McGraw running for sixth term

By Chris Dickerson | Jun 30, 2011


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw is running for a sixth term.

Earlier this month, McGraw filed pre-candidacy papers with the Secretary of State's office to begin campaigning.

McGraw has been attorney general since 1992, and he was a member of the state Supreme Court of Appeals from 1976 to 1988.

In his last two races, McGraw has narrowly defeated his Republican challengers -- Hiram Lewis in 2004 and Dan Greear in 2008 -- in the general election.

In the 2008 race, McGraw's campaign had a website that tried to debunk common "myths" about him and his work as AG. He blamed the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for spreading misinformation about him. The West Virginia Record is owned by the Institute for Legal Reform, an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

In particular, McGraw's 2008 campaign site said three publicized "myths" troubled him: The American Tort Reform Association citing him as a reason it ranked West Virginia as the No. 1 Judicial Hellhole in the country, the Competitive Enterprise Institute calling him the sixth-worst state attorney general in recent history and Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse claiming his actions have harmed the state's senior citizens.

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