CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Speaking before two campaign rallies for the opponent of West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw, Virginia's attorney general said McGraw is wrong for the Mountain State.
Ken Cuccinelli, who's been Virginia's attorney general since 2010, spoke to reporters by speakerphone Saturday before two Patrick Morrisey campaign stops in Charleston.
Morrisey is New Jersey native and health care attorney who moved to West Virginia in 2006 after unsuccessfully running for congress there. He filed to run for attorney general six days after being admitted to the West Virginia bar, according to Associated Press reports.
Cuccinelli had planned to accompany Morrisey and speak at the campaign events, but weather made it necessary to cancel the trip, he said.
Cuccinelli had taken off in a small plane from a Virginia airport but the plane had to go back because of a storm, he said.
Morrisey said it is rare for attorneys general to campaign for attorney general candidates in other states.
Cuccinelli criticized McGraw Saturday for not joining a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency that Virginia, Texas and Alabama filed in 2010.
When the federal government oversteps its bounds, Cuccinelli said, attorneys general have the responsibility to push back.
West Virginia has lost jobs as a result of EPA regulations much more than other states, Cuccinelli said.