Just got back from Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s long-awaited press conference regarding the use of state-purchased “trinkets.”
Speaking behind a podium and a table full of Darrell McGraw-era pillboxes, magnets, gun locks and keychains, Morrisey told gathered reporters his office would never, ever buy trinkets featuring his name. He said the amount of trinkets purchased by the attorney general’s office also will be reduced.
Despite promising a “made-for-TV event” featuring his predecessor’s trinkets last month, Morrisey said during Monday’s press conference there would be no “shenanigans” featuring the baubles because wasting taxpayer money is “no laughing matter.” He said remaining McGraw trinkets will be donated to charity.
Other announcements from the event:
- Morrisey wants the Legislature to start the process of amending the state constitution to impose a term limit on attorneys general. While lawmakers have to start the process, it is ultimately up to voters to ratify any constitutional amendments. Morrisey also said he would leave the attorney general’s office after two terms, regardless of whether the amendment passes.
- He vowed to reduce the use of his name in literature published by the attorney general’s office. He said his name will only appear if it is “incidental in nature.”
- Morrisey also promised to never ride in a state car in a parade.
I’m working on my full story now, which will be on www.charlestondailymail.com and in tomorrow’s paper. But in the meantime, I have some more, “beary” important news from the attorney general.
First, they were going to stay when Patrick Morrisey took over for longtime Attorney General Darrell McGraw. Then former Secretary of State Ken Hechler decided to take them back. Finally, the West Virginia Bear Hunters Association (which exists, previously unbeknownst to me) then stepped to the plate and vowed to deliver Morrisey bears of his own.
Those bears haven’t arrived yet, but I noticed something while roaming the Capitol on Friday:
Sitting in a small room outside the attorney general’s main office was this stuffed black bear.
I asked Deputy Attorney General Richie Heath about it. He said the bear did not come from the West Virginia Bear Hunters Association, but attorney general staffers found the little guy while cleaning out a storage space here at the Capitol.
More bears are reportedly on the way. So “bear” you have it.