John Adams on the role of the state attorney general

WASHINGTON, D.C. – John Adams, the Republican candidate for Virginia Attorney General, spoke with the Richmond Times-Dispatch editorial board recently. As you might have guessed, John discussed how he would approach the office and how he differs from his opponent. You can listen to the full interview here.

The role of attorney general: "If anyone, whether it’s the federal government, another state, a business, violates the law and hurts Virginians, I will take offensive action.... I will do that, by the way, regardless of whether the entity is a Republican president or Democratic president. Because, I understand what it means to represent a client, and my client is Virginia."

How that differs from what Attorney General Mark Herring has done: "I think the attorney general needs to defend the laws that the citizens passed... not pick and choose."

New leadership is needed: "With our rising violent crimes in our urban areas, with the heroin/opioid epidemic spinning out of control, there is no doubt, in my mind, we need fresh new leadership in that [the Attorney General] role."

On the homicide rate in Richmond: "The folks that live in the city do not deserve to live in fear. We need to be serious about getting people that use guns, in crimes, off the streets. I’ve done it before, I can do it again. My opponent has proposed a marketing and advertising campaign, and candidly I just don’t think that’s a serious response to a very serious problem here in Richmond."

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