Race for WV Attorney General is Expensive and Negative


Incumbent Republican Attorney General Patrick Morrissey is a study in contrast to Democratic challenger and current House of Delegates member Doug Reynolds. Both candidates say they are the best man for Attorney General.

Patrick Morrissey, (R) WV Attorney General said, “When I took office, I transformed it. In order to ensure that we were going to defend West Virginia, from federal overreach. We’ve done that. We’ve had big wins against President Obama’s EPA. We’ve had wins in a number of key areas.”

Del. Doug Reynolds, (D) Nominee for WV Attorney General said, “I run a company where we have over 900 employees now. I was give years as a prosecutor in Cabell County. So I think from dealing with local law enforcement issues, dealing with this drug problem and creating jobs. I think I’m the best candidate.”

The race has featured a barrage of TV and Radio ads, many of them attacking the other candidate, in a race that has been highly negative. Not surprising, the candidates blame each other.

“You have an outside group, funded by drug companies, that have harassed me since March. They started running negative ads against me, back in July, and things of that nature,” said Doug Reynolds (D).

“Well I have been very disappointed in my opponent. He started the negative ads and he’s been putting a lot of material out there that’s absolutely false,” said Patrick Morrissey (R).

Signs for both candidates dot the entire state.

“Both sides have raised and spent millions in the campaign for Attorney General, making it the second-most expensive race, behind the Governor,” said Mark Curtis, 59 News Chief Political Reporter.

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