When relative newcomer Patrick Morrisey ran for the Republican nomination for state attorney general, the first question in Republican circles was “Patrick who?”
The second question was “What would he do with the office?”
In the end, voters took a chance on the unknown, electing Morrisey over longtime Attorney General Darrell McGraw, whom they had come to know very well.
Morrisey’s appointments, as he prepares to take office, are reassuring. He has surrounded himself with highly capable, highly regarded people.
— Dan Greear will be chief counsel. A former delegate, Greear challenged McGraw in 2008 and lost by only about 3,000 votes.
— Elbert Lin will be solicitor general. A graduate of Yale, Lin is a former trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice and clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
— Marty Wright will be public integrity officer and a deputy attorney general. Wright is currently deputy general counsel of the state Ethics Commission.
— Richie Heath and Tracy Webb also will be deputy attorneys general.
Heath is currently executive director of West Virginia Citizens for Lawsuit Abuse, which supported Morrisey’s campaign.
Webb has been a clerk for the state Workers Compensation Appeal Board and an attorney for the West Virginia Housing Development Fund.
— Chris Doddrill, Jennifer Greenlief and Shane Wilson will be assistant attorneys general.
Doddrill is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and Duke University school of law and is an at-large member of Charleston City Council.
Wilson, who directed Morrisey’s campaign in the southern part of the state, is a graduate of WVU law school and has worked for former Secretary of State Betty Ireland and Congressman David McKinley.
Greenlief, now with the firm Spilman, Thomas and Battle, clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Johnston.
Some members of McGraw’s staff are highly experienced and highly regarded and should probably be retained. Whether they will be asked to stay and would be willing to do so is unknown at this point.
But Morrisey’s choices are solid. West Virginians elected him to promote and defend their interests.
It’s an encouraging beginning.
— Distributed by The Associated Press