Congress in the 9th District. Logistically, if he would lose in the May primary he could possibly still meet the deadline to sign up to run for attorney general in the 2016 Republican nominating convention.

Carter recently sent an email to potential GOP supporters to gauge support, but said he doesn't have a timeline for making a decision.

Since he left office, he has been working privately. Much of that work has been for the Indiana Attorney General's Office -- via contracts to help with a case affecting payments Indiana gets from the tobacco master settlement.

According to the Indiana Auditor's Office, Carter was paid $146,600 in 2014, $107,078 in 2013 and $150,900 in 2012. Altogether in the last five years, he has earned more than $500,000 from the state. He has had no payments this year.

In comparison, Zoeller's current annual salary is $92,503.

nkelly@jg.net