Patrick Morrisey, the Republican candidate for West Virginia attorney general, visited Pineville during a swing through the coalfield counties last Friday.
An attorney who has worked largely in healthcare law, Morrisey is opposed to the Affordable Care Act (sometimes called “Obamacare” and wants West Virginia to join other states who have filed suit against its implementation.
“My opponent (Democratic incumbent and Wyoming County native Darrell McGraw) refused (to join the suit),” he stated.
“I have a lot of experience in medical law,” Morrisey noted.
Morissey says the attorney general “can be a force for job growth in this state.”
He also wants to fight EPA regulations on the state’s coal industry and protect Medicaid, he observed.
Morrisey visited Mercer, Wyoming, Logan and McDowell counties last week and planned a trip to the Gilbert area for Trailfest.
“I’ve (campaigned) here before and will again,” Morisey said. “Southern West Virginia is as important as any other part of the state and I will be back here again because it’s the right thing to do,” he remarked.
Voters have been responsive he reported. “I’ve gotten a very positive response and several people have asked us for signs to put out in their yards,” he said. “I’ve been walking around Main Street and talking to the business people
The last two elections for attorney general have been tight, and Morrisey expects the same this time around.
“I honor Mr. McGraw for his service, but you need a strong attorney general who has a different vision of the office,” he stated.
Morrisey resides in Jefferson County. In his only prior run for office, he lost in a bid for the 7th Congressional District seat in New Jersey in 2000.