Attorney General Patrick Morrisey gives his first 100 days in office a “B-plus.”
“You get an A when you have distinct excellence,” he said at a press conference Wednesday morning.
Morrisey wasn’t being too hard on himself, however. He handed out a 279-page binder detailing his accomplishments during the first months of his administration. (Click here to read the full report. Careful, though. It’s a 36.6MB download.)
Before taking office in January, the attorney general outlined a 17-point plan for his first 100 days. Those goals included cracking down on Medicaid fraud, stopping the purchase of self-promotional “trinkets” by his office, returning settlement money to the state Legislature’s control and fighting prescription drug abuse.
Morrisey has not accomplished all of those goals. He said his administration still has kept its promises to state citizens, however, because his staff is actively working toward those objectives.
“If you read the points, we met our promises,” he said. “Everything doesn’t happen within a hundred days. But we’ve made a lot of progress toward achieving our goals.”
According to Morrisey’s 279-page report, his progress on fighting Medicaid fraud mostly has consisted of meetings with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, discussing ways the Attorney General might help the DHHR make sure funds are distributed appropriately.
On prescription drug abuse, Morrisey lists discussions with lawmakers, joining with 47 other attorneys general in a letter to the U.s. Food and Drug Administration and partnering in a drug take-back day as evidence that goal has been met.
“We met our promises because we said we would begin discussions on certain issues,” Morrisey said.
When asked about disappointments or frustrations during the first months of his administration, he said he did not have any.
“Rome wasn’t built in a day. The state’s business climate’s not going to be changed overnight. But if we continue to focus on these promise and some additional matters, I think we’re going to make huge progress in the future,” he said.