Morrisey for AG
Do we agree with Republican Attorney General Patrick Morrisey on every issue? Of course not.
But measured against his Democrat opponent, Sam Petsonk, Morrisey is near perfection.
A staunch conservative, Morrisey’s aggressive approach makes some enemies. He’s a straight-shooting, take-no-prisoners Yankee from New Jersey to begin with.
To his credit, Morrisey has outlived the constant “carpetbagger” references. Why, he’s nearly as West Virginia as Darrell McGraw by now.
In terms of job performance, critics constantly berate the AG as being “in the pocket of large pharmaceutical companies.” Facts dispute that since Morrisey has launched numerous lawsuits that have earned huge settlements for the state.
His consumer protection division has been aggressive despite liberal insistence that it has not.
Morrisey’s office does its constitutional duties well — even in the face of occasional right wing criticism. In court, he (in)famously defended the Governor’s right not to call a special session of the legislature to deal with Covid-19.
Unfortunately, Morrisey prevailed in that case. It was a blow to constitutional liberty but a feather in the AG’s hat for following his reasoning. He holds that his office is the “Governor’s attorney” and one aspect is to defend him against legal challenges regardless of personal views. He’s right on that.
So, the AG won before the Supreme Court but likely lost in the political arena.
Still, the only alternative is not acceptable. Petsonk is a far left attorney whose goals are similar to Bernie Sanders. He is totally out of step with West Virginians and would steer the AG’s office in a direction not wanted by state voters. If voters thought McGraw was a Democrat activist, wait until they see Petsonk.
We share conservative dislike for Morrisey’s advocacy on behalf of Governor Jim Justice but understand his commitment to ethical demands. On every level, he is the superior candidate.
We urge readers to support Morrisey’s re-election on November 3.