CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey released a 279-page "progress report" Wednesday for his first 100 days on the job and gave himself a B-plus grade.
During his campaign, Morrisey outlined 17 specific goals that he planned to accomplish within 100 days of taking office. Morrisey, a Republican, defeated longtime Attorney General Darrell McGraw in the November election.
At a press conference Wednesday -- his third in nine days -- Morrisey said he accomplished many of the goals in his "17-point plan," while taking significant steps to complete other objectives. In the report, Morrisey provided copies of letters, memos, lawsuits, newspaper articles and other documents to support his assertion that he had kept his promises.
"The goals of the plan were to advance ethics reforms, promote freedom, begin the process of taking on the federal government, and improve the state's business climate," Morrisey said. "Much work remains, but I firmly believe we have honored our promises to the public and have made significant efforts to achieve all of the points of the plan."
At the same time, Morrisey said, his office continues to represent state agencies and enforce state consumer protection laws. The attorney general noted that his office completed a comprehensive review of West Virginia University's plans to award a media rights contract to IMG College and West Virginia Media. The critical review prompted WVU to re-bid the lucrative contract.
Morrisey said he won't give his office an A grade until West Virginia's business climate improves.
"Rome wasn't built in a day," he said. "Similarly, it will take more than 100 days to fundamentally improve our state's business climate."
Morrisey started addressing some of the 17 items during his first several days in office.
In January, he held a news conference to announce he was eliminating "self-promoting" trinkets -- pens, magnets, pill boxes -- with his name on them. During the campaign, Morrisey criticized McGraw for using taxpayer funds to buy trinkets.
Also in January, Morrisey also announced plans to prohibit broad-based office advertising six months before an election.
Morrisey's office subsequently started an audit of office expenses. Last month, he established a new system for hiring outside lawyers, who now must submit bids for state work.
Morrisey seems to have scrambled in recent days to meet some goals, such as holding a "jobs summit" and fighting prescription drug abuse.