LEESBURG, Va. – Today, the Washington Post endorsed Attorney General Mark Herring, calling him a “level-headed progressive” who has “been bold in pushing to scrap GOP-devised rules designed to force the closure of abortion clinics, and in backing affordable access to higher education at state-supported colleges for undocumented students who have grown up in the commonwealth”.
The endorsement comes after Attorney General Herring’s push to fight back against Texas’ draconian abortion laws, and after the Attorney General and the democratic ticket vowed to protect abortion rights from any attacks during a joint press conference to educate voters about what is at stake in Virginia if any their anti-abortion republican opponents are elected.
Read more of the Editorial Board’s endorsement below:
The attorney general’s job is critical, as Mr. Herring’s own accomplishments over eight years in office attest. A former lawmaker in Richmond, he made a mark in his first term by refusing to represent Virginia, his client, in a lawsuit challenging its ban on same-sex marriage. He framed that decision, controversial at the time, as akin to declining to defend segregated schools in mid-20th century Virginia. Today, most Virginians would likely agree.
He has been equally bold in pushing to scrap GOP-devised rules designed to force the closure of abortion clinics, and in backing affordable access to higher education at state-supported colleges for undocumented students who have grown up in the commonwealth. And without gratuitously bashing law enforcement, whose jobs are critical to an orderly society, Mr. Herring also gained legislative authority for his office to investigate local police departments when there is evidence of systematic civil rights abuses.
That’s a meaty track record. By contrast, Mr. Miyares, a three-term lawmaker from Virginia Beach, has run a law-and-order campaign — he’s a former prosecutor — suggesting Democrats would defund police, while also asserting he won’t “allow” illegal immigrants to “take advantage of American laws.” In fact, there is virtually no effort by Virginia Democrats to slash funding for law enforcement, and nearly three-quarters of Virginians support citizenship for unauthorized immigrants.