Fran Hughes from MetroNews Talkline
She calls it “poppycock.”
Former Deputy Attorney General Fran Hughes denies claims that she and others left the Attorney General’s Office in disarray when longtime Attorney General Darrell McGraw turned over the keys to new Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.
“We’ve tried to make this a smooth transition from the very beginning,” Hughes said on Thursday’s MetroNews Talkline. “We want him (Morrisey) to succeed. We’ve done what we need to do.”
Attorney General Morrisey, though, told a different story on Wednesday’s MetroNews Talkline. “We’ve inherited a pretty big mess and we’re working diligently to fix it,” he said.
Morrisey said there is no centralized tracking system for all of the cases the AG’s Office is currently handling. But, Hughes says, staff members put together detailed memos on every case for the Morrisey team.
“I believe we have provided him with an updated list of all the cases,” Hughes says.
“There are memos to all the files. He has the ability to call every deputy, the head of every division and meet with them personally and talk to them about every case. That’s available to him today.”
Hughes says she met with Morrisey’s team members the day after the election.
She says she identified the major players in the AG’s Office for them, explained the budget process, provided a full list of AG employees and had staff members make themselves available to Morrisey’s transition team.
Hughes, who was running the Attorney’s Office when McGraw was in office, says she prepared a budget and left enough in the budget to cover the next three years.
As for Morrisey’s claims that the technology within the office is out of date, Hughes says improvement packages were part of the AG Office’s proposed budget during each of the last three years.
However, she says like many state agencies, the office had to deal with budget cuts at the same time.
Hughes says she stands by her work and the work of others within the AG’s Office and she says now is the time for everyone to move forward from here. “We wish Mr. Morrisey all the luck in the world,” she said.
“We want him to succeed because West Virginians will lose if he doesn’t succeed.”