WV Attorney General Pats Himself on the Back

Em Carpenter

Em was one of those argumentative children who was sarcastically encouraged to become a lawyer, so she did. She is a proud life-long West Virginian, and, paradoxically, a liberal. In addition to writing about society, politics and culture, she enjoys cooking, podcasts, reading, and pretending to be a runner. She will correct your grammar. You can find her on Twitter.

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4 Responses

  1. Slade the Leveller says:

    As paltry as this is compared to the estimated loss, the citizens of West Virginia stand to lose even further if the payment was anything other than a fine or a penalty. Otherwise, McKesson will be able to expense that payment, resulting in a loss of corporate tax revenue.

    Is his re-election simply a case of Mountaineers voting R good, D bad on the ballot?Report

  2. Em Carpenter says:

    Partially. It was right at the time WV swung to the Republicans for basically the first time in 80 years, and as I said his predecessor had grown (deservedly) unpopular after 20 years. We were ripe for him to swoop in, and he did. Then in 2016, the Dems inexplicably did not put up a strong candidate to challenge him. It was a virtual unknown and Morrisey trounced him.
    I really detest him, not just his politics, but because I know he doesn’t care a thing for this state or its people. We really are a convenient stepping stone. He routinely signs on to causes that either matter very little to WV (coalition against sanctuary cities) or are contrary to the interests of the state (ACA repeal, rollback of Medicaid expansion and pre-existing condition coverage) because he scores points with Trump and the GOP.
    I’m conspiratorily minded enough to believe he was basically installed here by the pharma companies for this very reason.Report

  3. And in case the heroin kicker doesn’t get you down, we’re seeing lots and lots and lots of reported use of crystal methamphetamines, what it being very easy to produce and far more accessible owing to crackdowns on opiates. All we’re doing is shifting the problem from drug to drug to drug, all while monsters like Morrisey crow about their failures.Report