Video: Senator Mark Herring Speaks at 2013 LGBT Democrats of Virginia Equality Breakfast


    In his introduction to Virginia’s next Attorney General, Sen. Mark Herring, Sen. Donald McEachin gets a big round of applause when he says that “we need to get politics out of the Attorney General’s office.”  In Herring’s speech, he emphasizes that we still have a lot more work to do in Virginia on LGBT equality. Herring talks about how Ken Cuccinelli “time and time again” used the Attorney General’s office to advance his personal, extreme ideological agenda, by misstating and/or manipulating and/or twisting the law, “and that’s an abuse of the powers of the office.” Herring said if we can thank Ken Cuccinelli for one thing, it’s that we all now realize how important the Attorney General’s office is in Virginia. Herring pledged to use the Attorney General’s office to promote LGBT equality, stop discrimination against LGBT Virginians, and to use the office as a bully pulpit to push for repeal of the anti-gay-marriage “Marshall-Newman Amendment.” I don’t know about you, but I am SO looking forward to saying the words “Attorney General Mark Herring,” I can’t even tell you. 🙂

    • Today Democratic candidate for Attorney General Mark Herring called on Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to drop his objections and testify in court regarding his and his office’s involvement in the case against former Virginia Mansion chef Todd Schneider.

      Herring sent a letter to the Attorney General, emphasizing that Virginians deserve to know the full truth in this case which has led to numerous allegations and revelations about unreported gifts and stock holdings. Herring said Cuccinelli’s efforts to fight the motion to testify raised suspicions of whether or not the Attorney General’s actions regarding this case have been inappropriate.

      “Your efforts to avoid testifying raise the impression that you are not able to fully defend all of your conduct in this important matter and that your involvement in the case may have been motivated out of your own self-interest rather than a commitment to what is best for Virginia,” Herring’s letter read.

      “The people of this Commonwealth did not elect a candidate for Governor who keeps the truth from them in order to protect his own political prospects. They elected an Attorney General who is charged with serving them impartially, and, should he be accused of doing otherwise, standing on his own two feet and publicly explaining his conduct. I sincerely hope you will live up to that expectation and agree to appear in court to simply answer questions about how you have been running the office Virginians entrusted to you.”

      A full version of the letter can be found on the Herring for Attorney General website.