ICYMI: Why the Adams–Herring Attorney General Race in Virginia Matters

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ramesh Ponnuru, senior editor of the National Review, profiles the Virginia attorney general race, the only attorney general race in the country this year, and why the GOP still needs conservative attorneys in place to defend against federal overreach.

The National Review reports

"Over the past 20 years, state attorneys general have become more and more important players in national politics. Republican attorneys general sued the Obama administration over Obamacare, energy policies, and immigration. Democratic attorneys general have sued the Trump administration over its temporary immigration ban.

"The race for attorney general in Virginia — the only race for that position in any state this year — has therefore taken on an importance it would not have had in an earlier era. John Adams, the Republican nominee, is trying to defeat Mark Herring, the Democratic incumbent. 

"Beyond their differences on hot-button issues, Adams says, lies a difference in the candidates’ conception of the job. 'Virginia needs a lawyer,' Adams tells me over coffee. He says that Herring has seen his job as promoting liberal causes rather than representing the state."


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