ICYMI: Attorney General Mark Herring and Republican challenger John Adams debate in Loudoun

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Republican nominee for Virginia attorney general John Adams was the undisputed winner in today's debate over Democrat Mark Herring, arguing for why Virginia needs an attorney general who will take politics out of the office and uphold the rule of law. A Navy veteran, clerk for the Supreme Court of the United States, associate counsel in the White House and a former federal prosecutor, John Adams is ready to lead the attorney general's office. 

The Richmond Times-Dispatch writes:

Democratic Attorney General Mark R. Herring and GOP challenger John Adams on Friday morning debated gay marriage, the law, business growth and whether Herring has been too political in office.

The two appeared before the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce at the National Conference Center in Lansdowne to answer questions about issues on the chamber's public policy agenda. It was their second and final debate before the Nov. 7 general election.


"John is fixated on conservative social issues. We've had experience with that and it wasn’t good," Herring said.

Adams replied: "I think Mark is fixated on social issues. I’m fixated on the law. The law matters."


Adams, a former federal prosecutor, stayed after the debate to chat with reporters and lamented on Twitter that the Herring campaign would not agree to a livestream. Herring left the debate without taking a question from an Associated Press reporter who approached him.


The candidates discussed other issues including drug addiction, judicial vacancies and efforts to combat Medicaid fraud. Adams brought up two recent news reports about Herring's office, one being a decision by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, the legislature's watchdog, to do a thorough review of the attorney general's office.

Adams said that should include a look at how Herring used money from a settlement to give raises to select political appointees and his chief of staff, Kevin O'Holleran, who managed Herring's 2013 campaign for attorney general.


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