ICYMI: Mark Herring, John Adams debate for a second time

WASHINGTON, D.C. – John Adams, the Republican nominee for Virginia attorney general, put on an impressive performance during last Friday's debate with Attorney General Mark Herring. Adams proved why Virginia needs a new attorney general -- one who will take politics out of the office, uphold the rule of law, and make certain Virginians are able to govern themselves.

Herring was put on the defensive all morning. Unfortunately, only hundred (or so) Loudoun County Chamber members saw the performance. The Herring campaign did not allow a live-stream. 

Here are a few excerpts from the media in attendance. 

Patrick Wilson from the Richmond Times-Dispatch writes, in part:

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.

Loudoun Now writes, in part, about the opioid epidemic:

“We have to get serious about prevention,” Adams said. “We have to get to the kids before the drugs get to the kids.” He added Virginia has to “get serious” about recovery and prosecution, and said he would use his experience as a federal prosecutor to fight the opioid crisis.

“That’s probably one reason by the Fraternal Order of Police and the Police Benevolent Association, two of the largest law enforcement groups in the commonwealth, have endorsed me,” Adams said. “Because they know that I’m serious about this.”

Kathy Stewart from wtop.com writes, in part:

“I am running to get the politics out of the attorney general’s office,” said Adams, a VMI graduate who served in the Navy. He accused Herring of pushing his own personal political views instead of being the lawyer for Virginia and for its residents.

“For the attorney general’s office to be so politicized, that it’s not we the people who choose our laws through our elected representatives but it’s an attorney general’s office that forces its view on the citizens — that is just wrong,” Adams said.

During the debate, Adams called out his challenger, Mark Herring, for being beholden to big labor unions. Herring did not respond.


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