CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Fifteen months after taking office, state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey still owes $1.3 million in campaign debt.

The Republican loaned himself $1.4 million in 2012 to defeat longtime Attorney General Darrell McGraw. Since then, campaign contributions have been trickling in. Morrisey said that’s to be expected.

“I’m not up for election or re-election until 2016,” he explained last week on MetroNews Talkline.

Morrisey said he’s been less concerned with the debt and more concerned about getting his office in order.

“I’ve really tried to focus all of my energies on how we can have the best possible office and hopefully help West Virginia reach its potential,” he said.

However, at some point, Morrisey is going to have to deal with the debt. He made it clear that will come soon enough.

“There’s going to be plenty of time to focus on politics and fundraising,” according to the attorney general. “I think we’re going to be ramping up a lot of our efforts over the course of the next year.”

Morrisey seemed confident he won’t have trouble raising the money to pay off the debt.

“I think it’s just a matter of turning my attention to focus on it at the right time. I’d rather spend all of my energies during my first 15 months of office trying to ensure the office is becoming known for its quality as opposed to spending 70 percent of my time doing fundraising,” he said.

 

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Comments

  • Mason County Contrarian

    Why should he worry? One phone call to Joizee--bodda bing, bodda boom--the debt is covered.

    It's the Joizee way.

  • arp

    Pat is easily the best AG West Virginia's had in a century! Unlike McGraw, he isn't rewarding campaign contributors by giving them lucrative lawyer contracts (cost W.Va. millions of dollars). Morrissey is clean. That the Charleston Gazette constantly tries to besmirch his name tells you he's on the right track. Pat also represents West Virginia values, certainly not Gazette values, which is a very good thing.

    • WV Man

      "Pat" wouldn't know a West Virginia value even if it bit him on the axx. He's never lived here or practiced law in the State of West Virginia prior to being elected.

      His wife is not even a registered voter in West Virginia.

      • The Truth

        Except for perhaps his wife's registration, all that is a good thing. He isn't part of the good ole boys network, so we'll see how much he can clean up.

  • Conservative

    Never let this man govern our state's finances.

    He can't even stay in the black for his own campaign when he's made millions from big pharma? The man can't manage money.

    Typical 'pretend' conservative that talks a lot but never walks it.

  • Martha

    He's one of the WORST representatives we've ever had and he is EVERYTHING we do NOT need in West Virginia.

    He can't even manage his own debt, how is he going to help our state?

  • Rusty

    So Butch, you're saying one of them there ferners isn't capable of doing a good job? We need more Morrisey's and less McGraw's to clean up 85 years of garbage the dems have left in their wake.

  • Independent View

    I'm thankful that we do not have an AG that is part of the 80+ year network of good ole' boys. Unlike the previous AG, spending millions hiring outside attorneys that made large contributions to his campaigns.
    And, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayers' money on campaign trinkets! And, his wife feeding at the public trough too!
    And, a former AG that treated himself like royality and was above the law and thumbed his nose at the legislature.

    • Conservative

      This guy spends thousands for a PR firm instead of using his 2 communication directors.

      This man is no conservative.

  • John

    He is the best AG we have had in this state. Not a crook like Darrell McGraw!

  • Butch

    Of course he's not worried, he's OWNED by big Pharma. He can raise $1 million + in no time.

    He needs to go back to where he came from and leave WV.

  • Fred

    Don't worry, Pat, Cardinal will help if things get tight.