"Maybe that worried some folks. I don't know," Mr. Edmondson said. "We're a completely apolitical body. And suddenly we're thrown into a completely political situation. And I don't think we coped very well. I know I didn't cope very well."
"We were completely intimidated by the attorney general a year ago," said James H. Edmondson Jr., one of the two "nay" votes, referring to the board's vote last September to adopt the temporary regulations. "Then, things seemed to change. People were taking a broader perspective. We are a regulatory body; we are not just a mouthpiece for the attorney general."