Morrisey already has started to put a transition team together. Today, he plans to meet with attorney general's office personnel. He'll also hold a press conference at the state Capitol to outline his "17-point plan" for overhauling the office his first 100 days on the job.
Among the changes Morrisey has in the works:
| Enacting a ban on trinkets stamped with the attorney general's name. "I'm not going to use taxpayer resources for self-promotion," Morrisey said. McGraw's office was criticized for purchasing trinkets and passing them out to West Virginia residents.
| Establishing a competitive bidding process for hiring outside lawyers. During the campaign, Morrisey alleged that McGraw handpicked political supporters for contract jobs with the attorney general's office.
"When the state hires outside counsel, we should know we're receiving high-quality services at reasonable prices," Morrisey said.
| Conducting an audit of office spending and policies. "We will reprioritize resources to areas that need them the most and ensure that all employees are acting in a manner consistent with the highest ethical standards," Morrisey said in a release Wednesday.
Morrisey also plans to establish an "Office of Federalism and Freedom." The office would challenge federal policies that have a "tenuous nexus to law, or the U.S and West Virginia constitutions," he said.
"We will be reviewing federal job-killing regulations to determine which ones West Virginia should challenge," Morrisey said.
Out-of-state groups bolstered Morrisey's campaign, paying for television ads that attacked McGraw. The Alexandria, Va.-based Center for Individual Freedom, for instance, spent nearly $1.6 million on television ads that criticized McGraw for not joining the unsuccessful court challenge of the federal health-care overhaul. The Virginia organization -- once tied to the tobacco lobby -- funds conservative candidates exclusively.
Despite his connection to such groups, Morrisey said he would try to work with Democrats and independents in West Virginia.
"I'll work collaboratively with everyone to put West Virginia's interests first," he said.
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