Morrisey: Attorney general has worked hard for West Virginia
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has been a dedicated defender of West Virginians for nearly eight years. Before his arrival, the office was not one particularly well known for safeguarding our money, but his reform efforts have led to a significant amount returned to the state treasury, as he wins cases on our behalf — more than $50 million.
When Morrisey took office, the attorney general’s portion of the state general revenue budget was more than $5.9 million. This year, it is nearly a million dollars less.
But even as he took care with taxpayers’ money, Morrisey has used his office to fight the substance abuse epidemic that is crippling our state.
He sued the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, which led to a change in its drug quota system. Morrisey understood how many people were dying because of “legal” drug dealers posing as pharmacists, who funneled an incredible amount of opioids to West Virginians for years.
Since 2013, his office has also participated in lawsuits that have netted the state more than $110 million in settlements, and that kind of pressure has forced the pharmaceutical companies to be more concerned with keeping opioid drugs out of the hands of addicts.
Of course, Morrisey has also fought for Mountain State residents on matters ranging from battling overreach by the Environmental Protection Agency to defending the Second Amendment.
He launched a disability fraud unit that has helped save taxpayers more than $23 million and was a leader in a $160 million settlement requiring Frontier Communications to improve internet service to many Mountain State residents.
West Virginians know Morrisey understands he serves U.S., and therefore is not reckless with our money while he battles on our behalf in the courts.
We endorse Morrisey for re-election on Nov. 3 so he can continue to do so.