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Morrisey: AG Should Lead Health Reform Fight

Will host Va.’s top lawyer for press conference today

September 8, 2012
By JOSELYN KING - Political Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING - Republican West Virginia Attorney General candidate Patrick Morrisey says the state's top lawyer should take the lead in fights against health care reform and excessive environmental regulations.

Morrisey will be joined by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli for a news conference today in Charleston, where the pair will discuss Cuccinelli's efforts in joining federal lawsuits against new federal health care reform law and more strict Environmental Protection Agency regulations.

"I'm excited about his visit," Morrisey said of Cuccinelli. "He is an example of the type of attorney general West Virginia needs - one who is willing to take on Obamacare and job-killing environmental policies. Shouldn't West Virginia do the same?

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"The problem we have is the West Virginia Attorney General's Office is not leading on these issues," Morrisey continued. "We should be a leader in challenging Obama and job-killing policies. Unfortunately, (West Virginia Attorney General) Darrell McGraw's endorsement of the president has prohibited him from being an effective leader for the state."

And states have had success in challenging the federal law. Morrisey cited a ruling last month by the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington that struck down the EPA's cross-state air pollution rule, which placed caps on coal-fired emissions from electrical plants.

"After I'm elected, I will do a comprehensive review of all the pending lawsuits states are involved in, and I will decide where West Virginia should join," Morrisey said. "I will have a much longer list than Darrell McGraw's when suing the federal government."

Morrisey and Cuccinelli also plan to speak about the attorney general's role in encouraging job growth.

"We will talk about how the West Virginia Attorney General's Office can be a better force for promoting business in West Virginia, and what a force he (Cuccinelli) has been in making sure environmental regulation don't strangle the economy in Virginia. A strong attorney general can play a strong role in assuring job growth in the state."

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